Dr. Robert & Ann Breen (co-owners)
- Dr. Robert Breen met his wife, Ann, in 1976 while they were both working at Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital in Tiverton, RI. They were married in April of 1977 and a few short months later, dreams of the Woodland Animal Clinic started. They purchased the current property in January of 1978 when it was 3 separate store fronts. Renovations of the Clinic were delayed by the Blizzard of ’78, but the office officially opened on April 24, 1978 with just the two of them – Ann worked as a receptionist/technician/office manager while Dr. Breen was the sole veterinarian. They started the practice with a “bang” when their first patient ever, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Clarissa, bit them both! This did not dissuade the Breens from their dream however, and the office began to grow and prosper with the help of Judy and Rolf Kristofferson and their son, Eric, who remains a close family friend. As staff joined the Clinic family, Ann “retired” from office work to raise their 3 children – Robert, Michael, and Kate – but continued to act as the office manager and bookkeeper, just based out of their home in East Freetown. Dr. Breen continued to act as the primary veterinarian of the office with various associates throughout the years. Ann and Dr. Breen remained the sole proprietors however to maintain their vision of providing exceptional veterinary care.Some of Dr. Breen’s interests in veterinary medicine include ears (he performs a number of ear procedures including ear crops and ear irrigations which few other practitioners in the area attempt), orthopedic surgery, and clinical pathology. Outside of work, he enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with his family.Ann continues to work as the bookkeeper and office manager. When she is not busy with the Clinic or family, she can be found quilting, walking her dog, or perusing Pinterest for craft ideas.
Dr. Kate Breen
- Dr. Kate’s interest in veterinary medicine started at a young age as she watched her father perform surgery. She worked at the Clinic through high school and college first in the kennels and then as a technician/receptionist. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2009 with a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She then went straight into her graduate degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2013. Following graduation, she worked a short stint as an emergency doctor at a busy referral hospital in RI before leaving that position to help her folks at the Clinic. Dr. Kate’s professional interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, nutrition, and preventative care. She has gained a reputation as “the Cat Whisperer” at the hospital and is often able to work with cats (and dogs) that others have been required to sedate. She strives to treat all of her patients as she wants her own pets to be treated. Her current fur babies include 3 cats and 2 horses. On her days off, she can be found riding her horses, hiking, kayaking, or riding her bike around the various local towns.
- Kevin joined the “family” part time as a high school sophomore in 1982. Like many of us who got into the field, Kevin started his career in the kennels. Upon graduating from Apponequet High School in 1985, he attended Southeastern Massachusetts University until 1987, at which time he decided to leave college and focus on working full time. Through the years Kevin has done numerous on-line studies in the field. He has the reputation of being a hard working team player. Kevin gives credit to his parents for being role models of what it means to strive to be your best and to work hard for what you want. As a technician, Kevin works in all aspects of the clinic. Kevin treasures the trust the clients have in us being a part of their pets’ healthcare. During Kevin’s earlier days at Woodland, he was even Dr. Kate’s and her brothers’ baby sitter. He who once was the boss is now the subordinate. Talk about karma!! In 1988 Kevin met his future wife (2000) at work. Together they share their home with two cats – Jazzpurr and Squishie Face – and a Maltese-Poodle mix – Baby Blue. Kevin’s interests are baseball, trivia, reading and day trips. In his off hours Kevin likes to be with family and friends. Join Kevin at New Years’ Day Polar Plunge!
- You can call Sandy the “Jack of All Trades”. She started working at the Clinic back in 1999 as a receptionist and worked her way up to technician. She is a certified veterinary assistant and also has her certificate for dentistry, but much of her training has been here on the job. Sandy is also the primary groomer here where she puts her artistic work into play grooming and shaving cats primarily (although we do the occasional dog as well). She has a very lovable kitty named Yellow Boy whom she adopted a few years ago. Sandy’s favorite breed of the canine world is the English Bulldog and she knows A LOT about them. Her bulldog (Daisy) past away in August of 2015 at 13 years old. She had almost every health issue a bulldog could have and Sandy cared for and treated them all. In her own words, “I love the field that I am in, it is very rewarding but can also be heartbreaking at times. You are always learning new things.”
- Dawn started working at the Clinic in March 2006 as a full-time receptionist. She starts her day caring for your animals that had spent the night with us. You will mainly find her greeting you at the desk or answering your phone calls. At times, you may find her assisting with appointments or surgery as needed. She handles our inventory and training for new staff. In 2008, Dawn attended Massasoit Community College completing the pet grooming certificate program. She is always happy to learn something new, and in this field, you learn something new every day! Outside of work, Dawn loves to spend time with her family and their many dogs.
- Nick began working at the Clinic in 2002 in the kennels. Through the years he has taken on more of the role of part-time technician, but still helps out on the kennels on the weekends. His true passion is reptiles however and his full time job is running his own reptile shop, Cold Blooded, in Acushnet, MA. We feel very fortunate that Nick has continued to dedicate time to the Clinic however and really appreciate his flexibility and the compassionate care that he offers to many of our patients!
Donna & Wyatt Ashley
- Donna initially came to us in 1994 where she worked in the kennels and as a technician. Over the years, she has taken time off intermittently to start a family with her husband, Jonathan. She currently works for us part-time as a receptionist/technician/animal caretaker as needed. She is a life-long dog and cat owner and has been a client with us since 1981! Current pets include a 9 year old Border Collie, Nessie, adopted from a rescue group in Texas, and two 8 year old cats, Dusty & Cole, that were adopted from Lakeville Animal Shelter. They also have a big flock of chickens and ducks at their home. Her full time job is on her family farm in Freetown where they grow cranberries, raise honeybees, and as a home school teacher for her sons, Wyatt & Henry. Donna’s oldest son, Wyatt, also works here at the Clinic every day caring for animals in our boarding facility. He is being trained to help with appointments and with other aspects of veterinary assisting. Outside of working at the Clinic, Wyatt is learning (improving from what we hear) the family business and is working towards earning his certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. We feel truly fortunate to have them here at the Clinic!
- Tracy has been at the Clinic since August 2009. She works mainly as a receptionist, but can be found helping with appointments from time to time. She has 2 children, Isabelle and James, who occupy much of her time and she is only in the office a few hours per week. She makes many of our clients feel at home when she is here however with her warm and helpful demeanor.
- Ted has been working at the clinic for a few years now. He is the big man that will great you with a smile at the front desk. While his stature can be intimidating to some, Ted’s reputation speaks to his gentle and caring nature. He is always happy to help in whatever way is needed and has proven to be a competent and thoughtful employee. While he has no pets of his own, the Clinic cat, Blackie, has taken quite the liking to him and you will often find Blackie sitting on top of Ted at the front desk! Its amazing how a 9 lb cat can “rule the roost”
The current resident at Woodland is a pittie named Kalila. She is loved and cared for by all of us here at the Clinic and make our family complete!