Our Veterinary Team

Reading Animal Clinic‘s staff is filled with highly trained and experienced animal lovers who care deeply about their jobs. Everyone makes it a goal to learn everything they can about the field they love in order to give our patients the highest level of care.

Our team is also kind. The members treat each patient, whether healthy or sick, with plenty of love and attention. They educate owners on the importance of preventative care to keep their pets healthy, while doing everything they can to help when their pets are not feeling well.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (781) 944-1699.

Dr. Elizabeth Shurland

Dr. Shurland was born and raised in Reading, MA. She attended Tufts University as an English Major and worked in the publishing industry for 2 years. She attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1992, then completed an internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. After working in private practice for a year in North Andover, she moved to Philadelphia where she worked in a small animal practice for 9 years while her husband attended medical school and completed his residency. She returned to Massachusetts in 2003 and started working at Reading Animal Clinic in 2004. She now lives in Reading with her husband, 3 children, 2 cats, 3 dogs and 1 guinea pig.

Dr. Linda Thistle

Dr. Thistle grew up in Malden and attended the University of New Hampshire. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992. She completed an internal medicine and surgical internship at Angell Memorial in 1993. After practicing in Andover, she came to Reading Animal Clinic in 1997. She currently lives in the Merrimack Valley with her husband, two sons, one dog and two cats.

Dr. Rose Flynn

Dr. Flynn started working at the Reading Animal Clinic as a veterinary technician after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She attended Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May of 2014. After graduation, she was excited to return to the Reading Animal Clinic as a veterinarian with her husband, daughter, and two cats Little Man and Bonkers. She has interests in exotic small mammals as well as internal medicine and ultrasound.

Dr. Michaela Kohler

Dr. Kohler was raised in Mattapoisett, MA and attended the University of Maine at Machias where she received her Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2005. She attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2010. After finishing vet school she completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth. After her internship she followed her husband to the Midwest and practiced in Wisconsin and Minnesota while her husband (also a veterinarian) finished his internship and residency in small animal surgery. She joined Reading Animal Clinic in the summer of 2016. Her professional interests include pain management, soft tissue surgery, and feline medicine. Dr. Kohler has one lab mix named Kajsa, one maine coon mix named Hal, and a 3-legged domestic shorthair named Timmy. In addition to her fur-babies, Dr. Kohler and her husband welcomed their first child into the world in December 2016.

Our Staff


Practice Manager
Certified Veterinary Technician

Robyn started her veterinary career working as a kennel assistant. She soon realized her love of animals and her new love for medicine could make for an incredible career. She has spent the last 25 years dedicated to the veterinary profession. In addition to getting her certification as a veterinary technician, Robyn has worked in general practice, supervised a large emergency/ICU and worked in many different aspects of specialty medicine.
Her career has now come full circle as she takes all her years of experience and brings it to Reading Animal Clinic as the Practice Manager.

In her spare time Robyn donates her time working on the Executive Board of the MVTA (Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association) as the Recording Secretary. She shares her life with her 4 legged family, 4 dogs, Kix, Santana, Bindi and Trooper, her cat Finn and any number of foster animals that find their way to her.

Sam F.

Technician Manager
Certified Veterinary Technician

Sam F. has been with the clinic since 2002 when she started as a kennel assistant. She quickly learned more skills, went to Mount Ida College, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She took and passed the Vet Tech National Exam and got her Certified Veterinary Technician credentials in 2008. At RAC her skills include all aspects of small animal practice, ranging from lab work to x-rays, primarily specializing in anesthesia, surgical prep and recovery. Her pets are a lion head rabbit named Lynnie and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Porter.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Leah has an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Becker College and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been at Reading Animal Clinic since 2000. During that time, she has become the go-to person for the other technicians, the doctors and our clients. She has many responsibilities including animal care, reception and office management. She became a veterinary technician because it combines her love of medicine and animals. She owns a 2 year old Yorkie/Silky mix named Rosie who loves to go on hikes.


Veterinary Technician

Colleen is a Veterinary Technician who has been with us at the Reading Animal Clinic since March of 2014. She graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from NSCC. Colleen has a special interest in proper pain management, and plans to further her education in geriatric care.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Tanya has always had a passion for working with animals. After receiving her B.S. in Biology in 2011, she started working in a kennel. Her position quickly changed to helping in the hospital as a Technician Assistant. In 2014, she decided to continue her education at Great Bay Community College, where she received her Associates in Veterinary Technology. She took and passed the VTNE in August of 2016, and started working as a Veterinary Technician at the Reading Animal Clinic in November 2016. Tanya has two cats, Duncan and Mya.


Veterinary Technician

Jenna was born and raised in Montana. After high school, she decided she wanted to serve her country by joining the Marine Corps. During her service, she met and married her husband and. In 2011, she was honorably discharged, and decided she needed to pursue a college education. Being from Montana, her love for animals became embedded in her life. She actually wanted to be a veterinarian in her younger years, but decided she preferred the responsibility of a technician. In May 2016, she graduated from Mount Ida College with Bachelors of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing legos with her 6 year old daughter and cooking for her family. She also enjoys watching movies while her Yorkshire terrier, Milli and cat, Spartacus snuggle on her lap.

Samantha S. (Little Sam)

Veterinary Technician

Samantha S. (Little Sam) has had a passion for animals her whole life. She has been working at the Reading Animal Clinic for 2 years as a receptionist and is now one of our room technicians. She started working with animals as a dog walker and pet sitter, then becoming a groomer. She is currently a student at North Shore Community College studying to be an Animal Care Specialist and will be graduating next year. Samantha has a cat named Monkey and a one eyed bunny named Lilly.


Client Care Supervisor

Debbie graduated from Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1994, took the Vet Tech National Exam and began working as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She also graduated with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Bunker Hill Community College. After a break in her career to be an at home mom, Debbie began working as a receptionist at The Reading Animal Clinic in early 2010. She also helps the doctors and technicians with medical care whenever possible. Debbie also volunteers through the Merrimack River Feline Rescue at the MSPCAs feral cat spay/neuter clinic where she is responsible for surgical prep and monitoring. Debbie enjoys spending her time off with her husband, their 2 sons, their Manchester Terrier Alice and their 2 cats Link and Poe.


Head Technician

Cailen has had a passion for animals since high school where she was a kennel attendant, groomer and then a veterinary technician. She then went to UNH Thompson school of applied animal science where she earned her associates degree. Cailen then worked as a veterinary technician in general practice and emergency until she decided to further her education by going to Colorado to attend The Bel-Rea institute of animal technology. While in Colorado she interned at VCA Alameda East and was able to work as a veterinary technician at a general practice while going to school. She graduated and moved back to MA and got a job as a veterinary technician and earned her CVT title shortly thereafter. She has been working with animals for over 10 years and loves it! In Cailen’s own words she says, ‘the area of my job that I love doing is client education, surgery/anesthesia and nutrition.’ On her weekends she loves to read, hang out and hike with her 9yr old rescue Rottweiler, Rampage and get together with family!

Devon S.

Veterinary Technician

Devon’s love for animals started at a young age. She began riding and taking care of horses at age 10 and continued all through middle and high school. Devon graduated from reading memorial high school and is eager to pursue college classes and become a certified veterinary technician. She has a 5 year old son named Mason, a dog named Gracie, and a cat named Izzy.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Christina graduated from the veterinary technician program with honors from North Shore Community College and became a CVT in 2015. She has had a love for all animals as long as she can remember. She remembers watching emergency vets at a very young age and found the veterinary field to be fascinating. She started her career in 7th grade at a farm working with horses that specialized in therapeutic riding for the handicapped at age 12. There she discovered her love for large animals. There was a time she went to school for meteorology but found out quickly that her passion for helping animals overshadowed this. She says one of the most rewarding aspects of her job as a CVT is client education. She is a fur mom to a 9 year old diabetic cat named Dice and a white 4 year old cat named Caspurr.


Client Care

Devon has been a receptionist at Reading Animal Clinic since July 2016. She has a beagle mix named Ginny that makes her life a joy. Animals are her passion and her dream is adopting as many animals as she can.

Samantha B.

Client Care

Samantha B. is a professional animal lover and she’s been working at Reading Animal Clinic as a receptionist since October 2016. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Communications and she has future plans to attend school again to become a Veterinary Technician as she has always had a passion for animals her whole life. She is eager to continue learning about animals and getting more involved in this field. Sam also has two cats, a dog, a mouse, a hamster and a fish.


Client Care

Vanessa had a passion for helping animals at a very young age. She grew up with a houseful of animals and volunteered at the rescue her mother still works at today. Vanessa worked as a kennel assistant in general practice throughout high school and was given the opportunity of a Veterinary Technician position once she graduated. She pursued her passion until she was given another opportunity to pursue Client Care. She has worked 10+ years in the Veterinary field. On her down time Vanessa enjoys snowmobiling, fourwheeling, binge watching Netflix, and spending time with her husband. She is the proud owner of a 16 year old special needs ShihTzu named Maxx and a polydactyl kitten named Dougie Fresh Toes.

Reagan R.

Kennel Assistant

Reagan is a student at Reading Memorial High School, and enjoys horseback riding, swimming, learning about wolves and working to help protect endangered animals. Reagan loves all animals great and small, but most especially her beloved best friend Juno, the Italian Mastiff she got as a puppy when she was five years old. She plans to continue her education in the field of animal sciences after graduation from high school, and have a career working with animals.