Many people make up the behind-the-scenes and front line activity at Vergennes Animal Hospital. From the minute you enter the hospital, any number of staff members will be there to assist you and your pets.
Meet Our Doctors!
Mark Basol, DVM, CVA
I have practiced and owned Vergennes Animal Hospital (VAH) since 1987. Over the years, the practice has changed in scope, however, the one constant is my commitment to the pets and their owners that we serve. I enjoy the pets and the people they come with – from the 5th generation Vermonter to the newly-arrived.
Growing up in a large farm family of six in eastern North Dakota I have always been connected to animals – large and small. We were blessed with great pets to play with, horses to ride, cows to milk, and an occasional pig to round out the menagerie. These experiences lead me to an animal science degree at North Dakota State University (go Bison!), then on to veterinary school at Iowa State University (go Cyclones!).
My veterinary career began in a primarily large animal practice in northeast Iowa. And while the town of Oelwein was good to us, my wife Julie and I were feeling the pull to find our forever home. It was the skiing that lured us to Vermont yet it’s the sailing that continues to make the summers so appealing to us.
Julie and I reside in North Ferrisburgh with our Stabyhoun dog, Dirk and foster cat named, Temp (short for Temporary). With 2017 marking our 30th year in Vermont, we remain committed to the community for which we live and work.
Greg Carlton, DVM
Dr. Greg Carlton is a native of rural North Carolina and joined VAH in 2013 right out of vet school. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University after previously majoring in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina. His areas of veterinary interest include preventative medicine, internal medicine, and dentistry. Outside of work he enjoys fishing, hiking, obstacle course racing and spending time with his wife, Heather, and their five dogs.
Carrie Olson, DVM, CVA
Dr. Carrie Olson grew up in New Jersey with a variety of pets. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was young. She moved to New England to attend college at Tufts University, where she majored in biology and archaeology. After graduating in 2006, she continued to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she worked in the busy emergency room as a student technician and was involved in the local animal-assisted therapy group.
After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2010, Dr. Carrie moved out to Seattle where she completed a yearlong internship in internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. She spent a year working in an emergency and referral hospital in Seattle, then moved to a busy 24-hour general practice in Bellevue, Washington. After a time, she and her husband moved back home to the East Coast to be closer to her family.
Dr. Carrie is delighted to join the team at VAH. She enjoys the daily challenges of veterinary practice and loves helping clients build bonds with their pets throughout their lives. Her particular professional interests lie in internal medicine, infectious diseases, geriatric medicine, and critical care and she looks forward to expanding her knowledge as part of the VAH team.
When not working, Dr. Carrie likes to hike and cook with her husband, cuddle with her two cats, and take walks with her dog, Leo. She is looking forward to exploring the beautiful Vermont outdoors and the delicious local food scene.
Rebecca Sevy, DVM
Dr. Rebecca Sevy joined VAH in 2012 after completing a rotating small animal internship at Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) in Williston. Dr. Becca attended The University of Vermont as an undergrad with a major in animal science. Participating in UVM’s Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) program cemented her dedication to veterinary medicine. She obtained her veterinary degree in 2011 from Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California.
Enjoying all aspects of companion animals lead her to pursue a general veterinary practice focus. She loves it all every day, particularly internal medicine, preventative health and pain relief management.
Attending UVM introduced Dr. Becca to Vermont and everything it has to offer. The state has just the right mix of environments – rural and city, companion animals, natural food, and friendly people. Her love stuck with her as she traveled to California, Colorado, and returned again after finishing vet school.
Dr. Becca lives in Charlotte with her husband Bryan, a dairy herdsman for a farm in Ferrisburgh. They have two young boys, Camden and Emmett, who love to visit the clinic. Along with some of Bryan’s cows, her dog Bree and cat Millie round out their family. Bree is a lovable mixed breed from the Franklin County Humane Society. Millie is a scared-y cat, part feral from the streets of California.
When not at the animal hospital, Dr. Becca enjoys to run, play with her boys and Bree, hike, read, and cook. Or maybe more accurately, eat yummy food!
Roberta Hemmer, DVM
Dr. Roberta Lea Hemmer is a native Vermonter who obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont before attending Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and graduating in 2018. She knew Vermont was and always will be her home, and has a great love of spending time outside, whether hiking in the mountains; snowshoeing in the woods; or sailing on Lake Champlain.
Dr. Roberta loves dentistry, soft tissue surgery, preventative care, and feline medicine. She especially enjoys teaching, sharing knowledge, and learning from her colleagues, staff, and clients.
She lives with an orange-and-white cat named Maisie, whose hobbies include sleeping, shedding, and vomiting up hairballs. Trixie the Toothless Terrorist recently joined the household as a stealthy black ninja cat who enjoys belly flops, ambushing Maisie, and snoring on her owner’s lap. Dr. Roberta also remains the auntie of a 9-years-young, endlessly energetic chocolate lab named Celia.
Meet Our Veterinary Technicians!
Dale Eriksen – Veterinary Technician
Dale knew from a young age he wanted a career working with animals. He grew up in Vergennes and worked in the kennel at VAH during high school. Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Castleton University in 2017 and rejoined the VAH team in January of 2018. Dale currently lives in Ripton with his dogs Rox and Nora, and his cats Layla and Pixie.
Kacy – Certified Veterinary Technician
Kacy is a local Vermonter and started out as a VAH client. After graduating from Vermont Technical College with a degree in veterinary technology, she knew she wanted to work at VAH. The timing was just right, and she started working here in June 2015. Kacy’s passion for animals makes it easy to work in all aspects of the clinic from appointments to surgery and dentals. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dog, Carter, riding her horses, Owen and Dalton and crocheting. Kacy also has two barn cats named Koda and Kenai.
Kailyann – Veterinary Technician
Kailyann lives in Vergennes along with her dog, Lacey. After high school, she attended Vermont Technical College where she graduated with a degree in veterinary technology in May 2016. When not working, she enjoys babysitting, horseback riding, and spending time with her pets.
Karina – Certified Veterinary Technician
Karina graduated from the veterinary technician program at Vermont Technical College in May 2018. Karina’s love for animals started at a young age when she knew she wanted to work at VAH. Prior to her position as a vet tech, she first worked as a kennel assistant while in high school at VUHS. When not working, Karina enjoys watching sports and spending time with her dogs, Bella and Maverick.
Katrina – Veterinary Technician
Katrina was born in mid-coast Maine and spent her childhood riding horses, hiking and exploring the seashore. She attended Ohio State College for two years before switching majors and deciding to move to Vermont – after taking one look at the mountains. Katrina realized that her passions were animals, science and people so a career as a veterinary technician was a perfect fit. She graduated from VTC as a certified Veterinary Technician in 2002 and worked at various animal hospitals before joining VAH in 2006. The following year she married her best friend, an engineer from a Shoreham dairy farming family. After her second child, she became a full-time mother and homesteader. While she loved being a full-time mother, Katrina missed being in a clinic. We are happy that Katrina is part of the VAH team again. In her spare time, Katrina plays with her family, dog, three cats, four ducks and assorted fish. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and reading fantasy books.
Kendra – Veterinary Technician
Kendra started at VAH in 2006 as a kennel attendant. She has worked her way through to VAH’s ranking surgical technician. Surgery and snuggling with patients are her favorite things to do at work. Kendra lives in North Ferrisburgh with her husband and menagerie of three dogs and three cats.
Rachel – Veterinary Technician and
Patient Care Coordinator
Rachel grew up in Addison and began working as a kennel assistant at Vergennes Animal Hospital while still in high school. She has since worked her way up as a veterinary technician and mentors new team members. Rachel currently resides in the Little City and enjoys spending time with her big and lovable dog, Hank.
Jamie – Veterinary Assistant
Jamie’s love for animals began at a young age growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Addison, VT. After graduating from Vergennes Union High School, she attended SUNY Cobleskill where she graduated with both a bachelor’s degree in animal science and an associate’s degree in dairy management. After graduation, Jamie worked as a maternity supervisor on a dairy farm in northern NY before returning home to Vermont. She joined the VAH team in July 2020. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her son Lane and dog Luke.
Janelle – Veterinary Assistant
Janelle has always been drawn to animals and has worked in animal care since 2004 at the Middlebury Boarding & Daycare Kennel.
As a new team member, Janelle is excited to meet the clientele of VAH, bringing her years of experience with customer service and animal care to provide the best assistance and care.
Originally from Massachusetts, Janelle moved to Vermont at a young age and currently lives in Panton. Janelle enjoys spending time with her cat Lyra, reading, hiking, and kayaking.
Chrissy, Veterinary Assistant
Chrissy comes to Vergennes Animal Hospital with an extensive animal handling background through working at various doggie daycares as well as working alongside Vermont’s only humane investigator. She graduated from the University of Vermont in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and has also earned an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from the Community College of Vermont in 2018. Chrissy currently lives in North Ferrisburgh with her significant other, two dogs, four cats, and two turtles. When not working, Chrissy enjoys spending time with her family, camping, painting, and immersing herself in a good TV show or book.
Ricka Maye, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ricka from a very young age has always had a passion for animal care. After graduating high school in NY Ricka moved to Denver Colorado to attend Bel-Rea where she obtained an Associate’s degree in applied veterinary science. Since then Ricka has worked in and volunteered with multiple animal rescue/shelters to help provide both basic needs care as well as medical care.
Ricka currently lives in NY with her fiancé Seth. Ricka has two dogs Garth Brooks and Onnie and three cats Bobby, Lily, and Jenga (special needs). Ricka enjoys spending time with her animals and family. Ricka is very excited to join the VAH staff and bring her training and compassion for animals to the hospital.
Chris – Customer Service Representative
Chris and his wife live in Vergennes with their foster cat, Sammy. He grew up in Fair Haven, Vermont, and attended school there. After high school, he joined the Army and spent 4 years working as a Healthcare Specialist, with 1 year in Afghanistan. After separating, he attended Castleton University where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology, graduating in May of 2020. Chris started with VAH in October of 2021 and looks forward to learning more each day and meeting all the wonderful patients.