Drs. Kate and Patrick Connor are the new owners of Schoodic Animal Hospital on Route 1 in Sullivan. The husband-and-wife team bought the practice from Dr. Jenny Rees, who still sees patients three days a week. PHOTO COURTESY SCHOODIC ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Schoodic Animal Hospital welcomes new owners



SULLIVAN — Since March, furry friends getting care from the Schoodic Animal Hospital on Route 1 in Sullivan have likely been treated by Drs. Kate and Patrick Connor, who purchased the veterinary practice from Dr. Jenny Rees earlier this year.

Pets close to Rees still have something to wag about, though. She will continue to see patients three days a week indefinitely. 

The Connors first met while attending veterinary school at the University of Florida. After graduating, they practiced in New Hampshire for a decade before looking to move to Maine.

“We’ve just always loved Maine,” Kate said. As the couple considered relocating with their three children to rural Maine, they met Rees, who was selling her practice.

“And here we are,” Kate said.

“We’re going to continue to offer the same services,” she noted. The practice may expand to offer pet acupuncture, in which Patrick is certified. 

“The practice has been here for over 20 years and we’re looking forward to offering the same quality of patient care,” Kate said, adding that she and Patrick are enjoying being part of the Downeast community and just a 15-minute drive to Ellsworth.

Compared to their rural New Hampshire home, “Ellsworth is big for us,” she laughed. “So, it’s exciting.”

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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