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560 Huntington St. Shelton, CT 06484

 Dr. Stefanie Kreiger
(Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - DVM)

Dr. Stefanie Kreiger has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She attended the University of Vermont and received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She then attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 1994.

After graduation Dr. Kreiger was accepted to an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, a world renowned referral hospital. After completing her internship she moved back to Connecticut and went into private practice.

Dr. Kreiger is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and the Fairfield County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr Kreiger has since pursued her dream to not only be a veterinarian but to own her own practice. She has 1 cat Bear & a lab named Duke.

Dr. Shawn Rafferty
(Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - DVM)


Dr. Shawn Rafferty graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After continuing her education at SCSU, she earned a Master of Science degree.

Later, Dr. Rafferty attended Tuft's University where she received her D.V.M. degree in 1994. She then went into private practice and founded a mobile veterinary service - Veterinary House Call Services, LLC in Shelton.

Dr. Rafferty has been an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the Fairfield County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Rafferty is co-owner of Shelton Veterinary Center. She loves her Toy Poodle, Maddie and her Shih Tzu, Shanelle.

In her free time Dr. Rafferty enjoys classic car shows, horse racing and an occasional round of golf.

Tana Barnes

Tana is a native New Yorker. She attended the University of Hartford and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

She has always loved animals so after graduation she started working at the Connecticut Humane Society where she helped many animals find new homes for 2 years. She then went on to work as a receptionist extraordinaire for various veterinary offices in Connecticut.

Tana has been a member of the Shelton Veterinary Center staff since we opened in July of 2005. 

Tana has 3 cats. Her oldest cat Havoc lives up to his name and keeps her on her toes. Mr. Bob Buttons was hit by a car in 2011 and brought to SVC by a good samaritan. After a fast recovery he has settled into life with Tana. And last but not least is Mischief who is the pretty princess of the group and puts up with her 2 brothers very well. 

When not working Tana enjoys movies and spending time with her friends.

Anita Benedetto
(Veterinary Assistant)


Anita is a lifelong Connecticut resident, and began working with Dr. Rafferty in 1995 as a veterinary assistant.

She currently “wears many hats” here at Shelton Veterinary Center: She is a Veterinary Assistant but often helps out with administrative duties at the front desk.

She also keeps busy with her private pet lodging business. She has 2 wonderful dogs, Cassie and Stella. We are so pleased to have her as a member of our veterinary team.

Kristen Skroski

(Veterinary Assistant)

Kristen hails from North Haven, CT. She attended Hopkins School in New Haven, and went on to recieve her B.S. degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Kristen has been our veterinary assistant since 2008 and is a vital part of our team. In her spare time she is a children's swim coach for the Amity Aquatic Club.

Eileen McCarthy

(Certified Veterinary Technician)

Eileen has enjoyed working with animals since she was sixteen. She received her Associate of Science degree in veterinary technology from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. Shortly after, Eileen received her veterinary technician certification. In 2007, Eileen moved back to CT where she had grown up and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern CT State University.

In 2010, Eileen joined the team as a veterinary technician. In her spare time she volunteers at the local shelters and occasionally takes in foster animals, though they usually end up staying with her permanently. She currently has a dog named Libby, and two cats, Reily and Captain Nemo.

Stephanie Polke

(Veterinary Assistant)

Stephanie joined our team in 2014 to continue her long history of working with animals. She started volunteering when she was 11 at an animal hospital and then moved on to volunteering at Beardsley Zoo when she was just 12! She has been a veterinary assistant since 2013. She studied at Western Connecticut State. She currently is a kitty mom to Oreo & Morticia.

Leza Miller


Leza came to us in 2016 to join our reception team. She has resided in Connecticut for over 20 years, most of that time she has worked in the veterinary field in some capacity. Leza has 3 awesome cats that fill up some of her time. The rest she dedicates to doing kitty sitting for people when they are away!

Emily Bodman

(Veterinary Assistant)

Emily began her career with animals back in 2008; working as a nature counselor at a summer camp in New Jersey where she grew up. After caring for a myriad of animals that included snakes, frogs, pigs & chickens, she moved on to study Marine Biology at University of New Haven. She has worked at Mystic Aquarium doing research and was also an educator at the Maritime Aquarium for 3 years.  In 2015 she switched gears to join the veterinary field and is currently working to achieve certification as a veterinary technician from Penn Foster University.

In her free time she enjoys hiking with her German Shepherd, Blitz and her fiance Brendan or curling up with a good book.

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