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Welcome to Reading Animal Clinic

Reading Animal Clinic in Reading MA

1312 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
781-944-1699

At the Reading Animal Clinic, we are here when you need us. Whether it’s for preventative care, a simple nail trim, an emergency, or end-of-life care, our staff will be available to help you and your pet. We provide great personal service along with modern medical techniques. Our compassionate staff will treat that important member of your family like one of our own. We have a relaxed, friendly environment that enables pets (and their people) to feel comfortable and at ease. We are always trying to improve patient and client experiences so please let us know if we can do anything better.

To make an appointment, give us a call at 781-944-1699

Our Services

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Preventative Care

Preventative Care at Reading Animal Clinic

Many life-threatening diseases in animals can be prevented with regular examinations and vaccinations. Puppies and kittens should be seen regularly between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. They require repeated vaccines, fecal testing, and physical exams to detect any developing problems.

After these initial visits, they should be seen once a year for a routine visit until they become seniors (approximately 8 years for dogs, 10 for cats) at which time they should be seen every 6 months. Dogs and cats (unfortunately) age much quicker than people so their problems arise quicker as well. The sooner we diagnose a problem, the more options we have for treatment. Heartworm preventative (for all dogs) and flea and tick protection for both cats and dogs is crucial to prevent many serious diseases and/or infestations. There are many options and we can help advise you on which one(s) are right for your animal.

Veterinary Diets

Veterinary Diets at Reading Animal Clinic

We carry a variety of prescription foods from Hill’s, Purina, and Royal Canin. Some of the diseases that are treated in part with diet are kidney failure, diabetes, urinary tract disease, skin allergies and thyroid disease. If we don’t have the diet you need, you can either get it at our online pharmacy VetSource or we can special order it for you.

Laboratory

Lab Work at Reading Animal Clinic
Lab

We have a fully equipped, up-to-date laboratory in-house where we can do white/red cell counts, evaluate liver and kidney function, check thyroid levels and more. We also send blood work to a local outside lab if we need more specialized testing. In-house blood work is available within 30 minutes – which allows us to begin any necessary treatment immediately. Outside lab work is usually ready the next day.

Diagnostic Imaging

Imaging at Reading Animal Clinic
Imaging

In December 2013 we acquired a digital xray processor. This allows us to process xrays within seconds, focus in on areas of concern, and most importantly, send the images to a boarded radiologist at Angell Animal Medical Center and get a reading the same day. There is an additional charge for this reading so we only do it on more complicated cases. We also have a veterinarian who comes in most Tuesdays to do ultrasounds. He does both cardiac and abdominal ultrasounds, which is a tremendous tool in diagnosing an treating our patients.

Dentistry

Dentistry at Reading Animal Clinic
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Dental disease is a common problem in cats and dogs and can lead to more serious health problems. We perform routine dental cleaning and polishing which can help avoid more complicated dental diseases. All animals need general anesthesia to adequately remove all the tartar, polish and apply fluoride. Once the teeth are cleaned, a thorough oral exam is done to determine if any extractions are needed. Digital dental x-rays are taken if needed to assess bone and root health and to aid in the extraction process. If there are extractions, we provide pain relief during surgery and when the animal goes home.

Surgery and Anesthesia

Surgery at Reading Animal Clinic
Surgery

We have a fully equipped operating room with state of the art anesthesia. We provide routine surgical procedures including spays and neuters but also perform more complex surgeries under the direction of our residency trained veterinary surgeon Dr. Lori Gordon.

We are committed to providing the safest anesthesia possible. We always do a thorough physical exam prior to anesthesia to be sure that no new problems have arisen since your pet's last appointment. We highly recommend pre-operative blood work, especially for the older animals, to be sure there are no underlying problems that may interfere with anesthesia. There is a veterinary technician at the side of each animal during their surgical procedure. An IV catheter is placed prior to surgery to give medications and fluids during the procedure. Each animal’s vitals are closely monitored – which include ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen and breathing rate. In addition to safety, pain management during and after surgery are a high priority.

We use opioids (similar to morphine), anti-inflammatories and sedation to ensure that every animal is as comfortable as possible. All animals go home the same day as their procedure as soon as they are alert enough to walk around and eat and drink.

Prescriptions

Prescriptions at Reading Animal Clinic

We have a complete veterinary pharmacy on hand including antibiotics, ear medications, thyroid medication, heartworm preventative and flea and tick control. If you prefer the convenience of ordering online, we have an online pharmacy, VetSource. We offer this through one of our distributors so we can monitor quality and address any problems or reactions if they occur. We also work with a veterinary compounding pharmacy to get specially flavored medications or transdermal (applied to the skin) for those hard-to-medicate animals.

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End of Life Care

End of Life Care at Reading Animal Clinic

One of the few faults of our beloved animals is that they just don’t live long enough. We make every effort to help them live as long as possible, but when the time comes when they can’t do the things they once enjoyed, we’ll help you decide the best way for that precious life to end.

If they are comfortable, we’ll advise you on how to keep them peaceful at home until they pass. If they are restless or in pain, and you choose euthanasia, we will do so in the most humane way possible. We consider it fortunate that we can relieve the suffering of a dying animal. We usually sedate the animal before giving the final injection. Once the animal has passed we offer a variety of options to take care of your pet’s remains.

Our Veterinarians

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Dr. Elizabeth Shurland

Dr. Shurland

Dr. Shurland was born and raised in Reading, MA. 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 purchased the clinic in November of 2013. She lives in Reading with her husband, 3 children, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 guinea pigs.

Dr. Linda Thistle

Dr. 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, two dogs and one cat.

Dr. Christina MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie graduated from UMASS Amherst with her undergraduate degree in 1995, and went on to earn a Doctorate in Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool England. After working in Albany, NY for a year she returned to Massachusetts in 2003. She has worked in private practice since. She started as a relief doctor for Reading Animal Clinic in 2010 and we liked her so much that she is now a permanent part of our staff. She currently lives on the North Shore with her husband, their 2 daughters, their dog and two cats.

Dr. Rose Flynn

Dr. 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 and two cats Little Man and Bonkers. She has interests in exotic small mammals as well as internal medicine and ultrasound.

Our Staff

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Leah

Leah

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 rescue kitty named Rosco, who was once the hospital cat, and Rosie, a silky/yorkshire terrier.

Sam

Sam

Sam has been with the clinic since 2002 (not including a brief hiatus for internships and a short employment at a clinic closer to Boston.) She volunteered the summer after her sophomore year and was hired as kennel assistant that fall after turning 16. 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 reception skills to surgical prep and monitoring. Her pets are a lion head rabbit named Lynnie and a special needs cat named Zeppelin.

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda has an Associates Degree in Biotechnology from Middlesex Community College and has taken pre-health and veterinary science courses at Becker College. She has been a veterinary technician since 2005 and began working at Reading Animal Clinic in 2010. She has loved animals her entire life and has always wanted to work with animals. Her current responsibilities include monitoring anesthesia, performing dental prophies, running labwork and taking xrays. She currently lives with three Siamese cats named Kyra, Maiyu and Suri, a feral rescue cat named Shiko, a rescue rabbit, and two sugar gliders named Kukri and Plio.

Colleen

Colleen

Colleen had attended the North Shore Community College veterinary technician program and will be graduating in May. She has been a veterinary Technician who has been with us at the Reading Animal Clinic since March of 2014. Colleen is an active member of Commonwealth Cat’s Trap Neuter Release program. She also fosters special needs cats and kittens from a local animal shelter.

Debbie

Debbie

Debbie graduated from Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1994 and began working as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She also has 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. Debbie also volunteers through the Merrimack River Feline Rescue at the MSPCA’s feral cat spay/neuter clinic. Debbie enjoys spending her time off with her husband, their 2 sons, their Manchester Terrier Alice and 2 orphaned cats named Link and Poe.

Gia

Gia

Gia graduated from Essex Aggie in 2010 and has since gotten her Associates Degree in Biology and certification in Veterinary Assisting. She practiced assisting in Oklahoma for a year and has since started with us as a receptionist. She has 2 dogs, a Chihuahua named Nugget and a special needs Huskamute named Precious.

Samantha

Samantha

Samantha S has had a passion for animals her whole life. She has been working with animals for about 3 years, starting with dog walking and pet sitting, to becoming a groomer, and now as a receptionist at the Reading Animal Clinic. She is currently a student at North Shore Community College studying to be an Animal Care Specialist and will be transferring into the Veterinary Technology program. Her pets are a Silky Terrier named Winky, a Malti-poo named Snowball, and three chinchillas named Kiki, Mamma, and Splinter.

Contact Us

Appointments at Reading Animal Clinic

Clinic Hours

Monday: 9am-8pm
Tuesday: 9am-4pm
Wednesday: 9am-8pm
Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: Closed

Call 781-944-1699

1312 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867

Emergencies

emergency

If your pet is having an emergency, please call us at 781-944-1699.

After hours, please call:
Angell Animal Medical Center, Waltham: 781-902-8400
Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston: 617-522-7282
Mass Vet Referral Hospital, Woburn: 781-932-5802