Staff Bios

Dr. Thomas Sullivan, DVM

Dr. Sullivan grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, working in nursing homes and hospitals (for people, that is) through high school and into college. He had wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of five, but found work in the human health care arena. He attended Tufts University and Boston University for undergraduate work, nearly ending up in medical school. After submitting applications, he decided instead to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Leaving school, he found work as a veterinary radiology technician at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston where he learned patience (it can be difficult to convince an animal to lie quietly in perfect position while you leave the room to snap an X-ray!). He moved on to stints at Angell as a cardiology and neurology technician, then worked at a large general practice in Connecticut as a general technician. He moon-lighted milking cows in order to gain large animal experience before applying to veterinary school. He attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he developed a love of ophthalmology. Following graduation, he followed with a 1 year rotating internship as a clinician at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, then undertook specialty training in ophthalmology at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. N.C. State was a recognized world leader in veterinary ophthalmology- the training he received not only solidified his passion for ophthalmology, but also instilled a drive for innovation and lifelong learning within the field. He joined the Animal Eye Clinic in 1995, and has been owner since 2000. Although he loves all things ophthalmic, special interests within the field include the surgical treatment of retinal detachment, management of uveitis in large and small animals, and treatment of zoo, aquarium, and wildlife species. When not working, he enjoys music, long walks, and spending time at home with his wife, their two teenage children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 tortoise, and a collection of gregarious fish.

Rachel McFarlane is the practice manager at Animal Eye Clinic and has worked in veterinary medicine for over 13 years, the last 11 of which were spent in specialty medicine. She earned her BS in Animal Science with a Minor in Business from The Ohio State University. Rachel is currently in the process of obtaining her CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) certification.

She developed a passion for animals at young age and always dreamed of working in veterinary medicine. After growing up and attending college in Ohio, Rachel moved to Charlotte, NC where she met her husband, Chris. They made the move to Seattle, WA with their two spoiled cats in the spring of 2013. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time at home with her family, sampling the variety of cuisine the city has to offer, and indulging in the endless amount of outdoor activities within Washington. She truly has grown to love this city and the wonderful practice she is now a part of.


Anne was born in Indiana and raised in Seattle. She’s lived in several other states but moved back after missing the evergreens and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Anne, who has worked in the veterinary field since 1999, loves listening to people’s stories of their pets. When away from the clinic, Anne loves reading, spending time with her daughter, having coffee with friends and family, watching movies, horses, and in-line skating.

Christa moved to Washington in 1992 from Durham, North Carolina after getting a degree in Animal Care and Management. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 1991 and always knew that she wanted to work in the animal care field. She joined the Animal Eye Clinic team in September of 2013. Christa has a soft spot for our senior pets, as they usually come with a story that tugs at the heart.

Christa has a full house that she shares with her loving husband, beautiful daughter, two dogs, fat cat and turtle. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching scary movies and cooking. She and her family also own a restored 62' Impala, so going to car shows is another favorite pastime.

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