Our Veterinary Team

Meet Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Shelton Veterinary Center! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our veterinary team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.
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Dr. Patricia Prior

Veterinarian

Dr. Patricia Prior graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a BS in Veterinary and Laboratory Animal Science and a minor in Psychology. She continued her education at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015 after completing a one-year clinical rotation at the Ohio State University.

Before joining the team at Shelton Veterinary Center, Dr. Prior spent eight years practicing general medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine, in New Jersey and central Connecticut. She has practiced alongside board-specialized veterinary surgeons, internists, and criticalists and continues to use the knowledge she gained in her current clinical practice. She has advanced the veterinary industry by training veterinary nurses and spearheading the Fear Free program at multiple veterinary facilities. She continues to teach future veterinary technicians at Middlesex Community College Veterinary Technology Program. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, ultrasound imaging, behavioral medicine, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Prior enjoys reading, rock climbing, baking, and traveling the world in her spare time with her husband, Frank, and her brand-new daughter, Cate. She adopted her pot-hound Olive from the island of Grenada in 2014 and has happily shared her home with her ever since.

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Dr. Stefanie Kreiger

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 training, she moved back to Connecticut and went into private practice.

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

Dr. Kreiger has since pursued her dream of being a veterinarian and owning her practice. She has two rescue dogs, French Bulldogs named Mimi and Mr. Pancake.

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Dr. kelly damon

Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Damon is a CT native born and raised in Milford, CT. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of CT in 2009 and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015.

After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a specialty internship in internal medicine. She has been certified in small animal veterinary acupuncture and is intensely interested in ultrasound, reproduction, and pediatric care.

Outside work, she chases around her two kids, has adventures with her husband, and occasionally bakes a loaf or two of bread.

 

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Anita

Veterinary Assistant

Anita is a lifelong Connecticut resident and began working in 1995 as a veterinary assistant.

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

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

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Andrea

Veterinary Technician

Andrea has been in the animal care field for 30+ years. Growing up on a farm in Kent, CT, surrounded by many different animals, she turned her passion and love for animals into a career. Rescuing animals has been at the forefront of that passion, and she spends much of her free time volunteering with local dog rescues. Andrea enjoys many outdoor activities in her spare time, like boating with her family and hiking with her dogs.

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Carole

Certified Veterinary Technician

Carole attended Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA receiving her Associate’s degree. Then she attended Quinnipiac University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Carole has worked at many Veterinary hospitals within Fairfield County. Carole has a cross-bred Siamese rescue cat named Bailey and a mutt name Max and enjoys craft fairs and artistic endeavors.

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Danielle

Medical Education Team Technician/Trainer

Danielle has always wanted to work with animals, often bringing home injured critters to take care of. Her passion for helping animals grew as she went to a vocationalagricultural high school, which set her up perfectly to earn a degree in animal science from Becker College.

Danielle jumped into the field in emergency/referral animal hospitals, gaining a wealth of knowledge and skill. Wanting to be wellrounded, she worked in general practice to focus on anesthesia but ultimately went back to emergency/specialty. She spent four years as a lead technician of an Avian & Exotics Department, expanding her skills and knowledge to additional species. She is very excited to put her experience to use at Rare breed. Danielle lives in Connecticut with her boyfriend, beautiful daughter, two stepdaughters, two dogs, three cats, and a crested gecko.

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Destiny

Client Service Representative

Destiny joined SVC in February 2022 as a part of our CSR team; she has an extensive background in customer service. She enjoys spending time off with her boyfriend, family, friends, and her dog, Austin. Her interests include shopping, cooking, spending time outdoors, and binge-watching Love Island or horror movies.

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Faith

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Faith has had a passion for veterinary medicine since she was a child. She attended Animal Behavior College and received her veterinary assistant certification while working as a manager in a different career. Faith enjoys furthering her knowledge, learning new things every day, and is considering veterinary technician certification.

Faith loves motivating the SVC team by writing inspirational quotes on our staff whiteboard and decorating the hospital for Holidays. Faith enjoys going to the beach and spending time with friends and family in her spare time. She has a snake named Noodle and a leopard gecko.

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Gary

Groomer

Bio coming soon

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Jennifer Lynn Bethke

CVT, CAS, Practice Manager

Jennifer Lynn has worked in the veterinary field for over 25 years, starting as a kennel assistant and working her way up to her current position as Practice Manager at SVC. She is a Connecticut native who started off using her work in veterinary medicine to put herself through college before falling in love with the field and making it her long-term career goal.

Jennifer Lynn received her technician certification in 2006 and became a certified avian specialist in 2009. In 2016 while doing relief work in the veterinary field, she saw a need for a place for technicians to connect online, and she created the Facebook group “Connecticut Veterinary Technicians,” which is still going strong today. In 2019 she became Fear Free certified; in 2021, she received her Brave Spaces certification from the AVMA. She is also an active member of PrideVMC and is a Pawsibilities Vet Med mentor. She is currently studying for her certification as a Veterinary Business Leader, and her next goal is to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager as soon as she is eligible.

Jennifer Lynn is also a Certified Master Knitter with over 35 years of knitting and crochet experience. She also uses her expertise in toxic plant and mushroom identification to volunteer to help pet owners in need. During her free time, she can be found doing something crafty at home with her cats or off foraging and hiking in the woods with her partner and dogs.

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Shannon

Client Service Representative

Shannon has been a medical assistant for the past ten years, with over seven years of administrative receptionist experience. In October 2019, Shannon started as one of the client service representatives at Shelton Veterinary Center. Shannon has always loved animals and has a loving cat named Moon. Shannon enjoys exercising and spending time with her family in her spare time. We are pleased to have her as part of the Shelton Veterinary Center Family.

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Leza

Client Service Representative

Leza came to us in 2016 to join our client service team. She has resided in Connecticut for over 30 years, and most of that time, she has worked in the veterinary field in some capacity. Leza has one awesome cat Floyd that fills up some of her time. The rest she dedicates to doing kitty sitting for people when they are away!