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.

Doctors

Richard Esherick

Richard Esherick

DVM, CMO

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.

Lisa Trevino

Lisa Trevino

DVM

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.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

-Simon Sinek

Administrator

Sarah

Sarah

Practice Manager

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, which has made the recent transition to practice manager seamless. While I am constantly learning from the best and brightest doctors, I also continue my educational journey toward becoming a CVPM. When not at work, I like to spend time with my family: my husband Garrett, and my sons Hayden, and our newest addition to our family, Patrick. 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.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

-Steve Jobs

Veterinary Technicians

Jennifer

Jennifer

Certified Veterinary Technician

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.

Lorrie

Lorrie

Hospital Assistant

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.

Ashley

Ashley

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

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.

Becky

Becky

Client Service Representative Manager

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.

Katlyn

Katlyn

Veterinary Technician

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!

Jordan

Jordan

Veterinary Technician

Hey there! My name is Jordan Maloney and I have been lucky enough to be working here, at the Burlington Veterinary Center, since September 2020 as a Technician Assistant. Although I am new to working in a Veterinary setting, I have a 10 year background in the medical field, specifically pharmacy and home health care. I’m very excited to bring my extensive training and skills to the office here, to serve my favorite beings.. ANIMALS! I thrive in a productive, family-friendly environment, which of course includes making great connections with all of our families that come in! Never hesitate to tell me a good joke (Or a bad one, the cornier the better). *I want to apologize in advance for all of the little tiny baby voices I WILL use with your animals, its 100% an involuntary and I cant’ help it*

Like all of us here, my passion for animals runs much deeper than this just being my career. I truly love animals of all shapes and sizes – yes, even the little rodents (believe me, I had pet mice, rats, prairie dogs and a squirrel as a kid and I LOVED them!)

I have the two most amazing fur babies at home, my year old cat, Baller, and 2 year old yellow lab Lilly. In her older age, Baller lives a simple life full of naps, and sunbathing. In the colder months, we all love to sit by the fire and watch a funny movie. Lilly loves her treats, but nothing is a match for her love of swimming. She is such a cuddle bug, and an even better hiking partner! They balance each other out with their opposite personalities but have grown to be the best of friends.

When I’m not working or home, you can probably find me and Lilly out on an adventure – whether it’s hiking, splashing around, kayaking, visiting family, or just going for rides! We are a pretty active family, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Aldona

Aldona

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hello! My name is Aldona. I graduated as a veterinary technician in 2018 and received my state certification shortly after. I have never imagined doing anything else but working with animals. Becoming a veterinary nurse is a dream come true. People say do what you love and you will never work a day in your life- I strongly disagree. Working in a veterinary setting is RUFF, it’s taking on multiple positions like radiologist, anesthesiologist, surgical assistant, phlebotomist, restrainer, pharmacist, receptionist, a teacher, the list goes on, but that’s what I love about it. Besides being surrounded by animals every day at work, the benefit of this job is continuous education and career growth. I have a special interest in wildlife and exotic animals, as well as animal behavior. Working in a Fear-Free certified practice setting is a huge part of animal behavior that I enjoy, especially as an owner of cats that are very fearful outside of their home and routine.

I was born and lived half of my life in Poland. I moved to New York City at the age of 12 with my family. Couple years later I moved to Connecticut. I am now a happy resident of Burlington. I love nature and wildlife, the city life is not for me! On my days off you will find me in the woods. I love hiking and camping, and spotting wildlife is the best part of any day.

I live with my husband, our mischief cat Little (not-so-little) Uzi, two snakes; a ball python and a boa constrictor, our bearded dragon Ninja, and plenty of fish.

Sami

Sami

Veterinary Technician

Hi there, my name is Sami and I am a veterinary technician here at Burlington Veterinary Center. Since I was a baby, my family has always been very passionate about animals. Growing up we were always rescuing, fostering, and helping animals in need including wildlife. I grew up with an Australian Shepard named Sydney who made my love for animals even stronger. Having the opportunity to care for and help each and every patient that comes into the practice makes me really happy. It was my dream to work in an environment with animals and to offer the best care I can give. Every day I am still learning, in which I am taking every opportunity to grow and continue to be the best I can. I enjoy learning about our clients and ensuring that we will offer the best care and best medicine to your pet. My goal for the future is to have my own non-profit rescue in which I will continue to care and spread the love to animals that have never really had a loving home. It would make me the happiest giving animals a second chance to a bittersweet life. I currently have many animals of my own which includes two dogs named Halo and Trudy, as well as 4 cats, and a hedgehog who absolutely loves golf cart drives! Outside of work I am a dog walker/sitter. I enjoy spending my time off fishing, kayaking, camping, and so much more! I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies here at the BVC!

Abbie

Abbie

Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Abbie! I am so beyond excited to be here at BVC helping all your fur babies and giving them all the TLC while in our care. When I am not here at BVC, I am out adventuring with my German shepherd, Kane, in the woods or the ocean coasts of New England and always ending our adventure with an ice cream trip. This coming fall, I will be going to school to become a certified technician. I previously started my career in this field working with large animals at a mixed animal practice. The transition to just dogs and cats has been amazing and I cannot wait for this journey!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Veterinary Technician

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth Theriault. I am one of the veterinary technicians at the Burlington Veterinary Center. I knew that I wanted to work with animals early on. In fact, in kindergarten I decided that I wanted to be a vet when I grew up and often “practiced” on my childhood cat, Chloe. My passion for animals grew further when I began horseback riding at thirteen years old. I rode and showed horses throughout high school (and later in college too). After discovering my love for horses, I decided that I wanted to become an equine veterinary technician. So, I attended Wilson College, where I majored in Veterinary Medical Technology with a concentration in Equi-Assist. I gained experience working with not only horses, but with various small and large animals too. However, it was in the Clinical Experience course that I discovered my enthusiasm for small animal anesthesia and surgery. I graduated from Wilson College in the spring of 2021 and began working at the Burlington Veterinary Center shortly after. At BVC, I have been able to explore my interest in small animal medicine, as well as utilize and further develop my skills and knowledge as a veterinary technician. In addition to this, I am currently preparing to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a certified veterinary technician. Outside of BVC, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and of course, pets. I have a cat, Mia, who likes to spend her days eating and napping (preferably in the sun), and a Cavapoo, Louis, who loves to play with toys (including cat toys) and spend time outside.

Nick

Nick

Hospital Assistant

Hi, my name is Nick Esherick, but as a client of the Burlington Veterinary Center you probably already knew that from what seems like hundreds of pictures of myself and my brother Ben plastered in the exam rooms. Growing up as the Vet’s son definitely has its perks, all my life I’ve grown up with pets and instantly fell in love with them. There are very few things in this world that make me happier than being able to spend quality time with my amazing pets Abby and Lucy. Abby and I always have a blast going on adventures together whether it be going on a hike or just simply playing around in the yard. I cherish every day I have with her and she has been a blessing to me and my family. Lucy is a little bit of a wingnut but also the sweetest kitty I could have ever asked for, she always lays with me on the couch while I watch The Office for the twentieth time and like myself she still enjoys every minute of it. I absolutely love my animals and don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without them. As I work at the BVC I see many adorable animals every day and knowing how much I love my pets I can imagine how much you love and cherish your pets just as much as I do. I strive to make sure each pet has a safe and happy experience full of love as I learn more and more everyday about how to take care of these furry little bundles of joy. I take pride in being a helping hand around the practice in any way I can and I’m having the time of my life being here. I hope this leads me into a career in Veterinary medicine and all the wonders it has to offer.

Josie

Josie

Hospital Assistant

Hi Everyone, my name is Josie Hintz and I am a Veterinary Technician here at Burlington Veterinary Center. I began as an intern at BVC in Summer 2019 and returned during Winter Break and Summer 2020. A great majority of my veterinary knowledge and experience is all thanks to the BVC team. Without their patience and guidance, I would not be where I am today. In May 2021, I joined BVC as an official employee and am excited to be back with such an amazing group of animal care professionals! From a young age, I had always expressed an interest in animals and chose to pursue that passion through my academic endeavors. In Spring 2020, I earned my associate degree in Applied Animal Science at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) through the Ratcliffe Hicks Program. I will be completing my fourth year as an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut this Fall. Outside of work at BVC, I also serve as an Intern at Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center (New Haven, CT). There, I have been provided the opportunity to learn and apply agricultural and educational practices. I also enjoy traveling, cooking, painting, and spending time with family and friends. I have a 12-year-old golden retriever named Foster and a Syrian hamster, Penne!

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson