Animal Clinic of Milford: We Treat Your Pet Like the Valued Family Member They Are

Dr. Sasha Golovyan

1. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?     As long as my parents can remember I had wanted to be a veterinarian. There was never a different career path I was willing to pursue. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and we moved here in 1990 when I was 9 years old. My parents had to endure the countless abandoned animals I had brought home to rehabilitate, and some to keep.

2. Do you have any brothers and sisters?     I have a twin brother and an older sister.

3. What is the most exotic Animal you have treated?     A chameleon, not to be out done by a pigeon, chicken, or a recent seagull that was brought in.

4. Where did you earn your Bachelors?     I graduated from University of Connecticut in 2003.

5. Where did you earn your Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine?     Tom and I graduated from University of Minnesota in 2008. I guess you could say we were veterinary school sweethearts.

6. What did you do before you ended up at Animal Clinic of Milford?     After veterinary school I completed an intensive rotating medicine and surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk and Shoreline in Shelton CT. After this I worked for 6 years at a referral hospital, where I did general practice and emergency medicine.

7. What do you love the most about veterinary medicine?     I know the close bond that owners share with their pets. I find it very rewarding to help animals and in turn see the happiness these animals bring to their families.

8. What kind of animals do you own?     Our inside animals include an English Setter “Beem, Yellow Labrador “Brinkley”, Chihuahua named Monty, our cat Finn, and 2 hamsters. Our outdoor critters include a menagerie of chickens, 2 miniature horses, a rabbit, and 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats.

9. What do you do for fun?     For fun I love just being with my family. We have 2 girls, Julia and Annabel who keep us very busy. On weekends you may find us at Cape cod, petting zoos, home with our animals, or doing outdoor activities like biking.


Dr. Thomas Maley

1. What inspired you to become a Veterinarian? Being a veterinarian is actually a second career for me. Prior to entering veterinary school I was a real estate agent and I taught technology education to high school children. So how did I chose the veterinary field…..I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a small child and watched my dad raise and show Springer Spaniels, but like many children I did not pursue my dream. After being in a different career I knew that it was not for me, and at the age of 36 I applied and got into veterinary school. I met my wife Sasha during our first year of veterinary school together.

2. What is the most exotic animal you have treated?     A leopard gecko

3. Where did you earn your Bachelor’s degree?     University of Wisconsin-Stout

4. Where did you go to veterinary school?     I graduated University of Minnesota in 2008

5. Where did you grow up and what kind of animals did you have growing up?     I was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota. We had all kinds of animals growing up including springer spaniels, rabbits, cats, and ducks.

6. What brought you to CT?     My wife Sasha is from Orange CT, I guess you could say I moved here for love.

7. What did you do before you ended up at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I worked at multiple different hospitals including Banfield in Norwalk, VCA in Danbury, and East Hartford VCA.

8. What do you do for fun?     I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, and sailing.

9. What do you love the most about veterinary medicine?     I love being able to help sick pets as well as prevent illness and practice good wellness care. I love seeing the happiness pets bring to their owners.


Dr. Charlin Pereira

1. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?  I was born in Costa Rica and remember seeing countless injured wildlife and strays. I wanted to help them and that was my true inspiration for becoming a veterinarian.

2. What is the most exotic animal you have treated?  I have traveled back to Costa Rica many times since moving to CT. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a wildlife conservation at help treat a jaguarundi, which is an endangered type of wildcat.

3. Where did you earn your degrees?  I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and earned my doctorate in veterinary medicine at Iowa State.

4. Where did you grow up and what types of pets did you have?  I was born in Costa Rica and moved to Connecticut when I was about seven. Growing up we had countless birds and a beloved Cocker Spaniel named Rummy. The birds were not interested in my childhood veterinary skills but Rummy often “volunteered ” for an exam and bandage.

5. What kind of pets do you have now?  I now have two adopted mixed breed dogs named Khaleesi and Floki. They keep me busy swimming and giving my pitching arm workout.

6. What is your favorite animal?  My favorite animal is a jaguar for its beauty and speed. I hope to see one in its natural habitat someday. Being solitary creatures and preferring to live and hunt alone this is going to be a long term goal!


Laura, Office Manager

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the Animal Clinic of Milford in June 2019

2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? Practice manager which means helping Dr. Maley, Dr. Golovyan the staff, the clients in any area they need the help.

3. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? That they are a family owned business. Family owned businesses care for the clients, patients and the staff in ways that different types of ownership cannot.

4. What kind of pets do you own? A great Pyrenees mix named Piper, an orange cat named Kurt and a little gray tabby that has a few toes missing named Digit. All are rescues and that I adore.

5. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? Each would probably want time alone with me without the other two!! I think they would also want me to stop dressing them up for holidays!!

6. What is your favorite animal? A whale. I have been going on whale watches for the last 20 years on both coasts of the US. Each whale watch is as exciting as the first.

7. Best childhood memory of my pets… growing up we had three dogs. Only on garbage day they would let themselves out the front door. They would knock over as many garbage cans as they could, before the local policeman would pick them up and bring them home in the back of the police car. They liked him and obliged! This happened more than once!


Debbie

1. When did you first become interested in veterinary medicine?     I became a certified veterinary technician in 1981 while working at an emergency veterinary hospital in Long Island. I then moved to Connecticut in 1981 and went into banking.

2. What brought you back to the veterinary field?     I missed working with animals and their owners.

3. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford?     I have been at Animal Clinic of Milford since 2009.

4. What is your primary roll at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I am the head receptionist and client service representative here at the clinic.

5. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I love helping people and their beloved pets.

6. What kind of pets to you own?     Our fur family consists of Monty a Sheltie, 2 Chihuahuas, and 3 cats that are all rescues.

7. If your pets could say one thing about you what would it be?     Thank you for saving me


Maria

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford?     I moved to Milford CT from Romania in 2006, and have been working at Animal Clinic of Milford since!

2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I was trained by Dr. Tosici to be a veterinary assistant. Since then I have become proficient at animal handling and restraint, and assisting the doctor in all aspects of veterinary medicine including pet dental care and surgery.

3. What kind of pets do you own?     I adopted a cat that was left at Dr.Tosici’s front door. Mr. Black and I have been inseparable ever since. Well I think he thinks I live with him, not the other way around, he is certainly the boss.

4. What is your favorite Animal?     I really love them all


Marissa

1. How long have you been in the veterinary industry?     Started working in vet medicine since 2013

2. Do you own any pets?     Yes I have two cats, Lola and Cosmo

3. What is your favorite to do in your spare time?     I love going to the beach and just about any outdoor activity. I love being with my boyfriend and my good friends.

4. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford?     I am a veterinary technician at Animal Clinic of Milford.

5. Where did you go to school?     I went to Norwalk Community College for my Veterinary Assistant certificate. I am currently enrolled at Penn Foster College for my veterinary technician degree

6. Do you have any siblings?     Yes one older brother.

7. Where did you grow up?     I grew up here in Milford CT.

8. What kind of animals did you have growing up?     I had a German Shepherd named Tessa, a Doberman Pincher named Barron, and 4 cats-Casey, Ziggy, Mittens, and Peepers.


Tiana

1. What is your position at Animal Clinic of Milford?  I am a receptionist at Animal Clinic of Milford.

2. When did you start working in the veterinary field?  I have been working in the veterinary field since 2017, though I started working with animals at a very young age.

3. What pets do you have?  I have two dogs ( Tucker and Maisy) and one bunny (Theodore).

4. If your pets can talk to you what do you think they would say?  Theo would definitely yell for more treats and I think my dogs would say thank you for rescuing us.

5. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  In my spare time, I love enjoying quality time with my friends and family but mostly I love a relaxing day cuddling my dogs.

6. What is your favorite part about working at Animal Clinic of Milford?  My favorite part about working here is being able to be there for our amazing clients and their pets while working in a welcoming environment.

7. What animals do you love to work with?  I love all animals but Wildlife does hold a special place in my heart.


Vimin

1. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? The family I have gained. Dr. Golovyan and Dr. Maley have created a work environment conducive to learning, growth, and support. Every person in the ACoM has immense respect for each other. I am grateful to be part of this team and to have also gained amazing friendships.
2. What interested you in the veterinary field? My father, Dr. T.C. Nanavati, is a retired veterinarian who owned his own private practice for 39 years. He instilled in me that animals are our equals and are deserving of respect and love in the way humans are. When my father I naturally continued working in the veterinary medicine as it the only field in which I feel connected to my father. Through ACoM I continue to practice the empathy and compassion I learned through my father’s respect for all animals great and small.
3. Do you have any pets? Three cats. Tesla, Detective Popcorn, and Gizmo Scissorhands.
4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Singing songs about my cats, to my cats.
5. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? Stop singing to us.
6. What is your favorite animal? Felis catus J Cats have always been part of the Nanavati family. I’m captivated by their intelligence and athleticism which appears to defy the laws of physics.
7. If you weren’t in the veterinary field, what would you be doing? I would be a paleontologist! To live my life studying and imagining about an earth inhabited exclusively by animals would be a dream come true! A special “thank you” to my mother who indulged this obsession through our many visits to the Peabody Museum when I was a child.



Mel

1. What is your favorite thing about working at The Animal Clinic of Milford? The doctors and staff make you feel part of the family right from the beginning, and because of that, the clients place so much trust in our hands.
2. How long have you been in the veterinary industry? I started in 2016 in the field while in school, but before that, I was working as a dog trainer.
3. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? I am a veterinary technician which allows you to learn so much every day because no appointment is the same.
4. What animals do you love to work with? As much as I enjoy working with small animals I really enjoy exotics more they are all completely different, I have worked with bearded dragons, bunnies, hamsters, snakes, and even koi fish.
5. What is your favorite animal? Growing up I had cats, hamsters, bearded dragon, fish, and many strays I would bring home even baby skunks I saved when they lost their parents, but my most favorite was my rat her name was Remy, rats are very intelligent creatures and every day I got to spend with her was always a great time.
6. What is your favorite to do in your spare time? When I cannot be outside I am always playing either Xbox or PS4, it is a way for me to relax otherwise I would love to be outside geocaching, but the best stress reliever has always been billiards.
7. What is your favorite part of your job as a veterinary technician? Getting to know the clients and their pets, finding ways to help them both and the relationship you have with them makes some of the longest days worth it.
8. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined Animal Clinic Of Milford 2019


Cherie

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the staff at Animal Clinic of Milford in June 2020.
2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? My primary role is to help wherever I can. My favorite place to be is the grooming salon.
3. What inspired you to learn how to groom? The first time I saw a perfectly fluffed poodle, I knew that I wanted to be able to create that. The artistry and the care that grooming involves is the perfect way for me to give back to all of our four-legged friends.
4. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? I came on board just as the clinic expanded into the new location. Even with all of the change and hard work that came with starting over, the entire staff has been super helpful and welcoming to me and my dog Obie. That would have to be my favorite thing, it’s a family atmosphere and I’m lucky to be a part of it.
5. What kind of pets do you own? I own a little chihuahua named Obie, also known as my pride and joy.
6. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? “So you tell all the dogs they’re a good boy?”
7. What is your favorite animal? It’s hard to pick just one, I love them all! There’s always been something I found fascinating about horses so I’d have to go with that.
8. Best childhood memory of my pets… Growing up I would spend the summers on my dad’s farm with my siblings. There were all types of animals; goats, cows, horses, chicken and of course cats and dogs. I always enjoyed the tasks that came with caring for animals. It was there, I felt what it was like to connect with animals and nature. Those memories still influence me greatly today.


Alex

1. When did you join Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the Animal Clinic of Milford team in July 2020.

2. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? My primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford is a Veterinary Technician Assistant.

3. What do you love the most about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? OR What do you love most about working with animals? Being able to work with animals is an incredibly rewarding experience. I love learning about each animal (and species!) and their individual personalities. Since they cannot advocate for themselves, I believe it’s our duty to provide animals with the healthy and happy lives they deserve!

4. What kind of pets do you own? I am the proud mother of two bunnies, Lulu and Nugget, and one incredible Corgi/Heeler mix named Grizzly.

5. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? I think if my animals could speak, they would thank me for always putting them first, no matter what life throws at us. After that brief sentimental moment, my dog would probably ask why he has to eat dog kibble when we both know people food is so much better!

6. What is your favorite animal? Although I am a dog lover, large animals will always hold a place in my heart. Horses, and cattle especially, are my favorite animals to work with. They are such amazing creatures!

7. Best childhood memory of my pets… My favorite memory of my pets was getting to take home my first puppy when I was a child. My grandfather was a long-time breeder of field Springer Spaniels and I begged my parents for months to let me have one from one of his litters! After much convincing from both my grandfather and myself, I got take home the runt of the litter, Squirty, who then became my Sammy. She has since passed, but I still look back on that special day that gave me my first best friend, an appreciation for working dogs, and an even bigger appreciation for my grandfather!


Chanda

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined the receptionist team in August of 2020.

2. What kind of pets are in your family? I have an adopted orange tabby named Mad-Eye Moody and two Bettas named Riku and Neptune. Mad-Eye Moody keeps a close eye on them!

3. My best childhood memory of pets? My childhood was spent in South Florida. My grandmother’s dog Iggy was my constant companion. She watched over me like a pup. She was never far behind and always kept a watchful eye out! I loved her.

4. If you could choose to be an animal what would it be and why? I would like to be a bird with the ability to fly anywhere I want!

5. Where did you attend school? I attended school in south Florida and I am now taking classes through Western Governors University toward a business degree. I want to stay in veterinary medicine because of the amazing connections with all professionals, clients, and pets.


FRANK

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? I joined them in August 2020.

2. What is your primary role at the Animal Clinic of Milford? Lead Veterinary Technician Supervisor

3. What type of pets are in your family? Brody a maltese and Bentley a french bulldog –

4. If your pets could say one thing about you what would they say? Get away from me with those gloves on!

5. What is your favorite animal ? A cat

6. If you choose to be an animal what would be and why? I would be a lion. They are majestic and complicated.

7 .Where did you attend school? Sacred Heart University with a Masters in Psychology

8. Why did you choose a career in veterinary medicine? It was natural for me. I started as a kennel technician, then became a technician assistant, progressed to technician and then took on the leadership role as lead technician in emergency veterinary medicine and general practice.


HAILEY

1. When did you join the Animal Clinic of Milford? June 2020

2. What is your primary role ? Reception/ Technician Asst.

3. What do you like most about working at the Animal Clinic of Milford? I love being able to see all the different types of pets that come through our door.

4. What types of pets are in your family? I have one dog, two holland lop rabbits, multiple saltwater aquariums, and I breed ten different species of reptiles and amphibians.

5. What is your favorite animal? Hands down my favorite animals are horses and I have been riding for eighteen years.

6. If you could choose to be an animal what would it be and why? I would be a golden eagle. I would love the ability to fly over canyons and mountains.

7. Why did you choose a career in veterinary medicine? I have dreamed about having a job caring for animals, plus they make the cutest customers!!


KELSEY

1. What is your primary role at Animal Clinic of Milford? I am a client service representative here at Animal Clinic of Milford.

2. How long have your worked in the veterinary field? I’ve been working in the veterinary industry since 2012.

3. What kind of pets do you own? I have a dog Francesca, and two cats Pumpkin and Gomez.

4. If your pets could say one thing about you what would it be? “We love you but enough is enough with these little holiday sweaters”

5. What do you like best about working at Animal Clinic of Milford? I love how friendly and helpful our entire staff is with both our clients and with each other.

6. What is your favorite part about working with animals? My favorite part about working with animals would have to be seeing pets who were brought in sick or injured coming back to the clinic happy and feeling better, it warms you right up inside. Oh and of course puppies and kittens are a close second.

7. What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time I enjoy playing, learning and exploring with my sons Jaxson and Dominic. I love spending time with friends and family.

8. What is your favorite animal? I love all animals! They all have their own personalities and awesome qualities, it’s impossible to pick.