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“I was a typical kid who would bring home all the strays and birds with broken wings and try to nurse them back to health,” he said.

Dean, a long-time Ferndale veterinarian and Blaine resident, recently opened Dean’s Veterinary Service, a mobile operation that offers house call service for dogs and cats, including exams, medical care, lab work, parasite control, vaccinations and minor surgery.

Dean earned his bachelor degree in chemistry from University of Puget Sound and his degree in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in 1984, where he graduated cum laude.

In 1986, he opened Glacierview Animal Hospital in Ferndale with his business partner Jim Beesley, who would later buy him out and take over the practice.

He owned and operated Glacieview Animal Hospital until 2005, when he sold the practice to be more available to his daughter who suffered a medical complication and also to take care of his aging father.

“I wanted to be able to find a niche where I could help people who have a difficult time getting their pets to the clinic,” he said. “Not many vets are able to do house calls these days because they’re so busy.”

Dean said he travels within all of Whatcom County with rates that vary by the distance traveled from his home in Blaine. Those rates, however, include the initial exam and Dean said because of his lack of overhead, he can maintain rates comparable to a conventional veterinary office visit.

“I’m also able to spend a lot more time with my clients and their animals as opposed to working in a clinic where you’re basically limited to about 15 minutes,” he said.

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