114 2nd St Box 326 • Langley, WA 98260 • (360) 331–8090

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Jean Dieden DVM

Jean Dieden DVM

“Dr. Jean” Dieden has nearly 30 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian. She first started working on Whidbey Island in the late 1980s, shortly after moving to Western Washington from New England. Not surprisingly, it did not take her long to fall in love with the island’s natural beauty as well as its “pet-centric” community. In 1999, she came to live here as a full-time resident. Since then, she has worked in mainland emergency hospitals and busy day practices until she was able to finally come home and create a new facility here in Langley.

Aside from her official career as an animal health professional, Dr. Jean has been active in the dog sports community since her early teens. She began walking to dog training classes at the local YMCA, and at 14 years of age, she put her first obedience title on the family miniature dachshund. They finished their Companion Dog title in style, winning a runoff and five separate trophies. Once Dr. Jean was on her own, her pet brood quickly expanded and she has had the pleasure of living with multiple dogs and cats ever since. With her Belgian Tervuren and a houseful of wirehaired dachshunds, she has trained and competed at a national level for almost 40 years, together earning more than 100 title certificates from the American Kennel Club, including advanced show, field, obedience, tracking, agility, and earthdog titles. Hathor Farm has been graced with Best in Show and multiple national field trial winners, as well as one of the country’s few triple champion, champion tracker dogs, CT DC M’I Spy of Hathor Farm SW, CD RN OA AXJ NAP OJP OF JE.

Dr. Dieden has traveled throughout the country as a popular tracking, field, and earthdog test judge and has served on several national committees and as an officer of the Dachshund Club of America, as well as president of the local specialty club. Her involvement in dachshund field trials and earthdog tests earned her the ultimate recognition when she was honored with the 2012 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance Events.  Not content to limit her canine experiences, her interest in extreme veterinary medicine was piqued when she first attended Alaska’s Iditarod Dog Sled Race as a checkpoint veterinarian in 1992. Now, more than 21 years (and 21 races) later, she continues to make the annual trek to the great north to volunteer, working right along with the participants and the hundreds of volunteers associated with the Iditarod family.

Dr. Jean is a graduate of New York’s Cornell University and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Her practice experience runs the gamut from shelters and small rural farm community clinics to referral hospitals that incorporate the latest cutting-edge technical care. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Society for Theriogenology, International Sled Dog Veterinary Medicine Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Whidbey Island Kennel Club, the Dachshund Club of America, Cascade Dachshund Club, and the Puget Sound Earthdog Club.

Dr. Dieden is dedicated to working with owners to find the best possible solutions tailored for all their pet care needs. She has special interests in small animal reproduction services and health screening tests.


Stacie Schmidt

Stacie Schmidt

Stacie has more than 12 years’ experience as a veterinary technical assistant. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a short time before moving back to Arizona. In 2011, she and her family made the move from Florence, Arizona, to Whidbey Island. She loves reading and spending time with her family and friends, and especially enjoys being a mother to her growing daughter. Stacie and her family have a household of pets including three dogs—Sam, a 15-year-old Italian Greyhound; Libby, a 12-year-old cattle dog mix; and Bubba, a 6-year-old coon hound/cattle dog mix—and two cats, Lynx and Babs.


Liz Stenning

Liz Stenning

Liz has been in love with Whidbey Island for years.  After visiting friends who lived here she decided to make the move.  Originally from Texas, Liz has worked in a variety of animal care related jobs, from wildlife rehabilitator, to vet assistant, as a shelter worker and manager of a natural pet supply store in Seattle.  Liz is an avid sheep herding enthusiast, training and competing with her Australian Kelpie “Crick” and a Border Collie “Rye.”  However, Liz admits to being owned by several Australian Cattle Dogs and a Pixie Bob cat named “Steve.”  Taking to the island life, she now lives with them all on some property here along with her sheep and chickens, and is thrilled to join the dedicated team at the Animal Hospital by the Sea.


Megan Besst

Megan Besst

Megan was born and raised here on Whidbey Island.  Starting in Coupeville, she has enjoyed growing up on the island surrounded by animals and has become actively involved in the South end community activities, including WICA and the Island Shakespeare Festival. Megan is currently attending PIMA Medical Institute in training to become a licensed veterinary technician. She lives with her Rat Terrier (Biggie) and her two cats (Audrey and Tybalt).


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Animal Hospital by the Sea rocks! Jean is a fabulous veterinarian, the environment is warm and relaxing and there is great communication between Jean and her staff. We are all so very happy to have found them!
Jodi Starcevich, Matt Costello, Groovy Roux and Salinger

Dr. Dieden’s surgical technique allowed our dog a quick and trouble free spay recovery without the stress and discomfort of an Elizabethan collar (head cone).  We are very grateful to Dr. Dieden and staff who assisted with Rena’s surgery.
Bob and Jayme Holmberg

Meshuggeneh was the most relaxed cat during her visit to Dr.Jean that I think she would have stayed longer. Thank you both Holly and Dr. Jean for your time and help. Best find in Langley... a great vet!
Jeanniemaria Barbour

Jean and staff Thank you so very much for the care given to our Lab, Lily We are so appreciative of your time, concern and love given to our pet. Lily is forever grateful and so are her humans, Nina and Chris We hope the next visit will be just the standard check up and not an emergency, again thank you for the excellent care. Animal Hospital By The Sea, you rock!
Chris Skatell

Dory a Golden on the island says thank you.
Louise Long

The staff and Jean are fabulous. We are so lucky to have them on the Island.
DeLaine Emmert

Thank you Dr Jean Dieden for taking such good care of my labrador, Kinsey. Kinsey had a raging hot spot. Thanks to Dr Dieden’s caring and effective treatment, Kinsey is much more comfortable and on the mend.
Lia Bijsterveld

It doesn’t get any better than this animal hospital for care for your pet.  Jean Dieden and her team of Holly and Stacy are top notch and they are genuinely caring.  I also like the fact that this is a animal hospital and part of that terminology means they do their own blood work.
Rob Felding

Dr. Jean held my hand throughout it all and, had it not been for her professional intuition about a prescription Lena was given during emergency treatment, my little girl would not be the happy, healthy kitty she is today. As for how my other cat Dexter feels about Dr. Jean, you can see for yourself around this website.
Susan Hanson