The best medicine. The best care. The best team. We exist because we believe in making a difference in the life of every pet and family who walks through our doors. And this is our vision for the future of veterinary care.
I have been a small animal veterinary practitioner now for over 30 years. I pursued my veterinary education at Ross School of Veterinary Medicine at St Kitts in the British West Indies and matriculated in 1989. Post-graduation, I left my home state of Maryland and took on my first 5 years of development and training at a multiple hospital referral and emergency facility here in Connecticut where I had extensive training and developed experience in multiple disciplines including internal medicine, surgery, oncology, ultrasound and endoscopy. In 1995 the opportunity came my way to practice in my new hometown of Burlington where I could be the practice leader and design my own veterinary practice culture. I purchased the facility from the former owners in 1999. In 2013-14 we remodeled the facility to accommodate my new associate Dr. Trevino and provide a physical plant that would not only be state of the art in capability but also facilitate our entire team in providing the best in advanced general veterinary surgery and medicine.
Professionally, I have pursued formal continuing education in multiple aspects of veterinary internal medicine and surgery with particular interests in oncology, ultrasound diagnostics, soft tissue surgery, allergy medicine and dermatology as well as critical care and pain management.
When outside the Burlington Veterinary Center I find my favorite pursuits are spending time with my two young men Nick and Ben, my beloved creatures Abby the dog and Lucy, our intuitive and albeit a bit nuts, kitty.
My recreational pursuits include playing guitar, golfing, bicycling, swimming, yoga, mindfulness (where would I be without it?), motorcycling, cooking and landscaping as well as taking on do it yourself projects as they present themselves. I also enjoy cooking, traveling (I’m new to RV’ing), taking in a good movie, watching professional sports and seeing live music.
It was suggested as I put together this bio that I inject a personal story, but jeez, any client here at the BVC can attest, you get enough of those from me just being a client here.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly I wish to mention that each and every day I am humbled by the efforts and devotion of my entire team here. We all share in the vision of providing and evolving the best care to our patients and their 2-legged owners. It is impossible to express the depth of gratitude for all the blessings, the good fortune, the wonderful client, team member and patient relationships that have come my way. This is a remarkable profession, this veterinary medicine, that I humbly aspire to be a worthy and honorable contributor.
I joined Burlington Veterinary Center in 2013 as an associate veterinarian. I graduated from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine earlier that spring in 2013. This position served as a reason to move from my roots in New York State to Connecticut. Since moving, I have married my husband Mike and we had our son, Anthony. In a few weeks I look forward to adding his little sister to this mix. We proudly share our home with our dog and bearded dragon, Cairo and Spiga.
Since starting at the Burlington Veterinary Center my interests have evolved a bit and I have pursued continuing education in eastern medicine, specifically acupuncture, as well as ultrasound. I have developed greater interest in internal medicine over the past several years and look forward to growing this knowledge for years to come. In addition, the furry companions I get to cuddle every day I truly do enjoy sharing laughs with the humans that I bond within this practice, both my clients and coworkers.
When I am not chasing a toddler around the house or at work I enjoy playing sports, working out, and enjoying quality time with my family.
I was born and raised in Litchfield County Connecticut. I started riding horses when I was seven years old and continued training and competing until acceptance into veterinary school. I graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology, genetics and cellular biology. While at Skidmore College, I competed on the Skidmore College Equestrian Team.
I obtained a veterinary degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. I have completed a rotating internship in emergency, internal medicine, general practice and surgery at VCA South Shore in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my pets and family, riding my horse Raya, exercising and water sports. I was fortunate to join Burlington Veterinary Center in 2020. I am honored to serve the local community!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Hi! My name is Gina Abarno and I am the practice manager at the Burlington Veterinary Center. I started my journey here in 2006. My husband and I moved around quite a bit while he was in the air force and we decided to settle down in Connecticut. I found myself looking for a new job and Dr. Esherick gave me a chance even though I had no prior veterinary experience. I don’t believe the day I walked through the door him or I would have imagined that we would still be working together on his dream and building the amazing practice we have today.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Rutgers University. I studied hard and was part of the University dance team. I always had a passion for the arts and being creative. After college I worked in finance and worked my way from a phone receptionist to an account manager for a large lending company.
When we moved to CT, I had an opportunity to again work in finance but I went on this crazy interview at a veterinary hospital and I followed my heart in my decision. I have always wanted to work with animals and my passion has always been caring for animals. I decided to completely change my professional direction and I haven’t looked back since. Dr. Esherick took a chance on me as a receptionist and I have learned many aspects of the hospital under his guidance. I now am the Practice Manager and I am studying to get my certification.
My love in my life is my family. I have a wonderful husband Anthony and we have two boys, Dominick and Anthony. I have become an enthusiastic sports mom and I live for watching them play football, basketball and baseball. We also share our home with our rescue dog Avery who is a very rambunctious girl who has a thirst for chasing squirrels. We also have our little boys Charlie and Decker who are the most loveable cats. Under the care of Dr. Esherick and Dr. Trevino they are healthy and happy and live very fulfilling lives. I would not trust my pets with anyone else! I enjoy spending time with my parents, brother and sister and my husband’s parents, brother and sister and ALL my wonderful nieces and nephews, Cassandra, Autumn, Victoria, Joseph, Chase and Meadow. We have a big family and they are the most important people in my life. As for myself, I love shopping and cooking. I feel extraordinarily blessed in this life that I not only get to love what I do every single day but I get to work with the most incredible people. I learn from them every day, we laugh every day and together we get to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them with their pets. It is truly a remarkable place to spend my days.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
- SarahLead Veterinary Technician
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- AshleyCertified Veterinary Technician
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From a very young age, I have always been passionate about the care of loving, sweet animals we share our lives with. I grew up with a house full of cats, dogs, as well small creatures and reptiles; this sparked my interest in how to help them have their best, healthiest life. In 2014, I began working at a different clinic, where I gained a great deal skill through on-the-job training. From there, while still working at the clinic, I began to volunteer with the Humane Society and other small animal care organizations. I remain passionate about contributing to the less fortunate, and I am always looking for a way to donate my time to those in need. One of the easiest ways I have been able to help those pets in need is by fostering. I first fostered pets in 2015, and through that process my dog Pupalupagus (Gus) came to make our home his own. Gus joined us as a 2-month-old American Staffordshire terrier with a broken elbow from an abuse case and thankfully has made a full recovery.
Though, Gus is no stranger to the vet office as he deals with combating food allergies, and after many hypoallergenic foods and novel proteins we were able to find a Royal Canin KO diet works best for him. Today, his paws, skin, and digestive tract have never been better! Looking to expand my skillset and continue learning, I joined the Burlington Veterinary Center team in 2018. I started at BVC as a Veterinary Technician and in just over a year worked my way to Head Technician, a position in which I strive to help improve the team dynamic every day. While I am constantly learning from the best and brightest doctors, I also continue my educational journey toward becoming a CVT. When not at work, I like to spend time with my family: my husband Garrett, and my son Hayden. We enjoy cooking together and adventuring around New England. Gus has a partner in crime too; we also share our home with our little Pit-bull mix girl named Mini, who we adopted last year. Of course our house would not be complete without our loving cats, Nibbler, Minx and Larry too. When the weather is nice I enjoy taking the dogs for a nice long hike, or to the river for a swim. Summertime is my favorite, as it lets me take my Jeep and my dogs for long rides and off-roading.
I am Jennifer Warner, I have been a technician for the last 22 years. I am currently working as one of the technicians here as well as helping behind the scenes! I obtained my certification in 2006 thanks to Dr. Esherick and other technicians that I had worked with at that time. I have 10 years of experience in emergency medicine before coming back to general practice recently. I absolutely love taking care of your fur babies when they are in need. I am a kind, gentle old soul, and my coworkers notice that in me as well.
Outside the office I am a wife and mother of two beautiful young women. We all are involved in many sport activities and enjoy spending time together doing anything as a family. My fur babies are Chipper our dog. Sassy, BooBoo, Kenmore, our cats and finally Kaytee and Shadow our ferrets.
Hey there, my name is Lorrie. I’ve been working at the Burlington Veterinary Center for six years. I started out in a kennel position and have come a long way. I worked hard and now my position is Hospital Assistant. I am in charge of making sure the hospital runs smoothly. I help these lovely ladies and awesome doctors have what they need to get through a thorough exam, surgeries, x-ray and ultrasounds. I take a lot of pride in my life both inside and outside of my work environment. I believe that honesty, empathy, follow-through and being true to your word are some of my most important characteristics. I use these every day when working with such great clients. I have come a long way and never imagined I could complete the tasks that I do in my work environment. I have received a certificate in a fear free practicing which we utilize every day. I also received a certification in x-ray positioning which I am very excited to keep practicing and evolving in. Along with that, One of my most professional accomplishments was when I started working as a companion for the elderly 16 years ago. I then received a great opportunity here at the Burlington Veterinary Center and become an important team member. I get to spend a lot of time with lots of different animals with very different personalities. I have two cats and two dogs at home one of which is my grand pup. They all receive pet care at the BVC, I have complete faith in the care that my fur babies get. I spend lots of time outside with my grand pup, Micca and my pup Gilly. We all love nature walks and just spending time throwing the ball or just taking a ride. I am looking forward to continuing to learn new things and work with such a great team.
Hi everyone, My name is Brittney Schuelke. I have been working at the Burlington Veterinary Center since 2015. I first started out as a receptionist/veterinary technician assistant and worked my way up to become a veterinary technician. I have learned so much working at Burlington Vet and there is countless opportunities that make me grow every day and continue to better myself as a technician. I am now able to assist in anesthesia events and perform dentistry’s, which is a huge accomplishment of mine. I am now doing courses to become a certified equine and canine massage therapist. My role as a technician is to be there for each and every patient as well as the client. To comfort and communicate with the client and assure everything will be ok. Nursing the patient back to health and seeing the greatest outcome puts a smile on my face every day. I absolutely love what I do. Animals are my passion as I have always wanted to help animals since I was very young. I have 2 dogs, cats and a horse of my own that I cherish every day. When I am not working, you can find me spending extra time with my horse riding or grooming. I also enjoy spending time with my family, camping, kayaking, fishing and so much more! Here’s a little bio about myself, hope you enjoy!
My name is Ashley Hughes and I’m a certified veterinary technician. I always knew I wanted to work with animals and do what I could to help them. I went to UCONN Storrs to major in Animal Science and after graduating from there I began working at Burlington Vet Center. Throughout the years, I’ve gained experience working in all areas of the hospital. Over the past couple years, I recently earned another associates degree which enable me to take the national boards exam and become a certified vet tech. Working in the field can be challenging but even on the harder days it gives me a lot of meaning and personal satisfaction in my own life. I love helping to be there for pets and bonding with them and clients. I love being part of a team that’s also like another family and working with wonderful people who help me grow personally and professionally. While one day I would love to have a dog, it’s not the right time for me right now. I do have a (nearly) toothless cat who was feral when I first adopted her. She had a rough start to life and was skittish and fearful of people, along with a horrible case of stomatitis which required her to have most of her teeth removed. Since then, she’s become a such sweet and loving cat, and a bit quirky. Outside of work and spending time with family and friends, I love to be outside. Running is my second passion and on my days off I’m either going for a run or a hike.
My name is Rebecca Putnoki but at the Burlington Veterinary Center you will know me as Becky, or that girl that always asks if it is alright to take pictures of your pet! I am currently a Veterinary Technician at BVC. You may speak with me when you first call our office, you may meet me as you first come into the office, or you may have me assisting with your pet’s needs, but also all of your needs, during his/her appointment. I am a Certified Veterinary Assistant, by Animal Behavior College. I have also completed my first semester of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician Program. I’ve had a passion for animals since I was a young girl, growing up with my spunky Grandmother on her small town farm, loving cats and dogs as well as raising cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. My strong love for animals shows in my position at BVC, as I am always striving to ensure every client can feel and see the love and care I share with them for their pet. Outside of the Burlington Veterinary Center life, you will mostly find me sharing my days with my amazing, beautiful, smart, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd mix named Blaze in the outdoors. We enjoy going to our secret spots around the Farmington River and he’s that dog pulling around an over-sized stick (basically a tree), or simply cooling off in the river. My two fluffy cat’s named Slor and Baby also share my heart.
HI! My name is Erica Pierce, I am currently a Veterinary Technician at Burlington Veterinary Center and within that title comes a lot! It means filling roles from phone and email communication, to seeing clients and their furry family members at appointments, working in the treatment area performing laboratory needs, assisting in surgery and other procedures such as ultrasound, caring for hospitalized patients, and keeping our center a clean happy place. As a technician it is most important to listen to owners, pets, and doctors in order to properly guide medical decisions for our most loved family members. Professionally speaking I have been in the field for 13 years working alongside different doctors, technicians, and scenarios, limited to dogs and cat care. I myself have a dog, Shylah and two cats, Xerox and Sasha. They are a part of my everyday life bringing me joy and love consistently.
Some of the things I enjoy most are being outside in nature with Shylah, soaking up the sun, reading, and spending time with friends. I love going out to live music and do so on a regular basis. I have a daily yoga and fitness practice that is very important to me, whether I am attending a class in a studio space, checking out a Youtube video, or just doing intuitive movement, maintaining self care is vital to me. In the future, I look forward to learning more about how to manage pain in dogs and cats. I would also like to work closer with our senior and geriatric patients that need more care as they age.
I always knew growing up that I would end up working with animals one day, with raising and showing Newfoundlands with my grandfather being a major contribution to that. He taught me to love animals like family, and was a huge encouragement to my childhood dreams of growing up to work in veterinary care. This took me to my high schools FFA program, where I took classes such as Veterinary Science, Companion Animal Science, and Equine Science, as well as gaining some of my favorite memories with some of my favorite people. Today I am lucky enough to say that I’m taking steps further into that dream by working at the BVC! Currently I am a Veterinary Assistant, and help/learn with the technicians and doctors in our team. I help them in appointments with any assistance they may need, as well as in the other areas of the hospital. Outside of life at BVC, I’m currently taking classes at Northwestern Connecticut Community College to get my veterinary technician certification, and afterwards I plan on transferring to a four year college to finish a pre veterinary medicine degree, followed by vet school! An accomplishment that I recently received at NCCC is joining Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two year colleges. Apart from work and school, I live with my two blue Great Danes Ellie and Maisy, who are sources of endless entertainment. As a kid my dogs were my first ever best friends, and I feel so lucky that I have the opportunity to help care for other people’s best friends as well!