Susan Board Gillham, DVM
Dr. Gillham has been practicing at Associates Animal Hospital since 1995. She grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and currently lives in Shirley, Massachusetts. Dr. Gillham received an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and a DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Before joining our team, she practiced veterinary medicine at Shrewsbury Animal Hospital. Her special interests include surgery and endocrinology.
In her spare time, Dr. Gillham enjoys painting, hiking, traveling and archaeology. She has a 6-year-old Brittany Spaniel named Benny and a 3-year-old cat named Midgey Kitty at home.
Donna Badner, DVM
Dr. Donna Badner graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She established and operated a small animal hospital for several years where she enjoyed the privilege of long lasting relationships with staff, clients and their pets. Her special interests include all areas of internal medicine, such as preventive medicine as well as diagnosing and medically managing sick and chronically ill patients. Dr. Badner feels that the role our pets play in our lives and the role we play in theirs cannot be over appreciated.
She has volunteered her veterinary services to The State of Mass Animal Response Team as well as NEADS and is a current member of the AVMA and the MVMA. Outside of work, Dr. Badner can be found cycling, watching the Red Sox or spending time with her two and four-legged family.
Address / Hours
21 Summer Street
Westborough, MA 01581
P: (508) 870-0600
F: (508) 366-7033
Support the People and Pets of Texas
Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas and the south has been extremely devestating. In times like these, it is important for us to support our fellow Americans, including our four-legged friends and other pets.
Please consider donating to the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation as each gift provides vital support to TVMF's programs. As fellow pet-owners and animal lovers, it is only fitting that we partner with this cause so that we can ensure the safety of both pets and their parents.
Hospital Renovations Underway
Pardon our dust - Construction is underway at the Associates Animal Hospital! We are expanding our treatment area to include an all new secondary surgical space.
Renovations are expected to be complete later this summer, and we will remain open during the process. Please feel free to call us at (508) 870-0600 if you have questions.
We look forward to being able to see more patients and provide more care to our loyal clients with these exciting upgrades!
Free Pet Exam for New Clients
FREE Wellness Visit & Fecal Test
We want to welcome you to Associates Animal Hospital! New Clients receive one comprehensive physical exam for up to two pets in the household. (Vaccines and testing are additional.) Offer good any time (no expiration date).
Please give us a call at (508) 870-0600 to schedule your free appointment!
Dr. Gillham Honored by Westborough Women's Club
Our very own Dr. Gillham was recently honored by the Westborough Women's Club for her dedication to making sure that every pet in the town gets vaccinated for rabies. For the past 23 years, Dr. Gillham has given up a Saturday morning in April to run a rabies vaccine clinic. This donation of time and effort has, year after year, helped to provide a safer community for our families and pets to live in.
In a recent Wicked Local article, Dr. Gillham was quoted as saying "I'm a veterinarian and part of our call is public service. Every veterinarian I know does something for the community" later going on to say that this was part of her responsibility. She was formally presented with her award on May 9, 2016.
Take a look at some of our favorite pictures from the event!
Now Offering Senior Wellness Packages
Our senior patients are near and dear to us. That is why we are excited to share that Associates Animal Hospital now offers Senior Wellness Packages!
In addition to your pet receiving a complete physical exam, we will also do a free glaucoma or blood pressure screening, depending on your pet's needs.
Older pets can develop many of the same health issues that people may develop as they age, such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroid and diabetes. Because of the more rapid age changes in our furry family members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that pets over 7 years of age be examined twice a year by a veterinarian.
Associates Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Allison Jackson – Hospital Manager
Allison has been working in the veterinary industry for nearly 20 years. She graduated from Ripon College with a BS degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry with emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After taking an 8 year hiatus from the veterinary world, her desire to work with animals returned. She is a certified trainer of Dogtra collars, a pet sitter, and a long time member of Therapy Dogs International.
When not working, Allison enjoys spending time with her menagerie of cats and dogs. She can often be found barefoot in nature hanging with friends, writing or drawing, but from April through August she is on the softball field competing in the Co-ed Worcester League. The summer of 2015 she began a Master's Program for Management and Leadership.
Kaitlyn Lovell – Head Veterinary Technician
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She is continuing her education at Anna Maria College to earn an MBA degree. She plans on becoming a veterinary practice manager in the future. At a very young age, Kaitlyn was introduced to the horse world and her love for animals grew from there. During her time at UMass Amherst she worked with various farm animals and completed an internship at Dakin Humane Society. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys riding horses, baking and taking photographs.
Jennifer Olivieri – Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer works at Associates Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant. She had numerous animals growing up and currently has two wonderful dogs and an elderly cat. As an animal lover and pet owner, Jennifer believes it is an honor to work and learn at an establishment where animal care is the number one priority. She hopes to return to school to study biology, focusing in conservation genetics.
Leslie McDonough – Veterinary Assistant
Leslie works as a kennel and veterinary assistant at Associates Animal Hospital, joining our team in December 2011. She enjoys spending time with her two cats, Ricky and Fuzzy.
Melissa 'Mac' McAnally – Client Care Specialist
Mac was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She moved to Colorado for college and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mac grew up with a love of all animals. She has had everything from dogs, fish, turtles, and birds to iguanas, chinchillas, and rats. She now has one dog, a Catahoula mix named Justice.
Mac has worked in the veterinary field for over seven years, working in everything from grooming, tech assistant, reception, and assistant manager.
When not working, Mac thoroughly enjoys being a book nerd, making and selling jewelry, painting, and hiking with friends and pups alike.
Pet Health FAQs
What should I do if I think my dog has heat stroke?
If your dog has been in the heat and is lethargic or in a stupor, check the color of the gums. If your pet's gums are dark (brick) red he/she may have heat stroke. You need to cool your pet by placing them in tepid (NOT COLD) water and place a fan near them. Take your pet's rectal temperature and call the hospital. The normal temperature for a cat or dog should not be greater than 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Pets with temperatures greater than 109 may not recover. Remember to start cooling your pet with tepid water and a fan before transporting to the closest veterinary hospital.
My Dog has been hit by a car! What do I do?
Every animal that has been hit by a car should be seen at an animal hospital immediately. Even pets that seem OK could have internal damage that could lead to death if left untreated. Every pet should receive shock therapy, observation and radiographs of the chest and abdomen. Don't wait! A pet that could be saved may die if you take the "lets wait and see" approach.
What do I do if My Pet has Diarrhea?
After withholding food and giving water only for 12 hours, start the bland diet below. Call the animal hospital if the stomach upset continues.
- 2 Parts boiled white rice
- 1 Part boiled skinless (boneless) chicken OR 1 Part boiled lean hamburger
- Leave in separate containers and mix only when serving
- Food can be warmed slightly prior to feeding
- Give 4-5 small meals a day.
- Amount should equal the animal's normal daily quantity of food
Continue diet 3-4 days or until stool appears normal, then slowly change back to regular diet, mixing 1/4 regular diet with 3/4 bland diet 2-3 days, then 1/2 regular diet with 1/2 bland diet for 2-3 days. Then 3/4 regular diet with 1/4 bland diet for 2-3 days. Continue to gradually reduce bland diet until back to regular diet.
Kaopectate: Plain Flavor
- 1 tsp per 10 lbs
- Up to 4 times a day after diarrhea episode
- Do not give if giving Proviable Paste