Our Veterinary Team
Our veterinary team is made up of dedicated veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants, kennel techs, and receptionists who all strive to give your pet the best care possible. Find out more about us and don’t forget to make an appointment online or by calling 802-773-2779 to meet us in person!
Dr. Rob Macpherson
Dr. Macpherson feels very blessed to be part of a tremendous profession. He finds it so rewarding to see the bond that exists between pets and their families and feels that the greatest reward is seeing the joy on people’s faces when pets are treated and are well enough to go back home. He is the Medical Director of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center.
Dr. Macpherson graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1992 and has worked in Vermont since 1999. His passion is surgery and he specializes in orthopedic issues like cranial cruciate ligament disease and knee cap luxation repairs, as well as more advanced soft tissue surgeries. He knows his success is owed in large part to having a wonderful team of individuals who share his passion for providing cats, dogs, and their owners the very best in medical and surgical care.
In addition to his wife and three children, Dr. Macpherson’s family includes Harper and Frank, both black labs, and their cat, Luna. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, outdoor activities, camping, and watching his children’s sporting events.
Dr. Michaela Wozniakewicz
Dr. Michaela Wozniakewicz is a graduate of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont. She grew up in Massachusetts but fell in love with Vermont during her time at UVM and joined the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center team in 2014 after completing veterinary school. Dr. Woz’s areas of special interest include internal medicine, neurology, and surgery. She enjoys providing the best possible care to both animals and people, as well as developing strong relationships with her clients and their pets. She also thrives on the challenges of practicing veterinary medicine – no day is the same as the next!
In addition to her son and husband, Dr. Woz’s family includes two dogs, Rhaegar and Lyanna, and a cat named Scotty. In her free time, Dr. Woz enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jessie Bachmann
Dr. Jessie Bachmann is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her B.S. from the University of Vermont. She was born and raised in Vermont and has actually been working at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center in a variety of roles since she was in high school.
Dr. Bachmann enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine and is particularly interested in preventative medicine, dermatology, internal medicine, and emergency and critical care patients. Dr. Bachmann really values being able to be a part of the bond that clients and their pets share, and especially enjoys being able to watch her patients grow from puppies and kittens into adulthood.
Jessie and her husband live on a small farm with their horses, their cat, Ava, and her dogs Maisy and Silo. In her free time, Jessie enjoys spending time outdoors horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, and kayaking.
Dr. Haley Macomber
Dr. Haley Macomber grew up on a small beef and horse farm in Fair Haven, VT. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2022 and received her B.S. from the University of Vermont in 2017. Dr. Macomber enjoys many different areas of veterinary medicine but her special areas of interest include lameness, preventative care, and surgery. She became certified in chiropractic care during her fourth year of veterinary school and is excited to share this modality with the Rutland community.
She feels privileged to be a part of the relationship clients share with their pets. Whether it be a new puppy or kitten, or a senior pet, she loves the opportunity to cater to each individual pet’s specific needs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, and riding her horse Michigan.
Dr. Tess Alecksynas
Dr. Tess Alecksynas joined the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center Family in June 2022 as an Urgent Care Veterinarian. Dr. Tess grew up in Washington County, NY on a dairy farm and has worked in Veterinary Medicine since 2010. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and has since been practicing Emergency and Preventive medicine in upstate NY. Dr. Tess feels grateful to work in a position where she can help sick and injured animals with the help and dedication of owners and her amazing support staff. Dr. Tess now lives in Granville, NY with her 3 dogs: Ryleigh, Jiminy, and Daisy as well as her cat Moo-fasa. She enjoys kayaking and hiking as well as raising and showing dairy cattle.
Dr. Vivien Burnell
Dr. Vivien Burnell graduated with a BS from the University of New Hampshire and went on to complete her veterinary degree at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, she moved to New Jersey to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship. Dr. Burnell grew up on the seacoast of NH but loves all of New England!
Dr. Burnell enjoys many parts of veterinary medicine, but her main interests are internal medicine, cardiology, emergency, and critical care. Dr. Burnell admires the human-animal bond and is excited to help build that bond with all of her patients and their families.
Vivien shares a home with her Husband, three dogs, Layla, Eliska, and Miko, as well as her cat, Wanda. In her free time Vivien enjoys spending time outside hiking, skiing, and swimming, but always loves a good book!
Barbara has been a common face here at RVCSC for over 20 years! Her favorite thing about working here is working with all the animals and their people. She also loves that each day brings an opportunity to learn something new.
In her free time, Barbara enjoys knitting, fly-fishing, and spending time with her two cats.
Sarah started at RVCSC at the beginning of 2022. While new to the veterinary field, she’s got plenty of experience in management and creative problem-solving.
Sarah has her hands full at home with a Great Dane, a German shepherd, and a ‘mutt’. She also has chickens, ducks, and fish. When she’s not keeping the clinic running, Sarah likes to travel and enjoy the fresh air.
Joann is a surgery technician here at RVCSC and has been working here for over 40 years!
Joann has three dogs that love to come to work with her. She has opened her home to lots of foster cats, many of whom have made permanent additions to her family over the years. She spends her free time with her children, grandchildren, and her animals.
Ashley is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a degree from Vermont Technical College. She came to RVCSC in June of 2021 with 5 years of experience under her belt. One of her favorite parts of her job is the exposure she gets to different cases.
At home, Ashley has two cats (Kylo & Alfredo), and one dog, Nika. When she’s not hard at work here, she likes hiking, kayaking, and reading.
AJ is a certified veterinary technician, licensed through Vermont Technical College (VTC), and has been with RVCSC since May of 2015. Her favorite part of her job is working with a great group of people who are dedicated to helping the pets in our community.
She has three cats and one dog, Ty, who likes to accompany her while she is adventuring outdoors. She can be found outside all year long hiking, kayaking, and snowmobiling. She also helps her family with sugaring, and they make the best maple syrup in Vermont!
Heidi has been a part of the team at RVCSC since 2020. She has a degree from Harcum College in Pennsylvania and has worked at multiple veterinary facilities.
One dog, two cats, and two horses help make life interesting, and when she’s not at work, Heidi likes to go riding, go hiking, and baking.
Her favorite things about working at the clinic are wagging tails, purring cats, and helping people love their pets!
Devin has an associate degree in animal science from SUNY Delhi and has been an LVT for 20 years, 9 of which she has worked at RVCSC. Her favorite thing about working here is that every day is different, and she is constantly learning new ways to help our patients.
At home, Devin has a full house. She has two dogs, four cats, one rabbit, three goats, nine chickens, three ducks, three daughters, and one husband, all of whom she loves spending her free time with.
Emily has joined our team from Skidmore College, where she majored in chemistry, with a concentration in biochemistry and political science. She’s been with us since August of 2021. Her favorite thing about working here is seeing the connection between pets and their owners.
Emily’s future plans are to attend veterinary school and pursue equine medicine. At home, she has an 18-year-old Quarter horse named Scooter and a family dog named Kenny. When she’s not hard at work here at the clinic, you can often find Emily hiking, horseback riding, or rock climbing!
Raechel has a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in clinical animal medicine from Becker College. She has had a long-running interest in working with animals and started her career in high school working with the Springfield Humane Society for five years. After graduating, she worked at a local animal hospital for 15 years. She has been with RVCSC since September of 2019. Her favorite things about working at RVCSC are client communication, working with the patients, and surgery.
Raechel has two pets at home, a Golden Retriever named Boden, and a Siamese cat named Bad Dog. In her free time, Raechel coaches (and plays) soccer, and loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Vickey started out her career working kennels at RVCSC in 1980 and has worked her way up through our ranks. She has been here consistently for over 40 years! Vickey’s favorite thing about working here is that she gets to do something different every day.
She has two adorable pups, a Boston terrier named Charlie, and a Frenchton named Mabel. In her free time, she likes working out at the gym and taking trips to Maine.
Mike enjoys his privacy (and good humor), so he wanted you all to know that he’s been here a long time, he has interesting pets, and he LOVES staff meetings.
Vicki came to RVCSC in April of 2021, from a vet clinic in New York. She has a degree in psychology, with a minor in sociology. One of her favorite things about working here is being able to learn new things every single day, and being able to give a little extra love to the humane society puppies and kittens.
Vicki has three cats, Laszlo, Emme, and Leia, and she’s known for fostering kittens when the opportunity arises. When she’s not working with animals, Vicki likes to hike and practice photography.
Jess started at RVCSC in March of 2023. She came to us with a BFA from the University of Idaho, and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s veterinary technician program. She has previously worked as a veterinary assistant and as a beef/equine manager. She’s excited to be here where she can make new friends (both two-legged & four-legged) every day.
Outside of the clinic, Jess can be found horseback riding, at the rodeo, hiking, traveling, and painting. She’s got a blue heeler named Radar, a cat named Beans, a quarter horse named Tivio, as well as cows and chickens!
Candy has been with RVCSC since March of 2019. Previously, she attended Volhard Dog Training School and has worked with animals ever since. You may recognize her from the business she owned and operated for over 10 years, Canine to Five. Her favorite things about working at RVCSC are the dedicated staff, the fast-paced environment, and that every day is different.
She owns four dogs (a Great Dane, two Whippets, and a Chihuahua). In her free time, Candy loves reading, gardening, and nature.
Jean has been working at RVCSC since 1968 – wow! She currently grooms animals at the clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays. Her favorite thing about working here is getting to work with all the different dogs.
At home, she has dogs, birds, ducks, geese, and fish. She loves gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Ayla started at RVCSC in June of 2019. In 2016, she graduated from Unity College with a Bachelor of Science in captive wildlife care and education. Since then, she has worked at multiple zoos and wildlife facilities. Her favorite thing about working at RVCSC is the amazing and supportive staff, as well as the opportunity to learn something new every single day.
In her free time, Ayla likes traveling, reading, drawing, and spending copious amounts of time with her cat, Freya (who also likes to travel).
Mandi has been with RVCSC since 2017, and has over ten years of experience in the veterinary field. She loves learning something new every day, and being a part of ensuring that pets feel comfortable and safe while they are here at the clinic. When she’s not hard at work here, Mandi can be found painting, playing piano, singing, cooking, or spending quality time with her three pups, Ozzie, Knuckles, and Floki.
If you’ve been to RVCSC, then you probably know Mo. She’s been a constant, smiling face in reception for going on 23 years! Her favorite thing about working at RVCSC is assisting clients and watching all the dogs and cats grow up.
If you know Mo, then you probably know that she has three beautiful German Shepherds, a cat, and an Amazon parrot. In her free time, Maureen likes competitive obedience shows, dog training, bingo, and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Michele has been with RVCSC since 2011 but has been in the veterinary profession since 1983. Not only has she worked at local offices, Michele even worked as a veterinary nurse in England for 3 years! Her favorite part of working at RVCSC is the opportunity to learn and teach something new every day.
Michele has a plethora of hobbies outside of work that keep her busy. She loves reading, being in nature (she’s a Chittendam fanatic in the summer), cooking, and spending time with her pets. She has one dog, four cats, and chickens.
Brittany has been with RVCSC since September 2020. She has a passion for working with animals and worked as an animal technician and laboratory research technician in Oklahoma, providing care for mice, rats, African clawed frogs, and zebra fish!
She has two chihuahuas at home (Bruno & Biz). Outside of the clinic, she likes music, movies, coloring, and hanging with her pups!
Her favorite thing about working at RVCSC is getting to see animals every day, and always learning new things.
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Heather started working at RVCSC in the fall of 2022. She has a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, with a Digital Forensics certification, but has found her passion working with animals. She spent three years working at the Rutland County Humane Society before coming to work here. She loves the positive interaction with the community members that entrust us with the care of their pets. When she’s not at the clinic, Heather spends her free time with her cats Beanz and Gwen.
In loving memory of Jingles
Clinic Cat & Honorary CEO, 2008-2022