Animal Clinic of Milford: We Treat Your Pet Like the Valued Family Member They Are

Dr. Sasha Golovyan

1. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?     As long as my parents can remember I had wanted to be a veterinarian. There was never a different career path I was willing to pursue. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and we moved here in 1990 when I was 9 years old. My parents had to endure the countless abandoned animals I had brought home to rehabilitate, and some to keep.

2. Do you have any brothers and sisters?     I have a twin brother and an older sister.

3. What is the most exotic Animal you have treated?     A chameleon, not to be out done by a pigeon, chicken, or a recent seagull that was brought in.

4. Where did you earn your Bachelors?     I graduated from University of Connecticut in 2003.

5. Where did you earn your Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine?     Tom and I graduated from University of Minnesota in 2008. I guess you could say we were veterinary school sweethearts.

6. What did you do before you ended up at Animal Clinic of Milford?     After veterinary school I completed an intensive rotating medicine and surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk and Shoreline in Shelton CT. After this I worked for 6 years at a referral hospital, where I did general practice and emergency medicine.

7. What do you love the most about veterinary medicine?     I know the close bond that owners share with their pets. I find it very rewarding to help animals and in turn see the happiness these animals bring to their families.

8. What kind of animals do you own?     Our inside animals include an English Setter “Beem, Yellow Labrador “Brinkley”, Chihuahua named Monty, our cat Finn, and 2 hamsters. Our outdoor critters include a menagerie of chickens, 2 miniature horses, a rabbit, and 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats.

9. What do you do for fun?     For fun I love just being with my family. We have 2 girls, Julia and Annabel who keep us very busy. On weekends you may find us at Cape cod, petting zoos, home with our animals, or doing outdoor activities like biking.


Dr. Thomas Maley

1. What inspired you to become a Veterinarian? Being a veterinarian is actually a second career for me. Prior to entering veterinary school I was a real estate agent and I taught technology education to high school children. So how did I chose the veterinary field…..I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a small child and watched my dad raise and show Springer Spaniels, but like many children I did not pursue my dream. After being in a different career I knew that it was not for me, and at the age of 36 I applied and got into veterinary school. I met my wife Sasha during our first year of veterinary school together.

2. What is the most exotic animal you have treated?     A leopard gecko

3. Where did you earn your Bachelor’s degree?     University of Wisconsin-Stout

4. Where did you go to veterinary school?     I graduated University of Minnesota in 2008

5. Where did you grow up and what kind of animals did you have growing up?     I was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota. We had all kinds of animals growing up including springer spaniels, rabbits, cats, and ducks.

6. What brought you to CT?     My wife Sasha is from Orange CT, I guess you could say I moved here for love.

7. What did you do before you ended up at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I worked at multiple different hospitals including Banfield in Norwalk, VCA in Danbury, and East Hartford VCA.

8. What do you do for fun?     I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, and sailing.

9. What do you love the most about veterinary medicine?     I love being able to help sick pets as well as prevent illness and practice good wellness care. I love seeing the happiness pets bring to their owners.


Dr. Charlin Pereira

1. When did you start at ACM?  July of 2020

2. Where did you go to school?  Ithaca College – B.S in Biology, 2014.

3. What do you love and find exciting about being a veterinarian?  I enjoy being able to make a difference in the quality of life and overall health of my patients, and by default, their owners.

4. What inspired you to be a veterinarian?  I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after coming across countless animals in need during my time in Costa Rica. I want to be able to provide medical care to these animals, especially situations where veterinary hospitals were hard to come by.

5. What do you do for fun?  I like to travel and do “outdoorsy” activities especially with my dogs. I like going hiking, going to the beach and parks. I also really enjoy nail art and pre-COVID I would volunteer at nursing homes providing manicures to the residents, but for now I only practice on myself and my family.

6. What kind of animals do you have at home?  Two dogs: Khaleesi & Floki – both mixed breeds. Two rabbits: Jola & Trix -Lionhead/lop mixes. Two finches: Pepita & Sunflower.



FRANK

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined them in August 2020.

2. What is your primary role at the Animal Clinic of Milford? Hospital Manager

3. What type of pets are in your family? Brady a Maltese and Bentley a French bulldog –

4. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? Get away from me with those gloves on!

5. What is your favorite animal ? A cat

6. If you choose to be an animal what would be and why? I would be a lion. They are majestic and complicated.

7 .Where did you attend school? Sacred Heart University with a Masters in Psychology

8. Why did you choose a career in veterinary medicine? It was natural for me. I started as a kennel technician, then became a technician assistant, progressed to technician and then took on the leadership role as lead technician in emergency veterinary medicine and general practice.


Vimin

1. What is your primary role at the Animal Clinic of Milford? Front desk Supervisor

2. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? The family I have gained. Dr. Golovyan and Dr. Maley have created a work environment conducive to learning, growth, and support. Every person in the ACoM has immense respect for each other. I am grateful to be part of this team and to have also gained amazing friendships.

3. What interested you in the veterinary field? My father, Dr. T.C. Nanavati, is a retired veterinarian who owned his own private practice for 39 years. He instilled in me that animals are our equals and are deserving of respect and love in the way humans are. When my father I naturally continued working in the veterinary medicine as it the only field in which I feel connected to my father. Through ACoM I continue to practice the empathy and compassion I learned through my father’s respect for all animals great and small.

4. Do you have any pets? Three cats. Tesla, Detective Popcorn, and Gizmo Scissorhands.

5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Singing songs about my cats, to my cats.

6. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? Stop singing to us.

7. What is your favorite animal? Felis catus J Cats have always been part of the Nanavati family. I’m captivated by their intelligence and athleticism which appears to defy the laws of physics.

8. If you weren’t in the veterinary field, what would you be doing? I would be a paleontologist! To live my life studying and imagining about an earth inhabited exclusively by animals would be a dream come true! A special “thank you” to my mother who indulged this obsession through our many visits to the Peabody Museum when I was a child.


Marissa

1. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford?  Technician and Kennel Supervisor in The Pet Hotel of Milford.

2. How long have you been in the veterinary industry?  I have been working in vet medicine since 2013. Started as a Veterinary assistant, worked my way up to becoming a Technician and now Kennel Supervisor.

3. Do you own any pets?  Yes, I have two Dogs a Foxhound/lab mix Maisey & a German Shepard Brooks. Three cats Lola, Cosmo & Sage. Six chickens Rhoadey, Salve, Squammy, Quinn, Penguin & Freckle.

4. What is your favorite to do in your spare time?  I love going to the beach and just about any outdoor activity. I love being with my Fiancé, my good friends and family.

5. Where did you go to school?  I went to Norwalk Community College for my Veterinary Assistant certificate. I am currently enrolled at Penn Foster College for my veterinary technician degree.

6. Do you have any siblings?  Yes, one older brother.

7. Where did you grow up?  I grew up here in Milford CT by Silver Sands beach.

8. What kind of animals did you have growing up?  Two dogs, four cats and a horse.

9. When did you start at ACM?  September of 2017.


KELSEY

1. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? I am the Lead Client Care Coordinator here at Animal Clinic of Milford.

2. How long have your worked in the veterinary field? I’ve been working in the veterinary industry since 2012.

3. What kind of pets do you own? I have a dog Francesca, and two cats Pumpkin and Gomez.

4. If your pets could say one thing about you what would it be? “We love you but enough is enough with these little holiday sweaters”

5. What do you like best about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? I love how friendly and helpful our entire staff is with both our clients and with each other.

6. What is your favorite part about working with animals? My favorite part about working with animals would have to be seeing pets who were brought in sick or injured coming back to the clinic happy and feeling better, it warms you right up inside. Oh and of course puppies and kittens are a close second.

7. What do you do for fun (hobbies)? I love spending time with friends and family, especially my two sons, Jaxson and Dominic. They keep me very busy!

8. What is your favorite animal? I love all animals! They all have their own personalities and awesome qualities, it’s impossible to pick.


Tiana

1. What is your position at Animal Clinic of Milford?  I am the Lead Tech at Animal Clinic of Milford.

2. When did you start working in the veterinary field?  I have been working in the veterinary field since 2017, though I started working with animals at a very young age.

3. What pets do you have?  I have two dogs ( Tucker and Maisy) and one bunny (Theodore).

4. If your pets can talk to you what do you think they would say?  Theo would definitely yell for more treats and I think my dogs would say thank you for rescuing us.

5. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  In my spare time, I love enjoying quality time with my friends and family but mostly I love a relaxing day cuddling my dogs.

6. What is your favorite part about working at the Animal Clinic of Milford?  My favorite part about working here is being able to be there for our amazing clients and their pets while working in a welcoming environment.

7. What animals do you love to work with?  I love all animals but Wildlife does hold a special place in my heart.


Debbie

1. When did you first become interested in veterinary medicine?     I became a certified veterinary technician in 1981 while working at an emergency veterinary hospital in Long Island. I then moved to Connecticut in 1981 and went into banking.

2. What brought you back to the veterinary field?     I missed working with animals and their owners.

3. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford?     I have been at Animal Clinic of Milford since 2009.

4. What is your primary roll at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I am the head receptionist and client service representative here at the clinic.

5. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I love helping people and their beloved pets.

6. What kind of pets to you own?     Our fur family consists of Monty a Sheltie, 2 Chihuahuas, and 3 cats that are all rescues.

7. If your pets could say one thing about you what would it be?     Thank you for saving me


Maria

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford?     I moved to Milford CT from Romania in 2006, and have been working at Animal Clinic of Milford since!

2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I was trained by Dr. Tosici to be a veterinary assistant. Since then I have become proficient at animal handling and restraint, and assisting the doctor in all aspects of veterinary medicine including pet dental care and surgery.

3. What kind of pets do you own?     I adopted a cat that was left at Dr.Tosici’s front door. Mr. Black and I have been inseparable ever since. Well I think he thinks I live with him, not the other way around, he is certainly the boss.

4. What is your favorite Animal?     I really love them all



Mel

1. What is your favorite thing about working at The Animal Clinic of Milford? The doctors and staff make you feel part of the family right from the beginning, and because of that, the clients place so much trust in our hands.

2. How long have you been in the veterinary industry? I started in 2016 in the field while in school, but before that, I was working as a dog trainer.

3. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? I am a veterinary technician which allows you to learn so much every day because no appointment is the same.

4. What animals do you love to work with? As much as I enjoy working with small animals I really enjoy exotics more they are all completely different, I have worked with bearded dragons, bunnies, hamsters, snakes, and even koi fish.

5. What is your favorite animal? Growing up I had cats, hamsters, bearded dragon, fish, and many strays I would bring home even baby skunks I saved when they lost their parents, but my most favorite was my rat her name was Remy, rats are very intelligent creatures and every day I got to spend with her was always a great time.

6. What is your favorite to do in your spare time? When I cannot be outside I am always playing either Xbox or PS4, it is a way for me to relax otherwise I would love to be outside geocaching, but the best stress reliever has always been billiards.

7. What is your favorite part of your job as a veterinary technician? Getting to know the clients and their pets, finding ways to help them both and the relationship you have with them makes some of the longest days worth it.

8. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined Animal Clinic Of Milford 2019


Alex

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the Animal Clinic of Milford team in July 2020.

2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? My primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford is a Veterinary Technician Assistant.

3. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? OR What do you love most about working with animals? Being able to work with animals is an incredibly rewarding experience. I love learning about each animal (and species!) and their individual personalities. Since they cannot advocate for themselves, I believe it’s our duty to provide animals with the healthy and happy lives they deserve!

4. What kind of pets do you own? I am the proud mother of two bunnies, Lulu and Nugget, and one incredible Corgi/Heeler mix named Grizzly.

5. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? I think if my animals could speak, they would thank me for always putting them first, no matter what life throws at us. After that brief sentimental moment, my dog would probably ask why he has to eat dog kibble when we both know people food is so much better!

6. What is your favorite animal? Although I am a dog lover, large animals will always hold a place in my heart. Horses, and cattle especially, are my favorite animals to work with. They are such amazing creatures!

7. Best childhood memory of my pets… My favorite memory of my pets was getting to take home my first puppy when I was a child. My grandfather was a long-time breeder of field Springer Spaniels and I begged my parents for months to let me have one from one of his litters! After much convincing from both my grandfather and myself, I got take home the runt of the litter, Squirty, who then became my Sammy. She has since passed, but I still look back on that special day that gave me my first best friend, an appreciation for working dogs, and an even bigger appreciation for my grandfather!


Chanda

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the receptionist team in August of 2020.

2. What kind of pets are in your family? I have an adopted orange tabby named Mad-Eye Moody and two Bettas named Riku and Neptune. Mad-Eye Moody keeps a close eye on them!

3. My best childhood memory of pets? My childhood was spent in South Florida. My grandmother’s dog Iggy was my constant companion. She watched over me like a pup. She was never far behind and always kept a watchful eye out! I loved her.

4. If you could choose to be an animal what would it be and why? I would like to be a bird with the ability to fly anywhere I want!

5. Where did you attend school? I attended school in south Florida and I am now taking classes through Western Governors University toward a business degree. I want to stay in veterinary medicine because of the amazing connections with all professionals, clients, and pets.


HAILEY

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? June 2020

2. What is your primary role ? Reception/ Technician Asst.

3. What do you like most about working at the Animal Clinic of Milford? I love being able to see all the different types of pets that come through our door.

4. What types of pets are in your family? I have one dog, two holland lop rabbits, multiple saltwater aquariums, and I breed ten different species of reptiles and amphibians.

5. What is your favorite animal? Hands down my favorite animals are horses and I have been riding for eighteen years.

6. If you could choose to be an animal what would it be and why? I would be a golden eagle. I would love the ability to fly over canyons and mountains.

7. Why did you choose a career in veterinary medicine? I have dreamed about having a job caring for animals, plus they make the cutest customers!!


ANA

1. When did you start at ACM? November of 2020

2. What is your primary role at ACM? Veterinary Technician.

3. When did you become first interested in the Veterinary field? I have always wanted to work in the vet field, since I was little.

4. What do you love most about this field and working at ACM? I love helping animals feel better when they’re sick.

5. What do you do for fun? Hiking and reading.

6. What kind of animals do you have at home? Patches-feline 14y/o, Ruger-feline 3y/o, Lilly-k9 6y/o Lab mix, & Ginger-k9 6y/o Lab mix.


CLARIE

1. When did you start at ACM? November of 2020

2. What is your primary role at ACM? Boarding Attendant and Tech assistant.

3. When did you become first interested in the Veterinary field? Ever since I was little, I wanted to be in the veterinary field, working with animals.

4. What do you love most about this field and working at ACM? The thing I love most about this field is how rewarding it can be. Helping animals and then seeing how they can improve the quality of their life is an amazing experience.

5. What do you do for fun? I love to spend time outdoors Hiking or mountain biking. If I am not outside, I’m most likely painting or drawing.

6. What kind of animals do you have at home? I WISH!


SAYAKA

1. When did you start at ACM? November of 2020.

2. What is your primary role at ACM? Boarding staff and Tech assistant.

3. When did you become first interested in the Veterinary field? 2 years ago I lost my first very dog at a young age due to a sickness, so since then I decided to study more about animals and changed my career to this field.

4. What do you love most about this field and working at ACM? I love seeing cute animals of course but what I love most is to see many patients get better and I love all the people working here. Not only are they intelligent but they are devoted, respectful, and hardworking!

5. What do you do for fun? I like playing with my kids and dog, cooking, and traveling.

6. What kind of animals do you have at home? I have a terrier/Pitbull/Boxer mix, her name is Chloe and she came from a rescue group last year.

7. Other info about me: I’m from Japan and moved to the U.S 3 years ago, I’m almost done with my Veterinary Assistant Certificate at Animal Behavior College.


MICHELLE

1. When did you start at ACM? February 2021.

2. What is your primary role at ACM? Client care Coordinator

3. What do you love most about this field and working here at ACM? I love being able to see animals every day! The staff at ACM is amazing and genuinely care about their patients and each other. I am so grateful to work at ACM.

4. What do you do for fun? I like to go hiking, camping, and playing my guitar! I also love to travel.