Chippins Hill Veterinary Hospital

595 Clark Avenue Bristol, CT 06010

In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

Cheshire Veterinary Hospital
1572 S. Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Phone: (203) 271-1577
Veterinary Specialists in West Hartford
993 North Main St
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 236-3273

** Exotics (rabbits, ferrets, birds, lizards, turtles, etc.) please refer to:
Bolton Veterinary Hospital
222 Boston Turnpike
Bolton, CT 06043
Phone: (860) 646-6134


Meet Our Veterinarians

Get to know our team of veterinarians here at the Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital in Bristol, CT by reading their staff bios, so that you can be assured that you will have the best care possible for any of your pet’s health needs!


Dr. Emily Elliot

Dr. Elliot credits her three Great Pyrenees dogs with dragging her literally and figuratively away from teaching high school English. Caring for those dogs and meeting inspiring people in the competitive dog show world of conformation and obedience rekindled a childhood dream of being a veterinarian. Soon after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, she began working at Chippens Hill. Her post-graduate certification in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine added additional treatment modalities to her western medical and surgical training. The clients, patients, staff, and other veterinarians at Chippens Hill make her happy to drive to Bristol from Lakeville. When she is at home, she loves hiking with her Australian Shepherd dog, Brumby, riding her horse, Toby, singing in local classical choral groups, and cooking in the kitchen.


Dr. Cara Reville Sweet

After obtaining her undergraduate degree at Suffolk University in Boston, Dr. Cara Reville Sweet completed her veterinary studies at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. Upon graduating in 2004, she underwent a year of internship training at New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA. Dr. Sweet joined the team at Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2005 and came to view them as her second family! When Dr. Sweet is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son Zee, working in her garden, cooking, hiking, and camping.


Dr. Larry Linnetz

A 1970 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Lawrence Linnetz founded Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital in 1976. While managing an AAHA certified hospital and providing medical care for birds, reptiles, rabbits, pocket pets, dogs, and cats, Dr Linnetz and his wife raised two sons, Eric and Michael. During his 31 years of practice, he hired Dr Elliot and Dr Sweet and eventually sold Chippens Hill to his son Eric, who graduated from Cornell Veterinary College in 1997. In his spare time, Dr Linnetz loves to ski and since his retirement has been seeing more of the world than snow-covered mountains; his most recent trip was to Morocco! We are happy to announce that he will be back at Chippens Hill seeing appointments on Sunday mornings. joined the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in July, 2013. She became interested in animals at a young age; and spent summers working on her grandparents' dairy farm and began riding horses at 12 years old. Dr. Zajac attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology, and then headed off to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. Although she loved Southern life and enjoyed meeting new people, Dr. Zajac felt the urge to be back in PA with her family. After graduation, she returned to PA in 2009 where she worked with dogs, cats and horses as a general practitioner. In her free time Dr. Zajac enjoys birding, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She have a horse named Lovie and a cat named Gus.