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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1991
    B.S. University of Vermont
    Practice Management, Marketing, Veterinary Technology
  • 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. He is currently in charge of our prescription diets and takes a lot of continuing education in order to be on top of nutritional questions clients may have.  If anyone has any questions regarding pet insurance Bill can guide the clients in the right direction.
    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.
    Pet Insurance & Pet Food
  • Kelly Kirschmann

    Kelly is another member of our Ambassador team. She joined us in early February with over 2 years of experience in the field.  In 2012 Kelly completed the Veterinary Assistant program through Middlesex Community College. The knowledge she gained from this program helps Kelly assist customers at the front desk.  Through caring for own asthmatic cat whom recieves inhaler treatments, she has picked up a thing or two about dealing with cats with asthma and their special requirements.  Kelly is a big fan of live music, and loves supporting her favorite bands during her time off. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and caring for her two cats Smitty and Pig Pen.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • 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.  She started out at SVA as a Receptionist and gradually exhibited the skill set needed to become a Room Assistant.  Through hard work, dedication and continuing education classes Deb has risen to her present position as a Veterinary Technician.  She is frequently found in surgery monitoring, prepping and working closely with the surgeon in charge.  Deb maintains and raises all AAHA standards involved with  surgery from protocols, to pain management, to proper procedures and training surgical staff.  Many of our clients have had the pleasure of meeting with Deb to go over instructions post surgery. 
    At home she manages a large menagerie of fur children.  Deb is always bringing in recipes and magazines for staff to try out. We look forward to being her culinary guinea pigs!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
    B.A. CCSU
    Surgery, Anesthesia
  • Morgan Susco

    Since joining the SVA team in June of 2014 Morgan has completed her degree in Veterinary Technology from MXCC. She is scheduled to take the National Boards sometime in 2016 in order to become a certified Veterinary Technician.  Morgan spends a lot of her time as part of the surgery team, lab technician, room technician, receptionist and client educator.  She especially loves to perform dental prophylaxes on patients who need them.  It's nice to see what a huge difference it makes in how the patient feels after the procedure and also she enjoys sharing with clients ways to maintain dental health in the future.  Her and her fiancee recently purchased their first house and together with their pets-Jersey, Diesel, and Tilly spend most of their time painting, decorating and making it into a home that they all can enjoy for years to come!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Middlesex Community College Veterinary Technology Program 2015
    Surgery, Anesthesia, Patient Care, Client Education, Dentistry
  • Justin Hansen

    A member of our surgical team, Justin is a recent graduate of Middlesex Community College Veterinary Technology Program.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge gleaned from working 8 years in the retail aspect of animal care as well as the veterinary portion. Among his special interests are surgery and anesthesia, patient monitoring, home care and client education. It's been a longtime dream of his to work with animals and their parents.  At home he spends his time with his dog Sundae and his cat Mojo who is a diabetic. When he isn't working he can be found watching the Celtics, hiking, taking trips to Maine and watching movies. He's slated to take the National Boards for his Veterinary Technician Certification in early 2016.  Go Team Surgery!
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 26, 2015
    2015 Graduate of MXCC Veterinary Technology Program
    Animal Behavior
  • Stephen Sjursen

    Back in 2013 Stephen joined the SVA Team as a Veterinary Ambassador and has since studied and applied new skills to help the practice as a Veterinary Assistant.  He is currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut while working full-time at the practice. In addition, Stephen is in charge of training and monitoring room technicians as well as kennel staff.  Stephen enjoys all aspects of the veterinary clinic and is particularly interested in laboratory skills.  With his four dogs Harvey, Lucy, Barney, and Rubi, he is kept busy even away from work! During the free time he gets he enjoys running, healthy eating, and spending time in New York.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Stephanie Cowles

    Back in 2014 Stephanie joined our team of Ambassadors at the front desk. She previously had worked as a veterinary receptionist for over 2 years so came to us with a wealth of knowledge. She graduated from the University of  Connecticut in 2010 with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife Conservation. Her educational background and experience are a great advantage when it comes to explaining Heartworm preventives, Flea & tick Preventives, as well as inventory management. 
    She is the proud parent of a Shar Pei Mix named Bud and 2 cats Rue and Cinna.  When not working Stephanie enjoys baking and various outdoor types of recreation.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Alexandra Fleck

    Alex is the newest member of our SVA Veterinary Assistant team. She joined our staff after obtaining her certification in Veterinary Assisting from Tunxis Community College.  Being such a "people person" has made it a seamless transition from Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Ambassador. This gives Alex time to interact with patients and clients during appointments as well as in the lobby when they come in to visit.  Her down time consists of hiking, camping, and she is also an avid tag-saler!  When not working with patients, Alex can be found spending time with her fur children. She has 2 cats Adolf and Harrison, as well as her 2 fish Phineas and Luke.
  • 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