Are you looking for a veterinarian where you and your pet can feel confident you are getting the best experience possible? Are you sick of feeling like just another number in a corporate run veterinary hospital? Do you dread the thought of taking your pet somewhere for needed care? Or worse, do you skip visits because you just don’t want to go through that again? If you said yes to any of these, maybe you should give Whole Pet Veterinary Center a try.
At Whole Pet Veterinary Center, we work as a team with owners and families to create a health care plan that fits each individual patient’s needs. We are small – on purpose – so that we can maintain a closeness with our clients that benefits all. The better we know you and your pet, the better we can understand what you mean by “I don’t know, Doc, Sadie just isn’t herself.” We take the time to listen and explain with longer appointments and time with the doctor. And it’s not just as a Concierge service for clients who pay more. We do this for every client. Because it’s who we are, and how we envision the best care for your family pet.
Dr. Vickrey has been applying the fundamentals of fear free vet visits for her entire career and has always viewed herself as an educational partner with pet owners toward the goal of helping every pet live their best possible life. A native of northern California, she graduated from University of California, Davis in 2003. After practicing for 3 years outside Dayton, OH, she moved to Massachusetts. Dr. Vickrey worked as an associate at a small animal practice in Belmont, MA for 5 years before taking the leap into ownership. With the acquisition of Westford Animal Hospital in 2011, Dr. Vickrey has finally been able to start focusing on transforming the way pets and owners experience the veterinary relationship.
She is known by some as a "crazy cat lady" but has had many different species of pets in her life including dogs, fish, hamsters, mice, chickens and even a praying mantis. Dr. Vickrey and her husband have lived in Acton since 2010. Their current animal collection includes 5 cats, 5 goats, 5 chickens, and 2 small humans. In her spare time (yeah right!) she enjoys working outside in the garden, baking and cooking.
Originally from Virginia, Dr Nicole Freeman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. After living in Florida and Wisconsin, she attained her veterinary degree at Tufts University Cummings School of Vet Med in 2002. Following graduation, Dr Freeman finished a combined medical/surgical internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth. Prior to joining Westford Animal Hospital, she practiced general veterinary medicine in Shrewsbury for 9 years, and then 3 years in Acton. Her special interests include internal medicine, geriatric medicine, anesthesia/pain management, and dentistry. In her free time, Dr Freeman enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family. She and her husband are currently owned by her two children, geriatric cat, and 60 pound canine shedding machine.
Sam graduated from Keene State in 2016 with her Bachelors Degree in Biology. She grew up around animals and always knew that she wanted to work alongside them, so she chose to spend her spare time at school volunteering at a local Humane Society. Sam has worked at WPVC since 2017, and has a special interest in surgery and low-stress pet handling. She finished her degree at Penn Foster in Veterinary Technology in July 2021. She currently lives with her three cats, Callie, Milo, and Charlie, as well as her boyfriend, Evan. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, traveling, or relaxing with a good book and her cats.
King of the Jungle
Josh was born in 2008. He came to live with us when he had a second urinary obstruction in the space of 1 year and his family was faced with the heartbreaking reality of not being able to afford his emergency medical care. The staff already had a close bond with Josh, so the family turned him over to our care. Josh quickly came to realize where his true calling lay. His is the official greeter and stress reducer of the clinic. He takes his job very seriously, sometimes usurping the chair in reception or sprawling on the check in counter. Clients are apt to find him lurking around the pet food retail area, eager to sneak a sample. Very well loved, Josh is here to stay!