Veterinary Support

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Becky C

    I have been a certified tech since 1996. I started in large animal (equine), then transitioned to small where I was an emergency tech for 2 years, and then went on to general practice.  Along with my husband and son, we own 3 businesses as farming is our main source of income: A greenhouse business called Clark Farms in Suffield that started in 1996, a Goat Dairy called Griffin Farmstead in East Granby since 2007 where we make goat milk cheeses, gelato, and yogurt, and an orchard in Granby, Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard since 2010.  We keep draft horses and two milking shorthorns as well as a menagerie of other animals at our home in East Granby.   My passion is animal science as well as farming therefore I keep a limited schedule so that I can continue working as a veterinary technician and the skills I keep transfer to the animals we keep. 

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Abbie G
    School: UCONN, Bachelors Degree in Animal Science

    Abbie graduated from UCONN in 1998 with a bachelors degree in Animal Science. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2002.

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Dawn S
    Veterinary Tech School: Holyoke Community College

    Dawn is a 2002 graduate from the Vet tech program at Holyoke Community College has been with VCA since 2004. She lives in West Springfield with her husband Ben, black lab mix Sophie and Phoebe the cat. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, knitting and traveling.

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Leslie S
    Veterinary Tech School: Holyoke Community College

    Before becoming a Veterinary Technician, Leslie was an Administrative Assistant at an Insurance Company for 13 years. Her interest in the care of animals led her to leave her job and attend Holyoke Community College where she graduated from the Vet Tech Program with an Associates degree in Animal Science. Her main interest is in Animal Nutrition and has attended many Seminars regarding pet weight loss. Before joining Southwick Animal Hospital, she was the Nutrition Consultant at Montgomery Road Animal Hospital where she successfully assisted owners with dieting their pets. In her spare time she helps her husband with their Landscape business and their Landscape Equipment Sales & Service business. She enjoys snowskiing, boating, going on cruises and dancing. She has a home in Westfield with her husband Jeff, 3 dogs, Simon, Ralph and Sally, 2 cats, Penelope and Linus, and 2 pigmy goats.

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Mary Ellen S
    School: UMASS, Bachelors Degree in Science

    Mary Ellen has worked as a Veterinary Technician for the past 29 years. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician 7 years ago. She Graduated from UMASS with a Bachelors Degree in Science. Mary Ellen is a member of MASS VET TECH ASSOCIATION, NAVTA (Nat'l Association Vet Techs in America) and SUBT (Society Vet Behavior Techs). Her main interests are with Feline and Canine Behavior. Mary Ellen has 1 dog, Lucy and 3 cats, Kagen, Lenny, and Lilith.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Sandra L
    School: Hampshire College, BA Liberal Arts

    Sandra began with VCA as a Veterinary Assistant in 2014.  She is from Westhampton, MA where she resides with Mac (Canine Mixed Breed), Nymble (German Shepherd Dog), Ibex (German Shepherd Dog), and Picket (Feline, Domestic Shorthair).  Sandra has a BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College.  She has a special interest in the health and fitness of canine athletes and rehabilitation from injuries.  Which she applies to Dog and cat behavior and training. In her spare time, Sandra competes with her dogs in Dog Agility and Rally Obedience, enjoys yoga, hiking, kayaking, and bird watching.  Sandra's favorite part of her job is talking pet owners through behavior challenges and personality quarks of their companion animals.  She also is a great resource for knowledge on pet insurances such as Trupanion.