Lidia is 13-year-old domestic orange cat that has lived at the hospital for 12 years. We took her in when her previous owner could not pay for her expensive eye surgery, due to her entropion. Entropion is when the eyelid curls in onto the eye and the hairs rub against the cornea. After numerous surgeries to repair her eyelids and then eventually remove her eyelids, Lidia continued to struggle, so we had to remove her eyes completely. Now she is much happier and gets around exceptionally well despite her blindness.
Ashley was born in New Haven and raised in East Haven. She grew up with many pets, including two cats named Tiger and Sheldon, a hamster, and a hermit crab. As a child, she changed her mind every week about what she wanted to do when she grew up, but what made her finally choose her career in veterinary medicine was working in our doggy daycare. She realized that she wanted to work with animals in some capacity for the rest of her life, and trained as a veterinary receptionist right here at Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook! Her favorite thing about her job is seeing pets leave our hospital healthier than when they came in.
Ashley loves all animals, and has six cats: Momma, Buddha, Spaghetti, Munchkin, Fat Fat and Jackson. She does have a dog, too, named Peach! Ashley and her boyfriend also just recently welcomed their first child on New Year’s Day. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on day trips. Admittedly, her guilty pleasure is working when she should be relaxing — which is just another testament to how much she enjoys her job!
Maddie was born in South County, RI and spent the first few years of her life living in Westerly with her mom. She spent the rest of her childhood in Groton, where she still lives now. She grew up with a family dog, Clara, who was the sweetest yellow lab and would sit with her in a little foyer room at her grandmother’s house. Over the years, Maddie has had a variety of animal, including a frog named Peep and a hamster named Ivy, as well as her family’s beloved cat, George, who has been with them for 16 years now. When she was younger, Maddie wanted to be a zookeeper working with big cats, especially cheetahs. She also wanted to be a singer, but stage fright got the best of her and she decided to work with animals who would never judge her for hitting the wrong note!
When Maddie started working at Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook, she dove head-first into learning about the veterinary field and obtained her Pet CPR certificate and has recently started to learn more about the surgeries we conduct. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is of course interacting with all the animals, but also the rewarding feeling of helping save a life. Maddie currently lives with two cats, George and Pepper, as well as a dog named Fig Newton, a bearded dragon named Thorn, and a betta fish named Ernie. When she isn’t working, Maddie enjoys hiking with her boyfriend and relaxing with her animals. Her guilty pleasures include singing, of course, and also playing Animal Crossing!
Hayley was born and raised in Deep River with many different animals. She wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but went to school for archaeology and anthropology. However, the pull toward veterinary medicine was strong and she started working in the Kennel at Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook in 2018. Hayley went from Kennel Reception, to Hospital Reception and ultimately became a Veterinary Technician at the Hospital, where we taught her everything she knows about veterinary medicine!
Hayley’s favorite thing about working in the veterinary industry is helping and educating pet owners in their time of need, and helping animals to feel happier and healthier. When asked if she’s more of a dog or cat person, Hayley’s answer was that she is an all animals person — but she does share her home with her cat, Tofu. When she isn’t working, Hayley enjoys hiking, reiki, photography, learning new things, and going to breweries.
Gail was born and raised in Tiverton, Rhode Island, with cats and dogs. She holds an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from New Hampshire Community Tech, and previously worked at Four Paws Veterinary Services in Mystic, Dover Veterinary Hospital in Dover, NH, and Great Bay Animal Hospital in Durham, NH. She loves the variety of skills needed to work in veterinary medicine — you don’t just do one thing all day!
As a dog person, Gail shares her home with her English Bulldog, Sheamus, and her American Staffordshire Terrier, Riddell. Gail is married to Tim, and when she’s not working, she enjoys doing house projects, hiking with the dogs, camping, kayaking, watching any New England sports teams, and hanging out in the yard by the fire pit with friends and family. Her guilty pleasure is watching reality TV.
Kathy was raised in Miami, FL and moved to CT in 2009. She started as a part time front desk receptionist at an animal hospital/pitbull rescue in Jupiter, FL in 2004. Really enjoying the field, she took the position full time and showed interest in working in other areas. She transitioned to an assistant, technician and also assisted in management. She spent 6 years at a general practice that also treated exotics in Montville, CT before joining the AHOS family in 2016 She now heads our team of technicians and enjoys being involved in surgical procedures. She lives with her husband Freddie, Son Kai, daughter Ember, their 5 parakeets,2 cockatiels, and Fred, her Betta Fish. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, dabbling in art, reading, writing, music, and birds, birds, birds!
Ashley was raised in Clinton, CT with a cat and three dogs. For a time she wanted to be a hairstylist when she grew up, but eventually, she realized she didn’t actually enjoy doing hair for others (just her own!). So, she made the transition to veterinary medicine and learned the tricks of the trade here at Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook. As a receptionist, Ashley enjoys communicating with our clients and occasionally peeking in on surgeries to learn more about animal medicine. Ashley shares her home with her fiancé and two young children. In her free time, she plays with her kids, goes to the beach and visits family whenever she can.
Erin was born and raised in Canton, CT and has spent her life around cats. Sheba was the first cat she ever knew — she was part of the family before Erin was born — but she wasn’t very nice! After Sheba, though, her family adopted two lovable brother cats named Tigger and Saber. Erin has always enjoyed drawing cartoons and being creative, so as a child she wanted to be an artist. But animals fill her heart with so much joy that she couldn’t ignore the calling and joined us in 2015 as a kennel assistant. During that time, she took a 6-month Veterinary Assistant certification course at Middlesex Community College. She began to cross-train in the hospital and ultimately transitioned away from our Inn & Spa and became a full-time veterinary assistant for our doctors. Currently, Erin is attending the Veterinary Technology program at Middlesex Community College and expects to graduate in 2021 with her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology.
Erin feels that helping animals is the greatest gift you can give by being a voice for those who do not have one. Veterinary medicine is also ever-changing and ever-growing, and as such she feels that no matter how many years you have been in the field, you can always learn something new and grow every day. Erin currently shares her home with her dog Zoe and in her spare time she enjoys yoga, painting, wine tasting and going to the beach. And, as much as she hates to admit it… her current guilty pleasure is TikTok.
Juliana was born and raised in Massachusetts with pets of all kinds, from dogs and cats to hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, frogs, fish and rabbits. She’s always wanted to work with animals, but also holds a double BA in psychology and English as well as a minor in philosophy. Previously in the retail industry, Juliana made the transition to veterinary work through her time volunteering at shelters and rescues. She has also fostered pets.
Juliana’s favorite thing about veterinary medicine is the daily opportunity to meet new animals and form loving bonds with them. She shares her home with her own dog and cat, and when she isn’t at work, she enjoys art, music, photography, films, hiking and writing. Her guilty pleasure is ice cream.