Somerville Veterinary Center

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Established in 1994 and renovated in 2016, Somerville Veterinary Center is located in the heart of Somerville. Our friendly and knowledgeable veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and support staff strive to make each visit effective, affordable and pleasant. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and equipment as well as efficient administrative tools to provide comprehensive care for dogs, cats and other small animals.


PHONE: 617-628-2644
FAX: 617-628-2665


Mon-Wed + Fri: 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am to 7 pm

Saturday:  8 am to 5 pm
Sunday:  9 am to 5 pm


314 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144


  • Wellness Care
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Retail Shop


Our 2,200 square foot facility is newly renovated. We are a full-service veterinary utlizing the most modern and efficient equipment and technology to quickly diagnose, treat and monitor dogs, cats, and other small animals. With the goal of healthy and happy pets in mind, our caring and experienced professionals will make sure you understand all aspects of your pet’s health, what to expect as they age, and the simple steps you can take to help ensure your companion leads a long life.

Although we are equipped to handle serious medical conditions, we like to focus on preventative care, also known as wellness, because through regular examinations, dental cleaning, routine testing, vaccinations, and even professional grooming, we can keep your pal healthier and make pet care more affordable by heading off potential medical problems early or preventing them all together.

We’re there when accidents and sudden illness happens as well. Our on-site diagnostics lab and digital radiology equipment provide accurate results quickly. Our pharmacy enables us to start many treatments right away. When surgery is needed, our team of experienced doctors and surgical technicians ensure patient safety using the latest tools and technology before, during and after all procedures.


Wellness Visits
The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often go unnoticed. Once symptoms appear, the condition may be too difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Age is not a disease; however, there are many conditions, if diagnosed early, can be completely reversed or controlled for extended periods of time.

At least once and perhaps twice a year, your pet must have a complete physical examination. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats. It is very important you understand 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.

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.

Our in-house laboratory provides fast and accurate information so that your pet can receive appropriate treatment immediately after arriving at the hospital. We also send diagnostic samples to Idexx Laboratories for routine blood and urine testing, microbiology, cytology, pathology, serology and other specialized tests. Our veterinarians are able to consult with Idexx veterinary specialists in several different fields including pathology, internal medicine, cardiology and radiology.


Our state-of-the-art radiology equipment produces excellent radiographs that are extremely helpful for diagnosing medical and surgical problems as well as pre-breeding evaluations for inherited bone and joint diseases.

There are no routine procedures at Somerville Veterinary 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.

We are able to perform most surgical procedures from spays and neuters to more complicated abdominal surgeries, mass removals and some orthopedic (bone and joint) procedures.

Retail Shop

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


And nearby communities, such as Cambridge, Medford, Malden, Everett and Chelsea. Neighborhoods in close proximity include:

  • Porter Square
  • Davis Square
  • Ward Two
  • Prospect Hill
  • East Somerville
  • West Somerville
  • Industrial Park
  • Ten Hills
  • Mystic River
  • Winter Hill
  • Magoun Square
  • Tufts
  • Spring Hill
  • Powder House Square
  • Harvard Square
  • Kendall Square
  • Inman Square
  • West Cambridge
  • Wellington-Harrington
  • MIT
  • Cambridgeport
  • Cambridge Highlands
  • Observatory Hill
  • North Cambridge
  • Mid-Cambridge
  • Avon Hill
  • Riverside
  • West Medford
  • South Medford
  • Fulton Heights
  • Wellington/Glenwood
  • Station Landing
  • Brooks Estate
  • Lawrence Estates
  • The Hillside
  • Bellrock
  • Edgeworth
  • Faulkner
  • Ferryway
  • Forestdale
  • Linden
  • Maplewood
  • West End


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

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. Christina Buchter

Caring for patients at:

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.

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. Anne Domit

Caring for patients at:

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Surgery
  • Emergency/Critical Care

About Dr. Domit

A 1996 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Domit completed an internship in Theriogenology in 1998. She then worked as a consultant in small animal theriogenology at Tufts for an additional two years. She also holds a Master's degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont, with a concentration in microbiology.

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. 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. Lisa Jablonski

Caring for patients at:

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Surgery
  • Client education

About Dr. Jablonski

Lisa Jablonski, D.V.M. is a native of Massachusetts and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to her position in the Callanan Veterinary Group, she completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital.

When not at work, she will frequently be found with her recent rescue, a black cat named Sluggo.


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. Johnna Lowell

Caring for patients at:

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Wellness Care
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Behavior and Training

About Dr. Lowell

A native of New York, Dr. Lowell attended Michigan State University and earned her DVM from Tufts University.

Dr. Lowell currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, sons, two cats and a dog. Her hobbies are snowboarding and gardening.