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.
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.
Olivia Fontaine, 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 stables, 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!
Clarisse Hutchinson, Client Service Representative
Clarisse Hutchinson is originally from Northern Maine and that is where her love of horses first began. She received her first horse when she was just five years old and instantly fell in love.
In 2009, Clarisse moved to Massachusetts and continued with her equine passion. Here she studied at the University of Massachusetts, receiving her associate’s degree in Equine Management and her bachelor’s degree in Equine Management and Business. While attending college, she become the assistant manager of the UMass horse farm.
After college, Clarisse worked at Greystone Eventing Stable in North Carolina and spent two summers as a trail guide at Lawton Stables in South Carolina. Prior to joining the team at South Shore Equine Clinic, Clarisse fulfilled her WEF horse show dreams by spending a year at the Miami International Riding Club in Florida as a trainer, instructor and show coach.
In her spare time, she is an active and avid runner and enjoys taking riding lessons to further her skills. Her ideal day would be on a beach with her favorite book.
Maureen Keating, Client Service Representative
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.
Deborah Myers, Client Service Representative
Deborah Myers grew up in Brockton but moved to Carver in 2017 to start a small backyard boarding stable. She has worked in the service industry for almost 20 years holding positions that included dispatching and scheduling, administrative work, accounting, human resources and upper management.
Deborah owns two horses, a standardbred named Obi that she rescued from NJ and an Oldenburg warmblood named Tilly. She started riding at the age of 34 and less than 6 months later she rescued Obi! She prefers trail riding or pleasure riding in the riding arena in her backyard.
Deborah also has two rescue dogs, Cane and Rocky. All of her animals are part of her family and her life wouldn’t be the same without them! Even her borders horses are treated like family.
Deborah spends all her spare time with her two children and all of her animals. She enjoys music, movie nights and going on random adventures around the New England area with her children.
Deborah joined the SSEC team to combine her love of horses and her desire to grow her knowledge base as well as be a part of a team that puts the horses needs and care first.
Joseph Nevaras, Veterinary Assistant
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.
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, Strategic Assistant & Bookkeeper
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. 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 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, horseback riding, attending concerts, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.