Veterinarians

Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Practice Owner

Education – University of Pennsylvania Interests – Blood Donation & Behavioral Medicine Dr. Paula Yankauskas was raised in Connecticut and first came to Vermont for college; she attended UVM for...

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Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Practice Owner

Education – University of Pennsylvania
Interests – Blood Donation & Behavioral Medicine

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 getting into 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 1985.

Central to Dr. Yankauskas’ focus are 3 things: LVVS, family, and swimming, and vary in the order that they fall on a daily basis. 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. Dr. Yankauskas and her husband, Dale, have three children: Sarah, Jacob and Dorigen. She currently lives with 4 cats: Peanut, Scaredie, Audrey, and George. An endurance athlete, Paula swims with US Masters Swimming and loves to work at personal bests in the pool and open water. She is currently the oldest person on record to have swum the length of Lake Memphremagog (September 2014, 25 miles, at 60 years old) and has completed the Triple Crown of open water swimming, having conquered the English Channel in 2016, the Manhattan Island Marathon in 2017, and the Catalina Channel in 2018.

In her free time, Dr. Yankauskas has an interest in astronomy and celestial events, 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, and wellness care (looking at preventive care, lifestyle, nutrition, and client education to maintain health optimally).

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,...

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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)

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...

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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.

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...

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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!

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,...

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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.

Veterinary Technicians

Freda, CVT

Freda, CVT

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Rachel, CVT, KPA-CTP

Rachel, CVT, KPA-CTP

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hillary, CVT

Hillary, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jackie

Jackie

Veterinary Technician

Vonnie, CVT

Vonnie, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistants

Owen

Owen

Veterinary Assistant

Autumn

Autumn

Veterinary Assistant

Jennifer

Jennifer

Veterinary Assistant

Olivia

Olivia

Veterinary Assistant

Riley

Riley

Veterinary Assistant

Katelyn

Katelyn

Overnight Assistant

Client Service Team

Carole

Carole

Office Supervisor

Armand

Armand

Client Service Representative

Nikkee

Nikkee

Client Service Representative

Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Client Service Representative

Administration

Karen, CVPM

Karen, CVPM

Practice Manager

Rebecca

Rebecca

Administrative Assistant

Crystal

Crystal

Administrative Assistant, Groomer & Veterinary Assistant

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).