Board Certified Doctors

Everyone at CAH works out of a love for animals. That’s the bottom line. We want our pets and your pets to get excellent care and be treated with respect and compassion. That’s why we treat your pets as if they were our own – with love and real concern.

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Dr. Earl Mummert is the founder and hospital director of CAH. A 1977 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Earl also received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physiology/cell biology from the University of Maryland. He opened the doors to CAH in September, 1982 with the goal of offering high levels of service and veterinary care to the region. His special interest in surgery, including orthopedics and laser surgery, is complemented by his partner’s (and wife’s) special interest in internal medicine and critical care. With 60 years of combined experience, they offer expertise in all areas of veterinary care. Dr. Earl enjoys boating, golf and walking the beach with his Goldendoodle, Zelie.
Dr Margaret (Mac) Mummert is the co-director and medical director of CAH. Dr. Mac graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1977. Along with her husband and her associates, she has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut V.M.A., and the American Animal Hospital Association for many years and continually benefits from the professional education offered by these organizations. Her special interests include internal medicine, critical care, preventive and geriatric medicine. Dr. Mac has worked with many community organizations through the years, including Women’s Network of SE CT, Friends of the Library, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and the CT Valley Pony Club. She enjoys gardening, cooking and being a mom to her son Brian and daughter Anya.
Dr. Kathleen-Marie Clark is a lifelong resident of Newington where she founded and operated her own veterinary practice for sixteen years. Dr. Clark received two degrees from Cornell University- a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include dermatology, geriatric medicine, and small mammals, especially guinea pigs and rabbits.

She shares her home with two goofy Standard poodles(Carley and Madison), an outspoken cat (Dustin), a leopard gecko, and a guinea pig.

She serves on the Newington Conservation Commission and also enjoys birding, entertaining, her MiniCooper, and attending Broadway shows.

She is delighted to be joining the wonderful staff, clients, and patients of CAH after providing relief coverage here for much of 2013.

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Dr. Melissa “Lissa” Wash was born and raised in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania as the oldest of three girls.  She grew up in a large close-knit extended family spanning four generations made up mostly of medical professionals, scientist, and musicians/artists. It was her family that inspired her love for medicine and science but her bond with animals made her become the first Veterinarian in her family. Also, despite not inheriting their musical talents, she is known to be caught bursting out in song behind the scenes at the clinic.

Dr. Wash obtained her BS in Animal Sciences and Biotechnology from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA in 2001. Afterward she worked in the pharmaceutical industry outside Philadelphia until 2003 when she went she went to the University of New Orleans to pursue graduate courses in biology focusing on conservation and reproduction.  It was in New Orleans where she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian and returned home the end of the 2005 school year just two months prior to Katrina’s land fall in New Orleans.  She graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 as a Giles Scholar.  During her attendance she was active in many organizations including the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, Feline Medicine, Theriogenology (Reproduction), Shelter Medicine and Alpha Psi (a Veterinary Fraternity).  After obtaining her DVM she completed an internship at a VCA Specialty/Referral center outside of Washington, DC.

In 2013 Dr. Wash moved to Providence, Rhode Island to join a small animal practice and to be closer to her sister and nephew who live on Martha’s Vineyard.  It was in Providence where she met her fiancé and they have decided to move to Connecticut to start their lives together.  Within the field of veterinary medicine, she enjoys preventative medicine, pain management, wound care, pediatrics, and the challenge of fussy felines. Her friends and co-workers named her the ‘Cat Whisperer’.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two kitties, Mazi and Lagniappe, and her fiancé.  She also enjoys cooking, traveling, horseback riding, and cuddling up with a good book or movie.