local veterinarians

Meet Our Veterinarians

Get to know our team of local 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!

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Kathleen-Marie Clark

Passionate about her home town of Newington, CT, Dr Kathleen-Marie Clark enjoys serving on the Inland Wetlands Commission and volunteering for the Community Emergency Response team.  Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of veterinary medicine enrich the care of dogs, cats, small mammals, and, especially rabbits at Chippens Hill.   Although the only birds she treats at the office are chickens, Dr Clark loves to observe birds in the wild!  Among the waifs who have followed her home – Standard Poodles, Carley and Madison, a very vocal cat, Dustin, two guinea pigs, and a leopard gecko. 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.

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Dr. Kristen Fratamico

A native of upstate New York, Dr Kristen Fratamico had her first job in veterinary medicine at the age of 15!  She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University and graduated in 2007 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.  Not only does she  use her skill in critical care and internal medicine to treat animals but also she shares her knowledge to teach students in veterinary programs.  Dr Fratamico and her husband, daughter, and dogs enjoy hiking, kayaking, and BBQs with family, as well as the adventure of renovating their home. 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.