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.
Samantha Bruha, Veterinary Assistant
Samantha Bruha was born in Easton Massachusetts where she began riding at a young age. Samantha spent most of her childhood competing throughout New England in dressage and hunter/jumpers. Samantha managed a 30-horse lesson and boarding stable as an apprentice and taught riding lessons throughout high school. Soon after, she became a Massachusetts licensed riding instructor before attending UMass Amherst where she studied Pre- Veterinary Science and Biochemistry. Samantha has a passion for working with mares and foals and expanded her knowledge as an undergraduate by studying the role of calcium in mammalian reproduction.
In college, Samantha traveled around the northeast competing on the University’s intercollegiate polo team of which she later became the co-president and captain. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her own horse, goat and puppy. She also loves the beach and all things outdoors!
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.
Ashley Croteau, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ashley Croteau is originally from the East Coast. She grew up in Massachusetts, Minnesota, California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Her love for horses started at a young age, at 6 she started riding and at 10 she got her first two horses. Through high school Ashley not only owned and rode her two horses but her first job was walking ponies for birthday parties and events for Blue Ribbon Pony Farm.
Ashley graduated from Morrisville State University in 2007 with an AAS and BS in Equine Science. While at Morrisville she spent her last 2 years studying Equine Reproduction and Mare and Foal Care. After college Ashley worked at Concord Stud Farm, a big Standardbred breeding farm in New Jersey for 2 ½ years. At Concord, Ashley participated in foaling many mares, diligently took care of the mares, foals, and yearlings and assisted in the breeding of numerous mares. She also had to care for a flock of sheep and goats, which she enjoyed immensely.
Ashley graduated from Minnesota School of Business with her AAS in Veterinary Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011. For the last 6 1/2 years Ashley worked as the Certified Veterinary Technician for Buffalo Equine and Large Animal Clinic in Buffalo Minnesota. As a new edition to SSEC, Ashley brings her passion for horses and past experiences to the team. She is able to attend farm calls, care of patients, and assist in various veterinary procedures.
In her spare time Ashley enjoys knitting, painting, listening to music, gardening, and spending time with her family and cats.
Johanna Hueber, Client Service Representative
Johanna Hueber is originally from Austria. She grew up in upstate New York and returned home each year to spend summers in Austria with her family. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Johanna’s love for animals started when she was very young, especially dogs and horses. During the summers in Austria, she was able to take riding lessons as a child and when she was home in New York she enjoyed going to Saratoga Race Track with family. Once she became an adult, she was able to dedicate more time and effort to riding. She currently enjoys the hunters, equitation and jumpers.
Johanna, has experienced a wide variety of positions over her career, such as Property Management, Bookkeeping, and Administrative positions. More recently, she spent 4 years as a Veterinary Assistant at Boston Equine Associates in Rehoboth Massachusetts. Through this position she learned valuable horsemanship skills, time management and developed a solid work ethic.
Emilie Peavey, Veterinary Technician
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.
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.
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.