Welcome to Best Friend's Veterinary Center!  

Best Friend's Veterinary Center is dedicated to providing warm, loving, and knowledgeable care for companion pets. We invite you to stop in and have a behind the scenes tour of our award winning facility. We think you will be delighted to see the level of care an AAHA hospital can provide.


Pet emergency after hours? Call the Pet Emergency Center at (360) 848-5911.


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Meet The Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Eric Anderson

    Dr. Anderson grew up with a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes. From the time he was a small boy, he always wanted to be a veterinarian. In 1980, he opened Best Friend's Veterinary Center, where he remains to be a practicing doctor, director, and chief of staff. Dr. Anderson has been voted the “Best Veterinarian on Whidbey” by The Whidbey News-Times readership poll several times. He prides himself in his advanced, post-doctoral education and has an especially strong background in orthopedic surgery and ultrasonography.

  • Dr.
    Erica Anderson Syring

    Dr. Syring is a Whidbey Island native and graduate of Ross University. Dr. Erica and her husband Aaron live here on Whidbey Island with daughters Payton and Reagan, two french bulldogs Ruby and Fergie and their loveable cat Mooch. Her interests in veterinary medicine include ultrasonography, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, she enjoys family and friend get-togethers, snow and water skiing and scuba diving.

  • Dr.
    John Varga

    Dr. Varga comes to Best Friend's after practicing in upstate New York for 25 years.  He came back to the Pacific Northwest to live on a floating home in Portland, Oregon, but he and his wife now live in La Conner to pursue their passion for sailing and to be closer to the beautiful San Juan Islands.  His interests are in internal medicine and dermatology.  Dr. Varga graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1987.  Three cats, one dog, and two grown children complete the family.  Dr. Varga is honored to be a part of your family's care.

  • Dr. Sarah Lord

    Born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut, Dr. Lord attended Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and then moved to NYC for a small animal rotating emergency and surgery internship. Following her internship, she moved back to CT where she was practicing as a small animal general practitioner at a large hybrid GP, ER, and specialty hospital for the last three years.

    Outside of work, she has two amazing pups that include a crazy sweet German Wirehaired Pointer mix named Brie who has been by her side since veterinary school, and a handsome black Labrador Retriever named Bear. 

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Office Hours

*We are closed on major holidays*

Best Friend's Veterinary Center

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Wow! Thanks to all the staff at Best Friends Vet Clinic. I feel like you all truly love what you do! My kitty, Lola and I always have such a pleasant experience when we come in. Fortunately, it’s usually just for a check-up, but I would not leave Lola in anyone else’s hands but yours. Thank you for your caring commitment"
    Maya Smith / Los Angeles, CA
  • "I'm so glad I chose to bring my cats here when I moved to Oak Harbor! The entire staff is beyond kind and caring, there are separate waiting rooms for dogs and cats so that my girls don't have anyone barking at them, and every visit earns the kitties treats and even new toys. The sign outside says this place takes the pet out of petrified, and they honestly do go out of their way to do just that in a way no other vet I've ever had did."
    Andy B.
  • "Today, we went in for our first visit. Immediately I was pleased. There's a separate entrance and waiting area for cats and dogs. The vet brought in a pheromone covered towel and some catnip to put my kitty at ease. The exam tables are even heated! Everyone was so sweet and very kind. They listened to my concerns and the history of my cat. I am very grateful to have found Best Friends. We look forward to seeing them again! Great experience!"
    Angela L.