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Our Veterinarians

Professional. Capable. Caring.

Our veterinarians are committed to making sure your pets receive the best care possible. As pet owners themselves, they understand that your pets are a part of your family. It is their mission to help your pets live as well as possible, for as long as possible. They communicate closely with each client regarding his or her pet's care, whether to treat an illness, oversee broader health issues and dietary maintenance, or for general health and wellness.

Our vets are assisted by an able team of veterinary technicians and administrative support staff. These staff members have many years of education, training and animal experience, and are equally dedicated to the Riverside Veterinary Care philosophy.

Carol Gifford, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine in Vermont since 1987. In 1991, she founded her own practice, which grew to become Riverside Pet Hospital. In 2005, the practice name was changed to Riverside Veterinary Care, to better reflect our scope of services.

Dr. Gifford holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Her family’s pets include a dog named Monte, two cats, and a horse. Her special professional interests include internal medicine and cardiology.

 Kristin Esterbrook, DVM is a Rutland native who has recently relocated back to Vermont from Massachusetts. Dr. Esterbrook has been practicing Veterinary Medicine for fourteen years. She received her Veterinary Medical Degree from Ross University. Her special interests include dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. Esterbrook's objective is to provide excellent, compassionate veterinary care catering to the needs of each client and patient. She has a Bassett Hound named Flash!

Emily Sullivan, DVM obtained her Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. She has previously worked in western Massachusetts before coming to Riverside. She enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, and many other outdoor activities. She has an Australian Shepherd named Kiah, and two cats named Jamo and Yeti.