Bethany Lundsted, CVT, GACC Manager
Bethany lives in Rindge, NH with her husband, Newton, her oldest daughter, Jackie, Parker in the middle, and Leila, the youngest. They have a Golden named Krypto, a Great Pyrenees named Misty, a Black Labrador named Lady and two cats: Ashe, the big gray one; and Kahuna, fat, orange and loveable. The family spends a lot of time at the hockey rink and in the barn with Jackie’s pony, Bunny. Bethany’s life is very busy, but she is always surrounded by animals! She hopes to someday fulfill her dream of touring Africa.
Christy J. Boris, BS, CVT
Jennifer Davis, CVT, AS
Kim Richard, CVT
Lynn Kelley, CVT
Lynn joined the Gardner Animal Care Center team in July 2008, and prior to that worked as a veterinary technician in a non-profit animal shelter. Lynn has loved animals from a very young age and can’t imagine herself in any other occupation. She enjoys volunteering at feral cat spay and neuter clinics and doing her part in controlling pet overpopulation.
In her spare time, Lynn enjoys camping, traveling, music, collecting books, and being with family and friends. She shares her home with two dogs – a Cairn Terrier named Reese, and a Beagle that (sometimes) answers to Dale.
Haley Boucher, CVT
Joel T. Powers, CVT, RN
(November 15, 1984 – March 7, 2010)
Madison E. Hurley
In her free time, Kasey likes spending time with her family and being outdoors. She is also a big baseball fan. You can usually find Kasey at the local baseball field watching her kids play. At home, Kasey has two American Bullies named Vayda and Brix and a cat named Kiki.
Jennifer was born in Germany and moved to the United States when she was three. She spent her childhood in Fitchburg and Lunenburg. She attended Monty Tech where she took four years of culinary arts classes. Jennifer had a pet mouse that lived in her locker there – the teachers never knew! She would even take him to classes with her in her purse. After she graduated high school, she began working at Twin City Animal Hospital and has been working at animal hospitals ever since.
Jennifer lives in Winchendon with her husband, Randy, daughter, Rachael, and son, Zachary. Their home is owned by LOTS of pets! It’s a lot of work but she would not change a thing. Life is good!
Kendra began working at the Gardner Animal Care Center in May of 2018. For the past few years, she has been working towards an associates degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Because of her love for animals, she hopes to start her own business one day that involves caring for animals, preferably cats because they are her favorite! Kendra currently lives with her Rottweiler, Max, & hopes to adopt some more furry friends soon. For fun, she enjoys spending time with friends & family, & hanging out with the cats in our boarding facility!
She has two Italian Greyhounds, Luna and Stella, and spends her free time with them. They are her best friends and she wouldn’t have it any other way! Kathryn has always wanted to be in the animal care field; when she was a child, she would play “Veterinarian” on her stuffed animals with a toy medical kit. Her dream for the future is to live on a ranch with her dogs and give a home to all of the animals in need.
Kathryn loves being a part of the Gardner Animal Care Center family and can’t wait for her future as a Veterinary Technician.
Gina Cuzzi, Supervisor
Gina enjoys photographing her dog Xena as well as all the fantastic daycare dogs. In her spare time, you won’t find Gina without her shadow, Xena. The two love to go on walks, hikes, and swimming.
Animal Care Technician
Jill has been working with the Gardner Animal Care Center as an ACT since December 2017. She is currently attending Mount Wachusett Community College for her degree in nursing. She also took a few semesters at Umass Amherst in animal sciences.
Jill has a Catahoula Leopard mix dog named Athena who comes to work with her every day and loves it! She also has two Puggles, Sophie and Buster. She loves to take her dogs out on walks and hikes in her free time.
Animal Care Technician
Kolby has been with the Gardner Animal Care Center as an ACT since May 2018. She is currently going to school at Mount Wachusett Community College for her degree in Veterinary Technology. Before applying to the Vet Tech program, she completed five semesters at Fitchburg State University studying Business Management.
Kolby has a Chocolate Lab named Owen and a puppy nephew named Niko who is a Lab Mix; she spends a lot of her free time with them. Kolby has always had a love for animals as well as caring for them and has always wanted to work in the Veterinary field. Kolby loves working at the Gardner Animal Care Center and can’t wait to finally become a Veterinary Technician!
Claudia Romard Hofmann, CPDT-KA
In 2007 we were fortunate to add Claudia to our team, and she has been teaching classes ever since. Claudia teaches on Saturdays only as her “real job” as an Assistant Manager in a Bank requires her attention Monday through Friday. Along with standard training classes, Claudia specializes in problem behavior dogs and finding individualized solutions to address these problems.
Claudia is passionate about all dogs and her main objective is to help our clients learn to understand their individual dogs better, based upon the dogs own characteristics and tendencies that might differ from other dogs in the class. Her teaching style is based on canine behavior science and transparency in its approach. Her classes are not “cookie-cutter,” everyone receives the same basic training, but the pace and detailed technique are dependent on the individual needs of the team. Claudia’s strives to create a respectful and trusting relationship and the bond between human and dog.
Many employee pets, including Dr. Mike’s and Dr. Brian’s dogs, have been through her classes with great success.
Claudia’s favorite breed has been the German Shepherd Dog and her Kennel name “van Gogh” is world known. Claudia and her son share their home with a 13-year-old sable GSD and a 6-year-old rescued Pitbull-Mix who is a certified Therapy Dog.
Karen Rich CPDT-KA
Since 1998, Karen has been active in the area of animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Her background in psychiatry and education equipped her to move into this field and to become an educator, as well as a tester/observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Many of her students have gone on to actively visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, and senior centers, bringing joy and hope to others. Karen and her dog, Mya, are very active in the community, visiting several medical facilities each week. Mya has made well over 650 therapeutic visits, and has reached the highest title of therapy dogs that the AKC awards- “Distinguished Therapy Dog.” Mya can be seen acting as a “demo” dog and assistant in some of GACC’s obedience classes as well.
Karen has a particular interest in the early socialization of dogs and strengthening the human-animal bond. She is GACC’s dog behavioral instructor for the GACC Daycare team. She is currently supervised by three cats, two Golden Retrievers, and a German Shepherd Dog, who bring her much happiness, keep her on her toes, and teach her new things all the time!
After a few weeks of training, I started to become impatient with what I thought was the lack of progress in Ben’s development. One week, after class, I spoke with Claudia about my concerns. She encouraged me to stay patient, continue attending class. She stressed the importance of completing homework assignments, consistent handling techniques by all family members and continually applying what was being taught in class.
Well, we stuck with it. The results of Claudia’s methods speak for themselves: Ben graduated from Puppy School, Obedience School, AKC Canine Good Citizen, and AKC Community Canine classes. He is currently enrolled in Therapy Dog Certification Training. None of this would have been possible without the training Ben received from Claudia and Karen.
I would and have recommended the dog training services offered by Claudia and Karen to friends and even strangers that Ben and I come across on our daily walks.
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