Our History



2042 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
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Phone: 206-285-7387
Fax: 206-285-9074
Email: info@elliottbayah.com


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Sun: Closed

Hospital as a Grocery Store 1937

Guilfoil Animal Hospital 1955

Guilfoil Animal Hospital 1959

Guilfoil Animal Hospital 1973

The practice of veterinary medicine began at our present location just after the end of World War II. In 1945, the practice was started by Dr. Tom Guilfoil. When the war ended, Dr. Guilfoil originally from Kansas decided to start his veterinary practice in Seattle Washington. They found a vacant grocery store building at our present location and remodeled it into a veterinary hospital. They called it Guilfoil Animal Hospital. That name remained until Dr. Guilfoil’s retirement in 1975.

In 1957, Dr. Stanley B. Coe joined the practice after graduating from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At that time, the building that housed the practice was about one-fourth of its present size. Upon Dr. Guilfoil’s retirement, Dr. Coe purchased the practice and the name became Elliott Bay Animal Hospital.

In 1975, Dr. John C. Kelly joined Dr. Coe in the practice and later became a full partner in 1980. Dr. Coe remained an active owner until November 2002 when he retired. In 2020, Dr. Kelly retired and sold the practice to Dr. Debra Nicholson, who Dr. Kelly mentored professionally for many years. Dr. Nicholson is now the sole owner of the practice and leader of our veterinarian team.

Elliott Bay Animal Hospital is proudly AAHA certified, representing the highest standards in veterinary excellence.

Over the years, Elliott Bay Animal Hospital has grown tremendously. The facility has undergone several remodels. The physical building has quadrupled in size and workforce has expanded to ​40-45 employees including 7 associate veterinarians.

We proudly serve the pets of the Seattle metropolitan area.

We love being part of your community! We provide compassionate veterinary care for the pets of Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Queen Anne, Crown Hill, Fremont, Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Downtown Seattle, and beyond!

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