|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|
- Dog and cat wellness plans
- Birds, reptiles, and small mammals
- Advanced surgery and dentistry
- Digital x-rays, including dental
- Behavior counseling, and more
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Microchipping
- Bird Vet
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Reptile Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- New Pet Initial Visit
- Physical Exam
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Melissa McNeil earned both her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.
Following graduation, she completed an internship at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington, where she focused on emergency, primary, and preventative care for avian, reptile, and small mammal companion animals.
Dr. McNeil�s special interests include animal behavior, stress-free animal interaction, surgery, and research. Dr. McNeil previously worked with the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center as part of their Avian Bornavirus research. She has also volunteered with the Scarlet Macaw Project, an ongoing conservation project in Peru. She is currently working toward becoming a boarded specialist in Exotic Companion Mammals.
Dr. McNeil and her husband moved to the Boston area from Texas in 2016 with two dogs named Indiana and Albert, a Sulcata Tortoise named Francis, a White Eyed Conure named Cruz, and an African Grey named Rosie. When she�s not working, she enjoys baking, traveling, spending time with her four-legged and winged family members, and supporting the Fightin� Texas Aggies.
Dr. Vivian Wang received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with honors from the University of Toronto, and she went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. She completed several exotics animal externships while in vet school, including one here at VCA Wakefield in 2014.
Following graduation, Dr. Wang completed a one-year internship at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, a busy referral hospital where she did rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Avian and Exotics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. She was also the primary surgeon for their spay and neuter program.
Dr. Wang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She is a certified Open Water Diver, and she enjoys snorkeling, hiking, skydiving, snowboarding, volleyball, travel, baking, and contemporary and surrealist artwork. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and a two-year-old Australian Kelpie named Nubbin.
Dr. Brent Couts (pronounced like "scouts") and his family moved from Ohio to Massachusetts in 2017 so his wife could complete her residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University. He is a 2006 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to many years working full time at veterinary clinics in Ohio, Dr. Couts was the shelter veterinarian for the Toledo Animal Shelter for more than 10 years. He?s also volunteered extensively with retired racing greyhounds.
Dr. Couts sees cats, dogs, small mammals (including pot-bellied pigs), and reptiles. He sees birds for wellness appointments, including beak, wing, and nail trims. He also consults on bees and fish.
Dr. Couts and his wife live north of Boston with their two children, an aging corgi mix, a young goldendoodle, and an ornery female bunny.
Dr. Amber Lee comes to us from the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, a region known for its beaches and wineries. Her love of birds and exotic pets stems from the early days of childhood. She completed veterinary school in Melbourne and worked in general practice back on the Peninsula after graduation. In pursuit of further training, Dr. Lee moved to Indianapolis to complete a small animal internship at VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center.
With the life-long goal of becoming an avian specialist, Dr. Lee obtained a residency position with the renowned Dr. Angela Lennox at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. Here, she learned flank approaches for rodent ovariectomy, gained experience with teaching many students, interns, and visiting veterinarians, and helped develop protocols for sedation and local anesthesia of birds.
Dr. Lee's special interests include avian reproductive disease, which lead to her co-authoring a textbook chapter on cloacal prolapse in birds. After completing her residency, Dr. Lee joined the team at VCA South Shore as Head of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine in 2015. She moved on to VCA Wakefield in 2017. Dr. Lee is very comfortable with all aspects of surgery in avian and exotic animals.