Wendell Veterinary Clinic's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Susan Deane Johnson — Hospital Manager
A Sunapee native, Susan studied at Mount Ida College (Newton, MA), where she earned a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is also a Federal and New Hampshire State Wildlife Rehabilitator. Susan brings with her more that 30 years of extensive experience in surgical nursing, anesthesia and veterinary practice management. Her animal experience is wide ranged from small to large animals, wildlife rehabilitation, canine behavior modification, and training of search, rescue, and accelerant detection (arson) canines.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys farming, raising/training canines, wildlife rehabilitation and helping run the family’s ice cream parlor on their working dairy farm. Together with her husband Dr. Johnson, they have a blended family including biological, adopted, foster children and many four-legged companions.
Susan Kane, CVT — Veterinary Technician
Susan earned an Associate degree in Veterinary Science and has maintained her career as a certified veterinary technician (CVT) working in clinical and surgical veterinary medicine for over 23 years. She has extensive experience in surgical nursing and anesthesia in multiple species including rodents, rabbits, swine, sheep and companion animals. Her breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in surgical anesthesia and clinical medicine, combined with her genuine compassion for animal health and wellness, make her a superlative caregiver and diversified clinical professional.
Laurie Barrasso — Veterinary Technician
Laurie grew up in the Boston area and received her Associates Degree in Animal Science from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute. She went on to work for veterinary practices in Las Vegas, NV, Scottsdale, AZ and MA. Once she returned to New England, she met her husband, moved to NH and raised two daughters.
After an 18 year career detour, she recently returned ot the veterinary field joining the Wendell team. Over the years, she has rescued, fostered and placed many animals into their forever homes. This is her true passion! Laurie enjoys spending time with family, hiking with her dogs, as well as boating, camping and gardening.
Patricia (Pat) Heino — Veterinary Assistant & Bookkeeper
Pat is a veterinary assistant and bookkeeper here at Wendell Veterinary Clinic. She was born in Mt. Laurel, NJ and graduated from Lenape High School. Pat then attended Rutgers University and received an Accredited Records Technician (ART) degree from the American Medical Records Association through Temple University in Philadelphia in 1976.
Pat worked as Director of Medical Record Department at a large medical facility in Trenton, NJ for several years prior to turning her hobby into a full-time career as a horse trainer/riding instructor and operating a horse boarding facility in Southampton, NJ where she had horses and students compete from local through the National Horse Show level in the Hunter/Jumper discipline. She operated Yankee Pet & Supply in Newport, NH for six years before joining the Wendell Veterinary Clinic team in 2007.
Oliva Richardson — Veterinary Assistant
Olivia joined the Wendell Veterinary Clinic in February 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant. She was raised down the field from her Grandfather’s farm in Sunapee. She spent plenty of her childhood there playing with the chickens, kittens, pigs, cows and horses.
Though Olivia is new to joining the Wendell team, the love of animals has always been something close to the heart. She is eager to learn new things each day! Her favorite part is being able to see the bond between our clients and their owners. While the pets are here she loves to help fill that void with her own love. She loves that each animal has their own characteristics and life story.
Susan Wellman — Veterinary Assistant
Susan joined the Wendell Veterinary Clinic team in January 2017. She was raised in Brookefield, VT always surrounded by animals. Her family raised golden retrievers, had an occasional litter of kittens, chickens and horses. From the time she could walk, she was on the back of a horse.
Susan earned a degree in Stable and Farm Management from Cazenovia College in NY. She worked at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darient, CT as the Horse Show Road Manager where she traveled up and down the east coast attending horse shows at the national level.
Amy Smith — Pet Groomer
Amy grew up in Brattleboro, VT and has recently moved to the Lebanon, NH area. As a child she always had a love for animals, especially dogs, as she grew up with two golden retrievers. She attended UNH for three years where she received her Associate’s degree in Animal Science and Business. She then went on to receive her certificate in Professional Dog Grooming and was a dog groomer in Greenfield, MA for two years.
Amy hopes to broaden her knowledge on all kinds of small animals and enjoys being able to comfort and care for the pets at Wendell Veterinary Clinic. In her spare time, Amy enjoys relaxing at her parent’s camp at Mascoma Lake, hanging out with her dog, Shelby, and enjoying the outdoors.
Connie Simmons — Animal Care Specialist
Connie is an animal care specialist at Wendell Veterinary Clinic.