Veterinary Support

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Whitney Buck, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Becker College

    Whitney joined us in 2016 after moving from Maine to Massachusetts.  She completed multiple intern rotations while attending school at Becker College, where she earned an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science.  After completing an internship at a hospital near her home in Maine, she worked there during school vacations and the practice asked her to join them full time in 2014.  

    Whitney likes working with cats and dogs, and she has some experience with turtles, rabbits, and Guinea pigs.  She's enjoying learning more about our other exotics patients.  Whitney wants to get as much experience as possible before eventually attending vet school.  She likes learning new things, working in surgery, and getting to know our regular clients and patients.  

    Whitney has a cat and two dogs at home in Maine, and she's currently living north of Boston.  


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Steve Caron, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology
    School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS in Biology 2013

    Steve joined us as a tech extern in the spring of 2015, and we invited him to join our staff before the externship was over. He earned his Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from North Shore Community College in 2016, and he passed the national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. Prior to joining us he worked as a technician at another animal hospital and also volunteered regularly at the Stone Zoo.

    When Steve isn't working, he enjoys video games and spending time playing with his cat, Socks, and his parakeet, Poppy. Steve, Socks, and Poppy live north of Boston with the rest of their family.


  • Certified 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 currently works as a tech both here and at MGH.

    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.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Amanda Dix, 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 so glad to have her back!

    Amanda is a huge New England Patriots fan and loves all Boston Sports. She and her husband have a son, two dogs, and two cats.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Annette Fey, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: University of Vermont (Pre-vet)
    School: Currently attending vet school in Germany

    Annette completed an 11-month tech internship at VCA Wakefield in 2010, and she 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.  She has since graduated, passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam, and she's now attending vet school in Germany!  She headed over in October 2014, but she still visits and works here during school breaks.

    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.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Danielle Foster, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: UNH Applied Animal Science Program (2012), North Shore Community College Vet Tech Program (2016)

    Danielle Foster graduated from the University of New Hampshire's Applied Animal Science program in December 2012 and North Shore Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2016. She passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2016 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Danielle first did an externship here in 2011, and she’s worked here part time ever since. We are happy to finally have her all to ourselves full time!

    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.


  • Certified 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

    Pam 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.  She's been with VCA since 2003 and with VCA Wakefield since 2008.

    Pam lives north of Boston with her daughter and their kitties Kaboodle and Mr. Mittens.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jessi Jaffe, CVT

    Jessi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Sciences from Salem State University, where she majored in theatre and minored in English. She was a Certified Pharmacy Technician for four years prior to joining VCA Brookline Animal Hospital in 2010. At Brookline, she worked in client service and then trained as a technician while attending North Shore Community College. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology with high honors from NSCC in 2016, just before transferring to VCA Wakefield. She’s also worked training horses.

    Jessi is a member of the Newfoundland Club of New England, and she enjoys camping, live interactive improvisational theatre, costume and makeup design, and travel. She and her husband live in Cambridge with a Newfoundland named Xander and an “ain’t Bernard” mix named Booshma.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Heather Keating, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College
    School: University of Massachusetts-Lowell, AAS Degree in Animal Science, BA Degree in English/Psych

    Heather earned her Associates Degree with honors from North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician program in 2014, and she passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2015.  She gained experience working at three other animal hospitals while she was in school, and she's also worked at two doggy daycare facilities and volunteered at MSPCA spay/neuter clinics. 

    Heather studied literature at the State University of New York at Purchase, and she earned her BA in English and Psychology from U-Mass Lowell. She lives north of Boston with her cat, Skimp. 


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Julie Marquis, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Great Bay Community College (AS in Veterinary Technology)
    School: University of Southern New Hampshire, BS in International Business Management

    Prior to joining us in 2014, Julie spent fourteen years honing her technical skills at other animal hospitals.  She earned her BS in International Business Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire and her AS in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay Community College, and she passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2004 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.  

    Julie lives in southern New Hampshire with her family, two cats, and three Guinea pigs. 


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Katie Richmond, CVT

    Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University, and she earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire. She’s worked as a technician since 2013. In addition to working full time here, Katie works part time in the Emergency and Critical Care Department at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

    Katie is a student of aerial arts (silks, lyra, static trapeze). She’s also a makeup artist and scenic painter for the Vagabond Theatre in Boston. Katie lives north of Boston with a cat named Bartok, a little pittie named Beetlejuice, a bearded dragon named The Dragon, and a turtle named Jeremy.


  • Certified 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.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Candice Tenney, CVT
    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 completed the Veterinary Technician Program at North Shore Community College, and she became certified in 2014.

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


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Robyn Townsend, CVT
    School: Northern Essex Community College

    Robyn joined our team in 2012, brining 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.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

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

    Kara first joined our team back in 2012 after doing a fantastic job with an internship here.  We were sad when she moved for her husband's job in June 2014, and we were so pleased that they returned to Massachusetts a year later.  

    Kara graduated from North Shore Community College's Vet Tech program in 2012.  Prior to joining us, she worked briefly as a kennel attendant and then as an animal care specialist at other hospitals.  

    Kara enjoys traveling, running, yoga, cooking, and anything outdoors.  She and her husband live north of Boston with a Newfoundland named Oakley and a bunny named Waffles.


  • Technician

    Disa Boyd
    Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College

    Disa rejoined our team in 2014 after a 25-year hiatus working elsewhere!  That's right: She worked here as a full-time technician from 1986-1989.  During that rather long break, Disa spent eight years working in diagnostic labs, another eight years working at a veterinary dermatology practice, and nine years working in emergency veterinary medicine. We are pleased to have her -- and the wealth of knowledge she's accumulated over the years -- back.

    Disa earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Mt. Ida College,  She lives north of Boston with her dogs Henley and Oliver and her cats Isabelle and Coco Chanel. 


  • 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. She is currently attending nursing school, and we know she'll be as wonderful a nurse with humans as she is with our animals!  


  • 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, three daughters, and a French bulldog.


  • Technician

    Azad Gualtieri
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College (Veterinary Technician class of 2017)
    School: New England College of Finance, Certificates

    Azad joined our client service team in 2013 after spending nearly ten years working in the banking industry.  She also worked at Petco several years ago.  She is currently enrolled in North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician program, and she expects to graduate in the spring of 2017.  After completing her first year at NSCC in May 2016, she is now officially a veterinary assistant here.  Congratulations, Azad!  We can't wait to have you here as a full time technician next year.  

    Azad volunteers with SOS Animal Rescue League, and she also serves as our Stray Coordinator.  She and her husband share their home with pitbull mix Bruno; Boston terriers Roxie, Kahlua, and Buggy; and rats Muenster and Zinnia.  


  • Technician

    Erin Harney
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College (Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology 2018)
    School: Essex Agricultural High School (Veterinary Technology major)

    Erin Harney enrolled in North Shore Community College’s tech program last fall, but she had to put that on hold when illness kept her away for a few weeks. She’s feeling 100% now, and she’ll return to the program this coming fall. In the meantime, she’s taking three classes this semester.

    Erin is a 2013 graduate of Essex Agricultural High School, where she majored in veterinary technology. She worked for more than three years at another animal hospital, and she's excited to join us and continue her education.  

    When she's not caring for animals, Erin enjoys playing her guitar and figure skating.  She lives north of Boston with her family, which includes three dogs and a leopard gecko. 


  • 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 outdoor activities and summer months at her cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee with her family and friends. She has a wonderful husband, son, and daughter, and she's also mom to Beckett and Gabby, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


  • Technician

    Kristen Mader, CNA
    Veterinary Tech School: Becker College, BS in Veterinary Science
    School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (currently attending)

    Kristen joined us as a technician intern in the spring of 2014, and she did such a great job that we hired her.  After graduating in 2015, Kristen applied to and was accepted by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.  We are happy and sad, since that means she moved to the Caribbean in January 2016 to attend vet school.  Kristin is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She is originally from Tewksbury, and she's hoping to continue working here during her school breaks!  


  • Technician

    Karen Smith
    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 husband and her Irish Wolfhound, Tesla.  


  • Technician

    Kim Stewart

    Kim did two externships at VCA Wakefield (2014 and 2016) while working toward her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College. Now that she’s graduated, we’re happy to welcome her back as a full-time employee. She expects to take her technician certification exam in 2017.

    Kim currently lives north of Boston with her beagle, Rusty.


  • Technician

    Shannon Wamser

    Following Shannon’s technician externship here in the spring of 2016, we asked her to join our staff. Shannon earned her Masters in Teaching from Tufts and taught Japanese for three years prior to attending North Shore Community College’s vet tech program, where she will graduate in the spring of 2017. Sadly for us, Shannon will move to New Hampshire when she graduates.

    Shannon lives north of Boston with her husband, a cat, a dog, a Russian tortoise, and a green-cheeked conure. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys sewing, photography, and jogging.


  • Technician

    Jessica Ward
    Veterinary Tech School: Massasoit Community College, Veterinary Assistant Certificate
    School: Texas Tech University

    Jess Ward worked as a technician at VCA City Cats in Arlington and VCA South Shore in Weymouth for three years until July 2015, when she left briefly because her living situation changed to north of Boston.  We are pleased to welcome her back to the VCA family in Wakefield!

    Jess received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Massasoit Community College (Brockton) in 2012, and she also attended Texas Tech University for Animal Sciences from September 2007 through January 2011. Jess has also worked as a farm hand and animal care specialist at Bella Luna Stables in Norwell.

    When Jess isn't working, she enjoys hiking, playing ice hockey, riding horses, snowboarding, wakeboarding, snowmobiling, riding her motorcycle, and playing with anything else that has a motor.   She lives north of Boston with her pointer mix, Malia. 

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