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Massachusetts Animal Medical Center

Opened in 2006, The Massachusetts Animal Medical Center (MAMC) is a full-service veterinary with a team of profesionals dedicated to the health and well-being of dogs, cats, and other small animals. Your pet will receive the highest quality medical care with state-of-the-art equipment and efficient administrative tools that make vists to MAMC pleasant, convenient, and affordable.


PH: 617-923-1700
FAX: 617-923-3069


380 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472


Monday-Friday:  8 am to 6 pm
Saturday:  8 am to 5 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 5 pm


  • Wellness Care
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Prescription Diets
  • Retail Shop
  • Medical and Geriatric Boarding


Our 18,000 square foot facility offers comprehensive care for dogs, cats, and other small animals, with a caring and dedicated staff, comfortable accommodations for your pet, plenty of off-street parking, and a pleasant waiting room.

Welcome to Massachusetts Animal Medical Center

Several spacious waiting areas

For your comfort

Multiple examination rooms

For patients big and small

Cutting-edge digital radiology

Quickly confirming diagnosis

Advanced on-site diagnostics

Fully equipped treatment areas

State-of-the-art surgical suites

Premium food and prescription diets

Easily accessible location

Grooming, boarding and doggy daycare next door

At Massachusetts Animal Medical Center we offer comprehensive veterinary services that cover all aspects of routine wellness care, as well as surgery and specialized medical care. To make caring for your pet even more affordable and efficient, we offer Wellness Programs for cats and dogs that covers essential preventative care that you pet needs. In addition, you will receive discounts on services, products and medications.

We use the latest tools and technology in diagnostics, radiology and surgery to quickly diagnose, treat and monitor all common and many serious medical conditions. Our pharmacy and on-site retail shop makes it convenient to provide any medication and/or prescription diet food your pet may need.

We also offer medical and geriatric boarding services, providing a quiet, relaxed environment and individualized TLC for pets with special needs. These patients are given extra attention by our veterinary technicians and are supervised by our doctors.

Grooming, general boarding, and pet daycare services are conveniently located at Toureen Pet Resort and Spa, next door to our facility. You can reach them by phone at (617) 923-3800 or visit them online.

Serving Local Communities

We are located between Russo’s and Watertown Square along the Charles River. Our location is easily accessible to all of Watertown as well as many communities in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Lincoln, and Waltham, including:

  • Coolidge Corner
  • Washington Sq.
  • Longwood
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Fenway
  • Kenmore Square
  • Bleachery
  • North Waltham
  • West End
  • Warrendale
  • Lakeview
  • The Lanes
  • Coolidge Square
  • East Watertown
  • Nonantum
  • Newton Center
  • Newton Corner
  • Newtonville
  • West Newton
  • Auburndale
  • Waban
  • Brighton
  • Allston
  • Cleveland Circle


Wellness Visits
As your pet matures from a puppy/kitten to an adult onto a senior, we offer comprehensive wellness strategies that will enable you and your furry friend to plan for each life stage and the unique health needs associated with each stage. A vital part of the exam is the discussion between the client and the professional care giver at MAMC.

The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often go unnoticed. Depending on the communication between you and your doctor an informed decision of a yearly or bi-yearly exam can be determined. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Laboratory testing plays an integral role in the early detection of changes in your pet’s health. Diagnostic tests provide essential information by which our veterinarians can identify blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems.

Massachusetts Animal Medical Center laboratory provides fast and accurate information so that your pet can receive appropriate treatment immediately after arriving at the hospital. When more sophisticated testing is required, we utilize a certified veterinary laboratory offering the expertise of board certified specialists in pathology, hematology, internal medicine and radiology. For your convenience we can also schedule in-house veterinary specialists in several different fields including internal medicine and cardiology.

No procedure is routine when it comes to surgery at Massachusetts Animal Medical Center. Our team of doctors and surgical technicians provide an individualized anesthetic and pain management protocols for each pet undergoing surgery. For your pet’s safety, our operating suite is equipped with the latest in veterinary monitoring equipment including EKG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, temperature, heart rate and respiration rate.

Massachusetts Animal Medical Center is able to perform most surgical procedures from spays and neuters to more complicated abdominal surgeries, mass removals and some orthopedic (bone and joint) procedures. We take pride in our equipment and our modern anesthesia and patient monitoring systems.

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats. At Massachusetts Animal Medical Center, we feel it is very important that our clients realize the impact dental care can have on their pets overall health.

An infection in your pet’s mouth is just like one in his or her kidney, heart, liver or lung. His body becomes stressed as it tries to chronically fight that infection. The infection can easily spread from the gums throughout the body via the bloodstream. Dental infections are responsible for about 80% of heart valve disease which result in heart murmurs.

We offer ultrasonic teeth cleaning and digital dental radiographs that provides your pet with good oral health. As an adjunct to teeth cleaning, we recommend a dental home care plan that is specifically designed to your pet’s needs.

Massachusetts Animal Medical Center carries an extensive inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical items, supplies, and medications. For the convenience of our clients we have the ability to treat your sick companions right away. We do honor requests for scripts but do not deal directly with any online pharmacies.
Prescription Diets
The treatment of many conditions often requires the feeding of specialized veterinary diets. We carry a variety of Hills Science Diet and Purina prescription foods. If you need a special item please let our staff know and we maybe able to accommodate. For our Science Diet customers we order on Mondays so please call early to get your order in.
Medical and Geriatric Boarding
If you’re planning a vacation or handling a family emergency, MAMC now offers medical boarding. If your animal has a medical condition or is elderly and requires more immediate attention we are able to assist. Limited space is available so that we can accommodate those special boarders. We require a physical exam by one of our veterinarians within the last 12 months, so that we are aware of any conditions that your animal has. We take the health of our boarding pets very seriously. All pets admitted to the hospital must be current on all required vaccinations.

For boarding of pets without special needs, or for grooming or pet daycare, please see Toureen Pet Resort and Spa, conveniently located next door to our facility.

Retail Shopping
Our on-site retail shop has hundreds of products that your pets needs or wants, including:

  • Food and treats
  • Prescription medications
  • Dietary supplements
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Pet carriers
  • Shampoos
  • Collars, leashes and harnesses
  • Feeding stations
  • Designer bowls
  • Flea and tick control
  • Toys of every kind


Your pet’s health and comfort are our top priorty. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced animal care professionals work together to ensure a safe yet efficient experience each time you visit.

Dr. Jon Callanan

Caring for patients at Massachusetts Animal Medical Center.

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Surgery
  • Client Education

About Dr. Callanan

Dr. Callanan grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and attended the college of the Holy Cross. He received his B.A. from Holy Cross in 1998 majoring in history. He was also the captain of the men’s ice hockey team.   After graduating, Dr. Callanan spent two years abroad playing professional hockey.

Dr. Callanan would hang up his skates and work at the family practice until his acceptance to veterinary school. Like his father before him, he would receive his degree in veterinary medicine from the University College Dublin. After graduation in 2008, he would join the family practice.   He currently lives in Waltham with his wife, two children and their dog, Bruschi.

Dr. Chris Kennedy

Caring for patients at:

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Internal medicine

About Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy was raised in Arlington with two cats, Fonzy and Mimi. After college, he completed an externship at Mote Marine Labs in Sarasota, FL and then worked in a research lab studying biomechanics and exercise physiology for several years.

Dr. Kennedy enjoys biking, movies, international travel and international volunteer projects. He presently has fish for roommates, but enjoys sitting for friends' dogs.

Dr. Dave Clark

Caring for patients at:

Professional Designation/Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Surgery

About Dr. Clark

Dr. Clark is a 1981 graduate of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine where he also completed his residency. Dr. Clark is a board certified surgeon who provides services to veterinary hospitals in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Before becoming a traveling surgeon, Dr. Clark was an associate professor and chief of Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University.

When not busy traveling, Dr. Clark enjoys spending time with his 3 cats at his home.


Dr. Thomas Hamilton

Caring for patients at:

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Dentistry
  • Internal Medicine
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Surgery

About Dr. Hamilton

Dr. Thomas Hamilton grew up in Fort Salonga, New York, and moved up to Medfield, Massachusetts in 2001. He attended UMass Amherst for undergrad where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Animal Science.

After graduating from undergrad, Dr. Hamilton worked as technician for 6 years before going abroad to St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Indies. He graduated from St. George’s University with honors in 2017 and received his clinical year education at Cornell University.

When not working, Dr. Hamilton enjoys time spent with his family and friends. His German Shepherd mixed breed, Blade, loves long car rides and trips to the beach; and his cat, Rocky, loves to sleep… and eat. Dr. Hamilton’s interests include motorcycles, the outdoors, sports, and fitness.

Dr. Adam Boardman

Caring for patients at Massachusetts Animal Medical Center.

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Preventative Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Cardiology

About Dr. Boardman

Dr. Adam Boardman is a 2010 graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been with MAMC for 3 years. Dr. Boardman has a communications degree from Ithaca College and he spent 10 years working in the Boston television news industry. He found it wasn’t his true calling and decided to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

He enjoys golf, distance running and spending time with his family. He is the proud owner of 2 rescue mutts – Archie and Spirit. He also has a three-legged cat, appropriately and lovingly named Pogo.

Dr. Kaitlin Bickford

Caring for patients at:

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Dentistry
  • Surgery
  • Internal Medicine

About Dr. Bickford

Dr. Bickford grew up in Winslow, Maine. She went to college at the University of New Hampshire where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. She went to veterinary school right afterwards at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2012. Since then she practiced in New York for 3 years before moving to Boston and joining the Callanan Veterinary Group.

Dr. Bickford is passionate about client communication and preventative medicine for her patients. Along with that, she has special interests in dentistry and surgery.

Dr. Josh Gidlewski

Caring for patients at:

Professional Designation/Memberships

  • Diplomate ACVIM
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine

About Dr. Gidlewski 

Dr. Gidlewski attended Pennsylvania State for his undergraduate degree. In 2001, Dr. Gidlewski graduated from the University of Georgia with honors, from there he went to the university of Illinois for a rotating internship in small animal surgery and medicine. From 2001-2004, Dr. Gidlewski did a residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Gidlewski became board certified in 2004 and has been a part of N.E.V.S since 2007.

In his free time, he enjoys running triathlons and marathons and spending time with his wife and three children.

Dr. Christina Buchter

Caring for patients at Massachusetts Animal Medical Center and Union Square Veterinary Clinic.

Professional Membership

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Preventative medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Surgery

About Dr. Buchter

Dr. Christina Buchter grew up in the Boston area and knew from a young age she wanted to be a veterinarian. She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After a one-year joint emergency/referral and general practice internship in Florida, Dr. Buchter moved to New York in 2010 where she practiced for seven years. Deciding to move back to the Boston area, she joined the Callanan Veterinary Group in June of 2017.

Dr. Buchter feels it is incredibly rewarding to develop relationships with both pets and their owners, and to work together to optimize patient health. In her spare time, Dr. Buchter enjoys spending time with her husband and family, baking and cooking, and amateur photography.