Dr. Amy Hurd, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Outside of building and helping to manage her successful practice, Dr. Hurd likes to hike, take long walks, volunteer at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center and is an active member of her church community. You can often see her accompanied by her furry companion, Johnny.
Dr. Aurora Richards, DVM
Managing Veterinarian/Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Aurora Richards joined Bristol County Veterinary Hospital in February 2007. Prior to that, she did an internship in internal medicine and did some relief veterinary work on the side. She is originally from Texas and received her B.A. from Tufts University in 1994 in International Relations with a minor in Spanish and worked in the business management field for 6 years before she decided on a career change. She received her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She has particular interests in emergency medicine, feline medicine, oncology, internal medicine and ultrasound.
Outside of her busy work schedule, Dr. Richards likes to spend her time hiking and spending time with her son, Alex, who is in middle school, her daughter, Karen, who is now in college, her husband Steve, and with her 2 dogs Nala and Belle, her cats, Zebra and Whitey Bulger. She also spends a lot of time helping out a non-profit she helped to found, The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain, that deals with rare and misunderstood chronic pain conditions such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and their associated co-morbidities. Because both her children are genetically affected by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, she understands the stressors brought on by raising kids with health issues and understanding the bond and comfort our furry family members bring to the family unit as a whole and their importance in the family unit.
Dr. Shara Ripp, DVM
Dr. Ripp has one cat, Zserbo (named after a Hungarian pastry!) two dogs, Monty and Pemi, and two kids. Oh, and a husband, too. She spends her spare time with her family, outdoors whenever possible, and is an active volunteer Ski Patroller in the wintertime.
Dr. Cassandra Sheehan, DVM
Once in the workforce, Dr. Cassie soon found out she had many other passions including small animal surgery. She has worked as a small animal veterinarian in multiple states and has a broad range of experience. Her interests include ultrasound, surgery, nutrition, dermatology, and pain management. Dr. Cassie also has a strong interest in integrative medicine. She is certified in acupuncture, veterinary medical manipulation (chiropractic), and has experience in herbal medicine and food therapy. She works to bring the best of both western medicine and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine into her cases.
Dr. Cassie has three cats and a ball python. When she is not working, she enjoys wildlife photography, equestrian activities, and reading.
Abby enjoys spending quality time with her dog Patch, a blue merle Mini-Australian Shepard, and her cat Luna, a black domestic short hair. She enjoys binge watching tv shows, reading thrilling novels, and spending time with her friends and family.
Assistant Technician Manager/Inventory Manager
Michelle enjoys baking, though it’s arguable that the staff enjoys Michelle’s baking even more. She delights in creating amazing cakes and other delicious treats, and spends the rest of her time gardening and relaxing with her family and friends. Three cats run her life, going by the names Lovey, Whiney, and Bubba.
I have a bachelor’s of science degree in biology/pre veterinary science from Roger Williams University. I have been a technician for 12 years in primarily a clinic setting but I have worked recently at the ER also. I decided to go back to school last summer to broaden my horizons. I’m taking classes at CCRI within their clinical lab science program as it’s a field that interests me and it’s also knowledge I can use in this field. I enjoy what I’m studying very much! It’s so interesting to learn about what you’re seeing and it’s so useful! Between school and work I do not have much spare time at all but when I do I like anything outdoorsy particularly going for hikes in the woods with my pups! I have 3 pups (2 poodles and a black lab) but the house is run by the 3 cats, with help from the rabbit (who lives like he’s one of the cats) and the parrot (who puts up with no shenanigans from anyone 2 or 4 legged). I’m an avid Bruins fan. I love hockey and lived in my skates when I was younger (and still would if I could).
Linda is a CVT and has her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Mount Ida College. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 17 years. She enjoys working with animals, especially pocket pets and wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, going to New Hampshire and listening to music. She has multiple pets including 3 axolotls, a blue-tongue skink named Aires, a bearded dragon named Chubbs, 2 guinea pigs named Oreo and Britt, a cat named Ernie, and a dog named Daisey Kate.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Philosophy and Physics and continuing on to study Applied Behavioral Analysis in UMass Lowell’s graduate program, Stephanie decided to return to her first love: veterinary medicine. While most of her experience has primarily been in the ER setting, that has not deterred her from trying her hand in general practice. Always compassionate, especially when it comes to the very ill or elderly, she has special interests in critical care and geriatrics.
Stephanie shares her home with her very patient and loving husband Stephen, soon to be born baby girl, two dogs (Bella and Flippy) four cats (Draelov, Squeakums, Sonestra, and Evgeni Plushenko), a bunny (Wiggles), and four hens. When not working or taking courses, Stephanie enjoys spending time riding her two dressage horses (Bravita and Chito), reading, playing poker, baking cheesecakes, and hiking.
Alison lives in East Providence, Rhode Island with her dog Snoop, three cats Jezebel, Peg and Pia, and a turtle Eziekel.
Customer Service Representative/Veterinary Assistant
Jayde joined our team back in October of 2018. Before she joined us here at BCVH she volunteered for Paws Watch and Save a Lab, taking care of cats and dogs before going to their forever homes. Today, Jayde is currently enrolled at New England Institute of Technology working towards achieving her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.
On her free time, Jayde enjoys going to the beach, shopping, painting, and traveling. Jayde also loves to stay home and relax with her Family, her dog Mason, and her cat Sabrina.
Customer Service Representative
Kimberly shares her home with her husband, daughter, and 2 crazy, fun-loving labs named Abbey & Grace. When not at work she enjoys relaxing at home, spending time with family and friends, going to concerts and plays, and gardening. And we can’t forget her obsession with QVC & Sephora!
Kimberly is proud to work at BCVH, “It is a top-notch hospital, and the care is exceptional. We strive to do our best and more.”
Customer Service Representative
Customer Service Representative
Shelley started in July 2020 as a CSR at BCVH which has been crazy because of Covid. Working here during this crisis has made her realize how much everyone needs each other. We are all in this together. Prior to this, she worked at an animal hospital in Rhode Island. Adding to the love of the field she has over 20 years of customer service as a Hair Stylist. She strives to do her best and be as helpful as she can on a daily basis.
When she is not working, she is enjoying time with her grandkids and family, cuddling with her 10 year old Boston Terrier named Bettis and her husband of 28 years. Her hobbies include going on walks and shopping on Amazon.
Computer Inventory Management
In her free time, Kathy greatly enjoys scrapbooking, crafting, photography, and traveling. She also enjoys relaxing with her husband and three cats, Sabian, Pretty Girl, and Big Boy.
Clinic Cat/Accounting Assistant
Johnny (aka Johnny Cash)
Assistant to our Practicing Veterinarians/Guard Dog of the Clinic
Mon: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tues: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday - Friday our phones will be turned off from 2:00 - 2:30 pm for staff lunches.
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