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Welcome to Reading Animal Clinic

Reading Animal Clinic in Reading MA

1312 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867

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.

Call 781-944-1699 to make an appointment or book online.

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Our Services

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Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy at Reading Animal Clinic

Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols.

Applications for laser therapy include:
  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
  • Ear infections

» Learn more about Companion Laser Therapy

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 or we can special order it for you.


Lab Work at Reading Animal Clinic

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

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 and treating our patients.


Dentistry at Reading Animal Clinic

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

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 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. 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, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 guinea pig.

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, one 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, daughter 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 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 2 year old Yorkie/Silky mix named Rosie who loves to go on hikes.



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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Porter.



Colleen graduated the North Shore Community College veterinary technician program in May 2015. She is 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 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.



Samantha S. (Little Sam) has had a passion for animals her whole life. She has been working as a receptionist at the Reading Animal Clinic for 2 years. She started working with animals as a dog walker and pet sitter, then becoming a groomer. 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. Samantha has a one eyed bunny named Lilly.

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

EMAIL: rac@readinganimalclinic.com



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