Catherine Arruda, Certified Veterinary Technician & Inventory Manager

Catherine Arruda, a Plymouth Massachusetts native, was introduced to horses at the age of ten. Before learning how to ride she took vaulting lessons. It did not take long for Catherine to discover her passion for horses. Shortly after she began vaulting she began to take riding lesson at a local barn. After working at local barns throughout high school Catherine attended Mount Ida College where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology. While at Mount Ida College Catherine made the Dean’s list for eight consecutive semesters and was inducted into the Massachusetts Zeta Chapter Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. During her last year at Mount Ida College she completed six externships. In the spring of 2014 Catherine graduated from Mount Ida College as a Veterinary Technologist with summa cum laude.

In 2012 Catherine received her Massachusetts riding instructor license and taught lessons at a local barn during her spare time between semesters. After completing her degree, Catherine’s love and passion for horses lead her to South Shore Equine Clinic. At South Shore Equine Clinic Catherine is able to use all of the technical skills she learned at Mount Ida College. She is able to monitor and care for hospitalized patients, attend farm calls, assist in numerous surgical procedures, and assess blood work.

In her spare time Catherine enjoys riding her fourteen year old Arabian mare named “Ducky” and her fourteen her old Paint mare named “Callie”. She enjoys riding both English and western and can be found competing in team penning, team sorting, and barrel racing.


Sophia Barnard, Veterinary Technician

Sophia Barnard grew up in Halifax, Massachusetts where she started riding at age 4.  After graduating from Norfolk County Agricultural high school, Sophia continued her education at Bridgewater State University where she rode on their IHSA team.

Sophia has rode and shown on the hunter/jumper circuit for over 10 years and worked for many local show barns. Prior to working at SSEC she has worked at a doggy daycare but realized horses are her passion. In her free time she enjoys spending her time at the barn riding her horses and training. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs, goats, and chickens. She is very excited to be a part of the SSEC team!

 


Cherie Bell, Laboratory Technician

Cherie Bell is a lifelong resident of Brockton, Massachusetts. She has a love of animals and always wanted to work with them. Working at SSEC is her first hands-on experience with working in the Equine industry. She has owned cats and dogs all her life, currently she owns 5 cats; Mocha, Cookie, Muffin, Lucy, and Simba!

Cherie graduated from Brockton High School in 2001, then went on to attend Massasoit Community College for Early Childhood Education. However, her eldest niece came into this world unexpectedly in 2003, which caused her to make a selfless decision to leave college to help raise her with her parents.

Cherie has worked more than 15 years in the retail/customer service industry, and decided in 2014 to return to college. In 2018, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice along with a Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure in 2019 from Ashworth College. In 2015 during college, Cherie moved into the clinical laboratory field with US Laboratories. This is where she grew a passion for medical labs, and later worked at the pathology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

During the 2020 pandemic, Cherie returned to college to continue her educational passion for the Justice and Law fields, and in 2021 she earned a Juris Masters in American Legal Studies from Liberty University. She still has a dream of obtaining a position in the Justice and or Law field, yet she is thankful to be working at SSEC because of her love of animals and the laboratory field!

Outside of work, Cherie enjoys spending time with my family; specifically, her three nieces and spending time with her “partner in crime.” She also enjoys traveling, concerts, events, and spending time with her pets… simply enjoying life to its fullest.


Emily Conway, Veterinary Technician

Emily Conway grew up in Taunton, MA where she started riding at age four. After graduating Bristol Plymouth technical high school with a diploma for design, her horse passion began to grow.

Emily started working at a farm in Middleboro senior year of high school, she still works there to this day. Emily wants to learn everything she can about horses.

In her spare time, Emily loves playing with her cat Henry, horseback riding, and boating.


Emma Darling, Veterinary Technician

Emma Darling grew up in Lakeville Massachusetts, where she was introduced to horses at the age of 5. After graduating from the Large Animal Science program at Bristol Aggie, Emma received her Massachusetts riding instructors license and began teaching lessons.

Along with running her own business, Emma gained experience working as an Assistant Trainer at a reining and cow-horse barn. She enjoys spending time with her personal horses and is excited to further her horse knowledge and experience with SSEC!


Olivia Fontaine, Lead Client Service Representative

Olivia Fontaine grew up in Plymouth Massachusetts, where she discovered the horse world at a young age. She began working with horses at around age 13, and is constantly striving to learn more.

Olivia worked previously in the customer service and pharmaceutical field, switching occupation to better suit her passion; horses. She works additionally at a local stable, and is also a full time student pursuing a degree in fire sciences on a journey to become a firefighter in her future.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys working or playing with young/green horses and taking lessons to improve her skills. Despite years of riding she never had any interest in showing, until very recently when she entered the show world and currently shows hunter/jumper. She is very excited and dedicated to being a part of the SSEC team!


Kiya Gifford, Veterinary Technician/Inventory Assistant

Kiya Gifford, a Wareham Massachusetts native, was introduced to horses at a young age. Always has had a love for animals. Kiya attended Bourne High school through her senior year then graduated from Wareham High school.

Before SSEC, Kiya was working at a local barn. Currently, she is working on continuing her education through the Penn Foster program to complete her Certification as a Veterinary Technician.

Kiya’s riding Background is mostly Western and Western Pleasure. Her daughter also shares a passion for horses and has started riding lessons at the age of only two.

In her spare time, she likes to go for trail rides, go on adventures with her children, and make new memories.


Maureen Keating, Client Service Representative/ Accounts Receivable

Maureen Keating grew up in the South Shore area of Massachusetts and has lived here all of her life. She is brand new to the horse world but has had a love for all animals since she could barely walk. She only recently started working with horses when she began to work for a local farm in Marshfield, MA. It was there, where she found her love for horses.

Maureen has worked in the customer service industry for more than 20 years. She currently manages a well-established restaurant in the South Shore area. She also teaches dance lessons to all ages which she has been doing for 25 years. She studied at Massasoit Community College where she received her certification as a Veterinary Assistant for small animals.

In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, kickboxing and volunteering at local animal shelters. She considers herself a bit of a risk taker and recently went skydiving. She also sees riding lessons in her near future. Her ideal day would be anything adventurous with the right amount of risk involved.


Brianna Krause, Social Media Manager

Brianna Krause grew up in Braintree and currently lives on the South Shore. She graduated from Norfolk Aggie in 2015. In 2019 she graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a bachelors in equine science and masters in business administration. While in college, she rode on the IDA team.
After graduating from college Brianna spent some time working in the corporate world, working at the barn and teaching lessons in he spare time. However, it became quickly apparent that her heart was, and always has been, in the barn. She has been involved in the horse world for twelve years, competing all over the region both over fences and in the under saddle classes. She earned her Massachusetts riding instructors license in 2018 and has been teaching ever since. Brianna recently decided to leave the corporate world and now focusing on opening her own equine rehab business, while also working at SSEC.
In her spare time, Brianna enjoys riding her horse on the beach, teaching her young students, and spending time with her family and boyfriend.

Molly Magner, Client Service Representative

Molly Magner is a Massachusetts native and spent her childhood riding horses on Cape Cod.

During and after her college years, she would always somehow find her way back to the barn, whether it was to ride or volunteer just to be around horses. Trail riding is her favorite activity, which is what brought her to Costa Rica in 2019. While she was there she landed an opportunity to lead horse tours on the beach! Once she returned to Massachusetts, she worked for Smartpak and it was only a matter of time before she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a horse owner (to her OTTB “Bird”, pictured)!

In her spare time, Molly enjoys spending time with her horse and is passionate about learning new training techniques. She is currently studying Natural Horsemanship and Liberty training methods. Molly also loves yoga, trying new foods and restaurants with her boyfriend, and spending time nature with her two Australian Cattle Dogs, Pirate & Papaya.


Tammy Mello, Veterinary Technician / Barn Nurse / Client Service Representative

Tammy Mello graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. She worked as a police officer in Rhode Island for 20 years. During that time she was the first police officer to be certified in animal cruelty investigations. She was also trained by the FBI as a hostage negotiator.

Tammy fell in love with horses when her daughter began to take riding lessons. Tammy and her daughter both share a passion to ride and care for their horses (Lucy and Serena).

Since retiring from the Police department, Tammy enjoys running her own small farm focusing on unwanted/stray animals.


Joseph Nevaras, Veterinary Technician

Joseph Nevaras joined South Shore Equine Clinic August 2020 . All his life, he loved animals. As a very young child born in Milton Massachusetts, Joseph helped with his mom’s family owned horse boarding stables and farms. Joseph spent most of his childhood helping clean and maintain the 100 horse barn and was fascinated when the Veterinarian came to visit . Joseph subsequently studied marshal arts and holds a 6th degree black in American kenpo , and 4th degree in Tae Kwon do.

Joseph spent 30 years employed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health. During that time he managed an adult day program , and group homes, including a network of halfway houses in the Quincy Area . Joseph’s ultimate plan was to obtain his veterinarian assistant certification which he recently achieved. Joseph is also enrolled in the Penn Foster veterinarian technician program.

He began an internship at the Veterinarian Village in New Bedford and as a volunteer for Cat Canton Rescue Inc, assisting with adoptions and care for the rescue cats. He has a cat named Bear, along with his 13 year old black and white queen feline.

Joseph resides in New Bedford, MA and grew up in Abington Massachusetts. Joseph feels after all his varied prior vocations, he can now live his dream of working with horses . The lesson life has taught him is taken from the words of Confucius, “ to never tire of learning”. He is looking forward to his new career at South Shore Equine Clinic with the greatest dedication and skill.


Kiley Rose, CVT Assistant / Veterinary Technician

Kiley Rose grew up in Berkley, MA and was introduced to horses at the age of nine. She attended Bristol County Agricultural High School where she majored in Large Animal Science and also rode on the equestrian drill team.

Kiley currently owns three horses of her own, and has plans on becoming a professional trainer. Outside of SSEC, Kiley spends her time with her personal and sale horses, and running her small boarding business in Lakeville, MA. She is excited to be a part of the team at SSEC!


Vicki Roza, Client Service Representative

Vicki Roza has been a resident of Middleboro for most of her life. She worked for the Middleboro School district for 9 1/2 years, and now looks forward to a change of pace working in the equine industry at South Shore Equine Clinic.

Vicki is a married, mother of two and owns four horses, four dogs and many chickens. She has had a love for animals, especially horses all of her life. Aside from having her own horses, she has also rescued, fostered and rehomed ponies in the past.

Most of Vicki’s spare time is spent with family, but she also enjoys camping and beaches. Traveling to horses shows is a huge part of Vicki’s life as her daughter also has the love for horses and owns a Morgan named “Ari”. Vicki enjoys attending the Morgan show circuit and is not only a “horse show mom”, but is the groomer, caretaker, and cheerleader.

Melissa Ruscio, Veterinary Technician

Melissa Ruscio grew up in Pembroke Massachusetts, living in many different towns throughout her teenage years. She had discovered her love for horses at the young age of 3. She started working with horses at the age of 14, working to ride at different barns on the south shore.

While starting at SSEC, she also continues her other job as well. Melissa works as a veterinary technician for mostly cats and dogs at an animal hospital in Weymouth. She loves taking care of our small four-legged friends but wanted to switch to an occupation that included her love for horses as well. Melissa shares with us her ability to work under pressure, adoration for all animals, and knowledge of working at a 24/7 emergency animal hospital.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys hanging out and riding her 20-year-old Morgan horse “Thor”. She also enjoys reading, camping, and going to the movies. She is very enthusiastic and motivated about being a part of the SSEC team!


Jesse-Lynn Taylor, Laboratory Technician

Jesse-Lynn Taylor, a lifelong resident of Southeastern Mass and proud mom of seven children was introduced to horses at a very young age. Growing up on the family farm she was surrounded by horses and ponies alike. Receiving her first pony at the age of two, this was the start of her lifelong love affair with horses. She began riding and showing at age six, this quickly developed into a love of all parts of horse ownership and care.

Jesse-Lynn is a graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School with a major in large animal sciences. She was a very active member of FFA representing the state in both regional and national competitions as horse judge. While in high school, she was a member of the BCHAS Equestrian Drill team and volleyball team. Upon graduating in 1999 she attending Bristol Community College with a major in bio sciences with hopes to transfer to UMASS to finish her degree and dreams of vet school. Given life changes she switched majors to medical technology and clinical lab sciences. Graduating in 2004 with an associate’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Upon college graduation, Jesse-Lynn took on many roles working in the human laboratory world. She quickly became a well-rounded technologist having a specialty in immunochemistry and hematology. Throughout her career she has taken on many different pathways in the human laboratory field. But in 2019 she changed her career and headed into the veterinary animal world as a medical laboratory technician for the bio analytical research department at IDEXX Laboratories. In early 2021 her drive for her career and her love of horses had brought her to our door here at SSEC as one of the reference laboratory technicians.

She is also the part owner of the wicked puppet factory, a business she runs with her fiancée which takes her around the region touring comic book conventions. When she is at home, she spends most of her time with her children, family, and horses. Jesse-Lynn hopes to return to the show ring with her young three-year-old thoroughbred bred mare named “Mocha.”


Sarah Wojtyto, Practice Manager

Sarah Wojtyto graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s degree in Management. Sarah worked for South Shore Equine Clinic from 2006 through 2013. During that time she was the operations supervisor and office manager, she managed the day-to-day business at the hospital. In 2019, Sarah returned to South Shore Equine Clinic as the Strategic Assistant and Bookkeeper and in March 2022 Sarah was promoted to Practice Manager. Sarah is the problem-solver across the business. Her position involves a variety of departments such as project management, bookkeeping, human resources, and marketing.

Sarah spent 2016-2019 as the Farm Manager at a fast-paced boarding, training, and show horse facility with 49 horses. She was responsible for the care and management of all the horses at the facility. This involved managing, communicating, and coordinating with all the clients, veterinarians, farriers, staff, and trainers.

Sarah was the Equine & Barn Manager at the BINA Farm Center, a therapeutic riding facility in Norfolk, MA from 2014-2016. There she was responsible for the care, management, and exercise of the therapy horses at the farm and managed the 40-stall boarding facility.

Sarah’s involvement with horses began over 30 years ago. Her riding background is primarily with hunter/jumpers and dressage. During her college career she worked for a standardbred racing stable in Plainville, MA. While working with racehorses she obtained vast knowledge in caring for and managing performance horses.

In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, indoor horticulture, horseback riding, attending concerts, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs (Frank & Brady).