Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Veterinary Tech School: Becker College and Mt. Ida College

    Kristen joined our team in the spring of 2014. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in the animal care industry.  She has a love for what she does and has proven to be an asset here at VCA Rotherwood. Kristen is our Cattitude Champion as well as a Veterinary Technical Nutritional Counselor.

    Kristen is working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. She was a Certified Dog Trainer in the past, and is looking to recertify herself.

    In her spare time, Kristen enjoys being outdoors. From hiking and camping to horseback riding and biking, she is always active. She also knows how to relax by doing yoga or reading a good book. She lives at home with her 3 cats, Bebe, Sunshine, and Onyx.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Emily P

    Emily joined the VCA Rotherwood staff in the summer of 2015, and has also worked at our Arlington location, VCA City Cats Hospital. Emily is currently going to school to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She is pet mom to 5 furry family members, so clearly loves to be surrounded by animals at all times! Emily's favorite part of working for VCA is being able to learn new things and be challenged on a daily basis. Emily hopes to be a part of the VCA team for a long time and we are thrilled to have her on board!

  • Behavior Consultant

    Emma Parsons

    Emma Parsons, BA, former president and head instructor for the New England Obedience Club, is the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital, and Training Director for Karen Pryor Clickertraining. She is also the author of the popular book, Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog. The book was inspired by her work with her golden retriever Ben, who became aggressive to other dogs after being severely punished by an "aggression expert." Emma turned to clicker training and successfully eliminated Ben's dog-on-dog aggression.

    Emma has been featured on numerous television shows, and gives seminars around the world on training and managing the reactive dog. She has also taught clicker training classes to graduate students at Tufts Veterinary School of Medicine and at Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. Emma runs her own dog training business, the Creative Canine, specializing in canine aggression issues. To learn more about Emma, visit her website