Our Veterinarians

Dr. Don Aupperlee


Dr. Aupperlee, a New Jersey native, always enjoyed learning about animals.  He studied Biology at Dordt College in Iowa; however, he did not know where it would lead him.  Upon introduction to veterinary medicine by a college professor and dairy cattle veterinarian he decided to make it his career.

After graduating from Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Aupperlee spent time as a large animal veterinarian and in a pharmaceutical company in upstate New York. In 1992 Dr. Aupperlee and his wife, Jeany (a dairy farmer’s daughter from Whatcom County), moved from New York and became the owners of Whatcom Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Aupperlee enjoys all aspects of small veterinary medicine and surgery, although delivering puppies or kittens by caesarian section is hard to beat!  He sees his role as an educator to clients and staff and always focuses on how he can serve both groups. This enables him to provide the best possible care for his animal patients.  Having fun while working hard is his style.

Dr. Aupperlee and his wife, Jeany, have a son and three daughters and are now the proud grandparents of six.  They enjoy traveling, photography and outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching and gardening.  They are also active in their local church.

Dr. Seana Thrasher


Dr. Seana Thrasher began her career in research and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia.  Continuing her love for animals with her interest in biomedical research, she pursued her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and graduated in 1999.  The following year she served as a large animal medicine and surgery intern at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Afterwards, she was accepted at the Cornell University Comparative Biomedical PhD program.  During this time at Cornell, she also worked in a mixed animal private practice.  Upon completing her PhD, she worked full-time as a mixed animal practitioner in Upstate New York.

Always having loved hiking and mountaineering, she accepted a job in Abbotsford as a veterinarian to be closer to some spectacular mountains and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

She and her husband, Ales, share their home with four sugar gliders, two cats and one dog.  She’s been a part of our team at Whatcom Veterinary Hospital since 2014.  In their free time, she and Ales enjoy hiking, camping and traveling together and her hobbies include reading, painting and knitting.