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Patricia Cairns, DVMA general practitioner at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 1998, Dr. Patricia Cairns is now our Co-Chief of Staff. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, she completed her undergraduate education at C.W. Post College and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1985. She continued her education at Cornell University New York State College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, soft-tissue surgery and dermatology.

When she's not at the hospital, Dr. Cairns loves spending time outdoors and can usually be found hiking, kayaking, camping and skiing in the winter. She and her husband, Darren Baker, a biochemist, have three children, Cameron, Jacqui and Graeme. Their family also includes Colby, a sweet black lab.

Tracey Kelleher, DVMDr. Kelleher has cared for pets at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 1994, and is now our Co- Chief of Staff. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 1983 and then continued her veterinary education at the Cornell University New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded her DVM degree in 1987.

Dr. Kelleher is particularly interested in dermatology, internal medicine, geriatric medicine and nutrition. She is very excited about using Norwell's Therapeutic Laser and looks forward to seeing her patients benefit from the extensive applications of photobiomodulation ranging from pain relief to wound healing. Dr. Kelleher enjoys working with her fabulous team at Norwell Veterinary Hospital and takes pride in being able to provide a high quality of care to her clients and patients.

Outside of work, Dr. Kelleher stays fit by running, biking and hiking with her two Labs Georgie and Lily. She and her husband and two adult daughters also enjoy spending time together on the water in the summer and skiing in the winter. The newest members of the Kelleher family are two adorable cats named Maisey and Mackerel who were found abandoned as kittens and bottle fed by the staff at Norwell.

Maria Sullivan, DVM Dr. Sullivan joined Norwell Veterinary Hospital in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 and then completed her veterinary studies at Tufts University, earning her DVM degree in 2010. Dr. Sullivan then moved to Brooklyn, New York to complete a small animal internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral group.

Dr. Sullivan has known she wanted to be a veterinarian since the second grade. She has been working in animal hospitals since she was in high school and was a veterinary technician for several years before attending veterinary school at Tufts. Dr. Sullivan’s professional interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine and preventive care.

In her spare time, Dr. Sullivan and her husband spend their time chasing around their two young children. Her family also includes an adorable mixed breed dog named Lulu Lemon, who she rescued from Scituate Animal Shelter after she needed her leg amputated from a prior injury.

Heidi Bock, DVMDr. Bock is a veterinarian at Norwell Veterinary Hospital, joining us in July 2011. She studied at the University of Delaware, receiving her undergraduate degree in 2006, and then went on to earn her DVM degree in 2010 from Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island). She completed a 13 month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth before joining our team.

Dr. Bock is interested in internal medicine, exotic animal medicine, and senior pet wellness. She has really enjoyed developing long term relationships with her clients and their companions! Outside of work, Dr. Bock enjoys traveling (especially places off the beaten path), photography, anything outdoors, and volunteering for community service in and around the Boston area. Her long term aspiration is to devote time to Vets Without Borders. She also loves spending time with her sweet beagle, Betty Boop!

Dr. Katherine C. Horigan, DVMKC Horigan is a Scituate native who is thrilled to back near her hometown! Dr. Horigan joined the team in July 2015. She attended undergrad at Lafayette College, completed her Master's at the University of Vermont, and went on to attain her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University.

Previous to Norwell Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Horigan practiced at South Boston Animal Hospital and VCA Snohomish Animal Hospital near Seattle, Washington. Her interests include pain management, nutrition and weight control, dermatology, surgery and dentistry. 

In her free time, Dr. Horigan loves gardening, painting, pottery, reading, and cooking. She also enjoys spending her time with her pets: two dogs, Tucker and Kiva, eight chickens, and one pot-belly pig named Pink Floyd! Dr. Horigan is so excited to meet you and your pets.

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It's official —Norwell Veterinary Hospital has been approved by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) as a Cat Friendly Practice – Silver Status!

Animal House of Chicago is an AAFP Cat Friendly PracticeWe recently underwent some major renovations in an effort to achieve this high standard of feline friendliness, including adding brand new cat condos and play area for boarding, as well as exclusive feline waiting area and exam rooms. Learn more about our feline boarding services here.

Radar enjoys cuddle time with LindsayOur newly expanded pet boarding facility is now open! Board your dog or cat with us with total confidence knowing that your trusted veterinarian team is close by. 

In addition to the spacious kennels and separate feline boarding condos, we also offer individual play and snuggle time, and other extra amenities. Learn all about our pet boarding services and requirements here.

Book your pet's next vacation with us by calling (781) 659-4911 today!

We are thrilled to share that we have updated our hospital and expanded our pet boarding services to better serve you and your pets!

The exciting new features include:

  • A brand new pet boarding facility with 9 spacious kennel runs and separate feline condos
  • Three additional exam rooms
  • New pharmacy and laboratory facilities 
  • A redesigned retail space
  • Revamped lobby with a separate cat-only waiting area 

It is our goal to make your pet's visit at Norwell Veterinary Hospital as comfortable and efficient as possible. With these additions, we look forward to providing decreased wait times, a more efficient workflow, and pet boarding that has the comforts of home with the reassurance that your veterinary team is close by. 

Call us at (781) 659-4911 with any questions, or to book your pet's next boarding stay with us.

Schedule Your Pet's Dental Cleaning Today and Ask About Our $50 Dental Discount!

Periodontal disease results from a buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. The bacteria associated with this plaque can spread to the space under the gum line, where it eats away at the root of the tooth, causing erosion, bone loss, abscess and may eventually result in the need for extraction of the tooth. Infections in the mouth are not only painful locally, but can also lead to the spread of bacteria through the blood stream to other organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Lydia Fulton, CVT — Veterinary Technician

Lydia Fulton, CVTLydia is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been working at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 2011. She has a special interest in renal diseases and herding dogs, as well as fractious felines and cantankerous canines. Lydia enjoys being challenged and strives to learn something new every day!

Outside of work, Lydia enjoys traveling and dog agility. Her furry friends include a Shetland Sheepdog named Indy and six cats, Tsunami, Lightning, Gale, Shirley, and Jett Stream.

Debbie Mitchell — Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Debbie MitchellDebbie is a Veterinary Technician who has been caring for patients at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 2008. Debbie is very interested in maintaining anesthesia and patient monitoring during surgical procedures — her favorite part of surgery is assisting during cesarean sections! Debbie also hopes to pass the National Veterinary Technician Exam and become certified.

When she's not busy at work, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter, and their large extended family, which includes two cats, Stripes and Alice, and two guinea pigs, Bella and Blossom.

Deb Kearney — Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Deb KearneyDeb is a Veterinary Technician who has been working at Norwell Veterinary Hospital for over 10 years. Deb has a special interest in wellness care and preventive medicine. She also hopes to pass the National Veterinary Technician Exam and become certified.

When she's not busy at work, Deb enjoys fishing, hiking and biking with her son, Christopher. She also finds plenty of time to play with her dogs, Nicky and Sheriff, and their cats, Anthony, James, Mary and Moses.

Michelle McIver — Pet Care Attendant

Michelle McIver, Pet Care AttendantMichelle is a Pet Care Attendant who has been part of the team at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 2007. She is especially fond of caring for the animals and ensuring that they are comfortable and happy!

Michelle lives with her husband and their children, who also have two dogs, Jasmine and Angie, and two cats. When she's not busy with her family, she enjoys anything outdoors, especially going for walks or hiking.

Christine Ward — Lead Client Care Specialist & Client Care Supervisor

Christine Ward, Lead Client Care SpecialistChristine is the Lead Client Care Specialist and Client Care Supervisor who started working at Norwell Veterinary Hospital in 1996. Christine strives to support the Client Care team in growing individually within the hospital. She has a specific interest in geriatric/senior care, but also enjoys being able to assist with patient treatments, like caring for puppies following a caesarian section. For Christine, the favorite part of her job is being able to interact with owners while educating them on how to become patient advocates for their pets.

Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending quality time with her three sons and hiking with her dogs, Tessa and Kilo. She also has three cats, Meadow, Boo, and Spaz.

Linda McGillicudy — Client Care Specialist

Linda McGillicudy, Client Care SpecialistLinda is a Client Care Specialist who started at Norwell Veterinary Hospital in 1996. Linda is very interested in caring for geriatric/senior patients by providing client education on ways to keep pets comfortable during their older years. She enjoys meeting all the wonderful patients and their families, especially the fancy breed cats, since Bengals are Linda's favorite breed.

Linda lives with her husband and their son, Bryan. She enjoys making jewelry and anything crafty! If she could be any animal, she'd be a cat, since they have a leisurely life with lots of love and attention.

Ellen Murphy — Client Care Specialist

Ellen Murphy, Client Care SpecialistEllen is a Client Care Specialist who started with the Norwell Veterinary Hospital team in 2007. She enjoys meeting all the patients and working closely with so many animal lovers. Ellen's favorite animal is a puppy — who doesn't love puppies?! Ellen has an adult son, Michael, and a mellow cat, Chuck Norris. When she's not working, Ellen likes to go for walks, spend time with her family and relax at the beach.