Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital's Dedicated Team
At Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital, we know that your pet is part of your family. Get to know ours before you bring in your honorary family member for care. See why Pet Shield is your first choice for high-quality and compassionate health care.
Katrina Stewart — Hospital Manager
Katrina grew up and resides in Guilford, CT. She graduated from the University of Maine (Orono) with a degree in Wildlife Management. Prior to joining the Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital team in 1998, she spent two summers working for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a field assistant.
When not working, Katrina enjoys competing in canine sports and showing her Shelties in conformation and agility competitions all over the United States and Canada. She breeds AKC/UKC registered Shelties on a very limited basis and is considered a Breeder of Merit by the American Kennel Club. She is an avid birdwatcher and also enjoys "watching" the wildlife in the woods behind her home with the use of a motion-sensor camera.
Amy Naylor — Veterinary Technician
Amy went to school for veterinary technology at Becker College in Massachusetts and has been with Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital since 2003. As a child, Amy's love of animals was clear. She was not allowed to have pets and so started her own pet-sitting business just to be around them as much as possible.
Now, Amy enjoys spending time with her dogs Rocky and Beans whether it be hiking, swimming, or even napping. She also has many four-legged "boyfriends" at Pet Shield!
Brigid Cleary — Veterinary Technician
Brigid grew up in New Haven, CT, where her passion for veterinary medicine, animal welfare and rescue began. Living in the city brought many opportunities to bottlefeed litters of sick kittens, nurse injured birds or feed hungry stray dogs. She was very close with her grandmother who always seemed to have large, pampered cats lounging on her dining room table or sleeping in the dryer amongst the warm socks.
Brigid started her veterinary technician work at Old Mystic Animal Clinic and then came to Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital in 1996, where she has been ever since. Her interests within the field are behavior, dentistry and animal rescue work. She is very active with Chihuahua rescue and volunteers with The Chi Society of CT.
Julianne Cote — Veterinary Technician
Julianne graduated with an MFA degree in painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She began working for Dr. Fischbach, founder of Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital, in 1999 at the old Fair Haven office while attending undergraduate courses at Southern Connecticut State University. Working as a veterinary technician in the city inspired Julianne to promote animal advocacy and rescue throughout the years.
Julianne is an excellent pet and people portrait artist and currently lives in Hamden with her animal-loving fiancé, their five dogs, three cats and one pigeon.