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 Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry with emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After taking an eight 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. She recently graduated from a Master's Program for Management and Leadership in April of 2017.
Kaitlyn Gillis – Head Veterinary Technician
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She recently graduated with an MBA from Anna Maria College in May 2017 and is now pursuing her CVT designation. 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.
Bri Austin – Veterinary Assistant
Bri graduated from Worcester North High in 2015 where she was an active theater student, captain and starting pitcher for the Varsity softball team and an AP student. When she is not working, she enjoys drawing, painting, singing, going on hikes and playing pool. Bri believes the opportunity to work with animals is an honor and loves each furry friend as they're her own. In the future, Bri would like to become a certified as a Veterinary Technician.
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.
Lupia Marchezi — Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Specialist
Lupia graduated from Worcester Technical High School in May of 2017 where she received her designation as a NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant. She currently studies biology at a local community college and hopes to become a small animal veterinarian.
Outside of school and work she enjoys to read, visit art museums, and watch movies. She has two lovely fur-babies at home, a cavachon dog named Fluffy & a hamster named Savitar.
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.
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.