About Us

South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic

The South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic was established in 1973 with the intent of providing quality veterinary care for both small and large animals in the western Massachusetts area.

OUR DOCTORS

Samantha Clay, DVM

Dr Clay purchased the practice in 2021. She grew up in Western Mass and was active with the Mass 4-H equine program as a youth. Dr Clay is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Clay looks forward to meeting all clients. She hopes to continue to serve large and small animal medical needs in town and in the surrounding communities. Everyone is welcome at South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic!

Andraya Cole, DVM MPH

Dr. Cole joined the practice in September 2021. She grew up in Central Massachusetts, and has enjoyed being back close to home. Dr Cole attended Hamilton College in upstate New York for undergraduate studies and Washington State University for Veterinary School. She also holds a masters in public health from the University of Minnesota. Dr Cole enjoys the variety of mixed animal practice but particularly loves working with cats and small ruminants/camelids as well as client education. In her spare time, Dr Cole enjoys farming with her husband and daughter, doing jigsaw puzzles, and discovering new places for great food.

OUR STAFF

Shelley Wilson, is our Office Manager originally from Belchertown and currently resides in New Salem with her partner George. They have a cat Stella and several chickens. She was in 4-H for many years and, showed Arabian horses that her family raised. Shelley worked as a Technician and Office Manager for many years before joining the South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic in 2021 as Office Manager. In Shelley's free time she enjoys being outdoors, quilting and spending time at home with her family.

Holly Karrasch, is our Lead Technician who came to work at South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic in March 2021. Holly has her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College in Vermont. She recieved her National Certification in the winter of 2018. In her time off you can find Holly relaxing and reading a book in her hammock hanging from her goat barn. She Currently owns five goats named Yang, Carmel, Swirl Beckett, Merida, and little Jeffery: all of which have their special medical quirks, a Bassett Hound lab cross named Bella: yes she looks as weird as that cross sounds, and an old lady cat named Little Miss Muffin.

Shayla Fiedler, is one of our Certified Technicians, on top of being a Small Animal Technician she is also a Large Animal Technician. Shayla has been with us since 2019. Shayla has done volunteer work in Peru helping Alpaca farmers. At home she has 2 cats and far too many fish tanks. Shayla is currently studying to get her state license for wildlife rehabilitation to continue our tradition working with wildlife. In her free time she likes to draw, paint, and sculpt. She briefly worked in LA doing special effects for horror movies!

Stephanie Zajac, is a Small and Large Animal Technician. She has 2 degrees; an Associates degree in Animal Science and a Batchelor's Degree in Science and Technologies with a specialization in Equine Rehabilitaion. Stephanie joined our team in Oct 2021. Stephanie currently owns 2 horses, 2 dogs and a cat. In her free time she likes to kayak and garden!

Lexi Matuszko, is a Large and Small Animal Technican for us. Lexi joined our team in March 2021. Lexi has had horses all of her life, currently Lexi has a horse a dog and a cat at home. Lexi recently graduated from Bancroft School of Massage in Jan 2022. Lexi is a certified Equine Message Therapist, recently starting her own business Bright Eyes Equine Massage. Lexi enjoys spending time with her friends and animals.

Emily Purnam, works at our Front Reception and as a Technician. Emily has been here for 7 years. If you have questions Emily is our "Go To Person" Emily is part of the Raw Milk Dairy in Conway. Emily has several Brown Swiss that she raises. She enjoys pretty much everything cow related.

Lizzy Hardy, is a Intern Technican and has been with us since March 2021. She curently is studying as a Pre-Vet Major at UMass. She lives in Orange and has had horses all her life, she competes on the Umass Equestrian Team. Lizzie has also been active in the Mustang Adoption Program. At home Lizzie has chinchillas, geckos, turtles, and rabbits. In her spare time Lizzie enjoys training her Mustang, going on hikes with her dog Rowan and snowboarding.

Donna Macartney, has been here as a Small Animal Technician for many years. Donna lives in Greenfield with her 3 dogs and a cat. In her spare time Donna enjoys visiting with her son and his family, excercising and being outdoors.

Kirsten Leitner-Markert, works at our Front Reception. She joined our team May 2021. Kirsten is great helping clients and, is the one with crazy hair! She is particularly fond of dogs with beards. Kirsten enjoys being home with her family, pets and gardening. In her spare time she likes to walk the beach with her dog and cuddle with her pets.

Barbara Whitney, is a Small and Large Animal Technician. Barbara has been with the clinic since Sept 2020. Barbara attended Mount Wachusett College in the Veterinary Technician program. Recently Barbara graduated getting her CVT License. Barbara will be full time as of June 1st with us. Barbara has been active in fostering rescue dogs. In her spare time Barbara enjoys riding her Arabian horse.

Ragan Kelly, Ragan graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May 2022. Ragan will be attending Penn State in the Veterinary program this fall and will be leaving us. We are excited for Regan's future as veterinarian. We were fortunate to have Regan as an intern and wish him well at vet school.

Sophia Greisen, is a Intern Technician and joined our team in Dec 2021. Currently Sophia is Sophmore studying as a Pre-Vet Major at Umass. Sophia grew up in Washington State having horses and cattle. She has a two dogs at home named Georgie and Colby. In her free time, she likes to ride horses and is a ballroom dancer!

Justice Tocker, works at our Front Reception. Justice joined our team in Aug 2021. Justice enjoys working on our Facebook and Emails for the clinic. She enjoys cats, cat related things, and more cats. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her cats. During her work hours, she enjoys spending time with your cats.

Allison Devino, We welcome our newest member to our team of Intern Technician. Allison is a student at Smith Vocational School. Allison will be a senior in the fall of 2022 she will be with us for her work study program. Allison has had many accomplishments at a young age, which include winning the state dairy judging and winning 1st place in the state science fair for FFA. Allison future goals are to become a veterinarian.

Primo, office cat extraordinaire. He is approximately 5 years old and came with Dr Clay. In enjoys sauntering around with clinic and poking in his head into everyone's business. When is is not up up to mischief, He is sleeping on the back of Justices Chair. You will see several pictures of Primo on our Website or on Facebook just being himself. He loves Justice the most and, when she is not here you will see him looking for her.

Nina, Last but not least is our other office cat who also arrived with Dr Clay. Nina is much more reserved and doesn't appreciate human contact so much. Justice is working on her, with the help of catnip and alot of love!