Dr. Caitlin Vaughn

Dr. Caitlin Vaughn was born and raised in southern Rhode Island, and her childhood was spent mostly on a soccer pitch or in the backyard with the family’s three dogs. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Animal Science, and went on to participate in research projects in oyster aquaculture in salt ponds around the state. Not completely happy in a laboratory setting, she relocated to attend Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she discovered a love for sweet tea, college football (Hail State!), and emergency medicine. After graduating, Dr. Vaughn moved back home and completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in RI. She then fell in love with the Pioneer Valley and moved here to work as an emergency doctor at Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, where she worked for four years before making the shift to general practice.

These days, Dr. Vaughn spends her free time running marathons, hiking, cooking, and reading. She lives with her husband Patrick and their “zoo” of 4 dogs (Ariel, Jade, Henna, and Penny) and 4 cats (Bailey, Nike, Bella, and Dharma).

COVID Policy Update - July 2021

We are excited to announce some news that will make some of you very happy!

Starting Monday, July 12th we will be allowing one masked client to accompany their companion into the hospital.  Given the age and small size of the building and ventilation, social distancing remains a challenge which is why we must limit inside visits to one family member.  Details are listed below.  We will continue to provide curbside service for families who are not comfortable with our policies or health risks.   

  • All clients entering the building, will remain masked regardless of COVID 19 vaccine status.  The mask will remain on for the entirety of the visit, even when no one else is in the exam room as our ventilation system supplies the entire hospital.   If you forget your mask or have a health condition which prevents you from wearing a mask, you will remain curbside for your appointment.  
  • If you do want to come inside for your appointment, you will still call on arrival for check in and wait in your car until a staff member can escort you directly into a room with your pet.  At the end of the appointment, you will be checked out in the room.
  • Each appointment can be attended by ONE family member as our exam rooms are very small.  The exception is end of life care during which two family members will be allowed inside. 
  • Our staff members will restrain all pets during their exam.  Owner will remain in the room but will be required to social distance from the table during the exam.  
  • If your companion is sick or injured requiring diagnostics (x-rays or bloodwork) and/or treatments (sq fluids, injections), we may ask that you return to your car to wait or drop them off until they are ready to go home. 
  • For food and medication pick up, we will remain curbside. Please call from your car and someone will meet you at the door to give you the medication or food. 
  • We thank you for your patience as we navigate this new modified system. 

 

We would also like to take the time to let you know that Sue, our office manager, will be out for an unknown period of time.  Unfortunately, her daughter was in a terrible car accident requiring indefinite medical care.  Sue is currently travelling 4 hours daily to be with her in the hospital.  If you have the means to help support her, any gift would be greatly appreciated.