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LotoOriginally founded in 1978 by Dr. Alan Hart and Dr. Terry Claypoole as Veterinary Associates of East Haven, Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital cares for dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pocket pets and their families in East Haven, Branford, New Haven, as well as many other towns in Connecticut. Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital is now led by veterinarians Dr. Heather RifeDr. Massimo Dammando, Dr. Stephanie Faubert and a professional and caring support staff. As a member of your community for almost 40 years, we aim to provide the best medical care available for your pet and the best service we can to you and your family.

At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital we see scheduled appointments, same-day appointments, and we have 24/7 EMERGENCY on call service for your pet. Along with routine wellness and wellness programs, dental care, and preventative care such as vaccines, and flea, tick and heartworm prevention, our doctors also perform routine and advanced surgeries. We have board certified surgical specialists on call for orthopedic and other specialized surgical cases. At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital, we are confident that our facility will provide you with the service you expect in a warm and welcoming environment.

Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located at 47 Frontage Road in East Haven, which is easily accessible from Route 95, making it easy to find whether you are coming from East Haven, Branford, New Haven, or any other town in Connecticut. Please click on Contact Us for directions. We look forward to seeing you and your furry family members soon!

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Heather Rife

    Dr. Heather Rife graduated from Kansas State University of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. After completing an internship at New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, she joined Dr. Julie Tremblay as an owner of Veterinary Associates of East Haven. Dr. Rife’s focus is on small animal medicine and surgery with a special interest in small mammals including rabbits, ferrets, and other pocket pets. In addition to veterinary medicine, she also helps dog owners with their pet’s behavioral issues. Dr. Rife lives in Guilford with her husband, Tony, a cat named Skid, and 2 Australian Terriers named Martha and Reggie. In her spare time, Dr. Rife is involved in dog agility competitions and Earthdog. She is also an avid gardener.

  • Dr.
    Massimo Dammando

    Dr. Massimo Dammando attended the University of Perugia (Italy).Upon completing his studies in 1982, he came to the United States and received his Connecticut veterinary license in 1984. He then went back to Italy and practiced in Rome for 1 year. Dr. Dammando’s focus is on small animal medicine and surgery with particular interest in gastroenterology and endoscopy. In his spare time, Dr. Dammando enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, cooking, dining, and fishing. Dr. Dammando has 3 cats (Juliet, Z, and Dasha) and a Golden Retriever named Grace.

  • Dr.
    Stephanie Faubert

    Dr. Stephanie Faubert attended the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and acquired her clinical experience at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a focus on Small Animal Surgery and has a special interest in small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) Dr. Faubert recently moved to Connecticut from Ontario, Canada. She currently has one cat Calliope, and a rescue Catahoula Leopard mix named Tika!

  • Dr. Callie Tatro

    Dr. Callie Tatro graduated in 2014 from The University of Glasgow which is located in Scotland. Following veterinary school, she then participated in a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists in Bohemia, NY. Callie lives in Woodbridge CT with her two dogs, Jenny and Phil, both of which were adopted as rescues.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I love the new place, it’s spacious along with the extra services offered like grooming and daycare it’s a pet owner’s dream. Not to mention plenty of parking. Love love love!"
    E. Piper - / East Haven, CT
  • "Beautiful new clinic with prompt caring service from both the doctor and friendly staff!"
    Michele S.
  • "The new state of the art facility is beautiful. There is little to no wait time the two times I have been there in the past few weeks. Very satisfied with my pets' care & the friendly assistants that are there."
    Annette F.
  • "Clean, friendly and reassuring! This office/staff was amazing from my original call, to the visit and discharge. The staff explained everything to us in detail, pricing was as quoted, the Doctor called shortly after the surgery to update us on how successful the procedure was and on how our bunny was doing. No other services were forced upon us and our bunny is happy and healthy! Our family would recommend this office to any/all pet owners!"
    Tiffany R.

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East Haven Office

Monday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday:

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm pick-up only

(203) 693-8838