During its more than 40-year history Anchor Animal Hospital has been providing excellent car to pets from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The hospital was founded in 1975 by Drs. Gerald Pietsch and Lawrence Shinnamon on the principles of pursuing continuing education and staying on the forefront of veterinary medicine. This is a tradition that Dr. Kate Pietsch has continued since she took over the practice in 2011.
To ensure Anchor maintains this standard of excellence we have been a credited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (www.aaha.com) since 1980. This accreditation is only maintained by approximately 15% of veterinary hospitals and involves regular reviews and inspections to make sure that we meet high standards and keep abreast with the latest technology and techniques.
Some of the areas in which Anchor Animal Hospital is an industry leader include:
Dentistry: Dental care plays an important role in protecting pet’s overall health and Dr. Kate has ensured that all Doctors are trained on the most current dentistry and advanced techniques. This includes digital dental x-rays and a dedicated dentistry treatment area.
X-rays: X-rays have been standard equipment at Anchor Animal Hospital since it opened. The doctors and staff pride themselves on their ability to take and interpret x-rays. Our doctors are also trained to perform contrast studies to help diagnose gastrointestinal, kidney, or bladder disease.
Ultrasound: Anchor Animal Hospital was one of the first veterinary hospitals in the South Coast of Massachusetts to bring ultrasound into veterinary practice. For more than 20 years we have been performing both abdominal ultrasound and echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart). We now are offering referral ultrasounds to other local veterinary hospitals to help them take advantage of this very useful diagnostic tool.
Pain Management: Dr. Kate has a passion for advancing pain management and treatment of both acute and chronic pain in our pets. She has brought new pain control options to Anchor Animal Hospital, including laser therapy and acupuncture. She has received certification in both of these techniques and she is able to use them to help manage acute and chronic pain to promote healing.
This hospital is phenomenal. They were friendly, fast, and affordable. They cared for my dog like he was the only one there, and genuinely cared. It was our first time there and from now on we'll definitely be going here for everything. We appreciated their knowledge, respect, and compassion they showed for not only our baby boy but us as well. He was 100% better after our visit and we are so relieved and thankful!
Dr Robertson is very caring and knowledgeable. She explained in detail and answered my questions. She is kind and gentle with my pets. I am so pleased to entrust my pets care with her. Staff is very efficient and professional always friendly
Staff were very helpful and addressed all my concerns regarding Bruce's well-being. Additionally, doctors were able to schedule my appointment the same day I filled out the new client form, and made positive suggestions to keep Bruce happy
Staff is always courteous and knows the pets.
Dr. Pietsch and her staff went above and beyond to make our timid rescue dog's first vet visit a pleasant one.
My pets health is important to me. Anchor Animal Hospital professionals are always welcoming to my pets and I. My pets deserve the best medical care possible and Anchor Animal Hospital has delivered that care and services. My pets are happy/healthy.
You can feel the compassion and love they have for the animals and that means a lot to the pet owner to know the animal is in good hands.
You are extremely friendly to me and to my pet Dunkin and it meant a lot to me that you took the time and care to play with Dunkin and to get him to calm down. Thank you so very much and you will see Dunkin again!
I love the front end and the doctors. I have always had great results coming here and can't imagine taking my pets anywhere else.
The staff and doctors at Anchor Animal Hospital are some of the most compassionate and kind people I have ever met. They have been taking care of our pets for years and I am grateful to have them for my pets' medical needs and as friends.
Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Nearly 60% of pet owners believe that their pet's veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of animal hospitals have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association. WE are proud to call ourselves and AAHA-accredited hospital.
In the United States, all human hospital that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through and accrediting body; they undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standard of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact some states don't routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence, and does not vary between states.
We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion and keeping them health is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets serve nothing less.
Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and you’re by. Visit aaha.org/petowner
Meet Our Owner - Kate Pietsch, DVM
Dr. Kate Pietsch fulfilled a childhood ambition in 2011 when she purchased Anchor Animal Hospital from her father Dr. Gerald Pietsch. As a 2005 graduate of Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kate worked at VCA Northboro Animal Hospital for two years before she joined the Anchor team in 2007. She has continued the Anchor tradition of providing quality care for our patients.
Dr. Kate is passionate about veterinary medicine and spends much of her free time advancing her medical knowledge by regularly attending continuing education conferences. In addition, she requires that all Anchor Animal Hospital veterinarians and staff attend continuing education annually.
In the spring of 2012, Dr. Kate attended Veterinary Acupuncture classes presented by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. This intensive course involved 5 days of classes once monthly for 4 months. Successfully completing her studies, she was granted the title of Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She applies this modality to treat spinal cord injuries, disc disease, gastrointestinal disorders, nerve disease, urinary incontinence, arthritis, oncology pain and more.
Among her other interests are veterinary dentistry and animal behavior. Veterinary dentistry has recently made major advances, and Dr. Kate has participated in instruction with a veterinary dental specialist in Atlanta (facility name) to sharpen her skills. With this new knowledge, she has advanced our dental care and has shared this training with Anchor staff. Recognizing that some of our pets have behavioral problems, she attended the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo to learn training techniques and methods to deal with behavioral problems.
Hill's Science Diet, in 2013, invited Dr. Kate visit their facility to expand her knowledge in nutrition and explore nutrition as a supplemental tool for patients with medical ailments.
When Kate is not working, she takes pleasure in hiking with her dogs and spending time in nature. She loves to travel and enjoys visiting National Parks and other beautiful natural environments. She also enjoys spending time with family and sharing her father’s dream as they work together at Anchor
Meet Our Veterinarians
Gerald Pietsch, VMD
Following graduation, Dr. Pietsch joined a small animal practice in Westbrook Maine and after completing his first year was accepting to residency in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Gerald Pietsch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1971.
In 1975 he and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate Dr. Shinnamon opened Anchor Animal Hospital and practiced together until 2002 when Dr. Shinnamon retired. He continues to be involved in the operation of the hospital assisting Dr. Kate Pietsch who took over in 2011.
Keeping up with trends in veterinary medicine is very important to Dr. Pietsch on both a professional and personal level, so attending conferences, seminars, and clinics is essential. He regularly attends the Annual Penn Veterinary Conference, The American Animal Hospital Association Annual Veterinary Conference and the Veterinary Conference of New England, as well as other conferences on many subjects including renal disease, respiratory disease, infectious disease, dentistry, and cardiology.
Some notable meeting Dr. Pietsch has also attended include a conference on orthopedics presented by Novartis and a conference on “Guided Veterinary Dermatology” presented by Pfizer. He also had the opportunity to visit the Hill’s Science Diet facility for a symposium on evidence-based Veterinary Clinical Nutrition and attended a seminar at Boehringer that addressed current trends regarding Leptosporosis and Lyme disease. We also attended a scientific seminar at RIVMA and a heartworm resistance seminar at the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA www.massvet.org). He has also been trained on human and pet CPR and took a Safety and Risk Management training course from DDS OSHA.
Dr. Pietsch is a former chairman of the Ethics and Grievance Committee of the MVMA. He is presently the chairperson of the By-Laws committee. When not working, Dr. Pietsch enjoys his grandchildren, photography, woodworking, his ponies, and traveling.
Samantha Schenck, DVM
Dr. Samantha Schenck graduated from Tufts University in 2014. She has special interests in oncology, dermatology, and internal medicine. Before graduating, Dr. Schenck volunteered at a non-profit clinic designed to help low-income clients receive preventative and emergency care for their pets.
In 2015, Samantha attended Advanced Training in Veterinary Dental at the Animal Dental Training Center.
Dr. Schenck is a native of Fall River and lives there with her fiance and two cats, Nyx and Gizmo. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.
Jill Robertson, DVM
Dr. Jill Robertson was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Tuskagee School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama in 2005. She also completed an internal medicine and surgical internship in 2006 at Tuskagee School of Veterinary Medicine.
She entered a residency program for emergency and critical care from 2006 to 2009 at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists.
From 2009 to 2014 she has worked at the Faxon Animal Rescue League of Fall River performing wellness and shelter medicine. In 2014, she became part of the veterinary medical team at Anchor Animal Hospital.
Dr. Jill's continuing veterinary education and seminar participation has included a workshop at TUFTS in 2012 titled, "Whole Cat Workshop: Helping Cats and Helping Your Practice," a P&G Pet Care program called, "Dermatology Dilemma: Resistant Otitis" and an MVMA seminar on endocrinology and cardiology. In 2012 she also attended a program from Merial Limited on pain management and NSAID usage, as well as a seminar from Vet Learn/Auburn University on "Guidelines for Reducing Pathogens in Veterinary Hospitals."
In 2013, Dr. Jill attended the Boeringer seminar on current trends in Leptospirosis and Lyme disease, the Zoetis seminar on "The Role of Intranasal and Parenteral Vaccination in Immunoprophylaxis Against CIRD in Dogs" and an MVMA program on end of life care. In 2014, she attended the TUFTS "Golden Retriever Day" program and the CVC Western Veterinary Conference. She also attended two programs from Schein-Intraoral X-Ray, one on "The Key to a Complete Dental Procedure" and another on "Tips and Techniques to Acquire the Perfect Image."
Dr. Brianna Bodley-Gomes is a 2016 graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in internal medicine and behavioral modification.
While at Tufts Dr. Bodley-Gomes worked as a large animal technician and volunteered at a cat shelter. After graduating she spent a year at a mixed animal practice in the White Mountains of New Hampshire before moving back to Massachusetts.
Before attending Tufts, Dr. Bodley-Gomes received her bachelors of Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In her free time, Dr. Bodley-Gomes loves hiking, biking, and skijor with her dog, Roxy, as well as painting.
“I enjoy all aspects of my job at Anchor and can’t think about anywhere I’d rather be”. Jackie has been employed at Anchor Animal Hospital for over 19 years and is an integral part of hospital operations. She is responsible for Supervising and leading our hospital team and ensuring our clients and their pets are given top notch care! She is a firm believer that we treat everyone that walk through our doors like family. Her smile is usually the first you see when coming through our doors.
Jackie is fluent in Portuguese. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Becker College and is a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1994. She maintains her certification by attending continuing education seminars and courses annually in both technical and managerial concentrations.
Jackie loves all animals and enjoys interacting with them daily, but closest to her heart are Rottweilers, Pitbulls, and Chihuahua breeds. She shares her home with her four-legged babies, two dogs- Troy and Charli and two cats- Toni and Billi.
Diane joined Anchor Animal Hospital in 2012, as our Hospital Administrator. She comes to our facility with over twenty-six years of experience in general practice and specialty/emergency veterinary medicine management. She is a graduate of the Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University.
Mrs. Franklin is a longtime member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Practice Association, and Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association. She attends continuing education annually to stay current in the field of veterinary hospital management and business operations. Her extended knowledge and experience is welcome at Anchor where we embrace progressive, quality and cutting edge veterinary medicine. She appreciates connecting and building lasting relationships with our clients, their pet’s, the community, and our dedicated and caring team.
Her family includes her husband and four children. Her fur babies include two felines: Little Larry Everett and Crumpet; three canines: Bettis Steeler, Xena, and Jack Sparrow; and a Rex rabbit: Piper. During her free time she enjoys spending time on the beach, attending rock concerts, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her immediate and extended family.
Angus Pietsch, CGC
Angus (a black lab) came to the Pietsch family in the winter of 2005. He was only a year old when brought home by Kate Pietsch, then a student at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. His previous owners, following surgery on his left elbow, had given him up. Angus arrived at the house unannounced and we were told that we didn’t have to keep him, but it was immediately clear that he was the dog for us.
Angus has three loves in his life, his family (including his cats), his food, and his friends at Anchor Animal Hospital, although not necessarily in that order. Every morning he’s anxious to get to work, but Angus always stops to have his teeth brushed before heading in. Arriving at Anchor he starts his day by greeting employees and receiving his early morning “cookies”. Then it’s off to work in the front office napping, greeting clients, and performing for those that he thinks may give him “cookies”. Lunchtime includes a trip to the break room in anticipation of any dropped food, then a return to the office for the afternoon activities. At the end of the day, Angus returns home with Dr. Gerald Pietsch for dinner and family time.
He has enjoyed training classes and has acquired his CGC certificate (Canine Good Citizen) awarded by dog trainer Marsha Albert at Many Paws in Westport. He thought that classes were great fun as good behavior was rewarded with; you guessed it, “cookies”. Angus has also taken classes in “Sniffies” in which he learned how to use his nose to find hidden treats. This was probably his favorite class.
He continues to go to Anchor whenever Dr. Pietsch is there.
What it means to be a team player at Anchor!
Being understanding and establishing a positive communication network helps build teamwork. Here at Anchor Animal Hospital, we are all team players; we are
Anchor prides itself in the “Team Approach” in patient and client care. Treating your pet(s) as if they are our own from the minute you walk through our doors!
All employees are required to attend continuing education and training opportunities here at the hospital and at conferences and seminars. Many of our employee have previous experience in the field of veterinary medicine or have attended accredited schools/programs. We have many certified technicians! Anchor also partners and participates with local schools by offering externships to attract new talent and invest in the future growth of our profession.
We also pride ourselves on working with local organizations, shelters, and rescues to embrace the human-animal bond.