VCA Everett Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Everett Animal Hospital

Phone: 617-394-0471
Fax: 617-381-1635
251 Chelsea Street
Everett, MA 02149
Business Hours
Sun Closed
Starting in March we will now be open until 7pm on Fridays!

Dr. Shannon Lightbody
Medical Director

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Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Your pet's health is our top priority!

VCA Everett Animal Hospital has been serving the communities of Somerville, Medford, Malden, Revere, Chelsea and Everett since 2000. We are committed to providing you and your pet with the best customer service and medical knowledge possible. We take pride in the way we care for you and your pet. VCA Everett is an American Animal Hospital Association-accredited hospital, a goal achieved by just 12% of hospitals in North America. By being AAHA-accredited, we are voluntarily inspected in the following areas: client service, anesthesia, medical records, pain management, patient care, surgery, safety, and many others. The reason for our accreditation is so that we ensure that we are providing the best possible care to your pet.  


New to VCA?

In addition to radiology, we also offer outpatient abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms performed here by a visting specialist. In the event that your pet needs an ultrasound or echocardiogram, your veterinarian will work closely with the specialist to provide the best care for your pet.

At VCA Everett Animal Hospital, we love our pets. They�re not just our pets, they�re our family. We all want our pets to live long, happy, healthy lives. When our pets come to our hospital to visit, we are passionate about making sure their stay is comfortable and stress-free while we provide them extraordinary care. Our goal for our clients and patients is simple, we strive to take care of our patients the same way we take care of our own pets. We are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pets� health care, and we are driven to take exceptional care of our patients.

Dr. Richelle Berard
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Tufts University

Dr. Berard is a 2002 graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been in practice at VCA Everett since 2009. In addition

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Dr. Josh Gidlewski
Veterinary Specialist
Veterinary School:

Dr. Josh Gidlewski is a travelling specialist who offers cardiac and abdominal ultrasounds for our patients. In the event that your pet requires

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Above and Beyond
Larry Tokson from Everett

I had been taking my dog Max, a boxer, to VCA Everett from the very beginning. Actually, it was before it was VCA. Anyway, I had to make the unfortunate decision to euthanize Max because he was suffering and his quality of life had gone way down. I had called to bring him in the same day and made an appointment for 9:20 AM. After trying to get him up and walking down the stairs I gave up and called to cancel the appointment because I couldn't get him out of the house. I had been speaking with Janet and she said hold on and after a few minutes he came back and said that they could send one of their vet techs Alex to my house to help me get him out. Max was a very big boxer and weighed over 120 lbs so carrying him down the stairs (I live on the second floor) was quite a task. Well, Alex had walked to my home with a stretcher and a towel. Fortunately I only live right up the street from VCA Everett. We had put Max on the stretcher and proceeded to try and carry him down the stairs. Max kept slipping forward so we had to not do it that way. With the towel Alex brought he put it underneath Max's rear quarters and lifted him up and with me holding him in the front we proceeded to get him down the stairs and into my car. We then drove down the street to VCA Everett and Alex immediately brought Max out back so we didn't have to wait in the waiting room. I was then taken to the quiet room where they perform the Euthanasia and all business was transacted before they brought Max in so I could have time to say my goodbyes. I was not rushed and was able to hold, hug and kiss him for a while and say my goodbyes. I had been crying the whole time and all the staff was so nice and sympathetic. Dr. Lightbody then came in to perform the euthanasia an she was so professional and caring. She first gave Max a shot to help him sleep and then the second shot which actually made his heart stop and he was gone. It was a very peaceful and humane way to go. No suffering whatsoever. She then asked me if I would like to stay with him a bit and I did stay a few minutes more to say goodbye again and tell him how much I love him and how sorry I was to have to do this but that I knew he was in a better place. At that point I was a mess and instead of having to take care of all the business I was just able to leave and deal with my grief. My experience with VCA Everett has been nothing but professional and I find them so caring as well. They had gone above and beyond by sending Alex to help me and I will continue to go there with my other dog, a Pomeranian named Toby. Thanks so much to all the staff at VCA Everett. You guys are the best.

Larry Tokson

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
617-394-0471 or request an appointment.