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.

Ashley Bedarf, DVM
Veterinarian

We are excited to announce the addition of a new Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Ashley Bedarf, to the South Windsor Veterinary Clinic. While some of you may have already met Dr. Bedarf, she will officially be joining us on July 1st.
Originally from the great state of Massachusetts (go RED SOX! ), Dr. Bedarf attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for her undergraduate studies before moving to Ohio. It was at the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her Veterinary Degree. Following graduation, she practiced mixed animal medicine for 3 years and then returned to New England to be back with her family.

Early in her academic studies, Dr. Bedarf had the opportunity to work at a livestock farm. This experience excited her so much that she started working as a veterinary assistant in South Deerfield, Ma. During this time she was then given the chance to ride with a mixed animal veterinarian, and the rest as they say is history.

While large animal practice involving livestock and horses was her focus in Ohio, she missed home. She now spends her days treating dogs and cats, and the occasional pocket pet if the need arises. She sees her job as two-fold; treat the animals while simultaneously strengthening the bond between owners and their beloved pets.

So who are Dr. Bedarf’s beloved pets? She has two cats named Bruiser and Luther. Bruiser’s primary interest is food and his life’s work has been finding food, regardless of the cost. Luther however prefers to spend his time snuggling on the couch.

When she is not saving lives, Dr. Bedarf spends her time rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and Zumba. We have also been fortunate to enjoy her love for baking as well!

Please join us in welcoming her to our practice!

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 three dogs, Winnie, Ruby, and Morton. She also enjoys cruising around in her Jeep!

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!

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 and their fur-babies. She has beagle “Copper” and two cats “Katriss” and “Cosmo”. You can usually bet her house has a crowd over as her and Mike love spending time with close friends and family.

Hope
Veterinary Assistant

Hope is one of our newest employees joining us in the fall of 2017. While in high school, she joined the “veterinary technician team” as well as being involved in wildlife and conservation studies throughout her entire high school education. It was at that time she became involved in the animal field as a volunteer for a local cat and kitten shelter. Through a lot of hard work and dedication she made her way towards her current role of veterinary assistant. Hope has a tremendous passion for animals, as well as medicine which makes this position a perfect fit. She has taken many classes at Manchester Community College and is currently attending UCONN. In her free time you can find her hiking, kayaking, traveling, or relaxing at home with her rescue cats named Kida and Roger.

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.