Meet Our Team

We’re one big family working together to care for your pet.

APPOINTMENT

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

Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Gifford's Bio

Carol Gifford, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine in Vermont since 1987. In 1991, she founded her own practice, which grew to become Riverside Pet Hospital. In 2005, the practice name was changed to Riverside Veterinary Care to better reflect our scope of services. As Riverside’s portfolio of services grew, the name changed yet again in 2014 to Riverside Veterinary Care and Dental Services.

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). Her family’s pets include a dog named Monte, two cats, and a horse. Her special professional interests include internal medicine and cardiology.

Kristin Esterbrook, DVM

Veterinarian
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!

Emily Sullivan, DVM

Veterinarian
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.

Laura

Practice Manager
Laura's Bio
Coming soon!

Patient Care Coordinators

Sandy
Kristie
Kylen

Veterinary Technicians

Alex
Lynn

Veterinary Assistants

Alycia
Sandy
Liz

Kennel Team

Michelle, Team Leader
Liz
Stephanie
Cara

Ludlow Staff

Renee
Alex
Kristie
LeeAnn