Compassionate Veterinary Services in Flagstaff

As the area’s only animal wellness center, we focus on the health and well-being of all the animals we treat. At Continental Animal Wellness Center, we combine Traditional and Behavioral Health medicine with excellent customer service to create the ideal atmosphere for you and your pet. Our aim is provide the best Veterinary Services in Flagstaff.

From horses and farm animals to house pets and exotics, we understand that animals play an important role in your life. Large or small, your animals deserve our custom quality care tailored to your needs. With years of combined professional experience in animal care, we offer a state-of-the-art facility, the most up-to-date equipment, and a staff that is dedicated to compassionate care and superior service. For your convenience, everything you need for both large and small animal care is located right here under one roof. Come on in, or browse through our website, and find out how Continental Animal Wellness Center can make a difference in the life of your pets and farm animals.

Mission Statement

To provide extraordinary medicine and diagnostics with a focus on excellence in care and service.

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

- Immanuel Kant

Services Offered

Soft Tissue Surgery:

Surgical suite equipped with both a CO2 laser and electrocautery to minimize surgical bleeding and decrease pain.


In clinic laboratory, outside reference laboratory, digital x-ray, ultrasound.

Digital Radiology:

Digital images for both full body and dental films; Board certified radiologist available to read films remotely.

Farm/ house Calls:

Large animal exams can be done in the familiar surroundings of your barn; offer in home euthanasia for the comfort of you and your pet.

Emergency Care:

Available to take emergency cases during office hours. We are also available for large/farm animal emergencies on nights and weekends.

Oncology Services:

We offer a range of chemotherapy options for your dog or cat.

Routine preventative care:

Parasite prevention, current vaccination protocols, and complete puppy/ kitten and dental care packages offered.

Large/ Small animal dental care:

Top of the line dental equipment and radiology available and consults with boarded Veterinary Dentist available while your pet is in our clinic.

Behavior consults:

Extended exams to address both your pet's medical and behavioral health concerns.

Our Veterinarians

Dr Bruchman posing with her 2 horse, and 3 dogs in a field of flowers

Dr. Alicia Bruchman


As a young child I knew pretty early in life that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I have always loved animals and my first word as a child was “horse”. I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona where as a child I owned many different kinds of animals. I graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary Medicine program in 2010. Upon graduation I settled in Flagstaff so I could escape from the “Big City” of Phoenix and move up to the mountains. Shortly after moving to Flagstaff I met my husband Max. We enjoy spending time outdoors with our horses, goats, and dogs. We are expecting our first child shortly and can’t wait to introduce him to the beautiful mountain town we call home. I have a special interest in dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, and oncology.

Dr. McKenna Thompson with her Horse and Pug

Dr. McKenna Thompson


Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by the world around me, especially relating to biology and medicine. Growing up in South Florida, I spent most of my time outside, playing with the many different animals that my family owned and swimming in the ocean to marvel at the beauty of the many fish I came across. This upbringing naturally led me to a career in veterinary medicine. I attended Washington State University and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. My husband and I were drawn back to Flagstaff because of our love of this beautiful little town and its people. Joining the team at CAWC feels like coming home because I worked here as a veterinary technician before attending vet school. Although I enjoy every aspect of veterinary medicine, I am particularly interested in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and dentistry.

My husband and I welcomed our first child in October 2019 and have been enjoying parenthood to the fullest (in spite of the lack of sleep some nights bring!).

Dr. Dobbin sitting under a pine tree with her two dogs

Dr. Cassandra Dobbin


I moved to Flagstaff to attend NAU where I majored in photojournalism and art and graduated in 2003. Shortly after graduation I felt that I needed to change paths and started to pursue the sciences and worked towards applying to veterinary school. I graduated in 2014 from Michigan State University Veterinary Medicine program. I grew to love Flagstaff so knew upon graduation that I wanted to move back to Arizona and find a job in this beautiful mountain town. I enjoy the outdoors and in my free time you may see me snowboarding, playing soccer, and hiking. I am married and have two beautiful little girls. My interests are in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.

Latest News


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the term for the current human virus responsible for this pandemic and is also referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses (COVID-19 and others) are a family of enveloped, single-stranded, positive-strand RNA viruses classified within the Nidovirales order. This coronavirus family consists of pathogens of many animal species and of humans.  

What does the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) say?

Since COVID-19 is a different virus than the coronaviruses we see in our domestic animals there is no reason to seek vaccination of your pets at this time. Click HERE to go to their COVID-19 page.

Can my pets give COVID-19 to me?

COVID-19 is the term for the current human virus responsible for this pandemic and is also referred to as SARS-CoV-2. This is NOT the same virus as canine coronavirus, which causes diarrhea in puppies and can contribute to canine infectious respiratory disease, nor feline coronavirus which can mutate and cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).  Due to a lack of efficacy of the vaccinations as well as a tendency for mild, if any, clinical signs, the coronavirus vaccine is not considered core for either cats nor dogs and therefore not given routinely. Horses also are affected by a corona virus (ECoV) which typically causes mild to moderate GI signs.  There is no vaccine for equine coronavirus and treatment is usually just symptomatic care.

I heard a dog had COVID-19. What is up with that?

There was a case of a dog in Hong Kong that tested "weak positive" for COVID-19.  The patient never showed any clinical signs. It is true that this 17yr old Pomeranian did pass away while under quarantine, but experts suspect it was likely due to the effects of stress of quarantine and its underlying health conditions. To date IDEXX reference laboratory has tested more than 4,000 canine, feline and equine samples from areas of outbreak worldwide and have detected NO positive samples.

Click HERE to see IDEXX COVID-19 page.

Should I get a vaccine if there is one?

Since COVID-19 is a different virus than the coronaviruses we see in our domestic animals there is no reason to seek vaccination of your pets at this time.

What if I am still scared?

We hope that the information above can help put some fears at ease, however, if you are still concerned about you or your pets safety PLEASE contact us or your regular veterinarian.

We can always be reached at 928-522-6008, or by email at