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VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital

VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital

138 W Main St | West Brookfield, MA 01585

Call 508-784-1935
Monday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Advanced Dental Care
  • Digital Radiology
  • In-house Lab & Pharmacy
  • Pain Management
  • Senior Pet Wellness
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital, an AAHA-accredited veterinary facility, has been serving the communities of West Brookfield, Warren, Ware, Spencer and Sturbridge since 1968. Our Veterinary Hospital provides top quality medical services, cat and dog boarding, pet grooming, exotic pet care, wellness exams, preventative care, vaccines, diagnostic services, spays, neuters, dental procedures, and soft tissue surgeries. Our friendly staff looks forward to knowing every client by name and treating you like family when you are in our care.

We are a modern facility with up-to-date equipment. We also provide a wide assortment of retail and pet food options making us a true "full service" veterinary hospital. Since 1968 our practice has evolved from a one doctor, large animal practice to currently, a four doctor small and exotic animal practice. Our staff of highly trained professionals and paraprofessionals share the common goal of providing you and your special companion the best medical care we are capable of giving.

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The caring and experienced team of VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital The caring and experienced team of VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital
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Harriet Blanton
Harriet Blanton

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Washington State University

Growing up as one of three siblings on a Kansas farm, Dr. Blanton always knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. A veterinarian, of course! "Who could imagine a better job than playing with animals all day?" says Dr. Blanton, who received her D.V.M. degree from Washington State University in 1991.

Dr. Blanton specializes in internal medicine, and is particularly interested in animal behavior and the human-animal bond. Her most memorable veterinary experience so far has been setting the broken leg of a "sweet, pregnant rat." Dr. Blanton's hard work was well-rewarded when the rat's one-year-old owner brought her pet back to the hospital a month later -- accompanied by a litter of eight!

Dr. Blanton stays active with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and scuba diving. In her free time, she enjoys spinning wool, knitting, and baking. She shares her home with Jen, a three-legged "mutt"; two cats (multi-toed kitty Josie, and Holly, who was Josie's foster "mom"); Wally and Marty the two cockatiels; and her 18-year-old gopher snake.

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Jennifer "Kippy" York
Jennifer "Kippy" York

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Tufts University

Dr. York grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania. She knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian since childhood. She was inspired to become a veterinarian by her dog Barney and animal caretakers that mentored her in the past. These mentors include several wildlife rehabilitators as well as a veterinarian she assisted in Russia while in the Peace Corps. Their dedication and insight, even under the most difficult financial and emotional circumstances, inspired her to join their ranks.

Dr. York Graduated from Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center, Western New England.

Dr. York has special interests in exotic medicine, shelter medicine and ophthalmology. One of her most memorable veterinary experiences was diagnosing a hamster, named Joey with dilated cardiomyopathy (a type of heart disease that causes the walls of the heart to stretch thin) and starting him on treatment for heart failure.

Dr. York shares her home with Odo, a German Short Haired Pointer and Moonshine, a Siamese cross kitty. In her spare time she enjoys bird watching, painting, reading and live music.

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Carly Speyer
Carly Speyer

DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Speyer received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her DVM from Tuft's University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed an intensive small animal internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA. Dr. Speyer then worked as a small animal relief veterinarian in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. After moving to Amherst, Dr. Speyer is excited to settle down and work full time at VCA Wickaboag. She loves the bonds she forms with her patients and their owners and finds them integral to her care as a doctor. Outside of work, Dr. Speyer enjoys spending time with her husband, her son, and her dog named Betsy. She can also be found enjoying the outdoor lifestyle that the Pioneer Valley has to offer, doing yoga, arts and crafts, photography, and reading a good book.

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Alissa Raymond
Alissa Raymond

DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Raymond was born and raised in Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2005. During vet school she worked alongside some of the leaders in exotic animal medicine through many externships. After graduation, Dr. Raymond practiced general, exotic animal and emergency medicine in the Florida Keys. While in Florida she donated some of her time volunteering at the Marathon Sea Turtle Hospital and the Marathon Wild Bird Center. Dr. Raymond relocated to Massachusetts in the Summer of 2007. Besides her special interest in exotics, she also enjoys soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.

Although she loves working with dogs and cats, Dr. Raymond also has extensive experience in all types of reptiles, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, hamsters, birds and many other species. Dr. Raymond enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, three children, four tortoises and two dogs.

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Rachel Blair
Rachel Blair

DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Blair was born and raised in Massachusetts, having grown up outside of Boston. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. She has always loved working with animals and has always owned a number of pets. Growing up she had a cat named Ziggy, a horse named Dakota and a rabbit named Puck. After graduating from university, she spent time working as a veterinary technician while applying for veterinary school. In January 2016, Dr. Blair graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine after completing her year of clinical rotations at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She loves working with cats and dogs and has a special interest in surgery. Outside of work, she spends time with her two nephews and two cats, Monster and Minkus.

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Deirdre Fornari
Deirdre Fornari

DVM, Medical Director

Dr. Fornari is a central MA native having grown up in Shrewsbury. She attended Assumption College for her undergraduate degree. She then worked several years in research prior to receiving her DVM at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Fornari continued her studies through a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery in West Bridgewater. From there, Dr. Fornari worked several years in emergency medicine in a referral hospital outside of Boston. She then worked as an associate veterinarian for 2 years at VCA Abbott before becoming the Medical Director at VCA Wickaboag in April 2014. Dr. Fornari has a special interest in trauma management and immune-mediated disease as well as helping clients build a stronger bond with their pets.

Outside of work, Dr. Fornari enjoys spending time with her husband and son, their Golden Retriever and 3 cats. Dr. Fornari also enjoys knitting, gardening and clicker training her golden.

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