Veterinarians

<!-- 00 -->Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Practice Owner

Education – University of Pennsylvania Interests – Behavior, Administration, Continuing Professional Development (Staff and Self) Dr. Paula Yankauskas was raised in Connecticut and first came to...

Read More

Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Practice Owner

Education – University of Pennsylvania
Interests – Behavior, Administration, Continuing Professional Development (Staff and Self)

Dr. Paula Yankauskas was raised in Connecticut and first came to Vermont for college; she attended UVM for undergraduate work and put in 1 year toward a Masters’ degree in Physics before veterinary school. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, hence the VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, all degrees from the University of Pennsylvania are in Latin). Dr. Yankauskas founded L.V.V.S. in 1981.

Prior to starting her own practice, Dr. Yankauskas gained experience at two mixed animal practices in Vermont. She founded Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services in 1985 working out of her home, then out of a remodeled restaurant from 1986 to the fall of 1998, and lastly out of a purpose-built free-standing veterinary hospital facility since.

Dr. Yankauskas and her husband, Dale, have three children: Sarah, Jacob and Dorigen. She currently lives with 2 cats: Peanut, and Audrey, which were preceded by a series of cats, dogs, parakeets, zebra finches, hermit crabs, hamsters and a pony.

Paula swims with US Masters Swimming and loves to work at personal achievements in the pool and open water. She at one time held the honor of being the oldest person on record to have swum the length of Lake Memphremagog (September 2014, 25 miles, at 60 years old) and is the first female from Vermont to achieve the Triple Crown of open water swimming, having conquered the English Channel in 2016, the 20 Bridges Swim (around Manhattan) in 2017, and the Catalina Channel in 2018. She is currently training to attempt a double of Memphremagog’s length – she says it is a metaphor for life – “a lot of work to cover the miles, to end up near where you started – stronger and wiser for the experience”.

In her free time, Dr. Yankauskas has an interest in astronomy and celestial events (the moon!), wildlife observation (especially birds), photography, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She also enjoys reading and writing and hopes to one day write a book (at least one!).

Her veterinary interests include: clinical behavior medicine, transfusion medicine/canine blood banking, laparoscopic surgery, cytology, pain management, and lifetime wellness care. She also is deeply passionate about practice management – meeting the challenges of “being here” for the pet-owning public – which truly takes a team to make happen.

<!-- 01 -->Valerie Ann Yankauskas, DVM

Valerie Ann Yankauskas, DVM

Veterinarian

Valerie was born in New Britain, CT and lives in Hyde Park, VT. She shares her home with Lukas, Eli Phant & Lola. When not at work Valerie can be found outside hiking, running with her dogs, swimming,...

Read More

Valerie Ann Yankauskas, DVM

Veterinarian

Valerie was born in New Britain, CT and lives in Hyde Park, VT. She shares her home with Lukas, Eli Phant & Lola. When not at work Valerie can be found outside hiking, running with her dogs, swimming, biking, kayaking and she has started paddle boarding.

For Valerie the best part of working at LVVS is keeping our pets healthy & loving the people she works with!

Favorite Quote: It is what it is (usually in reference to the weather)

<!-- 02 -->Cindy Pratt, DVM

Cindy Pratt, DVM

Veterinarian

Interests: Theriogenology, breeder services, artificial insemination, Transcervical Insemination, Certified PennHipp Veterinarian Dr. Pratt joined LVVS in the spring of 1999. A graduate of the University...

Read More

Cindy Pratt, DVM

Veterinarian

Interests: Theriogenology, breeder services, artificial insemination, Transcervical Insemination, Certified PennHipp Veterinarian

Dr. Pratt joined LVVS in the spring of 1999. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a mixed animal veterinary practice in Tehachapi, California before joining LVVS.

Dr. Pratt has a strong interest in theriogenology, especially canine reproduction. She has also completed the training program offered by Synbiotics Referral Network making her the only certified Synbiotics canine frozen semen center in Vermont. The Pratt household includes her husband, Randy, daughter Amalie, multiple dogs, cats, and goats.

<!-- 03 -->Callie Freeman, DVM

Callie Freeman, DVM

Veterinarian

Interests: Soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine Dr. Freeman was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles and moved to Florida to attend FSU and then the University of Florida, where she obtained her...

Read More

Callie Freeman, DVM

Veterinarian

Interests: Soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine

Dr. Freeman was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles and moved to Florida to attend FSU and then the University of Florida, where she obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine. She graduated top 5 in her class and went on to work in 24/7 emergency medicine in Miami and complete an internship program at University of Pennsylvania . She completed one year of a small animal surgery residency and went on to work at two 24-hour emergency and referral hospitals in the Philadelphia area. She settled in to a small animal private practice after that, where she was for 10 years before joining LVVS in 2021.

While in Philadelphia, Dr. Freeman met her wonderful husband. They were looking for a change from the city and fell in love with Vermont while vacationing. Callie is excited to be part of the LVVS team, where she is looking forward to adding her skills to the rest of the amazing team of doctors and staff, and we’re excited to have her on board!

Outside of veterinary medicine, her true passion is Formula 1 racing – she watches every race!

<!-- 04 -->Emily Buskey, DVM

Emily Buskey, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Emily has lived in Vermont her whole life, other than a short stint in Wisconsin (for school) and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. She has a degree in music composition from Vassar College,...

Read More

Emily Buskey, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Emily has lived in Vermont her whole life, other than a short stint in Wisconsin (for school) and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. She has a degree in music composition from Vassar College, attended UVM, and studied veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Veterinary Medicine is a second career for her – she was previously a dairy farmer, taught therapeutic horseback riding, and worked with children with autism.

Emily shares her home with 2 cats, a horse named Tao and a chicken named Snowflake. In her free time she enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, vegetable gardening, reading, and spending time with family in the Vermont outdoors. Her veterinary interests include dentistry, public health, pathology and surgery. She enjoys working with cats and geriatric animals.

Dr. Emily sees patients at LVVS on a part-time basis, and looks forward to continuing to do so when COVID status allows.

<!-- 24 -->Jared Krebs, MVB

Jared Krebs, MVB

Veterinarian

Education – University College Dublin Veterinary Interests: Behavioral Medicine & Surgery Personal Interests: Nature & Reading Dr. Krebs was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He completed...

Read More

Jared Krebs, MVB

Veterinarian

Education – University College Dublin

Veterinary Interests: Behavioral Medicine & Surgery

Personal Interests: Nature & Reading

Dr. Krebs was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He completed his Biomedical Science degree at the University of Guelph. Later, he moved to Dublin, Ireland, where he obtained his veterinary degree from University College Dublin.

Jared shares his home with his partner, Hannah, and their dog, Oonagh. When Jared isn’t at work, he is usually spending time outdoors with Hannah and Oonagh. He enjoys activities such as birdwatching, traveling, playing board games, cooking, or settling in for the night to watch The Food Network.

Veterinary Technicians

<!-- 05 -->Freda, CVT

Freda, CVT

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

<!-- 06 -->Rachel, CVT, KPA-CTP

Rachel, CVT, KPA-CTP

Certified Veterinary Technician

<!-- 07 -->Hillary, CVT

Hillary, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

<!-- 08 -->Jackie

Jackie

Veterinary Technician

<!-- 09 -->Vonnie, CVT

Vonnie, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistants

<!-- 10 -->Owen

Owen

Veterinary Assistant

<!-- 11 -->Autumn

Autumn

Veterinary Technician Student

<!-- 12 -->Jennifer

Jennifer

Veterinary Assistant

<!-- 13 -->Olivia

Olivia

Veterinary Technician Student

<!-- 14 -->Riley

Riley

Veterinary Assistant

<!-- 15 -->Katelyn

Katelyn

Veterinary Assistant

Sam<!-- 25 -->

Sam

Veterinary Assistant

Liam<!-- 26 -->

Liam

Veterinary Assistant

<!-- 27-->Vinny

Vinny

Overnight Assistant

<!-- 29 -->Sara

Sara

Veterinary Assistant

Client Service Team

<!-- 16 -->Carole

Carole

Office Supervisor

<!-- 17 -->Armand

Armand

Client Service Representative

<!-- 18 -->Nikkee

Nikkee

Client Service Representative

<!-- 19 -->Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Client Service Representative

<!-- 30 -->Sienna

Sienna

Receptionist

<!-- 31 -->Joy

Joy

Receptionist

Administration

<!-- 20 -->Karen, CVPM

Karen, CVPM

Practice Manager

<!-- 21 -->Rebecca

Rebecca

Administrative Assistant

<!-- 22 -->Crystal

Crystal

Administrative Assistant, Groomer, and Veterinary Technician Student

<!-- 23 -->John

John

Facilities Manager

In Loving Memory

Deborah had been with us for 27 years. She started as an assistant and moved up to hospital manager. She shared her home with several cats, chickens, geese, ducks, and a “have tongue, will travel” mixed breed dog, Picard.

Deborah enjoyed the outdoors, sunny days, horses, kayaking, star trek, movies, PBR, and whale watching. Deborah really disliked crowds, traffic, and humid days. In Deborah’s spare time she relished in astronomy, gardens, and raised plants to raise money for causes like VETEGA (Veterinary Efforts in Giving to Animals, a non-profit).