Kate Pietsch, DVM
Dr. Kate Pietsch is a 2005 graduate from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Vermont. After graduating from veterinary school she worked at VCA Northboro Animal Hospital for two years. In 2007 she joined Anchor Animal Hospital and has enjoyed working in the local community in which she was raised.
In 2011, Dr. Kate Pietsch purchased Anchor Animal Hospital from her father Dr. Gerald Pietsch. Dr. Kate plans to carry on the tradition of quality care for your pets in a family like environment. She is proud of the longstanding service Anchor Animal Hospital has provided the community and intends to continue to work closely with local animal control and shelters.
During the spring of 2012, Dr. Kate Pietsch attended three intensive 5 day courses to learn Veterinary Medical Acupuncture through the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. This comprehensive program teaches Veterinarians to integrate their scientific knowledge with Acupuncture therapy and helps them incorporate it into daily patient care. Dr. Kate Pietsch is now able to treat spinal cord injuries, disc disease, gastrointestinal disorders, nerve disease, urinary incontinence, arthritis, and oncology pain and more with medical acupuncture. Dr. Kate is now a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist.
It is Dr. Kate’s goal to continue to develop her medical skills and offer her patients treatment option alternatives to or in addition to traditional medical therapies. Already this year, Dr. Kate has attended Advanced Training in Veterinary Dental at the Animal Dental Training Center. In 2014, she went to the 113th Annual Penn Veterinarian Medicine Conference where she attended classes on recurrent Urinary tract infections, Dermatology, Behavior and Cardiology. She has also attended this annual conference in 2010, 2012 and 2013, as well as the New England Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Conference in 2012 and 2013.
In the Spring of 2014, Dr. Kate attended a Karen Pryor clicker expo. Learning training techniques and methods to deal with behavioral problems. She attended labs on emergency commands, training two dogs at once and the art of doggy zen. Dr. Kate also attended a DDS OSHA Safety & Risk Management Training, Certification in Human and Pet CPR & First Aid and MVMA heartworm resistance seminar in 2014.
In 2013, Dr. Kate Pietsch was invited to tour the Hill’s Science Diet facility to advance her knowledge in nutrition and learn about using nutrition to help patients with medical ailments. She also attended a Boeringer seminar on current trends in Leptospirosis and Lyme disease and a VMC seminar titled, “It’s What’s Up Front That Counts… and More!” 2012 seminars and training included a dermatology seminar from Pfizer, an orthopedic seminar by Novartis and programs on “Perioperative Comfort in the Cat” from TUFTS and “Anesthesia Guidelines in Practice” from the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Kate is passionate about veterinary medicine and spends much of her free time advancing her medical knowledge through attending regular continuing education conferences. When she is not being a veterinary nerd, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and spending time in nature. Dr. Kate loves to travel and prefers to visit National Parks or other beautiful natural environments. She also enjoys photographing wildlife and natural landscapes during her travels. When she is home she enjoys spending time with her family and her furry family.
Gerald Pietsch, VMD
Following graduation, Dr. Pietsch joined a small animal practice in Westbrook Maine and after completing his first year was accepted to a residency in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Gerald Pietsch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary School in 1971.
Drs. Shinnamon and Pietsch practiced together until 2002 when Dr. Shinnamon retired. Since that time, Dr. Pietsch has continued to operate Anchor Animal Hospital. His professional interests are feline and canine cardiology, internal medicine, echocardiography and ultrasound. In addition to these interests, he enjoys working with rabbits. Subsequently, he joined a veterinary hospital in Hanover, Massachusetts and practiced there until joining his classmate, Dr. Lawrence Shinnamon, in building and opening Anchor Animal Hospital in 1975.
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 attended the Annual Penn Veterinarian Medicine Conference in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, where he attended classes on renal disease, respiratory disease, infectious diseases and cardiology. Dr. Pietsch attended the American Animal Hospital Association’s Annual Veterinary Conference in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2013 and 2014 Veterinary Conference of the New England Veterinary Medical Association.
Two important seminars that Dr. Pietsch attended in 2012 include one on orthopedics by Novartis, and another on “Guided Veterinary Dermatology” by Pfizer. In 2013, he visited the Hills Science Diet facility for a symposium on evidence-based Veterinary Clinical Nutrition and attended a seminar at Boeringer that addressed current trends regarding Leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Dr. Pietsch went to TUFTS in 2013 to attend a program on “Perioperative Comfort in the Cat: A Case Based Discussion” and again in 2014 for “Brachycephalic Day” to further his knowledge of advances made in these areas. Also in 2014, he was Certified in Human and Pet CPR & First Aid, took a Safety & Risk Management Training course from DDS OSHA, attended a scientific seminar at RIVMA and a heartworm resistance seminar at MVMA.
Dr. Pietsch is a former chairman of The Ethics & Grievance Committee of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. He is presently the chairperson of the By-Laws committee. When not working, Dr. Pietsch enjoys his grandchildren, photography, and woodworking 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. Dale Levitt graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2016. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Levitt attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science in 2012.
Prior to and during veterinary school, Dr. Levitt worked as a veterinary technician at two different veterinary hospitals. His special interests include ophthalmology, veterinary dentistry, and exotics medicine.
During his free time, Dale enjoys doing scent work training with one of his dog’s, Fynnegan. He also has a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy named Sirius and an adult Toller named Riley who does agility with his wife. Whenever he is not training with his dogs, he enjoys cooking or reading a good book.