VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Robyn Townsend, CVT
    School: Northern Essex Community College

    Robyn joined our team as Technician Supervisor in 2012.  She brings 17 years' experience as a technician working in emergency, opthalmology, and supervisory roles.  

    Robyn has a special interest in emergency medicine.  She is very interested in continuing education and never wants to stop growing and learning.  Among her accomplishments, she has been a Technician Case Reports Judge at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. 

    Robyn enjoys photography, as well as dog training and agility with her personal dogs, two border collie mixes and two Maltese.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Amanda Beran, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College / Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science
    School: Middlesex Community College, AS in Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Amanda has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Mount Ida College (2010), as well as an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Middlesex Community College (2006). She's been with VCA Wakefield since April 2007, although she only worked part time for almost three years while working full time as an internal medicine technician at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn.  In 2013, she returned "home" to VCA Wakefield full time, and we are excited to have her back!

    Amanda is a trained dancer and has been dancing for 21 years. She is also a huge New England Patriots fan and loves all Boston sports. She lives with her cats Panda, Pearl, Oreo, Cecilia, Dude, and Tabby, with her budgie Popcorn, and with her puppy Wyatt.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Tegan Cody, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College / Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science
    School: UMass-Amherst and Northeastern University

    Tegan has been with VCA Wakefield since 2007, and she was promoted to Exam Room Supervisor in 2012.  

    Tegan graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology in 2009, and she has also worked in the Dermatology Department at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

    Prior to Mount Ida, Tegan attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Northeastern University for Biology.

    Tegan lives north of Boston with beagles Jasper, Lucas, and Courtney and bunnies Maggie and Valerie.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Elaine Ferrera, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College / Associate's Degree in Veterinary Science

    Elaine graduated with an Associate's Degree from Mount Ida College. She has been a technician since 1991 and is a Massachusetts State Certified Veterinary Technician. She has worked in general practice, emergency medicine, surgery, and Radio Cat iodine-131 therapy. In addition to working at VCA Wakefield, Elaine works as a surgery technician at Massachussetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, Mass.

    She is married and has two sons, a cat named Jackson, and a black Lab named Rosie.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Pamela Holmberg, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute / Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology
    School: Salem State College, Bachelor's degree

    Pamela earned a Bachelor's Degree from Salem State College prior to earning her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute in 1999. She's been a Certified Veterinary Technician in Massachusetts since 2000.

    Pamela lives north of Boston with her daughter and their kitties Lucky and Scrappy.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Rebecca Rosado, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College Veterinary Technician Program
    School: Assumption College, BA in Psychology

    Rebecca has been with VCA Wakefield since 2007. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Assumption College and worked for several years in the mental health field before becoming a veterinary technician. She went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Animal Science from North Shore Community College, and she's been a certified technician since August 2008.

    Rebecca enjoys taking care of and training dogs Voody, Blitzen, and Peaches, as well as sewing, baking, and spending time with family. She and her husband live north of Boston.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Karen Smith, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College Veterinary Technician Program

    Karen joined VCA Wakefield in the spring of 2010 after already passing the technician licensing exam, and she graduated from North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician Program in May 2011.

    Prior to joining us, Karen completed an externship at VESCONE (Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England), where she gained great experience in specialty medicine and surgery.

    Karen lives north of Boston with her fiancé and her cockatiel, Moe Hoffman. 

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Katelyn Thayer, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Vermont Technical College / Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology

    Katelyn grew up in Newport, VT. She's been in the veterinary field since 2004, and she graduated in 2007 from Vermont Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She also has a certificate in message therapy. 

    Katelyn moved to Massachusetts and joined VCA Wakefield in the summer of 2008, and she lives north of Boston with her two dogs, Gwen and Bruce, and two cats, Gladys and Myrtle.

    Katelyn enjoys cooking, exercising, and live music.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kara Travers, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College

    Kara completed an internship here in the summer of 2011, and she did such a great job that we invited her to join our staff. 

    Kara also has experience working at two other animal hospitals.  She earned her Associates Degree in Animal Science from North Shore Community College and passed her licensing exam in 2012.  Congratulations, Kara!

    Originally from upstate New York, Kara and her husband live locally with a Newfoundland named Oakley and a rabbit named Waffles. 

  • Technician

    Amy Archer
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College Veterinary Technician Program

    Amy has taken several classes at North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician Program, and she's worked as a technician since 2006.

    Amy lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband Mike, daughters Frankie and Eloise, and their menagerie, including canines Finney and Fenway and felines Echo and Eli.

  • Technician

    Sarah Benjamin
    School: U-Mass Amherst, BS in PreVeterinary Science

    Sarah joined our technician team in September 2013 after working for two-and-a-half years as a technician at Boston Veterinary Care, the hospital arm of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in PreVeterinary Science in 2010.  Before graduation, Sarah spent two years working as a veterinary assistant.  She is eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam, although she hasn't taken it yet. 

    Sarah and her fiance live north of Boston with with a retriever mix named Porter and kitties Albert and Veronica. 

  • Technician

    Amanda Caprigno, CPhT
    School: Suffolk University, BS in Biology

    Amanda has been with VCA Wakefield since 2004. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Suffolk University, and she is a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

    Amanda lives north of Boston with a dog named Abigail and a rabbit named Daphne. 

  • Technician

    Annette Fey
    Veterinary Tech School: University of Vermont pre-vet program (currently attending)

    Annette completed an 11-month tech internship at VCA Wakefield in 2010, and she has joined us as a full-time technician during her summer breaks from the University of Vermont's pre-vet program for the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

    Annette grew up in Switzerland, and she attended her senior year of high school in Andover. She enjoys horseback riding, baking, making music (piano, clarinet, recorder, and oboe), exploring other cultures, and dog walking.

  • Technician

    Melody Finnegan
    School: University of New Hampshire

    Melody joined Bluestone Veterinary Clinic as a technician in 2002, and she's been with VCA Wakefield since the Bluestone team joined us in a merger in 2003.

    She studied marine biology and music at the University of New Hampshire prior to joining Bluestone.

    Melody lives on the North Shore with her husband, two daughters, and a bird named Peep.

  • Technician

    Danielle Foster
    Veterinary Tech School: UNH Applied Animal Science Program, North Shore Community College Vet Tech Program

    Danielle Foster graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Applied Animal Science program in December 2012, and she was accepted into the Veterinary Technician Program at North Shore Community College shortly thereafter. During the summer of 2011, she completed a 10-week internship here. She did so well that we asked her to join our staff in the spring of 2012.

    In addition to her training here, Danielle’s classes at UNH included animal science, clinical nursing techniques, fundamentals of animal health, anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, small animal breeds and behavior, and grooming.

    Danielle is a graduate of Stoneham High School, where she was the recipient of the Joseph Viglietti Memorial Scholarship and where she participated in both the swim and gymnastic teams. She lives locally with her family.

  • Technician

    Shannon Lambert
    Veterinary Tech School: Essex Agricultural Institute / Associate's Degree

    Shannon, our longest tenured employee, has been with this hospital since 1990. She graduated from Essex Agricultural Institute in 1991, where she majored in the Veterinary Technician Program and earned an additional certification in the Grooming Program.

    Shannon enjoys summer months at her cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee with family and friends, and outdoor activities. She has a wonderful husband, son, and daughter, as well as two dogs -- Penny, a chocolate Lab, and Libby, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

  • Technician

    Renee Landry
    Veterinary Tech School: Becker College / AS in Veterinary Technology & BS in Veterinary Science (pre-vet)
    School: Becker College, BS-Pre-vet

    Renee is a December 2010 graduate of Becker College with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science, including a Pre-Veterinary concentration.  In July, she will be leaving us for veterinary school in Scotland!  Congratulations, Renee!!

    Renee graduated with honors from Wells High School in Maine, where she competed at varsity level as a three-season athlete. She continued her athletic pursuits at Becker, where she played NCAA III Lacrosse and Soccer from 2006 to 2009. She received her coach's award for dedication and commitment in soccer (having played 70 out of 73 career games), and she was captain of her senior year lacrosse team.

    Renee lives north of Boston with her cat, Autumn, and she has two more cats and two dogs that live with her family in Maine.

  • Technician

    A. J. Paulson

    A. J. joined us in 2013 after spending four years advancing her technical skills at a practice in Florida.  She is an experienced surgery technician, and she is always working to advance her skills and advocate for her patients.  She also has a special interest in pet nutrition and is happy to discuss the most appropriate diet options for your pet. 

    A. J. plans to return to school next year (while continuing to work here), and she's currently debating whether to continue with veterinary medicine or study human nursing.  We hope she picks the pets, because they love her and we love having her here!

    A. J. lives north of Boston with her family and two rescued dogs, and she has a third dog living with family in Florida. 

  • Technician

    Candice Tenney
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College Veterinary Technician Program

    Candice joined us in May 2011 as a technician intern, and she was soon welcomed to our staff. She has nearly completed the Veterinary Technician Program at North Shore Community College, and she's looking forward graduation so she can work full time for more than just the summers!

    Candice lives north of Boston with her human and animal families, including dogs Sydney and Wilson, cats Mittens and Jake, and ball python Buddha.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital at 781-932-5802 or VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth at 781-337-6622.