Welcome to Veterinary Wellness Center of New Haven
Your Veterinarian in New Haven,CT

Email - info@nhwellpetvet.com

Phone - (203)-867-5181

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Welcome to the Veterinary Wellness Center of New Haven, CT. We are an animal care facility located at 686 State St (in the Granite Square building). We provide comprehensive healthcare services to pets in New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, East Haven, North Haven and the surrounding areas. We are happy to bring friendly, informative, and supportive services to you and your pets. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services.  

Our veterinary hospital is well equipped with advanced equipment and technologies to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. Our facility has the equipment to provide comprehensive in house testing for accurate diagnosis as well as a reliable reference lab. We offer an in-house pharmacy and have direct access to 24 hour care and specialists at our Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine located at 4 Devine Street in North Haven, CT. We have convenient parking in front on the street as well as designated parking spots to the right immediately upon entering the parking garage.

At the Veterinary Wellness Center we are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the care your pet needs at every stage of life. We are there for the life of your pet!

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, email us at info@nhwellpetvet.com or call (203) 867-5181 and we'll be happy to talk to you. We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for New Haven area pet owners.

We offer drop off exams for the owner with a very busy schedule. At the Veterinary Wellness Center of New Haven, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Please contact the Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine at (203) 865-0878 or visit centralpetvet.com for an Emergency after hours.


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Meet The Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Andrew Pickerstein

    Dr Pickerstein specializes in geriatric medicine, dermatology, preventative medicine, and chronic diseases. A Connecticut native, Dr Pickerstein graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. 

    Prior to joining the Veterinary Wellness Center of New Haven, he worked at several veterinary hospitals across Connecticut developing strong relationships with the veterinary community. Dr. Pickerstein currently splits his time between Old Greenwich and New Haven with his partner Moira, 3 children Isaac, Jade, and Skye, his dogs Rex and Avon, and cats Brady and Nemo.

  • Stephanie Buchanan
    Surgical Technician

    Stephanie earned her Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology from Quinnipiac University in 2010, and then became certified in Veterinary Technology. She began working for Central Veterinary Hospital and then came to The Vet Wellness Center in 2015. Stephanie assists us in surgery and works evenings/overnights at Central. She's a New Haven native with special interests in animal behavior, rescue, and advocacy. In her free time, she can be found taking her pit bull, Liam,  to dog sport trials and hanging out with her three cats, Zen, Weasley, and Kit.

  • Mary Ann Bates
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Mary Ann started her career in the veterinary field in 1989 as a kennel attendant at New Haven Central Hospital. Through the years, she has assisted veterinarians during exams, surgeries, and is always a friendly face ready to greet clients and patients as they arrive. Mary Ann currently lives in Branford with her son Tyler and daughter Beth. They share their home with their dog, Jay Jay and their new kitten, Kitton. In her free time, she enjoys crafts and scrapbooking.

  • Mickey Syrotiak
    Operations Manager

    Mickey began working with animals in 2016 as a multi-species animal care attendant with a special interest in Avians. Since then, he has been working in the veterinary field as a Technician, Client Service Representative, and Manager. He joined the Veterinary Wellness team in 2020. Outside of work, he enjoys living with 4 dogs, Anakin, Achilles, Xena, and Azula, and 3 cats. He also enjoys reading, collecting, gaming, and exploring nature.

  • Christy Lucas
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Christy began working with animals in 2008, first as a kennel attendant, then training as a technician assisting the veterinarians in exams, surgeries, and providing client education. She completed an Animal Care Internship at the Beardsley Zoo in 2010 and graduated from the University of New haven with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in 2013. Later that year, Christy joined us here at the Wellness Center

    Christy lives in West Haven with her husband, Anthony, their son Anthony, and their German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix, Grizzly. She also has an older cat named Tiger who lives with her parents. Christy has a life long love of combat sports and has practiced them for over twelve years. 

  • Linda Cho
    Veterinary Assistant

    Linda started working with animals as a kennel attendant while going to school at the University of Connecticut, and then switching to Middlesex Community College to get a certificate in Veterinary Assisting. She has and always will have a passion for working and helping animals, even though she is back in school for a different degree. Linda currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats that she calls her own. In her spare time, she loves reading and watching her dogs romp around outside on a nice day!

  • Melissa Behler
    Veterinary Technician

    Melissa has been working with animals for as long as she can remember. She’s volunteered at multiple animal shelters and previously worked at the Humane Society of South Carolina as a medical assistant. Her love for animals continues to grow in the vet med field as she is very passionate about the care she gives and helping others. Melissa currently lives in New Haven with her significant other Ant, their2 dogs Daisy and Maple, and their cat Bonnie; All found as strays or shelter animals. In her spare time, Melissa likes to go hiking with her dogs, traveling, painting or sculpting/pottery.

  • Dana Smith
    Veterinary Technician

    Dana has been working with animals her whole life and even grew up around them. She had dogs, cats, hamster, and birds. She has volunteered at her local shelter, worked with horses, taken horseback riding lessons, has experience training horses and dogs, worked at a doggy daycare/ boarding and grooming facility, and has grooming experience. All these things she loved led her to seek out a career as a veterinary technician. Dana has a son named Brantley and a dog named Hattie that she rescued from Texas during Hurricane Harvey. In her spare time, Dana loves to sing and listen to music and spend time with her friends and family.

  • Taylor Carafeno
    Lead Surgical Technician

    Taylor has been working with animals since 2010. First as a volunteer at the local animal shelters and also at groomers. After receiving her associates in small animal science at the University of New Hampshire she started as a technician assisting the veterinarians in exams, during surgeries, and other aspects in the field. She has been at the Veterinary Wellness Center since June 2017. She shares her home with her dog Bailey(a labradoodle), Apollo (her bearded dragon), Theodore (her hamster), and Charlie (her goldfish). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, taking Bailey and her nephew Jase to the beach, and kayaking.  

  • Dr.
    Morgan MacKay

    Morgan grew up in Prince Edward Island, Canada and recieved his BSc and DVM degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College. He worked for a mixed animal practice for 4 years caring for dog and cats as well as farm animals. Four years of delivering calves and fouls in the cold Canadian winter was rewarding but he decided to move to the US with his family to do strictly small animals in 2000. He works with the New Haven Central Hospital as well as the Veterinary Wellness Center doing both surgical and medical duties.

    When not doing veterinary work, Dr MacKay loves to spend time with his kids and participating in all of their activities. He enjoys many outdoor activities where he can involve his dog, Fisher.

  • Jackie Rodriguez
    Veterinary Technician

    Jackie has been in the veterinary field since 2013. She loves the fast-paced environment of being a technician and the variety of tasks that must be performed with each patient. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but their owners. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her three dogs named Zeus, Ellie and Cookie.

  • Rosie Vega
    Veterinary Technician

    Rosie’s first job with animals was at a dog bakery! After graduating college, she took an unexpected turn and began working in a grooming salon as a dog bather and eventually taking a job as a dog trainer. Rosie’s life took her away from a career with animals, but she found herself missing something. An opportunity in the veterinary field opened up and she quickly found out that is where she was meant to be. When Rosie isn't spending time with your furry friends, she is with her two chihuahuas, TL and Nibs. Rosie also loves knitting, watching Supernatural, the fall, and all things spooky.

  • Lauren Piche
    Veterinary Technician

    Lauren recently started in the vet med field, but has been helping animals for as long as she can remember. She is currently in school to further her career and knowledge in this field. Her hobbies include reading and she loves Halloween. Outside of work, she splits her time between her husband, Brandon, and two sons, Nolan and Cooper. Along with her fur babies, Whiskey, a wire haired dachshund, Vada, a Belgian Malinois. And Binx, a tuxedo kitty.

  • Dr.
    Christine Crocker

    Christine received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University in 1997. She has been a clinician at the New Haven Central Hospital since 2006 and then joined the Veterinary Wellness Center team when we opened in June 2012. 

    Dr Crocker has 2 dogs. Eve is a silky terrier and Jane is a miniature American Shepard. She also has a cat named Emelyn.

    Dr Crocker's hobbies include a multitude of dog sports. Eve competes in agility and barn hunting, as well as lure coursing and is a TDI registered therapy dog. Jane has just started her agility career, herding, and passed her canine good citizen courses as well as her novice trick dog tests.

  • Lynn Acquarulo
    Accounts Payable Manager

    Lynn worked as a receptionist at Central Hospital while she was in high school and while pursuing a degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. She assisted with our bookkeeping and office management for several years before leaving to raise a family. Lynn returned full-time to Central in 2007 as our accounts payable manager and is very active in the overall management of our practice. Lynn came to work with the Wellness Center as well as Central when we opened in 2013 and has been a life saver for us.

  • Dr.
    Lisa MacKay

    Lisa grew up in Prince Edward Island, Canada where she obtained her Biology degree before attending veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College. After graduation, she moved with her husband and small son to Connecticut. She has worked at the New Haven Central Hospital for 11 years and now also with the Veterinary Wellness Center. She is a member or the AVMA, CVMA, and is accredited in the state of CT.

    She has 4 children; Isaac, Elly, Aiden, and Claire. Her 4 legged friends at home are Fisher, a black labrador,  Bill and Simon, 2 friendly cats and a leopard gecko named Reeko.

    She divides her spare time between her  kid's busy schedules and tries to fit in time to see her friends, play tennis, and do some traveling as well.

  • Marina Salicki
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Marina has been working with animals since she was 16 years old. She started out as a Kennel Attendant, mainly taking care of young puppies and kittens. Since then, she has expanded her knowledge and experience with animals, and has a special interest in reptiles. Outside of work, Marina enjoys exploring New England’s landscape and has an affinity for horticulture. She has a snake named Sanjay, a rabbit named Rhubarb, and a Keeshond named Amira. She also has a host of insects and aquatic creatures that she loves to take care of.

  • Lori Tomasko-Guliani
    Veterinary Receptionist

    My life revolves around animals. I have not been without a pet since I was 12 years old. I started with a pet mouse, then rats, ferrets, cats, dogs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, chinchillas and snakes. I started my animal career in 1984 as a kennel worker then moved on to grooming for 16 years. I then went into the veterinary field for 20 years. I just recently became a Wildlife Rehabilitator.

    My 9 year old dog Pixie and I were active in agility and now we do lure coursing. I enjoy motorcycle riding and boating with my husband of 20 years. I enjoy gardening, outdoor events, movies, bowling, and seeing concerts.(I excel at eating fast food and all types of junk food).LOL that is just a joke but its true

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  • "Love all 3 vets! Stephanie, Cristy and Taylor are great techs too. Everyone is very in tune with how to help my reactive dog have the best experience! We have been going to this practice for over 15 years."
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