Monday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
About Central Animal Hospital
Central Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital, providing quality care to cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals for over 30 years. Our staff includes talented veterinarians, technicians, assistants, kennel attendants, and receptionists who are ready to provide the best in medical care for your pet.
Howard Hutchins, D.V.M., owner
Bachelor of Science, MIT, 1973
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri, 1977
Rachel Klopfer, D.V.M.
Dr. Klopfer started at Central Animal Hospital in October, 2006. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in 1991, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She then completed a small animal rotating medical, surgical, and emergency veterinary internship program at Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, MA. Since graduating in 1997, she has been active in many animal shelters and with many spay/neuter programs. She was on staff at the MSPCA in Methuen, MA for 10 years and continues to volunteer monthly. Dr. Klopfer has traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in Project Samana 4 times as a team member and co-leader. This is a veterinary medical operative that focuses on sterilization and salvage procedures, urgent care, and humane education.
Rachel lives in Winchester, MA with her husband of 25 years, her 14 year old son, her 11 year old daughter, and her furry entourage. She spends time off volunteering in her children's schools, traveling, hiking, running, cycling, swimming, exploring, and crossfitting.
Darcy Hutchinson, D.V.M.
A Melrose native, Dr. Hutchinson attended Boston University on a full academic scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biology. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Hutchinson worked for years here at Central Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician.
She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 where she excelled at surgery and emergency medicine. Dr. Hutchinson strives to provide high quality care for her patients and also to get to know her clients.
Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her dogs doing agility, obedience, kayaking, and hiking. When not taking care of animals, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and camping with her husband.
Although she has a very similar name to the owner of the Central Animal Hospital, Dr. Howard Hutchins, she is not related. Dr. Hutchinson is very excited to be back with the talented staff at Central Animal Hospital, and hopes to care for many animals in the years to come.
Dawn "Liv" Herrick, CVT
After spending 10 years on the kennel staff at Northeast Animal Shelter, Dawn came to work at Central Animal Hospital in July of 1997. She graduated from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute in 1992 with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences majoring in veterinary technology, and became certified in 1998.
In 2000, Dawn first participated in Project Samana, a volunteer project providing free veterinary care to large and small animals in remote areas of the Dominican Republic. She has returned on 15 successive trips, assisting with spays, neuters, and other surgeries as well as medical cases and routine parasite treatments. She even managed to recruit Central's own Dr. Rachel Klopfer, who has become a major part of the project.
In 2010, Dawn joined the National Veterinary Response Team. The NVRT is a federal team which provides veterinary care to animals affected by disasters. She was deployed to New Jersey and New York with her team in November of 2012 in response to Superstorm Sandy.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys handraising orphaned kittens and puppies, specializing in high-risk neonates. She became a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in 2008, and helps to treat minor medical cases as well as raise some species of orphaned wildlife. She lives in Waltham with her husband, Ian, and her two dogs, Abbey and Sally.
Anna has been working as a veterinary technician at Central Animal Hospital since 2013. She was previously employed as a vet tech at North Reading Veterinary Clinic for 6 years. She attended North Shore Community College's Veterinary Technician Program after completing a year at Lasell College on a soccer scholarship. Anna spends her free time with family and friends, or dreaming up her next tattoo. She currently lives in Burlington with her fiance, Brandon, and her two beloved cats, Dingus and Fatty Boomba (pictured with Anna).