Patricia Dettlinger, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Tufts University


Dr. Patricia Dettlinger (formerly Caisse) received her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. President of her class for three years, Dr. Dettlinger graduated a member of Phi Zeta Veterinary National Honor Society and received honors including the Pharmacia and Upjohn award for proficiency in Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, and the Dean's Leadership award. Dr. Dettlinger has been part of VCA Sterling since its inception, first as a veterinary technician, then as a veterinarian and Medical Director. Excited by the vast opportunities available in private practice, she has special interests in surgery, theriogenology, oncology and emergency medicine. She works extensively with NEADS- Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans providing care for the dogs in training and participating in the Prison Pup Program.

Dr. Dettlinger has served as a Clinical Instructor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is a past member of the Admissions Committee. She enjoys numerous teaching opportunities at our hospital, including acting as the Rotation Director at VCA Sterling, where students in various levels of their training spend core and elective rotation time. She was honored to receive the Henry E. Childers Award in recognition of sustained and extraordinary contributions to the education of Cummings Veterinary students in 2009. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the Continuing Education Accreditation Committee.

When not at the clinic, Dr. Dettlinger enjoys surfing, playing the violin and cello, boating, paddleboarding and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

"I feel honored to be a part of this exceptional team who is truly dedicated to this profession, our clients, and their pets, in a way that inspires me daily."

~Patricia Dettlinger, D.V.M.