West Friendship Animal Hospital

In 1966, on a small property in the western part of Ellicott City, Dr. Stuart Myers opened the Ellicott City Veterinary Clinic.  In 1990, Dr. Tom Sullivan joined the practice and moved his family to Howard County.  A few years later, Dr. Myers elected to retire. Dr. Sullivan bought the clinic in 1994 and retained the original trade name.  Shortly thereafter, Dr. Wendy Keller joined the practice.

With the success and growth of the practice and the local communities, there were major advances being made in the quality of veterinary care the profession could offer.  The original facility became obsolete.  In May of 2002, with much anticipation, Dr. Sullivan and the staff opened the West Friendship Animal Hospital at its current location on Route 144 in West Friendship.  The original office was kept open to continue to serve many loyal, long-term clients however it became evident a higher quality of care could be offered by the new West Friendship Hospital and the original Ellicott City office was closed.

In the Summer of 2014, WFAH experienced another, exciting shift when Dr. Estelle Ward joined the practice to become our current Co-owner, Medical Director, and full-time veterinarian. Dr. Ward brings many years of experience and a passion for advanced veterinary dentistry to our practice. Since welcoming Dr. Ward into our practice, Dr. Sullivan has taken a more administrative role in the hospital and is currently not seeing appointments. Dr. Sullivan also has plays an active role in the Emergency Animal Hospital in Ellicott City. 

In 2015, WFAH's veterinary family expanded once again to include Dr. Aniko Gibbons.

With our two doctor team, full-time hospital management, and personable, highly trained support staff, we are able to offer our clients the level of customer service and professional veterinary care they and their pets deserve.

  • 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. Tom Sullivan

    Dr. Tom Sullivan

    Practice Co-Owner

    Dr. Sullivan grew up in the coastal New England town of New London, CT.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1976.  Upon graduation, he gave in to his newly found spirit of exploration and spent the next four years traveling between Latin America, Spain, and the U.S.  During this stint, he enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad de Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain.  Although the experiences in Europe were enriching and memorable, in 1980, Dr. Sullivan decided his educational pursuits might better be realized back home.  He returned to the States and shortly thereafter enrolled in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  In 1985, he earned his veterinary degree.

    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.

    The Sullivan family has grown over the years.  Eileen has her Master's Degree in Critical Care Nursing.  She currently works full-time as a mom and works part-time in a coumadin laboratory in Columbia, MD.  The children include Patrick Bryan and Casey. Patrick is enrolled at La Salle University in Philadelphia and is a member of the soccer team.  Bryan is enrolled at Howard Community College and their daughter Casey attends Mount View Middle School.  There is never a shortage of pets in the household.  Last count, Monty the cat was outside discussing hunting rights with the fox, Freddie the bichon-poo was sleeping on the couch, and Roscoe the beagle was watching Monty through the picture window.  Oh yeah, and Bubbles the goldfish is hoping they don't forget to feed him.
  • 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, and has spent a lot of time on the board of the Maryland SPCA, where she still maintains an advisory role in committee work.

    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, two rabbits, four dogs, two cats, four snakes, two tarantulas, one gecko, one scorpion, 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, gardening, antiquing, walking her dogs and listening to classical music.
  • 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.
  • Kyleigh Hanisko

    Practice Manager 

    Kyleigh started with WFAH in May of 2016. She has been in the veterinary field for over 12 years. She started as a vet assistant/receptionist and worked her way to practice manager.  She will have her bachelors in business administration in May 2017 from Penn State and plans on starting the process of obtaining her MBA in the fall of 2017 from Penn State.  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.    
  • Carissa Haynes

    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. 
  • Haileigh DIxon

    Receptionist/ Kennel Assistant 

    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!
  • Kim Sarver

    Kim Sarver

    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 Brauer

    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.
  • Melanie Keary

    Veterinary Technician

    Melanie joined WFAH in the spring of 2016. She has 15+ years of experience in small animal medicine. She is skilled in client communication and enjoys caring for the pets. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her daughter, boyfriend, chihuahua Stimey, and cat Charity. 
  • Jake Warthen

    Kennel  Assistant 

    Jake started with WFAH in 2014. He really enjoys working with pets and helping to keep our hospital beautiful! Jake's shares his home with his entertaining kitty-Tigger.
  • Toriana Dunlap

    Kennel Assistant 

    Tori joined the WFAH family in March of 2017. She is currently taking classes for photography and is considering furthering her education in the vet field. She would like to one day travel and photograph the world.  She has 4 fur babies, Mj a dachshund/ min pin mix, Peanut a dachshund / chihuahua mix, Bella the beagle, and her cat Ella Penelape.  In her spare time she likes to create art from random things. She also loves road trips and the beach. 
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    Years in Practice:
    May 24, 2017
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    Years in Practice:
    May 24, 2017
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    Years in Practice:
    May 24, 2017