VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

Doctors Overview

We invite you to explore the biographies of our VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center veterinarians and learn more about them. Our hospital's team of doctors are compassionate and highly trained veterinary professionals and specialists who are ready to assist you and your pet whenever a health concern presents itself. As you will see in our biography section, our staff has a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but, above all, a love of animals and providing the very best care for them.

  • Matthew Palmisano

    Medical Director
    DVM, Ohio State University
    Certifications: DACVS
    Departments: Surgery

    Dr. Palmisano graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship at Oradell Animal Hospital, he returned to OSU to complete his surgical

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  • Beth Whitney

    Medical Director
    DVM, Colorado State University
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Whitney was born and raised in New Hampshire. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in French from Providence College in 1991. After spending time abroad

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  • Jonathan Goodwin

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Tuskegee University
    Certifications: DACVIM/Cardiology
    Departments: Cardiology

    Dr. Goodwin received his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University. He completed his internship in 2000 at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, and then went on to complete a cardiology residency

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  • Margaret Musser

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
    Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
    Departments: Oncology

    Dr. Margaret Musser is our Board Certified Oncologist.  She was born and raised in Delaware, Ohio.  She received her B.A. cum laude in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with

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  • Melissa Salgado

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Cornell University
    Certifications: DACVECC
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Melissa Salgado is Board certified in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care. She obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2006. After veterinary school,

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  • Nina Shoulberg

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Cornell University
    Certifications: DACVD
    Departments: Dermatology

    Dr. Shoulberg is a graduate of Cornell University Veterinary School. Her internship and residency training in dermatology were completed at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shoulberg has

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  • Lisa Gorman

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Washington State University
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Lisa Gorman is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist. She joined our team here at VCA VREC in 2015. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Cornell University

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  • Avery Krein

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Avery Krein is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. She attended and received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences.


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  • Spencer Lutchen

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Kansas State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Spencer Lutchen is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. He attended and received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary

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  • Laura Maston

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, University of Tennessee
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Laura Maston is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. She attended and received her veterinary degree from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center
123 West Cedar Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Telephone: 203-854-9960

Click here for directions to our location.

VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Fairfield County and southwestern Connecticut. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.

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