About Cat and Dog Housecall Practice

CHRISTINE MASSARO, DVM

about christine massaroI am a 1990 graduate of the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA. 

After vet school graduation,  I landed a "dream job" in Seekonk, MA at a mixed practice.  For two years I took care of cats, dogs and horses.  I learned a lot in those two years, but I was working 90 hour weeks with in-office appointments, farm calls and emergency coverage. 

I quickly started to burn out, so I took another job with a clinic in Gardner, MA. The hours were more reasonable, but I was only caring for cats and dogs.  I stayed at this clinic for 2 years, and then I decided to take some time away from veterinary medicine. 

After a 6 month vacation, I started doing relief work at a variety of clinics in Franklin and Hampshire County.  After 2 years of relief work, I started the Cat and Dog Housecall Practice.  It was November 1996 and I filled my car up with some supplies and did some advertising.  I was not sure how it would all turn out but many years later I am still doing house calls and loving it.

 

 

 

mobile vetTHE VET MOBILE

The truck was purchased in the fall of 1997 from a company in Iowa. It is a 19 foot vehicle that looks like a little animal clinic inside.  It was custom built with cages, exam/surgery table, anesthesia machine, surgery equipment, x-ray machine, dental machine, sink and refrigerator. 

I can do what most clinics do but in a very small portable space.  I may do 2-3 surgeries in a week and 4-5 dentistries in a month. 

My x-ray machine is a small portable unit, and it has its limitations with big dogs, but it still gets a lot of use.

I also have the ability to run lab work on my patients if need be. The truck is also stocked with supplies, products and a pharmacy of drugs. 

Even though the truck can be high maintenance and gets awful gas mileage, and drives badly in the snowy winters, I cannot manage being a housecall vet without it.

 

serviceSERVICE AREA

The towns that the Cat and Dog Housecall Practice service are:

  • Amherst
  • Belchertown
  • Granby
  • Hadley
  • Northampton
  • Pelham
  • Hatfield
  • Whately (only parts of Whately)
  • Easthampton
  • Holyoke
  • Chicopee
  • South Hadley
  • Leverett
  • Shutesbury (only parts of Shutesbury)
  • Leeds
  • Florence
  • Sunderland
  • Deerfield (only parts of Deerfield)


I sometimes will make an exception to this service area for in home euthanasia if time permits.