Veterinary Support

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

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

    Amy took several classes at North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician Program, and she's worked as a technician since 2006.  In 2014 she passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to earn her LVT, and in 2015 she became a CVT in Massachusetts. Congratulations, Amy! 

    Amy lives in northern Massachusetts with two daughters and a menagerie that includes canines Finney, Fenway, and Willa and felines Echo, Eli, and Winnie.


  • 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 trained dancer and has been dancing for 21 years. She is also a huge New England Patriots fan and loves all Boston sports. In addition to her husband, she lives with cats Panda, Pearl, Oreo, Cecilia, Dude, and Tabby; budgie Popcorn; and dogs Gwen and Wyatt.


  • Certified 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.


  • 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

    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

    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 two cats, Skimp and Calina. 


  • 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

    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

    Rick Aliziane
    School: National Veterinary School of Algiers (Algeria), DVM

    Rick joined our technician team in early 2015.  He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the National Veterinary School of Algiers in 1998.  After practicing medicine in Algeria for four years, he moved to the United States to work as a veterinary technician while he passes the requirements to practice here.

    Since arriving in the US in 2005, Rick has worked as a technician in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  

    Prior to vet school, Rick attended graduate school for computer science in Paris and worked as a veterinary technician at clinics in Algeria and Tunisia.

    Rick was born in Algiers and grew up in Paris.  He enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, gardening, and reading history. He and his wife currently live just outside Boston, and they welcomed a son in September 2015.  Rick had a German shepherd in the past, and he expects to get a French bulldog when his son starts asking for a dog. 


  • 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

    Steve Caron
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College (candidate for spring 2016)
    School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS in Biology 2013

    Steve joined us as a tech intern in the spring of 2015, and we invited him to join our client service staff shortly thereafter.  He now primarily works as a technician, although now and then you'll see him saving the day at the front desk!  

    Steve volunteers at the Stone Zoo each week, and he also has experience working as a technician at another animal hospital.  

    When Steve isn't studying, volunteering, or working, he enjoys video games and spending time playing with his pets:  a coonhound named Blitz, a kitty named Socks, and a parakeet named Poppy.  Steve, Blitz, Socks, and Poppy live north of Boston with the rest of their family.  


  • 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

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

    Danielle Foster graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Applied Animal Science program in December 2012. She was accepted into the Veterinary Technician Program at North Shore Community College shortly thereafter, and she expects to graduate and take her licensing exam in 2016. 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.

    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

    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

    Carrie Rudman
    School: University of New Hampshire, BS in Zoology and Marine Biology

    Prior to joining VCA Wakefield in 2014, Carrie worked as an emergency and critical care technician for more than ten years locally, in Charleston, SC, and in Portland, ME. She also has more than four years’ experience working in surgery at a general practice. In addition to cats and dogs, Carrie enjoys working with birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

    Carrie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She lives locally with her husband, son, and daughter, as well as with three dogs, two cats, and a Guinea pig.  


  • 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

    Marcy Sweet
    Veterinary Tech School: North Shore Community College (Veterinary Technician)
    School: Salem State College (Psychology)

    Marcy Sweet brings 14 years' experience from another animal hospital to our tech team.  She nearly completed degrees in psychology from Salem State College and veterinary technology from North Shore Community College, but her growing family came first.

    Marcy loves all animals, but cats have a special place in her heart. She appreciates their quiet presence and their incredibly genuine nature.

    Marcy also does pet sitting.  She specializes in senior pet care, especially cats with diabetes or thyroid issues.  She has worked in animal rescue and spay/neuter clinics over the years.  Yoga plays a big part in her current day-to-day life.  

    Marcy lives north of Boston with her daughter and two cats, Princess and D.J.  


  • 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. 


  • Technician

    Claudia Weaver
    Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College (currently attending)

    Claudia joined us in 2015 after completing an internship for Mount Ida College's Vet Tech program.  She was already working at VCA Everett Animal Hospital when we met her, and they graciously allowed her to transfer here to pursue her love of exotic species.  Claudia expects to graduate and take her CVT licensing exam in 2016.  

    Prior to attending Mount Ida, Claudia took classes in Zoo Animal Technology at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in Florida, and she received her high school diploma from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School's Veterinary Technology and Laboratory Animal Management program here in Massachusetts.  

    Claudia also has experience as a veterinary assistant at another animal hospital, and she's worked as a caregiver at a pet resort.  She's also held volunteer positions with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem. 

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