West Friendship Animal Hospital

West Friendship Animal Hospital has been taking care of pets and people since 1966. Dr. Stuart Meyers started the practice in Ellicot City. Upon Dr. Meyers' retirement, Dr. Tom Sullivan bought the hospital and moved it to its present location in West Friendship. Dr. Estelle Ward partnered with Dr. Sullivan in 2014. She is medical director and co-owner, while Dr. Sullivan took on an administrative role. 

Dr. Ani Gibbons started at WFAH in 2015 and Dr. Linda Reinhardt in 2017. With our caring, talented three doctor team and wonderful support staff, we strive to satisfy the needs of every pet and every owner every time. We provide state of the art preventative healthcare, advanced dentistry, general surgery and internal medicine. Comprehensive medical and behavioral counseling are key components of our work. Boarding and bathing round out the resources we provide for your pets. 

We love what we do! We are grateful for the privilege of being part of your pet care family. 
  • 12800 Frederick Road
  • P.O. Box 221
  • West Friendship,MD 21794
  • Phone: (410) 489-9410
  • Fax: (410) 489-0872
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  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 7:30am - 1:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Office hours are by appointment only.
  • Dr. Estelle Ward

    Dr. Estelle Ward

    Practice Co-Owner / Veterinary Medical Director

    Dr. Estelle Ward joined WFAH in May 2014. Dr. Ward has practiced in Ithaca, NY and in Baltimore, MD prior to coming to West Friendship. Her interests in veterinary medicine include dentistry, internal medicine, dermatology, and preventative health care. Dr. Ward has devoted her career to the human-companion animal bond. She serves on the board of directors of the Maryland SPCA.

    Dr. Ward graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 with a BA in Classics and from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 with a DVM.

    Dr. Ward lives with her husband, Jeff, who is also a veterinarian, and her son Joshua at Starward Farm in Dayton, MD. Two miniature donkeys, six sheep, four dogs, two cats, four snakes, one gecko, and a very large oscar cichlid all live at the farm as well. She enjoys both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Her two favorite breeds are Dobermans and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs.
    Dr. Ward loves reading, running, traveling, gardening, antiquing, walking her dogs and listening to classical music.
  • Dr. Tom Sullivan

    Dr. Tom Sullivan

    Practice Co-Owner

    Dr. Sullivan began his career at Squire Veterinary Clinic in Upper Marlboro, MD where he met his future wife, Eileen Garvey.  This was a mixed animal practice where he split his time taking care of farm animals as well as dogs and cats.  After a short stint at Bay Country Animal Hospital in Crownsville, MD, Dr. Sullivan accepted the position of Medical Director and Veterinarian, where he oversaw the opening of the Animal Emergency Center in Timonium, MD.  He spent six years there practicing emergency medicine and critical care, and directed the early years of the Center which has now evolved into the well-known PetER in Towson, MD.  Dr. Sullivan left emergency medicine for the Ellicott City Veterinary Clinic which he purchased in 1994.  In 2002, the Ellicott City facility was moved to its current location as the West Friendship Animal Hospital.  In the same year, he helped organize the group of doctors which opened the cooperative after hours emergency veterinary facility in Ellicott City known as the Emergency Animal Hospital.  Today he continues to function as its Hospital Director and serves on the Board.


  • Dr. Ani Gibbons

    Dr. Ani Gibbons

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Ani Gibbons joined the West Friendship Animal Hospital in April 2015.

    It has been her life long dream to become a veterinarian and has worked with animals since she was 16. She attended the University of Delaware and earned a B.S. in Animal Science. For veterinary school, she attended St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman and completed the clinical year at the University of Georgia. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD.

    Dr. Gibbons has an adorable mutt named Marlin, who she adopted from a shelter. When she has free time, she and Marlin enjoy hiking, running and relaxing in the sun together. Dr. Gibbons hopes to one day live on a farm with some goats, pigs, a couple cows and a pack of dogs.
  • Dr. Linda Reinhardt

    Associate Veterinarian 

    Dr. Linda Reinhardt knew from the age of 4 that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She has been practicing in the Baltimore area since her graduation from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.  Her main areas of interest are internal medicine, dermatology, and behavioral medicine.  The most enjoyable part of being a veterinarian, to her, is fostering more rewarding relationships between people and their pets.

     Dr. Reinhardt's outside interests include horseback riding, yoga, and fitness.  She enjoys gardening in the warmer months and reading in the colder months when she has the time.  She has trained and shown dogs in obedience, retrieving, and agility. Her current dog, Grayson, is now retired from the conformation ring and is competing successfully in agility. Dr. Reinhardt lives with her husband Bill, Grayson, and her tiny cat Nicole in West Friendship.

  • Kyleigh

    Practice Manager 

    Kyleigh started with WFAH in May of 2016. She has been in the veterinary field for over 14 years. She started as a vet assistant/receptionist and worked her way to practice manager.  She has herbachelors in business administration from Penn State University.  Kyleigh has a beautiful daughter named Payton. She has 3 dogs and two cats. Most of them are rescues that she acquired through the clinics she worked at.    
  • Kim Sarver

    Kim

    Veterinary Technician 

    Kim joined WFAH in 2014. She comes to the practice with many years of experience as a veterinary technician. Her organizational and technical skills are a huge asset to our practice, as well as her dedication to client education. Kim shares her home with her husband, two young daughters,, their adorable Boxer-Vinny and snuggly Guinea Pig-Henry.
  • Jessica Brauer

    Jessica

    Veterinary  Technician

    Jess joined WFAH in 2012. Jess is a dedicated member of the team who really enjoys caring for patients and boarders. She's developed a special knack for helping to hold and calm cats for their appointments and procedures. Jess also attends college full time. She  and her husband have 5  adorable dogs, Hunter, Bear, Riley, Blue Bell, and Jase.
  • Sarah

    Veterinary Technician 

    Sarah joined West Friendship Animal Hospital in 2018 with a passion to care for and get to know the beloved pets that come here.  She joined this team with five years of experience as a veterinary technician and is eager to continue her journey at West Friendship Animal Hospital.
    When she's not caring for the pets at West Friendship, she is spending as much time as possible with her fur babies (Senor Sanchez, my little old man, and Black Bean, my constantly purring kitty) and with her friends and family.  She enjoys looking for new places to go kayaking and hiking, and working on her veterinary school application.  
  • Haileigh

    Veterinary Technician

    Haileigh joined WFAH in July of 2016 and is brand new to the veterinary field. She grew up with all kinds of different animals and it sparked an interest in the veterinary field. She is currently working as a technician assistant, aspiring to be a vet technician herself in the future. Haileigh plans on attending Penn Foster's Technicician program. Right now, Haileigh lives at home with her pug, Pugsley and is known at WFAH as the "Crazy Pug Lady!" She enjoys being outdoors, being at the beach, and helping any fur baby she can!
  • Carissa

    Head Receptionist 

    Carissa joined WFAH in June of 2016. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2013. Carissa has added a fun and energetic vibe to the hospital with all her love for our patients. She lives at home with her boyfriend, rabbit, and 2 beautiful corgi pups! When she is not working she enjoys spending time with family, relaxing outside, and spoiling any pup that she can. 
  • Tatyana

    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

    Tatyana has been with us since August of 2017. Tatyana just recently started at WFAH as a Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant. She is currently in-training to become a Technician. She has been in this field for 3 years doing kennel assisting, and has always had a passion for the Veterinary field as she wants to be a Veterinarian in the future. Her favorite part about working at WFAH are her coworkers and how genuinely nice, and caring everyone is here at the clinic. At home, Tatyana has 4 cats (Smalls, Ritzy, Pig and Stormy), 2 dogs (Tasha and Addy), and a horse named Bonnie. Outside of work, she likes to do artwork, she enjoys being outside as much as possible and being surrounded by friends.
  • Ciara

    Receptionist 

    Ciara is one of our receptionists, who joined the WFAH team this past summer.. This is her first job in the vet field, and she is absolutely loving it! She has 4 dogs at home, Gemma, Crusher, Nicky, and Noelle, and her love for animals fits right in with us!
  • Valerie

    Receptionist 

    Valerie joined WFAH as a receptionist in April 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree form Loyola College and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. After a 40 year career in Maryland public and academic libraries she retired from Prince George's County Memorial Library System where she was Chief of Materials Management.  
    As someone who has always loved cats, dogs, and pretty much all things furry Valerie says she has found her "perfect retirement job" here at WFAH. In the past she has had numerous rescue dogs and cats. She currently has just 1 rescue cat named Lily, and thanks to her grandchildren's skill with ping pong balls 2 carnival goldfish named Nemo and Marlin.
    When not working she enjoys spending time with her family-especially her 4 grandchildren. 

  • Shannon

    Receptionist

    Shannon recently joined WFAH as a receptionist.  Her outgoing personality and love of animals makes her a perfect fit for us.  Shannon recently moved from Pennsylvania and now lives in Parkville Maryland.

    Shannon is married and has 3 children.  She also has 3 cattle dogs, Ruby, Wrangler and Remi and 2 cats Buddy and Alley.  When she isn’t working or playing with her herd she likes to garden, decorate and hit the beaches looking for shells and sea glass.    

    Years in Practice:
    May 30, 2018
  • Cierra

    Veterinary Assistant 

    Cierra joined WFAH in Dec 17. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College and is studying to become a veterinary technician. She loves working at WFAH and helping all of the animals. She currently has two dogs, Diesel and Jaylee and a horse named Nickers. 
  • Valarie

    Kennel Assistant

    Valarie joined the WFAH team in 2018 and came with experience from a large boarding facility. She enjoys caring for different types of animals. Valarie shares her life with her fiance Kris, 3 cats ( Bob, Oswald, and Chico) and an African Grey Parrot named Merlin. 

    Years in Practice:
    May 30, 2018
  • Clark

    Kennel Assistant

     Clark joined WFAH in July 2017. He was born in 1983 outside of Chicago, IL but now lives in Elkridge, MD. He has 4 pets: a Weimaraner named Django, an Italian Greyhound named Neo, a miniature Schnauzer named Admiral, and a tabby named Moto. In is spare time he enjoys  playing guitar and taking his dogs on long walks. He is working towards becoming a veterinary technician.