Craig and Beth Adams purchased Poulsbo Animal Clinic in 2009, 6 years after graduating with WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2003. Beth and Craig met and dated during veterinary school, in between endless classes, studying, and exams. They got engaged on the banks of the Snake River after a romantic dinner of Arby’s sandwiches, followed by a bottle of celebratory champagne!
Early on, Craig was determined to own a practice in Western Washington. After veterinary school, the Drs. Adams found jobs at clinics in Silverdale and Port Orchard. They quickly fell in love with the close-knit community and rural living that the Kitsap Peninsula offered. After starting a family, it quickly became apparent that they needed to pursue practice ownership in order to be able to create their vision of a family-oriented veterinary hospital. Poulsbo Animal Clinic became the perfect opportunity!
Poulsbo Animal Clinic was established in 1952 and had three previous owners before the Drs. Adams purchased the business in 2009. It was previously located in the building currently owned by Animal Emergency and Trauma Center on Lindvig Way. One of the first things the Adams noticed after resuming ownership was the friendliness and welcoming nature of the clientele. Naturally, there was some worry with a change of ownership – Poulsbo Animal Clinic’s clients are very devoted and loving pet owners and the health of their 4-footed family members is of utmost importance. However, the Adams quickly gained their trust and loyalty through providing quality medicine, but in a personalized atmosphere. Lifelong relationships were quickly forged with these amazing families! Poulsbo Animal Clinic has truly become an extension of the Adams family! For the Adams, this has been a dream realized!
The Adams are staying extremely busy with the clinic and with their 4 young children, Violet (11), Sawyer (nearly 10), Weston (nearly 8), and their newest addition, Louisa (18 months). Additionally, they have a boxer, 2 horses, 2 mini donkeys, ducks, bunnies, and chickens. They try to stay active in the community through involvement in the Poulsbo Rotary Club, Poulsbo’s Chamber of Commerce, their church, and many local youth activities. Beth is currently homeschooling the kids, which is a tremendous time commitment and has temporarily taken her away from the veterinary clinic. Poulsbo Animal Clinic annually participates in Kitsap Humane Society’s Petswalk and PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap’s Wagfest.
What one thing we would the Drs. Adams tell a stranger about Poulsbo Animal Clinic? In a nutshell, Beth sums it up with, “Poulsbo Animal Clinic is about family and strengthening relationships between people and their furry family members. We are about offering high quality medicine, but in a safe and non-corporate environment. In a rapidly de-personalized society, we want to actually know our clients and help them through the lifetime of their pets and beyond.”
The Adams look forward to many more years of building relationships and practicing great medicine in the Poulsbo community!