Emergency & Critical Care Clinicians

Westford Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Clinicians

Westford Emergency VeterinariansCharles Amuguni, DVM

Dr. Charles Amuguni was raised in the western province of Kenya, near the north eastern part of Lake Victoria. His upbringing drove him to a passion for helping animals, ultimately pursing a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Nairobi in 1989. After graduating, Dr. Amuguni worked for the Kenyan government under the Department of Veterinary Public Health before joining the private veterinary sector.

While moving into private practice, Dr. Amuguni ran a mixed private practice that provided care large dairy and beef animals, as well as small animals. His practice was based in the coastal province of Kenya, Kilifi, before he decided to move to Massachusetts in 1998.

After coming to the United States, Dr. Amuguni worked as a Veterinary Technician in both emergency and general practice. He has been practicing small animal emergency medicine for the past 10 years and has a wealth of experience in emergency veterinary care. Dr. Amuguni enjoys working in emergency medicine and takes a special interest in veterinary surgery. In his spare time, Dr. Amuguni enjoys touring and taking road trips, especially long-distance train rides.

Westford Emergency VeterinariansKaitlyn Boucher, DVM

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dr. Boucher received her bachelor's degree in animal science from UMass Amherst in 2009. She then attended the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine and received her doctorate in 2013.

Dr. Boucher joined the Western Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center team in August of 2017, and thoroughly enjoys working in emergency medicine.

She currently resides on a farm in western Massachusetts with her husband and their many animals, including two horses, two alpacas, and their five dogs - Teddy (the old man greyhound), Waffles (a spaniel mix), Rowen (lab/shepherd mix), Harper (GSD/border collie mix), and the newest addition Halligan (GSD). She enjoys spending time on the farm, horseback riding, hiking with the pups, and fostering orphaned kittens, some of which become permanent residents.

Westford Emergency VeterinariansChristian J. D'Orazio, DVM

Dr. Chris D'Orazio is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his clinical training at the University of Missouri. Before becoming a veterinarian, he was a veterinary technician for many years at hospitals throughout New England, including the Intensive Care Unit at Tufts University. With a strong interest in veterinary emergency medicine and surgery, Dr. Chris has dedicated his professional life to providing the best possible care for animals needing emergency and critical care. He lives with his wife on a local farm, and they have four horses, several cats and a sheltie named Belle.

Westford Emergency VeterinariansRachel Duffany, DVM

Dr. Rachel Duffany grew up in Watertown, New York and developed her passions for veterinary practices at an early age. Dr. Duffany vividly recalls her 7th birthday party at Old McDonald’s Farm as being the instigator that made her want to become a veterinarian. She followed her passions throughout high school, enrolling in a course called “New Vision,” which enabled Dr. Duffany to spend 3 hours each day of her senior year rotating through different human and veterinary medical fields.

Dr. Duffany began working for Westford Veterinary Center in January of 2018. Having attended St. Lawrence University, Dr. Duffany graduated Cum Laude in 2011 with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and sports medicine. After undergraduate school, she went on to pursue her doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Duffany graduated from veterinary school in 2015 with honors, and hasn’t looks back since.

“I enjoy being a veterinarian because every day is a different adventure,” Dr. Duffany says. “It is rare to have two days that provide the same challenges, and solving puzzles is something I thoroughly enjoy.”

At home, Dr. Duffany enjoys passing the time playing softball, hiking, partaking in outdoor activities, going to the beach or doing anything on the water, and reading a good page turner. She owns a German Shepherd named Kyzer, a Pitbull named Rizzo, and a Pitbull/Island Mutt mix named Viola.

Westford Emergency VeterinariansQuan Yuan, DVM

Born and raised in China, Dr. Yuan received his Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from Nanjing University, Ph. D in Neuroscience from UMass Medical School and DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He finished a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Tufts Walpole. He enjoys working as an emergency veterinarian and spending his spare time with his wife and four cats.

Westford Emergency VeterinariansKarolina Preisner, DVM

Biographical information coming soon!

Samantha Gabree, DVM

Dr. Samantha Gabree grew up and has spent the majority of her life in Massachusetts. She has always dreamed about being a veterinarian since she was at least 8 years old (a dream she never expected to be lucky enough to call a career one day). She began working in an ER setting as a technician for 8 years during her schooling to gain invaluable experience and skills. Three of those years were spent working at WVERC as a per diem technician!

Dr. Gabree graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2013, where she majored in Pre-Veterinary Science and minored in Anthropology. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After veterinary school, she moved to Pittsburgh for her first job as an Emergency Clinician in an ER and specialty facility, where she dealt with a high case load of critical cases. Although she had a fantastic experience and obtained an insurmountable amount of knowledge in a short period of time, she found herself missing Boston. She has now returned to Massachusetts (and WVERC) as an Emergency Clinician.

Outside of work, Dr. Gabree enjoys skiing with her family in Vermont and exploring Boston with friends. She has a 10 year old white golden retriever named Mogul, who has been very tolerant having a veterinary student as an owner over the past few years. Dr. Gabree is looking forward to being back at WVERC and continuing her work in emergency medicine.

Stacey Lauer, DVM

Emergency Clinician Dr. Stacey Lauer began practicing at Westford Veterinary Emergency & Clinic Care in April 2016. Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Lauer earned bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology from University of Rochester. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Lauer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association. She is highly interested in internal medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Lauer has performed pet assisted therapy in Portland, OR and Derry, NH.

At home, Dr. Lauer has a black lab named Jackie, two caps named Jazo and Chip, and a dove named Bernice. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and gardening.

Holly Hughs-Wachtel, DVM

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