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VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital

VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital

19 Main Street | Wakefield, MA 01880

Call 781-295-2126
Monday 7:30am - 8:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 8:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 8:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 8:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Feline Radioactive Thyroid (I-131)
  • Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Fish
  • Tonometry
  • Acupuncture
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Declawing
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
Description

VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital is open for appointments seven days a week. The hospital offers a full range of general medical and surgical services for companion animals, including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, and rodents (please call ahead to be sure an exotics vet is on duty). The hospital treats diseases and injuries, provides pharmaceutical products and pet foods, and offers a variety of pet wellness programs, including routine vaccinations, health examinations, diagnostic testing, neutering, and dental care. New: We now offer acupuncture by appointment! Please call us for more information.

VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association, an honor awarded to fewer than one in five veterinary hospitals. To maintain our accreditation, AAHA conducts regular inspections to ensure that we maintain the highest standards in patient care, diagnostics, housekeeping, and record-keeping. Our doctors and staff work hard to provide the very best in veterinary care, and we're proud that we passed our latest inspection with flying colors.

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A gallery of our staff's personal pets is displayed in the lobby as well as in  Exam Room 3. A gallery of our staff's personal pets is displayed in the lobby as well as in Exam Room 3.
Licensed technicians Katelyn and Elaine prepare to x-ray Sunny Bunny.  Licensed technicians Katelyn and Elaine prepare to x-ray Sunny Bunny.
Licensed technician Jen is making a comfortable harness to ensure this kitty’s e-collar stays put. Licensed technician Jen is making a comfortable harness to ensure this kitty’s e-collar stays put.
Dr. Linda Siperstein gives Joey the turtle a pedicure. Dr. Linda Siperstein gives Joey the turtle a pedicure.
Emily, Lauren, and Joi are are among the friendly faces you'll meet at our reception desk. Emily, Lauren, and Joi are are among the friendly faces you'll meet at our reception desk.
A view from the parking lot, including the colorful birdhouses painted by the hospital's staff. A view from the parking lot, including the colorful birdhouses painted by the hospital's staff.
Audrey and Bob posed for their 2013 holiday card. Audrey and Bob posed for their 2013 holiday card.
Our friendly staff (most of them anyway!) in front of the hospital as seen from the intersection of Rts. 128 and 129. Our friendly staff (most of them anyway!) in front of the hospital as seen from the intersection of Rts. 128 and 129.
Kim, Treacey, Melody, Candice, Amy, and Amanda are working hard. Kim, Treacey, Melody, Candice, Amy, and Amanda are working hard.
Bios
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Susan Gilmore, DVM
Susan Gilmore, DVM

Dr. Gilmore spent 10 years working in the travel and airline industry before obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Salem State College. She then received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (2002) and has been in private practice since then.

Dr. Gilmore loves spending time with her family, travelling whenever she can, and rooting for the Red Sox. Her pets include two dogs and a hamster.

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Astrid M. Kruse, DVM
Astrid M. Kruse, DVM

Dr. Kruse was born to be a veterinarian but didn't realize her calling until she had worked at a bank, taught high school students, and started a Ph.D. program. If she had just listened to her mother, she would have started off on the right career path years earlier. Every day she is thankful to have the opportunity to improve the health of her patients and to help their guardians make good, educated choices for their pets.

Dr. Kruse enjoys traveling and hiking the national parks, chocolate, biking, swimming, running, and kickboxing to work off all of the chocolate.

She enjoys spending time with her family (one husband, two small humans, one dog, two cats, and two rabbits).

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Samantha Simonelli, DVM
Samantha Simonelli, DVM

Dr. Simonelli was born and raised in Everett, MA, with an older brother and a younger sister. She went to Holy Cross College where she obtained a Bachelor�s Degree in Art History in 1992. Dr. Simonelli then graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has been practicing medicine ever since.

Dr. Simonelli lives with Lenny, her high school sweetheart, their two sons, whom she loves dearly when they are not driving her crazy, and two cats.

Dr. Simonelli loves being active and outdoors and has completed several triathlons and the Boston Marathon. She also has an affinity for baking, to which her co-workers can attest.

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Christine Pelletier, DVM, Medical Director
Christine Pelletier, DVM, Medical Director

Dr. Pelletier graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in biochemistry and then went on to earn her veterinary degree at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining us in 2012, she spent four years as Chief of Emergency at VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, Mass. She has special interests in emergency, critical care, and exotic animal medicine.

Originally from western Massachusetts, Dr. Pelletier lives in Boston with her husband and three cats, Emory, Olivia, and Sarah.

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Emily Franquin, DVM
Emily Franquin, DVM

Prior to joining our team, Dr. Emily Franquin was a veterinarian at Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, an extension of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she continues to supervise fourth-year veterinary students as they address the needs of animals in the Worcester area.

Dr. Franquin has special interests in animal behavior, neuropharmacology, and dermatology. In addition to cats and dogs, she sees small mammals and is continuing her education on exotic species, including birds.

Following graduation from Barnard College with a BA in Music, Dr. Franquin did post-graduate work at Columbia University and earned her DVM and Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. She is fluent in French and able to communicate in Spanish, Italian, and German.

Dr. Franquin lives west of Boston with her husband, a cattle dog mix named Dusty, and kitties Squeek and Tanya.

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Leah Goulart, DVM
Leah Goulart, DVM

Dr. Leah Goulart received her BS in Biology from Salem State University, where she graduated cum laude prior to attending vet school at Ross University in the Caribbean Islands. After graduating from vet school, she spent two years at a general practice in southern New Hampshire, where she saw cats, dogs, and small mammals.

Dr. Goulart has special interests in ophthalmology, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine.

If Dr. Goulart looks familiar, that may be because she was a valuable member of our staff from 2002 through 2007, when she left VCA Wakefield for vet school (she was Leah Dalton back then). Dr. Goulart lives north of Boston with her husband, son, and two rescued dogs: border collie mix Molly and pit bull mix Chloe.

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Mike Corcoran, DVM, CertAqV
Mike Corcoran, DVM, CertAqV

In addition to his love for cats and dogs, Dr. Mike Corcoran has a passion for exotic species, including reptiles, birds, and small mammals. He is also a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian, which means the hospital now sees aquatic species and does pond calls. Dr. Corcoran is also available to provide ultrasound, endoscopic, and surgical services for reptiles, exotic companion mammals, birds, and fish.

Dr. Corcoran is a 2008 graduate of Washington State University�s College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined Wakefield following two years at an exotics-only practice in Mesa, Arizona, and five years at an emergency specialty practice seeing cats, dogs, and exotic species in Vancouver, Washington.

Dr. Corcoran�s other great passion is the volunteer work he does as a team leader with World Vets, an international aid group for animals. Twice a year he makes week-long trips to work with large and small animals, as well as wildlife, in such locations as Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Belize, Honduras, Tanzania, Mongolia, and Haiti.

Dr. Corcoran is learning Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. He and his wife (also a veterinarian) live north of Boston with bearded dragon Button, ball python Jeffrey, clownfish Krusty, cats Amy and Kiska, and dogs Jose and Maya. Now that they're in New England, they are looking forward to hiking, cycling, kayaking, skiing, playing soccer, and going to Boston Breakers and New England Revolution games.

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Sarah McCormack, DVM
Sarah McCormack, DVM

Dr. Sarah McCormack has special interests in small animal medicine and surgery, as well as exotic and wildlife medicine. She also has strong interests in ultrasound, nutrition, and dentistry.

Following graduation from Tufts University in 2009, Dr. McCormack spent a year interning at New England Animal Medical Center, where she had rotations in Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and General Practice. She also spent three years at a cat-only practice, where she developed an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of our feline friends. Most recently, she spent two years at a mixed species practice, where -- in addition to cats and dogs -- she expanded her skills with birds, turtles, lizards, geckos, hedgehogs, Guinea pigs, rabbits, small rodents, and ferrets.

Dr. McCormack enjoys drawing, beading, photography, reading, films, tennis, travel, and volunteer work. She lives in Boston with her husband, who sadly is allergic to furry creatures. To compensate, they have a large fish tank with neon tetras, black skirt tetras, cories, and a ghost shrimp.

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