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Dr. Craig Ritchie

Dr. Ritchie graduated from Ohio State University where he received his B.S. and D.V.M.. He joined Companion Animal Hospital in 1994 as the hospital director, and purchased the hospital from Dr. Gary Ade in August 2006. His areas of special interest as a veterinarian include ophthalmology and internal medicine. He currently has his Border Collie, “Renny”, who joins him on his daily adventures at work.

Dr. Valerie Hargett

Dr. Valerie Hargett was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. She attended Washington State University where she earned her DVM degree in 2000. After an initial year in mixed animal practice, she joined Companion Animal Hospital from 2001-2005 when she was known under her maiden name of Dr. French. Dr. Hargett then went back to school in England earning a Master's in Veterinary Infection and Disease Control at the University of Liverpool in 2007. She joined the Washington State Reserve Veterinary Corps receiving specialized training in animal health emergencies and disaster preparedness. In 2010, Dr. Hargett returned home to Companion Animal Hospital. Dr. Hargett and her husband Marshall live in Bellevue with her two cats, Tortie and Tyler. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and traveling.

Dr. Nicole Smith

Dr. Nicole Smith grew up in Renton, WA on several acres surrounded by a variety of animals. After working at Companion for two years as a front office associate after college, she went back to school and earned her Veterinary degree from Washington State University. Dr. Smith missed home so badly, that she decided to move back to the Bellevue area and return to Companion Animal Hospital as a Veterinarian. Her special interests are dermatology and surgery, and she has a special place in her heart for large breed dogs. Dr. Smith loves to spend her free time with family and friends exploring the Pacific Northwest and lives with her husband Ocean, and her black lab Duke on the Eastside.

Dr. Keri Dertinger

Keri Dertinger, DVM graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She believes that compassionate and exceptional quality veterinary care is an essential right that every patient is entitled to. She aims to provide this for all her patients, and works diligently with owners to create a comprehensive picture of their companion animal’s health needs, utilizing as many resources as possible to maximize their care. It is very important to her that her clients feel comfortable and well-informed, so that they have the opportunity to make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their companion animals. Her professional interests are geared towards internal medicine, dentistry, pain management, dermatology and surgery. Outside of her professional interests, she is an avid hiker and backpacker, with a love of nature fostered right here in the Pacific Northwest, where she was born and raised. Her family includes two rambunctious, undeniably adorable twins, her amazing wife, two slightly rotten but lovable cats and one ancient dachshund. Finally, she believes that laughter is an essential part of life, and tries to take advantage of every opportunity to partake in it.

Dr. Annie Norling

Dr. Annie Norling is a homegrown Seattleite. She attended WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM degree (Go Cougs!). Her special interests are in behavior, internal medicine, and animal welfare. She loves all of her canine and feline patients, but has a soft spot for bully breeds. She is a passionate Seahawks fan and an avid reader. Dr. Norling enjoys immersing herself in other cultures and has traveled all over the world. In her free time, Dr. Norling enjoys relaxing with friends and family, including her husband, Alex, and pit bull, Memphis.

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