Southington Veterinary Associates

Southington Veterinary Associates is a full-service small animal veterinary medical facility, located in Southington, CT. We have been a proud member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 2007. Our professional and courteous staff at Southington Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Southington Veterinary Associates strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Southington and the surrounding areas. For more information about AAHA accreditation and what that means for your pet please feel free to visit their website at:

 Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about Southington Veterinary Associates and how we can work together to keep your loving companion(s) healthy.

Our Mission
At Southington Veterinary Associates, LLC. our mission is to provide high quality general medical services in an environment that provides for the best possible life style for our patients, our clients and our staff.
  • Monday-Friday: 7:30a-6:00p
  • Saturday: 7:30a-1:00p
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Closed 12:00p-1:00p
  • After Hours Emergency: Animal Emergency Hospital of Central CT860-563-4447
  • Rodger Foster, DVM

    Practice Owner
    Retired February 28, 2013 but still active owner of Southington Veterinary Associates. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Rodger E. Foster, a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine--moved to CT to pursue his dream of owning his own practice.  In 1985 he joined Old Canal and eventually bought out the small practice located on Darling St.  Since that time Dr. Foster has made many changes to the outside of the practice but the heart of the clinic remains the same.  His easygoing manner and quality medicine have kept clients coming back year after year from as far away as Florida. 

    Dr. Foster hand-picked his Associates currently operating SVA.  He wanted the practice to maintain the same high standards in quality medical care, compassionate care and fair pricing he has always offered.

    His retirement consists of managing a menagerie of pets at home with his wife Sherry.  He is looking forward to starting a farm down South and enjoying his days of retirement with occasional trips back home to check on the practice.
  • Bridgit Herrick , B.S. Animal Science, CVT

    Practice Manager
    Bridgit Herrick possesses over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field.  She was hired as a veterinary technician in October of 1996 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science-self design from the University of Vermont.  In addition to passing the veterinary technology certification program in 2005, Bridgit took over as practice manager at Southington Veterinary Associates.  Working towards certification in veterinary management  she is currently trying to fill Dr. Foster's shoes and exceed the standards of compassion, medical care, integrity and professionalism that SVA clients have come to rely on.
    She and her husband along with 2 dogs, 2 cats and multiple fish call the shoreline their home.  They spend weekends at the dog park, in addition to sight-seeing around the area and gardening.

  • Tom Insalaco, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Thomas Insalaco is a native of Western New York State who has been working with animals since 1993.  He is a 2004 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine--(War Eagle!). After graduation he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center- Western New England.  Dr. Insalaco went on to spend 5 years practicing canine and feline medicine in Orchard Park, New York with a heavy emphasis on emergency medicine and surgery.  

    In 2010 he moved to Connecticut and in September 2011 Dr. Insalaco joined the SVA team. Dr. Insalaco enjoys all aspects of canine and feline practice, but has particular interest in the areas of emergency medicine, surgery, wound management, orthopedics and feline medicine.

    In his spare time, Dr. Insalaco enjoys cooking, playing the guitar and ukulele, skiing, cheering for the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, and spending time with his cats: Virgil, Beatrice, Dante, Lucy, and Phil.
    Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Dr. Brian Vitelli, B.S., D.V.M., M.A.

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Brian Vitelli has joined our practice! Dr. Vitelli received his Bachelor's degree in animal science from the Purdue University School of Agriculture in 1977 and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Purdue Veterinary School in 1982.  He holds Master's degrees in biology, entomology and public health.  In addition, Dr. Vitelli has a Connecticut teaching certificate, a certificate in forensic entomology, and is certified in veterinary acupuncture.

    Prior to practicing here, Dr. Vitelli, built, owned and sold Foxon Veterinary Hospital, taught science at the Morgan School and Gateway Community College, served as a relief Public Health Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer for the Food Safety Inspection Service of the USDA and worked as a health inspector for a municipal Health Department.  For the past two years, Dr. Vitelli has been practicing Veterinary Medicine and surgery at Mill Pond Veterinary Hospital on the Connecticut shore.

    Originally from the New Haven area, Dr. Vitelli currently resides in Guilford with his family. His pets include several pythons, two tortoises, Charlie the Wonderdog and 18 year old Stinky Cat.

    Dr. Vitelli is currently seeing patients and performing acupuncture at Southington Veterinary Associates where he is committed to the health and well being of his patients.  When not hard at work, Dr. Vitelli enjoys reading, nature study, traveling, and spending time with his family.
    Acupuncture, Exotics, Forensic entomology, Public Health
  • Dr. Joseph J. Janicki, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Joseph Janicki got his DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in New York in 2003.  He joined the Southington Veterinary Associates team in May 2012. Dr. Janicki resides in Southern CT with his wife and 2 children.
  • Jessica Forster, DVM

    Dr. Jessica Forster is originally from Danbury, CT and has been working in the animal field for over 13 years. She earned her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from The University of Connecticut in 2007 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 2012.  After practicing in Edmond, OK for 2 years, Dr. Forster decided to move back to Connecticut and worked in Middletown before accepting a position here at SVA.
    Dr. Forster currently resides in Unionville with her husband Chris, daughter Delilah, bulldog Mugsy and 2 cats Brynn and Rocky.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
  • Christina Spann

    Veterinary Ambassador
    Eight years ago Christina was hired as a veterinary ambassador at SVA and today is in charge of running the front end. Her customer service record is impeccable and many of our clients look forward to seeing her smiling face at the front counter.

    She attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and was studying marine biology before joining SVA.  Her plans are to continue to excel in customer service and currently is working towards getting certified in customer service in order to be a customer service advocate.

    Christina is an avid softball player and lives with her husband and 2 cats.  She is also responsible for creating the client scrapbooks found throughout the clinic!
  • Bill Daily

    Veterinary Ambassador
    Bill Daily joined the Southington Veterinary Associates Reception team in May 2012 with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Middlesex Community College.  As a former package store owner and world traveler, Bill understands the importance of interacting with people and their pets as well as the important bond they share. Bill is the proud owner of a chocolate lab named Colby who likes to go hiking and exploring in his free time. In addition, Bill spends a lot of time volunteering at shelters.  His dream is to finally visit Antarctica.
  • Deborah Holyst

    Veterinary Technician
    Deb Holyst has been with Southington Veterinary Associates since 2005.  She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a biological concentration from Central Connecticut State University in 2003.  Deb is currently pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology.
  • Sherry Foster

    Sherry Foster is the payroll administrator at Southington Veterinary Associates. A wife, mother, step mother, business owner, and volunteer for The Chariots of Hope Organization, which provides wheelchairs to those in need, she is constantly in motion never stopping until the job is done.  An inspiration to anyone who believes that hard work will take you places.  
    Accounting, Payroll