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 is the owner of Reading Animal Clinic. She 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. Dr. Shurland became the owner of The Reading Animal Clinic in 2013. She now lives in Reading with her husband, 3 children, 2 cats, and 3 dogs.
Dr. Rose Flynn
Dr. Flynn, our Medical Director, 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. She has interests in exotic small mammals as well as internal medicine and ultrasound. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, two daughters, two cats (Little Man and Bonkers), and dog (Luna).
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, MA. 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 and a 3-legged domestic shorthair named Timmy, and a Persian cat who was found in a trash can named Percy. In addition to her fur-babies, she has two human children as well.
Dr. Cathy Sun
Dr. Sun was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Boston College in 2010 with a bachelor’s in Biology. She earned her veterinary medicine degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2015 and continued her education with a rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She is passionate about feline medicine, dentistry, and practicing fear-free animal care. She has two black cats at home and enjoys vegetarian cuisine, arts and crafts, and Zumba.
Dr. Melanie Ning
Originally from Chicago, Dr. Melanie Ning graduated from The University of Chicago in 2008 with a degree in Economics, she worked in quantitative finance for several years before finding her calling in veterinary medicine. She then attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and graduated with Phi Zeta honors. She is passionate about the importance of client communication and strives to find solutions that work for patients as well as their human companions. Her interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys baking, exploring the beautiful natural parks surrounding Boston, and relaxing over a good book with her husband and two sweet, fluffy cats.
Kristin joined the RAC team in 2020 as the Practice Director. Kristin has been in the veterinary industry for over 25 years. 13 of these years were at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She has held a variety of veterinary roles throughout her career. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). When she is not at RAC she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, her dog, Karma, and her two cats, Merlin and Roxy.
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. She shares her life with her 4 legged family, 3 dogs, Kix, Bindi, and Emme, her two cats, Finn and Griffin, an injured house sparrow named Lucky, and any number of foster animals that find their way to her.
Practice Development Manager
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 short break in her career to be an at-home mom, Debbie began working as a receptionist at The Reading Animal Clinic in early 2010. Since then, she has been promoted to our Client Care Supervisor and now works as our Practice Development Manager and is excited by the opportunities for growth and learning within the Reading Animal Clinic. Debbie enjoys spending her time off with her husband, their 2 sons, their Manchester Terrier Alice, and their 2 cats Link and Poe.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jennifer graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013, took the Vet Tech National Exam, and began working as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her journey thus far has taken her across the east coast working in everything from physical therapy, emergency medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, to general practice and holistic medicine. She brings a wide range of experience to Reading Animal Clinic as the Technician Manager. She is most passionate about client education, wildlife rehabilitation, holistic pet care, and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family. She welcomed her first child, a son, in January of 2020. She has a boxer named JitterBug, and three cats Maple, Rafiki, and Ruka.
Assistant Client Care Manager
Marissa, our Assistant Client Care Manager, was raised in Wilmington with her dad and younger brother. She graduated Wilmington High in 2015. She has been surrounded by fur-siblings all her life, and has wanted to care for them all the best she can. She currently has an 11-year-old, diabetic cat that has been with her for the past 2 years. Marissa started as a Client Care Rep with us in 2019 and has since been promoted to Assistant Client Care Manager and is looking forward to her future within the company. In her free time, she enjoys bowling, Paint Nites, traveling up and down the coast, and being surrounded with friends and family. She hopes to someday in the future to open her home to other cats with medical needs.
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 Yorkie/Silky mix named Rosie who loves to go on hikes.
Assistant Technician Manager
Lisa Marie was born and raised in Rhode Island and moved to the Boston area two years ago. She began volunteering at an animal shelter at a very young age and fell in love with every animal. Lisa Marie came to us with 13 years experience as a Veterinary Technician and she is Fear Free certified. Working in an animal hospital is so fulfilling for Lisa because “I really believe our pets fulfill our lives.” In her spare time Lisa loves to spend time with her family and adorable pup Clarabelle.
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. She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Porter.
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. 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 a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing legos with her daughter and cooking for her family. She also enjoys watching movies while her Yorkshire terrier, Milli, and cats, Spartacus and Zorro snuggle on her lap.
Certified Veterinary 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 associate’s 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!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Dominique started working at Reading Animal Clinic in 2018. Dominique was a member and leader in the youth 4-H where she was able to start working in animal care and participate in many community service activities. Dominique graduated in 2013 from NSCC and became a certified veterinary technician the same year. Previously, she worked at a general practice for 5 years and has volunteered as a wildlife rehabber. She has an interest in exotic animal medicine and has owned many species of animals including cats, fish, rabbits, hamsters, ducks, and frogs. She currently has a cat named Squishy and a tropical fish tank.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Azad grew up in Arlington, and she now lives in Tewksbury with her husband and their 5 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 1 tortoise, 1 crested gecko and a fish tank with various critters and fish. She graduated from North Shore Community College in 2017 from the vet tech program and became certified. Azad and her husband like to take in senior dogs and they have done hospice work in the past. Azad also works at the MSPCA in Methuen, where she started volunteering in 2014. Her professional interests include behavior, exotics, elder care, and being a contributing member of the community. Her personal interests include painting and snowmobiling and trying to keep plants alive!
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 downtime, Vanessa enjoys snowmobiling, four-wheeling, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with her husband. She is the proud owner of a polydactyl kitten named Dougie Fresh Toes.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jess has had a passion for animals her entire life, and has been working professionally in the veterinary field for 4 years. Jess joined the team at Reading Animal Clinic in June 2020. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College where she graduated in 2017. Jess passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination and became certified in 2017. Her skills include all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, with a special interest in surgery and client education. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors exploring what nature has to offer, camping, traveling, listening to music, reading, trying new foods, meeting new people, spending quality time with the ones she loves, and petting all the animals she can! Jess currently has no pets of her own, so she lives vicariously through everyone else’s until she is lucky enough to be able to adopt!
Samantha B. is a professional animal lover. She began working at Reading Animal Clinic as a receptionist in October 2016. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Communications and she is now attending classes at NSCC with plans to become a Veterinary Technician. She is now working with us as a tech assistant and is eager to continue learning about animals and getting more involved in this field, as she has had a passion for animals her whole life. Sam has two cats, a dog, a mouse, a hamster, and a fish.
Taylor was born and raised in Wakefield Massachusetts and just recently moved to Nashua NH. After graduating from Wakefield high school in 2011 Taylor found her passion for animals working at a doggy daycare for several years as well as volunteering at a local animal shelter. Following that she started her journey in the veterinary world starting as a kennel technician progressing all the way up to a veterinary technician. Outside of work Taylor enjoys cooking, sports, and hanging out with her family and two fur babies Brandy and Hooch.
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MacKenzie has had a passion for animals her whole life and grew up in a household full of animals ranging from chickens, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, fish, and horses. She has been riding and showing horses for about 17 years. Prior to working at Reading Animal Clinic, she worked at an equestrian facility caring and training horses. Following her work with horses, she worked at a veterinary clinic as a technician assistant and eventually worked her way up to a technician position. MacKenzie holds an associate’s degree and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree. MacKenzie currently owns two cats and two horses. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and riding her horse.
Rachel first started as an equine manager before going to NSCC where she graduated with a degree in Animal Care Science in 2019. She is eager to start her career in veterinary medicine and learn as much as possible! When she was younger, she always needed to pet every animal, no matter how big or small, and as a result, now has two dogs- Bunker and Perky, a cat- Gus, and a pony named Johnny. In her free time, she enjoys napping with her cat, riding her horse, and spending time with her family.
Heather grew up on the North Shore and has always owned a variety of pets. She started her journey here at Reading Animal Clinic in September 2020. She tested the waters in animal care at NSCC back in 2011, then went on to acquire her cosmetology license. She is due to graduate this fall with her Associates in Animal Science. Her favorites activities include; tanning on the beach, watching nature documentaries, Mexican food and spending time with her closest friends. Heather has a chihuahua terrier who has stolen her heart. She looks forward to making her way up in the company.”
Originally born in Rhode Island, Ashley and her family moved to Mass when she was 3 years old. Ever since she was a child she has always dreamed of being a veterinarian. She graduated from high school in 2015 and opened her first company. Four years later, Ashley decided it was finally time to pursue her dreams, so she shut down her construction company and traded her tool belt and boots for scrubs and sneakers. At home she has a very spoiled and sweet dwarf lion head rabbit, ChiChi. In her spare time you’ll find Ashley watching movies, playing video games, and drawing.
Ben started at Reading Animal Clinic in 2020. He has always had an admiration for animals and is happy to be doing what he can at the clinic. He has 2 cats of his own and a Manchester Terrier at home. In his off time, Ben is studying at UMB and enjoys playing video games.
Client Care Team
Lisa grew up in Derry, New Hampshire, in a home filled with cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and a rabbit. She holds degrees in radiologic technology, biotechnology, and microbiology from Northern Essex Community College and Notre Dame College.
After a long career in human health care, she is happy to be working in animal medicine and care. Lisa currently lives with her boyfriend (Richard), their dog Kona and two cats Leonard Nimeow and Tippy the Kippy.
After years as a motivational speaker, Mary got tired of all the travel and traded her suits and heels for sneakers and scrubs. She started her journey into the veterinary field as a receptionist at a small country practice in Colorado. Fourteen years later she is back in Massachusetts to spend more time with family and friends. When not working she loves going for walks with her 12-year-old chunky chihuahua, dancing, crocheting hats for the MGH cancer center and antiquing with her son
Having grown up playing in the woods with the family golden retriever and raising flocks of chickens, it’s no surprise that Annie ended up working with animals. After getting a bachelors degree in Biology at UMass Boston, Annie worked at the New England Aquarium as an educator and continues to volunteer in the sea turtle rescue program and behind the scenes in animal husbandry. With a special interest in wildlife and exotics, Annie will leap at the chance to work with any animal, whether it’s an octopus or 15 foot anaconda. Annie currently lives in Reading with a crested gecko named Mlem and likes to spend her free time hiking, crocheting, caring for plants and looking at adoption sites for her future feline companion.
Sahra was born and raised in California where she attended Chapman University. Sahra moved to the east coast several years ago and currently lives in Beverly. When she’s not working, Sahra enjoys spending time with her cats Carol and Steve, traveling, painting, playing video games, and baking.
Rhonda grew up in Reading and spent her childhood and teenage years as a competitive junior equestrian. After she graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in English Lit and Creative Writing, she began her career as a professional equestrian, and had the opportunity to train, teach and compete in the Northeast and Florida for several years. Her focus eventually shifted to animal welfare, and she began work at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, where she still volunteers regularly. Rhonda is Fear Free Certified. She spends her free time reading, writing, binge watching Netflix and exercising with her workout family at Tread LLC. Rhonda and Jack Pawkins, her rescue guinea pig, also enjoy taking part in therapy animal visits at campus anti-stress events and literacy events for kids, and they have been a certified team with Pet Partners and Tufts Paws for People since 2016. In addition to Jack, Rhonda has two younger guinea pigs, Cedric Piggory and Emmet O. Fezzipig; Simon, a ringneck dove; Callie the one-legged wonder pigeon; crested gecko Fergie; and her now retired former competition partner and resident princess, Dancing Queen, aka Dascha.
Kaitlyn has always had a love for animals ever since she was little. Her dad always told her that he could see her working with animals when she was young. She graduated high school in 2018 on her way to art school until she realized her true passion, caring for animals. She grew up with cats, birds, hamsters, and a big tank of all kinds of fish. She currently has a tuxedo cat named Finn, and can’t wait to have her own farm of animals when she has a house of her own. When she’s not working, Kaitlyn loves hiking and camping with her two best friends, baking, and spending time with the people she loves.
Emily was born and raised in Beverly and has had a passion for caring for animals of all kinds for as long as she can remember. Emily attended Essex Agricultural And Technical High School where she studied four years of equine science and medicine. Emily is eager to continue her career in animal medicine at the clinic. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, going for hikes, and watching Netflix.