The East Hartford Animal Clinic is owned and operated by Dr. Wilfredo Barrios. Dr Barrios attended the University of Mexico where he received a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as well as the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).In addition to dogs and cats, Dr. Barrios enjoys working with and treating ferrets, birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, and guinea pigs.Dr. Barrios’s special interest is ferret preventative medicine and surgery. Among his many ferret patients, he treats all of the shelter and foster ferrets owned by the Ferret Association of Connecticut (F.A.C.T.).* F.A.C.T. has worked closely with Dr. Barrios since 1992, and regularly recommends him to people looking for a veterinarian experienced working with and treating ferrets.
Over the years Dr. Barrios has worked very closely with many shelters, adoption groups and low cost spay/neuter programs. Most low cost spay & neuter vouchers are honored at the hospital.
Dr. Barrios and his wife Diane, reside in Manchester. “Doc” is also an avid jogger and sail boarder.
Dr. Vivar joined the EHAC team in September 2006. She obtained her Veterinary Technician certification at Cedar Valley College, all the while studying Veterinary Medicine at San Marcos University in Peru where she then received her DVM degree September 2013. It’s clear to all who know Dr. Vivar that she became a veterinarian for all the right reasons. Her love and concern for animals is undeniable, and her calm, gentle manner calms even the most fearful pet and instills confidence in her human clients.Dr. Vivar has three cats: Mr. Magoo, Mr. Potato Head, and Stella. In her free time, she enjoys reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Every Individual staff member plays a unique and critical role in providing the quality patient care and client service to which we are all dedicated, here at the East Hartford Animal Clinic.
This is Marmalade. Marm came to us about four years ago and never left. Marm thinks she’s a celebrity and she kind of is. She’s been featured on WFSB Channel 3 a few times and has used her celebrity status to generate donations needed for other pets and customers in need. Marmalade is quite popular on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, you’ll want to because Marm posts all sorts of great deals for you and your pets there! Marm does not give out autographs, but if you pat her belly, she’ll bite you and leave her “love” marks for life.
Kelly Ross, Practice Manager
This is Kelly. She’s the crazy hospital manager and the one responsible for all the terrible Marmalade memes on our Facebook page. After graduating from Becker College with an AS in Animal Science and Behavior, she began her career at the East Hartford Animal Clinic in 2001 as a technician and held the position until 2008. She returned to the practice in July of 2011, and shortly thereafter, became the practice manager. Kelly works behind the scenes to keep the practice running smoothly and Doctor B happy. When Kelly isn’t working, she’s spending time with her family and trying to get Marmalade to lose weight… If Kelly wasn’t working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic, she’d probably own a huge farm with a bunch of animals and have five more kids.
Karol Bowman, Client Care Specialist
This is Karol, AKA KB. Karol started at the East Hartford Animal Clinic in March of 2010. We are blessed to have Karol here! Karol has been working in the veterinary/animal care field for well over ten years. She is a valuable member of our team as she is able to juggle the many tasks that accompany the position of a client care specialist. She can always be found at the front desk to with a smile on her face and eating candy (when you are not looking.) Doctor B has been lecturing her about her sugar intake since she started working here, but Karol insists the candy keeps her sweet and we think she may be right. Karol is a true animal lover and all the pets she has ever owned, including the three dogs and two cats and chickens she has now, are all rescue pets. If you were to be reincarnated as a dog or cat (or even a chicken!), you would want to be owned by Karol because there is nothing she would not do for her pets. When Karol is not working and eating candy, she’s working around her home and spending time with her family and friends. If Karol wasn’t working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic, she’d probably be running one of the biggest rescue animal sanctuaries in the world and she’d name all the animals after candy.
Sarah Zemantic, Client Care Specialist/Veterinary Assistant
This is Sarah. Sarah is a graduate of Manchester Community College’s Veterinary Assistance Program in partnership with Bolton Veterinary Hospital. You will find Sarah’s happy face here pretty much every day and we are thankful for that! She started working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic in December of 2012. When Sarah is not here, (which is almost never!) she is home with her sweet kitties-Stripe, Mega McCheese, and Eclipse. She recently added some pet fresh-water fish to the mix, too! Sarah will be the first to tell you that she and her husband Scott are total nerds and proud of it! They love playing video and board games in their free time. Oh, and please don’t bother asking where Sarah and Scott are on Wednesday afternoons because they can always be found at the comic book shop getting the latest and greatest book to add their mounting collection. If Sarah wasn’t working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic, she’d probably have a house full of rescue pets, all of which would be characters in a new hit video game she create for PS4 called “Feed Me!”
Michelle Thibault, Veterinary Assistant
This is Michelle. She makes one bad ass lasagna! No, seriously, it is incredible. If you don’t believe us, just ask her to make you one, you won’t regret it. The scale might, but you won’t. Cooking is her passion, but so is her love for animals and her two piggies seen here in this picture-Belle and Brody. Michelle has been with the East Hartford Animal Clinic since November 2013 and we are truly blessed to have her here! Michelle, one of our skilled veterinary assistants, has over eight years of experience working in the animal care industry. She is our voice of calm and she is always more than willing to go that extra mile for our patients and customers. When Michelle isn’t working, she’s spending time with her fiancé, (soon to be husband!) Trevor, cooking, and daydreaming of her annual Fourth of July Family theme parties (Hawaiian, Chinese New Year, Carnival, Western, and Red Solo Cup just to name a few!) on Cape Cod. If Michelle wasn’t working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic, she’d most likely own a catering business on the Cape that caters to people AND pets.
Precious Collier, Veterinary Assistant
This is Precious, AKA “P” or as Doc calls her-“PC.” Whatever you call her, Precious is truly precious to us. She’s our go-to girl. There is nothing Precious cannot do here at the clinic. She has always had a love for animals, which has only grown deeper since she started here at the East Hartford Animal Clinic January of 2012. Precious, one of our prized veterinary assistants, is the voice of our animals here. When P tells us one of our patients is not feeling or looking right, we listen! You also have Precious to thank when you walk into our clinic and say, “Wow! It smells great in here!” Precious keeps this place sparkling clean. When she is not working, she is spending time with her fiancé and her lovable, goofball dog Bizzy. If Precious wasn’t working at the East Hartford Animal Clinic, she’d be the creator of a smash hit cartoon series called, “Keeping Up with Bizzy and Marm.”
Judy, Professional Groomer
Judy joined the EHAC team in 2003. She has been grooming professionally since 1975. Judy started her career in California where she groomed dogs for many Hollywood celebrities. She has extensive experience grooming many different dog breeds and she also grooms cats! She has been actively showing dogs since the early 1970’s and belongs to the Collie Club of America and the South Windsor Kennel Club. When Judy’s not busy traveling to dog shows, she enjoys spending time with her family friends.