EVERETT – The City of Everett has appointed Dr. Bethany Zolikoff to oversee the veterinary services clinic at the Everett Animal Shelter. Zolikoff replaces Dr. Lynn Thompson, who retired earlier this fall.
Zolikoff, who joined the shelter in October, has been working as a veterinarian for 18 years, including 14 years of experience at an animal shelter or doing spay and neuters. Most recently, she was a veterinarian at Northwest Spay and Neuter Center. Zolikoff has spent the past year doing relief and part-time work at multiple organizations, including Seattle Animal Shelter and PAWS, a non-profit in Lynnwood.
“Being a shelter vet is challenging, but extremely rewarding,” said Zolikoff. “Shelter animals are most in need of our help.”
As the shelter’s veterinarian, Zolikoff is responsible for all medical and surgical care of shelter and foster animals, developing and managing animal care protocols, and performing exams and necropsies for animal cruelty investigations.
“I am very excited to be joining such a passionate, hard-working and talented group of individuals at the Everett Animal Shelter,” she said. “We all work as a team to provide the best care for animals, and to help connect them with a loving family.”
About the veterinary services at the Everett Animal Shelter
The Everett Animal Shelter provides temporary homes for more than 5,000 lost, abandoned and unwanted animals in the city of Everett and throughout Snohomish County. In addition to care and feeding, the facility includes a veterinary clinic.
The clinic provides spay and neuter services to shelter animals. All dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered before they are available for adoption. Spay and neuter services help reduce the number of unwanted litters and abandoned animals. All animals that are available for adoption have had a general health screening, and are given a first set of vaccines, dewormer and flea treatment.
The veterinary clinic has one full-time veterinarian and one full-time veterinary technician. In addition to spaying and neutering, exams and vaccinations, the clinic treats a large variety of medical conditions, performs dental work and performs soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
The veterinary clinic is supported through monetary and in-kind donations. The Everett Animal Shelter relies on more than 300 active volunteers who enhance the quality of life for the animals in the care of the shelter. Volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, launder the bedding, clean food dishes, provide foster care for the animals, and help match adoptable animals with new families. For more information, visit everettwa.gov/animals.