Professional. Capable. Caring.
Our veterinarians are committed to making sure your pets receive the best care possible. As pet owners themselves, they understand that your pets are a part of your family. It is their mission to help your pets live as well as possible for as long as possible. They communicate closely with each client regarding his or her pet’s care, whether to treat an illness; oversee broader health issues and dietary maintenance; or for general health and wellness.
Our vets are assisted by an able team of veterinary technicians and administrative support staff. These staff members have many years of education, training, and animal experience and are equally dedicated to the Riverside Veterinary Care philosophy.
Carol Gifford, DVM, DABVP
Veterinarian / Owner
Dr. Gifford's Bio
Dr. Gifford holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dr. Gifford has also attained advanced credentials in the form of board certification in canine and feline medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. This certification involves a rigorous examination process, as well as multiple case reports, professional experience, and references. Her family’s pets include a dog named Monte, two cats, and a horse. Her special professional interests include internal medicine and cardiology.
Emily Sullivan, DVM
Dr. Sullivan's Bio
Emily Sullivan, DVM obtained her veterinary medical degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. She previously worked in western Massachusetts before coming to Riverside. She enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, and many other outdoor activities. Dr. Sullivan has two Australian Shepherds—one named Kiah and the other named Keirin—and a cat named Yeti.
Kristin Esterbrook, DVM
Dr. Esterbrook's Bio
Kristin Esterbrook, DVM is a Rutland native who relocated back to Vermont from Massachusetts. Dr. Esterbrook has been practicing veterinary medicine for 14 years. She received her veterinary medical degree from Ross University. Her special interests include dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. Esterbrook’s objective is to provide excellent, compassionate veterinary care catering to the needs of each client and patient. She has a Bassett Hound named Flash!
Heidi Crane, DVM
Dr. Crane's Bio
As a veterinarian, she loves working with owners to keep their pets healthy and enjoys the variety of day-to-day veterinary practice – you never know what you’re going to see, diagnose and treat on any given day! While she thrives on the challenges of veterinary medicine, Dr. Crane also cherishes the relationships she makes with owners and their pets through their care.
Outside of work, two children keep Dr. Crane and her husband busy, and they enjoy skiing, swimming, and exercising their Australian Shepherd, Masha. They also have a cat named Weezie, and thanks to the kids, a hamster, 1 beta fish, and 3 guppies!
Patient Care Coordinators