Carole Rose, DVM
Veterinarian

Dr. Carole Rose practices small animal medicine and surgery at South Windsor Veterinary Clinic. She obtained her veterinary degree from Cornell University and established our practice in 2002.

As is true of most folks who pursue a career in this field, animals have always been an integral part of Carole’s personal life as well. It’s hard to remember a time when there weren’t a couple of cats and a dog in the house (as well as a horse and a flock of chickens in the back yard). One of Carole’s best friends is a horse named John, a 30 year old Anglo-Arab gelding who made the trip to Ithaca and back (for veterinary school). He’s shared life changes and family loss, always ready with a friendly nudge or slobber. The unconditional devotion of a pet is something that has to be experienced to understand, and probably (if you’re reading this), you get it.

Carole says that veterinary medicine is fun because it keeps her in touch with animals every day. She gets to cuddle new puppies and kittens, to find ways to ease faithful senior pets through the aches and creaks of aging, and to be part of an awesome team whose focus every day is to make pets happier and healthier so they can spend more time with the people who love them.

Evolving science and technology in this field constantly provides an intellectual challenge, and gives each team member the opportunity to focus on particular aspects that are most interesting to them. Although she likes many aspects of my job, one area Carole is especially passionate about is veterinary dentistry. Often a hidden problem, time and again Carole has seen how much better a patient feels when his/her silent suffering is relieved through oral surgical procedures.

When Carole is not at the office, she will most likely be “on the move”, maybe riding a horse in the woods (with daughter, Maria and husband, Louie), or taking Westley (her dog) out for a walk or a play date with a friend. In the winter she’ll be snowmobiling or pretending to ski (not well) and in summer will be spending as much family time as she can on Vermont’s Connecticut River where water sports abound.

Ellen Valley, DVM
Veterinarian

Ellen grew up in Massachusetts with a menagerie of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, and a variety of rodents. She also has a deep affection for dairy cows, having grown up bottle-feeding and halter training calves on her grandma’s farm in Vermont. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut where she played percussion in the marching band and participated in research on bovine mastitis and maternal nutrition in sheep. She attended veterinary school at Tufts University where she enjoyed participating in feral cat spay/neuter clinics as well as the local outreach clinic. Though she loves all areas of veterinary medicine, Ellen has a special interest in nutrition and behavior.

Ellen shares her home with a guinea pig, Mia, an excitable dog, Elsa, and a flock of 13 chickens. When she’s not in the clinic Ellen enjoys running and hiking with her dog, kayaking, playing the piano, horseback riding, and knitting.

Krystle Schultz, Associate DVM
Veterinarian

Growing up in Western Massachusetts, Krystle has always loved animals of every species. She obtained bachelors degrees in both Marine Biology and Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island. While she was there, she performed genetic research on beluga whales both in the wild and at Mystic aquarium. One day, while observing surgery on a harp seal, she realized her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Krystle obtained her veterinary degree from Tufts University. During her time there, she participated in research evaluating post operative pain in dogs following orthopedic surgery. Her favorite parts of veterinary school included spending two weeks in North Carolina to participate in the ASPCA’s Spay/Neuter Alliance and spending several weeks at the community outreach clinic. Although she enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, she has special interests in both surgery and ophthalmology.

While she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Krystle enjoys cooking, watercolor painting and visiting the ocean every chance she gets.  Krystle and her fiancé, Jake, have a Boston terrier named Gamora and two very spoiled cats named Blake and Maggie. They also share their home with a beta fish named Juice and an axolotl named Jelly.

Larisa
Client Care Specialist

Larisa joined our team as Client Care Specialist in December 2015. Born in Denver, Colorado, Larisa grew up in Manchester, CT. After earning her Associates Degree in Animal Science from Holyoke Community College, Larisa was employed as Certified Veterinary Technician for ten years. It was at that time that she made the decision to leave the field to become a stay at home mom. Now she can be found at our front desk with a smile and devotion to making our clinic run smoothly. When Larisa is not at work, she is most likely watching her son, Trent, play drums in marching band or Jazz ensemble; cheering on her daughter, Taylin, in basketball; or cuddling with their cat, Khufu. Larisa also enjoys all outdoor activities, especially rooting for her beloved team the Denver Broncos!

Patty
Client Care Specialist

Patty graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1996 with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science then spent the next 7 years working as a technician at a local veterinary clinic. In 2002, when the South Windsor Veterinary Clinic opened, Patty was one of our very first employees. Dr. Rose referred to her as the “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer!” Patty stayed home with her children while they were young, and now 13 years later has rejoined our team as a receptionist. Patty is so happy to be back working with animals again! Her favorite part of her job is helping pet owners care for their very special four legged family members!

When Patty is not at work she is the ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ at her home with her husband Bill, their three children – Julia, Jack and Will, their mischievous cat Pumpkin and their two legged pets – the guineas and the roosters! She loves photography, wildlife and spending time outdoors with family!

Heather
Certified Veterinary Technician

Heather joined the South Windsor Veterinary family in April, 2016. She graduated from Mount Ida College in Massachusetts with her bachelors in veterinary technology. Here at the hospital you will meet with Heather to determine your pet’s needs before seeing a doctor. If you are not talking to her you can find her monitoring anesthesia, assisting in dentistry’s, running lab work, or providing comfort to patients.

Heather has always been devoted to animals which motivated her career. She started out in a shelter setting working with rescue groups and now finds herself here working in a hospital. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her 2 dogs, Ruby and Morton. She also enjoys cruising around in her Jeep!

Jessica, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician

Jessica, (also known as Jess), joined the South Windsor Veterinary family in 2012. Jess is a Certified Veterinary Technician and contributes to all areas of the practice using her knowledge, skills and compassion.

Jessica, sat for and passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam soon after graduating with her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. In the clinical setting you will usually find her in our dental suite, as Jess’s special interest is in Veterinary Dentistry. Almost every Wednesday, she is busy assisting Dr. Rose with dental procedures listening to her favorite tunes. If she is not in dentistry, Jess can be found in exam rooms helping the veterinarian or comforting the grieving.

On her off days, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, her son Mark, and their fur-babies. She has beagle “Copper” and two cats “Katniss” and “Cosmo”. You can usually bet her house has a crowd over as her and Mike love spending time with close friends and family.

Shealah, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician

Shealah is a technician who has been with South Windsor Veterinary Clinic since March of 2020. In 2019 she graduated in Veterinary Technology at Middlesex Community College. She is passionate about providing quality care for her patients. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only animals but their owners. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, going to the beach, & shopping. She shares her home with her Belgian Shepard, Valentine, and her tuxedo cat, Jonesy.

Raquel
Veterinary Assistant

Raquel started working for SWVC in November of 2014. As a veterinary assistant Raquel works in many aspects of the hospital. You will see her helping restrain and comfort patients during treatments and procedures, or at the front desk helping out our clients and answering our busy phones. Raquel’s passion for helping animals started at a young age but her interest for working in the veterinary field became apparent when she took a Veterinary Assistant elective in high school (and passed with flying colors). She knew at that moment she wanted to work with animals and their humans. She been doing it ever since.

Raquel considers working closely with the doctors and helping them with diagnostics and treatments to be the most rewarding part of her job. She enjoys watching a pet recover over time due to the diligent efforts of her fellow staff members and veterinarians and she believes that no matter how difficult the job can get, there’s nothing else she would rather be doing.

Raquel lives in East Hartford with her family that includes a crazy calico cat named Olivia and some rabbits and hens. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Carol
Certified Veterinary Technician

Carol became part of our team in 2017.  She is a highly skilled Animal Care Specialist.  She has over twenty five years experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician including eight years at the Angell Animal Medical Center as a Surgical Technician.  She has also received training in anesthesia from the renowned Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Andrea Looney.  Carol is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in countless areas of animal care.  We are very fortunate to have her on the team!

Carol’s life theme has always been loving and caring for animals.  Even when she was a little girl she was always at her neighbors playing with their pets and walking their dogs.  To this very day, Carol continues to delight in every animal that comes her way.

She is an avid skier, enjoys riding bikes and going for walks with her husband Van.  She has recently been introduced to Zumba and yoga and loves them both.

Ashlyn
Receptionist

Ashlyn joined the South Windsor Veterinary Family in February 2019. She graduated in May 2018 from the University of Connecticut with an Associates degree in Animal Science and a Bachelors degree in Natural Resources.  Here at the clinic you will find her at the front desk helping clients and answering phones as well as greeting all whom walk through our doors.

She enjoys competitive dog sports, riding horses and photography. When she is not working, she can be found training and trialing her Australian Shepherd, Rhaena, enjoying the outdoors, or photographing wildlife.  Ashlyn also has a retired Boston Terrier mix whom she loves to relax with and a Siamese mix who occasionally allows her to pet him.

Haneen
Staff Support Assistant / Assistant Technician in training

Haneen joined the South Windsor Veterinary Team while she was a Junior in high school in 2017. She is working as a Staff Support Assistant as well as training to be an Assistant Technician. Haneen contributes to the team by making sure exam rooms are prepped for the next appointment, restocking supplies throughout the hospital, setting up for surgeries, and more! In addition to this, Haneen is shadowing our technicians so that she can learn the different aspects of veterinary medicine.

Haneen will be attending the University of Connecticut this Fall as an upcoming freshman. She will be majoring in Animal Science and working towards obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She is incredibly excited to be a college student!

Haneen spends her time hiking, reading, hanging out with friends and volunteering at different events around town. Her fur babies include two adorable rabbits named Nugget and Dottie who are avid nappers!

Ryan

Hello!  I’m Ryan, a recent addition to the SWVC team, and studying Psychology and Veterinary science.  I aim to be as much help to everyone as I possibly can, insuring every pet is properly spoiled while at the clinic.  I’ve had many pets over the years, and currently I have two dogs and a ferret. Since working part time with a traveling veterinarian back in 2017, I realized just how much I love the field, and decided to take the steps towards making it a career. I hope to work with the staff of SWVC to help further my knowledge of veterinary science and prepare myself for the future.  I’m also a massive nerd, with a love for classic board games, dungeons and dragons, video games, etc. I love cooking, especially for my family, and love sharing recipes with people I know.