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Veterinary Emergency Center Team

Pamela Andross

Pamela Andross

Veterinary Nurse, Laboratory Director

Joined the VEC team opening day in November 2012

A veteran in the field of veterinary medicine of over forty years Pam’s accomplishments includes recognition in who’s who for veterinary management and among students at Capital community college in 2008. During that time she had worked as a legislative intern while advocating for children’s education, animal rights and contributed research in an effort to update Connecticut’s rabies laws.

Other contributions in the Veterinary field include participation in feline infectious peritonitis vaccination, pre and post-surgical pain control studies.

She enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine while emergency and critical care are her favorites, shelter medicine is a close second. In fact, she had traveled to Costa Rica and volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic for some time back in the ’90s! When the opportunity arises in Connecticut, she continues to participate

At home Pam and her husband, Brian share their passion for August and CC their two dogs, their human family, and friends.

Shelby Gerrol

Shelby Gerrol

Reception Supervisor

Shelby has always had an interest in the animal kingdom. Being fortunate enough to grow up in a household with every pet imaginable, this interest flourished and has persisted to this day. After graduating from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Biology, she’s continued her education at various sanctuaries across the United States and abroad. Having worked with everything from beluga whales to elephants, Shelby has had some exciting experiences. After moving back to Connecticut, she joined the VEC team in May 2017. Shelby lives with her dog Turkish, and her cat Dosi-doe. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, paddle boarding, watching movies, and cuddling on the couch with her pets.

Desiree Kozikowski

Technician

Desiree has always been passionate about animals, starting with her love of horses as a child. Growing up riding, assisting veterinarians with barn animal yearly checkups, to volunteering at equine rescues and therapeutic riding centers. She started in the veterinary field in 2012, studying at Tunxis and Penn Foster College. Has enjoyed all aspects from being a technician, surgical assistant to reception and triage and a special interest in ophthalmology. Joining the VEC team in June of 2018. She shares her home in Avon with her rescue dog Astrid and two mischievous cats, Beans and Alice.

Steven Leshem, DVM, ACVS

Steven Leshem, DVM, ACVS

Dr. Steven Leshem received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UMass Amherst in 1996 and a Veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2000.

Dr. Leshem completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in 2000. He then spent a number of years as a general practice veterinarian in Colorado. Dr. Leshem then moved to Reno to complete a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Nevada. While in Nevada, Steve also taught Anatomy and Physiology at Truckee Meadows Community College. He went on to complete a highly competitive residency and adjunct professorship in small animal surgery at Iowa State University. Steve is among a few select veterinarians who are board certified in small animal veterinary surgery.

Returning to Connecticut in 2008, Dr. Leshem became a leader in small animal surgery at a large specialty hospital. In 2017, Dr. Leshem operated as a mobile surgeon in the Great Hartford area. He also lectured at Northwest Community College.

Dr. Leshem is an active member in good standing of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, the Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Medicine and the Society of Soft Tissue Veterinary Surgery. He was the chairperson of the Hartford County Veterinary Association for 5 years.

Dr. Leshem has a wonderful wife, five daughters and a number of pets! When he is not working to help people and their pets, Steve enjoys sports and the outdoors.

Gigi Locicero

Gigi Locicero

Veterinary Nurse

Gigi’s passion for veterinary medicine started when she was in her junior year of high school. She came to VEC as an intern in 2014 to learn more about the veterinary field. She graduated from UCONN in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Pathobiology and hopes to attend veterinary school in the near future. Gigi likes to share her time with her furry family- dogs, cats and birds as well as her human family. She also has a passion for all things Disney!

Meg McMullen, B.S C.V.T

Meg McMullen, B.S C.V.T

Surgical Manager

Meg began her veterinary nursing career in 2007 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Veterinary Medicine in 2012. That same year she also became a licensed veterinary technician in New York and Connecticut.

During her schooling, she quickly realized her love for surgery and anesthesia and focused her career toward those specialties by working primarily as a surgery and anesthesia nurse since 2010. She has worked closely with board-certified surgeons at some of New England and New York’s larger specialty veterinary hospitals. In addition, Meg also taught as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College teaching nursing students anesthesia, surgery, and radiology.

In her free time, Meg enjoys hiking and biking with her husband Patrick and daughter Molly, spending time with her dogs, Gibson and Munchie and her cat Rupert, as well as brewing beer, and rooting for the New York Jets!

Kyle Medeska

ER Nurse Manager

Kyle grew up on Cape Cod and has always had a fascination with animals. Her first job was working at a local nature center to help educate children about the natural wildlife in the surrounding forests and oceans. Along with dogs and cats, she has had a menagerie of pets growing up, including gerbils, hamsters, a hedgehog, a flying squirrel, and hermit crabs. Kyle graduated from Mount Ida College with a BS in Veterinary Technology. She passed her national exam in 2007 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since. She has experience in both general practice and emergency. Kyle started her career at Veterinary Emergency Center in January 2021 and quickly made it her second family. Kyle currently lives with her husband, Mic, her daughter, Georgia, her cat, Alex, and her dog, Pepper.

Devan Meeker

Devan Meeker

Technician

Devan is a dedicated and hardworking member of our surgical team. She joined our team two years ago bringing years of referral anesthesia surgery experience with her from a large referral specialty hospital. Devan is originally from Litchfield County and went on to attend Mt. Ida college. Devan is a gifted athlete who continues to play softball competitively. Devan’s work-hard play-hard vibe is infectious. She is a true team player and we love having her with us.

Michelle Moore

Hospital Manager

Michelle comes to us after a diverse career, including ten years working in the cruelty-free cosmetics world as well as working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream classrooms. Michelle has always loved helping animals, which translated into a career as a veterinary technician. Michelle loves to spend time with her husband and their cats when she isn’t at work. As empty-nesters, she also loves enjoying weekend trips with her husband to different parts of New England.

Cindy Petrauskas, DVM

Cindy Petrauskas, DVM

Dr. Petrauskas has had a passion for animals and their care since she was a young child. She would often play “veterinarian” on her various pets, and that dream later became a reality. She graduated from Louisiana State with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and has practiced general medicine and ER medicine in Connecticut and Las Vegas. Dr. Petrauskas’s interests include emergency medicine, surgery, and treating exotics and pocket pets. She works with the FACT ferret shelter in Hartford, as well as wildlife rescue. She enjoys the challenges of treating a variety of animals, as well as canine and feline patients. In her spare time, her hobbies include drawing, hiking with her two dogs, and the never-ending pursuit of knowledge. She has a rescued mink (non-releasable), several ferrets, two snakes, several tarantulas, as well as farmyard chickens and turkeys. Dr. Petrauskas is an individual who is always looking to expand her knowledge of the field of veterinary medicine and is devoted to helping animals in need.

Brion Reagor, DVM

Chief of Staff

Fortunately, at the age of thirteen, I was given the opportunity to mature in a successful small animal practice in North Dallas, Texas. After experiencing each available staffing position for years, I became a Texas A&M graduate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. I was an associate/partner in North Dallas until 2002. In 2004, I designed and built my own 3000 sq. ft. small animal hospital In Berwick, Maine. I sold my practice in, 2018, finishing my commitment as Chief of Staff in 2020. Feeling fortunate again, Rarebreed Veterinary Partners gave me the challenge of developing the charter for the entire Medical Operations division of their company, alongside my friend Dr. Matt Townsend. Today, I maintain a position as consultant to medical operations for Rarebreed, as well as, my position as Chief of Staff for Veterinary Emergency Center of Canton, Ct.

Scarlett Szaley

Scarlett Szaley

Veterinary Nurse

Scarlett graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. From 2011 to 2013, she attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology. During her time at NWCCC, she interned here at VEC, as well as volunteered and worked in another local veterinary hospital. Upon graduation, she lived abroad in England, and since returning in the fall of 2015, she happily joined the team here. Scarlett currently resides in Connecticut with her English kitty Colin, whom she loves very much, despite his lack of expected politeness!

Elan Armstrong, DVM, MPH

Elan Armstrong, DVM, MPH

Dr. Armstrong joined our practice during the summer of 2020. She is a Connecticut native who completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut. She majored in veterinary sciences and pathology in addition to a minor in French. Dr. Armstrong completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at St. George’s University with a clinical year at Cornell. Dr. Armstrong also completed a masters in public health. She is such a strong and hardworking leader in our hospital. When she is not here helping pets, Dr. Armstrong enjoys exercise and travel having been to such far exotic places such as Zanzibar and Guyana. Dr. Armstrong also enjoys spending time with her two amazing children.