Catherine Arruda, Certified Veterinary Technician
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.
Carter Saltmarsh, Certified Veterinary Technician
Carter is one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians and is a New Hampshire native where he grew up hiking, running and skiing in the white mountains.He started at SSEC back in 2017 after he graduated from Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire majoring in Veterinary Technology. Carter also grew up riding with pleasure , eventing and lower level dressage horses and enjoys working in sport horse medicine. He loves working with all horses big and small, along with the occasional farm animals! Carter is seen with all doctors here at SSEC and is a great addition to have on our team!
Sherri Schmidt, Team Leader of Client Service
Sherri currently resides in Halifax, MA and is a long time animal lover who has many years of experience in the veterinary field. She began volunteering at the newly opened animal hospital at the age of 12 in Abington. She felt this opportunity was perfect to gain more knowledge of the animals she loved so much!
She then attended high school at Norfolk County Agricultural High School focusing on the treatment and care of animals. While in this program she worked on both large and small animals and gained valuable insight and hands on training. She continued working at the animal hospital while going to school and became well rounded in the field of veterinary medicine. In doing so, she was able to get the hands on experience, and also see how a business is grown from the ground up. After this experience, Sherri knew the field of veterinary medicine is where her passion lies. Sherri did take a brief hiatus from the veterinary field when she worked at State Street Bank in Boston for 12 years to obtain more of a business background, but knew she needed to come back to the field she loved so much.
Sherri has four children, all boys, and her favorite activity is spending quality time with them. She is an avid lover of theater and Broadway; two of her boys are following in their moms’ footsteps and performing as well. Her oldest step son just started school at the University of New Hampshire, and she has another son who is completing his senior year and then looking to become a neurosurgeon. This warms her heart and she could not be prouder of her children.
As the Team Leader of Client Service at South Shore Equine Clinic, Sherri stated “I am where I belong. Not only do I get to assist clients and their loved animals, but I get to assist the doctors and truly make a difference each and every day”. Being a part of South Shore Equine Clinic for the past five years has brought Sherri back to the field she loves so much. In the process, SSEC and their clients has become a second family to her and she looks forward to continuing to learn and grow with the practice.
Jamie Sordillo, Client Service Representative
Jamie has resided in Bridgewater MA for the past 12 years. She is a long-time lover of horses and began riding and working at Ledgewood Farm at the age of 11. She rode and competed in shows for the next 5 years and especially loved jumping and dressage. Although she did stop riding she never lost that love she felt for horses!
Jamie has always worked starting at the age of 9 with a paper route. She moved on to working at a horse farm. She then worked at BR’S Family Restaurant where she stayed for 13 years. From there she began her career in insurance working for Quincy Mutual Group for 17 years. She has been with South Shore Equine Clinic for almost a year now working as a Client Service Representative.
She has 2 children both boys ages 10 and 13. She enjoys being a boy mom and spends all of her free time with “the boys”. She is heavily involved with the Bridgewater football program as a team mom and enjoys volunteering for the program. “GO BADGERS!!”
Jamie is glad to be back working with horses and looks forward to learning and growing with SSEC.
Richard Buckley, Operations Manager
A new edition to SSEC in 2018, Richard resides in the Plymouth, MA area. Richard spent many years riding and jumping on Long Island (NY).
Richard has thirty years’ experience in the hospitality industry, as a senior executive for several national and international companies. He hopes to use this knowledge to assist in the operation and administration of SSEC, while helping to make the client and patient experience exceptional.
Although he has spent the majority of his life in NY, the family is enjoying the South Shore MA country and water views. Richard spends time exploring new towns and the historical sites in MA, as well as visiting family in the area.
Emilie Peavey, Veterinary Nurse
Emilie Peavey, grew up in Marshfield Massachusetts on a small backyard farm with horses, sheep and alpacas. Emilie’s passion for horses started when she joined 4-H at the age of 9. She showed dairy cows, beef cows, horses and sheep. Being away from 4-H for 12 years grew her passion for animal’s even more. Growing up Emilie played softball competitively and was the captain of her high school hockey team. Emilie graduated from The University of New Hampshire Durham with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She is going back to The University of New Hampshire to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. While attending UNH Emilie was a part of Phi Sigma Sigma’s Iota Upsilon Chapter. During her last year at UNH she completed her externship with New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center.
Emilie started working at South Shore Equine Clinic in 2016 during her summer between school. She is able to monitor patients, attend farm calls and assess blood work. In her spare time Emilie enjoys spending time with her two off the track thoroughbred mare’s M’kaya and Delaney. She also enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd Nova. Emilie plans to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination to become a Certified Veterinary Technologist.
Lisa Barrett, Client Service Representative
Lisa Barrett currently lives in Plymouth with her daughter, grandson, daughter’s fiancé and an elderly deaf man she took in as family. Lisa’s three horses brought her back to what she loves and in hopes that she will become a better horse mom.
Lisa’s passion for horses started at a very young age. She was lucky enough that her brother had a friend who was willing to teach her about horses. At the age of five she was competing in western shows and actually getting ribbons. She then took it a step further, attending classes at Tufts with all intentions of becoming a veterinarian. Unfortunately, life changed, she stepped away from the horse world for a while attended college starting with Communications and then changing her major to Psychology….Completely different from what she had wanted to do.
Anyone who truly knows Lisa, knows how much she loves all animals. Along with the horses, she has two beautiful German Shepherds. With this in mind, she returned to her true passion– the horse. Lisa worked at many major show barns and started jumping. Although jumping was exciting and fun, her true passion is dressage. For years, she took lessons from many talented trainers in this field and continues to ride competitively. Lisa has been blessed with wonderful people with whom she had the great opportunity and pleasure of learning from.
Lisa is truly excited to be part of the team at South Shore Equine Clinic. It is one of the most amazing facilities, with such a talented group of doctors and staff. She is humbled to be a part of it. Things have finally come full circle, and she feels that she is finally where she belongs.
Sarah Wojtyto, Strategic Assistant
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. Sarah is the problem-solver across the business. Her position involves a variety of tasks such as project management, bookkeeping, human resources, and marketing.
Sarah spent 2016-2019 as the Farm Manager at Saddle Rowe Farm. This was 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 and exercise of all the therapy horses at the farm and also managed the 40-stall boarding facility.
Sarah’s involvement with horses began over 20 years ago. Her riding background is primarily with hunter/jumpers but has recently expanded to dressage. During her college career she worked for a standardbred racing stable in Plainville, MA. While working with the racehorses she obtained vast knowledge in caring for performance horses.
In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, horseback riding, attending Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriot games, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.