Our Doctors and Staff
We are a veterinary clinic you can trust
We know you love your pets and when it comes to caring for them, you want the best in veterinary care. When you bring your beloved pet to Afford-A-Vet-Animal Clinic, whether it is your cat, dog or rabbit, you can rest assured that we will provide the highest level of compassionate care.
WE LOVE ANIMALS and while your pet is in our care, he or she will be cared for like one of our own.
We look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Call Afford-A-Vet Animal Clinic in Kent, WA today for more information about our services, our staff, or to schedule surgery appointments. We look forward to meeting you and your pets in person.
(253) 859-VETS (8387)
Quality & Compassion at a LOW COST
Afford-A-Vet Animal Clinic
20920 108th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98031
Phone: (253) 859-VETS (8387)
Email: Allow up to 48 hours for email responses. Please call with urgent concerns.
We are next to SAFEWAY on 108th Ave. SE (Benson), just south of SE 208th (212th) Street.
We are only 4 Miles across the valley from Seatac/Des Moines and right up the hill from WINCO & Hwy 167.
Hours of Operation:
Monday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
There is no extra charge for our services on the weekends.
Walk-in Basis Only For Exams & Vaccines. Call For Surgery Appointments. Walk in exams will be seen until 5:30 pm on weekdays and 3:30 pm on weekends. Vaccines anytime while we are open.
DR. SHANNON L. SUTHERLAND, D.V.M. (Owner)
Lt. Col. US Army Reserves
A 1991 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sutherland grew up in Montana. Surrounded by animals early in life on a farm in western Montana, she knew as early as second grade that she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. As a young girl she took care of the sick, injured, or newborn dogs, cats, pigs, cows, and chickens.
Dr. Sutherland graduated high school in Fairfield, Montana and attended Montana State University prior to her acceptance into veterinary school at Colorado State University. While in college, she joined the US Army Reserves as a ROTC cadet. She commissioned as an officer and worked throughout veterinary school, pursuing both her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and her military career as a US Army Reserve officer.
After obtaining her D.V.M., Dr. Sutherland spent six years on active duty as an army veterinarian in Montana and Alaska. In the years to follow, the army also provided her the opportunity to practice veterinary medicine in Oklahoma and in such exotic locations as Honduras, El Salvador and Germany. She came off active duty 15 years ago to open a veterinary relief practice, making her professional services available to other veterinarians in need of temporary assistance and also providing spay and neuter surgical services to various animal shelters in the area where she resided. In addition, Dr. Sutherland has held associate veterinarian positions at two private small animal veterinary practices in Washington State, all the while continuing to serve in the US Army Reserves. Dr. Sutherland retired a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army with almost 30 years of service to her country.
Dr. Sutherland has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband with two more beautiful children. She enjoys high adventure activities, such as mountain biking and scuba diving and is currently on a mountain bike racing team.
DR. LAUREN SCHAIRER, D.V.M. (Associate)
Dr. Lauren Schairer graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary School in 2003. She was raised in a south suburb of Chicago along with her six siblings - five sisters and one brother. Dr. Schairer worked as a registered nurse for several years after first graduating from college with her R.N. degree. Career changes brought her briefly into elementary education then finally, due to her deep love and affection towards animals, into veterinary medicine. Dr. Schairer knew that the pathway into her veterinary career was long and twisted for a reason. Her prior careers as a nurse and an educator provided her with some very valuable training and experience that she has been able to draw from and utilize to enhance her veterinary career.
Dr. Schairer has worked as a veterinarian in a variety of practice types. The most recent, before coming to Afford-A-Vet Animal Clinic, was in a small animal hospital that was associated with an animal shelter. What she finds most enjoyable about veterinary medicine is being able to help animals that are in need and working through concerns with their owners.
Dr. Schairer feels very fortunate to be able to share her life with a number of four-legged "kids." She has 3 dogs (Popcorn, Pinkie, and Beanie and 8 cats. Although life can be chaotic at times with all of her pets, she wouldn't have it any other way.
Besides activities with her pets, Dr. Schairer enjoys cooking, sewing, swimming, hiking, snow skiing, snow shoeing, and most outdoor activities. She is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and is patiently waiting for them to win the Series.
DR. MARIA ZAYAS, D.V.M. (Associate)
Dr. Maria Zayas graduated from St George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She has many years of experience working with all creatures big and small.
Her special professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentisty, and exotic pet care.
In her spare time, you can find Dr. Zayas enjoying any outdoor activities with her shelter rescue family (including the cat who is leashed trained!)