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Eric Linnetz,DVM,ACVIM

staff                                         Western Connecticut Veterinary Specialty Services

 Though born in New York, Dr. Eric Linnetz primarily grew up in Bristol and Burlington, CT and graduated from Lewis Mills High School in 1990. He attended Cornell for both undergraduate and veterinary school and attained his veterinary degree in 1997. After an internship and four years in private practice in the greater Boston area, he completed a three year residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, enabling him to achieve board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a specialist in small animal internal medicine. In 2007, Dr. Linnetz founded Western Connecticut Veterinary Specialty Services, a mobile veterinary ultrasound practice, through which he provides abdominal ultrasound, echocardiography, and case consultation to veterinary hospitals across the western half of the state. He travels with Dexter, his black lab mix, from lower Fairfield county up to the greater Hartford area. Dr. Linnetz lives with his wife, Doria, and two young sons, Cameron and Elliot. In his free time he enjoys family hikes, skiing, summer trips to Maine, and cooking (especially smoking and grilling). With a little more free time, he hopes to resume playing soccer and to finally learn to play the guitar.


Ann Bourke, DVM, Avian Veterinarian

Dr. Burke

                                                                  Northeast Bird Clinic

Dr. Ann Bourke is a licensed, experienced avian veterinarian based in Ashford, CT.  She attended Cornell University and received her veterinary degree from Tufts Veterinary School in 1990.  Dr. Bourke became interested in avian medicine while attending veterinary school, thanks to exotics specialist Dr. Gretchen Kaufman and opened Northeast Bird Clinic, an avian exclusive housecall practice, in 2007.  She is certified as an Avian Specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners ( ABVP).  Dr. Bourke stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care at every check-up, procedure, or surgery.  She is committed to educating her clients on how to keep their avian pets healthy and happy year round, with good nutrition, exercise and mental stimulation.

Dr. Bourke accepts appointments one day a week, here at Yalesville Veterinary Hospital and is able to perform both well and sick exams, laboratory panels, radiographs, and surgery.  She shares her home with 3 dogs, 17 birds and chickens, and raises Soay Sheep.  Her outside interests include travel, knitting and photography ( especially birds ).

       To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bourke please call us at Yalesville Vet (203) 265-1646