Technician SupervisorTodd Bonitto
School: Oral Roberts University, BS Biology
Todd Bonitto graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1997 with a Bachelor's in Biology. He began his career in the field of veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician at VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in 1998. He became Technician Supervisor in 2014.
He also worked as a volunteer day captain in the Rescue and Rehabilitation department of the New England Aquarium for 5 years.
Todd also serves the Newton community as the Animal Inspector for the city. He is married with 3 beautiful children and a little 4 pound Chihuahua mix named "Gizmo"!
Amanda joined the VCA Rotherwood team in the summer of 2014. She brings 9 years of animal care experience to her current position. Amanda graduated in 2005 from UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science and Biotechnology. One of her favorite aspects of working in a veterinary office is watching the patients grow over the years.
Amanda would like to be a Certified Veterinary Technician, and is working toward that goal.
While not working, Amanda spends her time running, hiking, snowboarding, and playing hockey. She also enjoys spending quality time with her Miniature Pinscher Jerry.
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.
Behavior ConsultantEmma 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 www.creativecanine.com