Kaitlin graduated from Alfred State College in 2010 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined GCAH shortly after graduating.

 In her free time she enjoys pretty much any activity outside including hiking, swimming, camping and snowboarding.

Kaitlin is also a mom to a beautiful girl named Tegan.
794 Cortland Road, Groton, NY 13073
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Dr. Kathy Baxendell
Dr. Baxendell is the owner and one of the large animal veterinarians at the Groton City Animal Hospital. She is a 1991 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has an Associates in Applied Science (A.A.S.) from SUNY Cobleskill and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University (B.S.). Dr. Baxendell opened her own large animal veterinary practice in 1998. As this practice expanded and grew, she enlarged the practice to include small animals and opened the Groton City Animal Hospital in January of 2001.

Dr. Baxendell is one of two large animal practitioners in the
practice and also the primary small animal surgeon. She has a particular interest in equine dentistry and wellness care in horses. Dr. Baxendell provides routine and emergency ambulatory medical and surgical care for horses, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping and canoeing with her family, learning to play ice hockey and spending time with her two kids, Kelly and Chris and her husband Scott.
Dr. Katherine Dart
You may see Dr. Dart on the road as a large animal veterinarian or in the hospital working with the smaller animals. She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as Swarthmore College. Katherine joined Groton City Animal Hospital in 2005 and has enjoyed being part of the practice ever since then.

Her special interests include equine and camelid medicine.

When not busy with animals at work, she spends time with her family and many animals at home!
Michelle Cheff
Michelle came to the Groton City Animal Hospital in 2002. She has been in the veterinary technician/office manager field since 1985. Starting out in Florida at a 4 doctor/small animal practice, moving to Pennsylvania to a 13 doctor/mixed animal practice, then Tully, New York to a 2 doctor/small animal practice and finally making it to good ole' Groton at the current GCAH.

At GCAH, she is the jack of all trades and has helped in making Groton City Animal Hospital what it is today! Michelle has duties both as the practice manager in keeping the books, managing the accounts receivable and payable and evaluating/organizing the day to day workings of the practice. She also works as one of our small animal technicians assisting in office visits, setting up for and monitoring surgical patients, taking and developing radiographs, performing dentals and performing routine lab procedures such as blood work, fecals, and urinalysis.

She has a rather large family that includes both 2 and 4 legged creatures - her husband Garrick, son Josh, daughter Sydney, dogs Rex, Belle and Jethro, cats Daisy, Dukes of Hazard, Roscoe P. Coal Train, Ennis, Joker, Kojak, and Titan, Angel the horse, Clover the cow, JP the goat, 17 chickens, Chip the 3 legged rabbit and Hurley the guinea pig.

In all her spare time :), she enjoys scrap booking and biking with her kids.
Practice Manager Veterinary Technician
Jackie Santerre
Jackie's smiling face, up beat attitude came to the Groton City Animal Hospital in November of 2004. Jackie's job at the Groton City Animal Hospital is to provide the cheery voice that greets you when you call. She directs your calls, takes your information, makes appointments for hospital/surgery visits, takes payments, sends out reminders and statements, keeps your records up-to-date and is in charge of holiday decorations for GCAH.

She lives with her husband Wade, their cats Kaci and Kali in Cortland. They both come from large families which keep them busy. Traveling is her favorite hobby, along with camping, gardening, golfing, bowling, reading, crafting, photography and enjoying life.
Kelley Bursch, LVT
Veterinary Technician
Kelley is a full time large animal technician and occasionally a small animal technician. She is a 1993 graduate of SUNY Delhi with an Associates degree in Veterinary Science. Working 9 years as a small animal technician in a practice in Tully, she then saw a sign that read "The future home of Groton City Animal Hospital" and decided to give it a shot. She worked as a small animal technician for the first 2 years then was asked to try out the "other side" of the veterinary technician world doing large animal and absolutely loves it.

Kelley is responsible for all aspects of the large animal side of the practice from scheduling appointments to assisting on the road, collecting samples, maintaining the computer records and filling out the mounds of paperwork that seem to follow large animal vets around. She also fills in when needed in the small animal world.

Kelley has five 4-legged kids: Owen her "Miniature poodle/Boston terrier/Boxer mix" (as determined by a DNA test - hmmmm.....) and the crazy kittens Brooklyn, Divot, Blitz and Puck.

In her spare time she loves to go for hikes with Owen and her friends, photography, scrap booking, camping, canoeing, traveling with family and friends, bowling and for the most part is entertaining to others when playing golf but enjoys the time spent with her Mother!!
Kaitlin Houck, LVT
Veterinary Technician
Ashley Riehlman
Veterinary Technician
Ashley worked in purchasing for years before she decided to take a chance and follow a dream, Ashley started at GCAH in May 2012 and hasn't looked back.

At home Ashley wrangles a 2-legged boy and her husband, takes care of her 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 horse, a handful of cows, and some chickens. When not taking care of her ever growing flock, you can find her reading or in the kitchen.
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Alison Murphy
Veterinary Technician
Alison had been a dedicated Marine wife and stay at home mother following her husband and his military career for years, until his retirement. They made their way back home to NY in 2013 and finally feeling settled and ready to chase her dreams, she started studying towards a certification within the veterinary field. Finishing her studies at and joining the Groton City Animal Hospital team in July 2015.

At home Alison is kept busy by her ever growing menagerie including husband- Darren, 3 active boys- Owen, Colin and Devin, 2 dogs- Meri and Izzy, 2 cats- Toby and Talley and rabbit- Snowball. You may also see her caring for the animals or grooming at Country Acres Pet Services.
Groton City Animal Hospital, 794 Cortland Road, Groton, NY 13073 | (607)898-4482