Dr. William Lien established Lien Animal Clinic as one of the first veterinary hospitals in West Seattle in 1951. The clinic has occupied its current site on Alaska Street since that time. Dr. Larry King joined the staff with Dr. Lien in 1968, upon graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Dr. King subsequently owned the practice for 18 years, from 1980 until 1999. In 1994, Dr. King oversaw a major remodel of the clinic. In 1999, Dr. King turned over ownership of the practice to the Kraabels but he continued to work part-time until his retirement in January of 2008. Since his official retirement, Dr. King has continued to work occasionally as a relief doctor at the clinic, filling in when other doctors are ill or on vacation.
Dr. Timothy Kraabel graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and then completed a yearlong internship at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford in Rochester, New York before joining the staff at Lien Animal Clinic in September of 1990. Dr. Kraabel and Dr. Fritzler met while at WSU and were married in 1992. Dr. Elizabeth Fritzler earned her degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1991. She initially was employed full-time as a mixed animal veterinarian (primarily equine) in Redmond and Lake Stevens, but switched to exclusively small animal practice in 1993. Dr. Fritzler began practicing part-time at Lien Animal Clinic in July of 1996.
Ever since purchasing the clinic, the Kraabels have dreamed of replacing the current hospital. For several years they searched for a suitable site in West Seattle for a new clinic that was convenient, affordable, and appropriately zoned to allow an animal hospital. When no such site could be found, we decided to make the best use of our current site. Jeff Clark and his team from Architectural Werks was selected as the architect for a new building to be constructed on the back parking lot. Corstone Construction broke ground in February of 2009 and our beautiful new hospital and parking lot were completed in August 2009.
Lien Animal Clinic in the 1970s
O.J. the cat on the reception desk, 1989
New clinic as seen from the street