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Our Team

Our hospital team members truly love caring for pets. That’s why the average tenure for our receptionists and technicians is over 15 years, with some in the 25-30 year range. Their dedication to you and your pets provides a level of experience that is hard to find these days.

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Hospital Manager

Pamela, Groton Hospital Manager

Pamela Konakowitz

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A former veterinary practice manager, Pam offers CAH clients and patients over 34 years of experience in quality pet care. She was a receptionist for many years and you can still find her at the front desk along with her many other tasks. Pam is a loyal General Hospital fan, devoted aunt, and loving mother to her little dog Amazing Grace.


Karen, Groton Receptionist

Karen Jones

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Karen is retired from her first career with the Connecticut Department of Correction and is now pursuing her heart’s passion working in the field of animal care. Karen’s love for animals began in the crib when her older brother welcomed her home with the gift of her first (toy) dog.

Ever since, it has been a lifetime of beloved cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and fish. Karen has worked with a wildlife rehabilitator and completed the Veterinary Assistant program through Three Rivers Community College. When she isn’t spoiling her cat Allie and dog Charlie, Karen enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, cycling and yoga.

Hunter, Groton Receptionist

Hunter Puccino

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Hunter was born and raised here in Connecticut and joined the Companion team after working in retail. Hunter's love and care for animals have been a lifelong passion. She has her cat Bruce, two pet rats, and ten chickens.

Aside from tending to her various animals, she enjoys gardening, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family.

Erika, Groton Receptionist

Erika King

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Erika has lived in Connecticut her whole life, and always had dogs growing up. Current owner of an American Bully, and Shih Tzu. She is very excited to work with new people, animals, and be a part of the Companion team.

Kirsten, Groton Receptionist

Kirsten Josiah

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My name is Kirsten and one of my 5 cats Coco. I grew up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere in Casper Wyoming, I have always dreamed of working with and around animals.

I'm a proud mother of amazing 25-year-old twin sons and I wear my huge heart on my sleeve, I'm so happy to be working at Companion Animal Hospital. 

Senior/Surgical Veterinary Technician

Tabetha, Groton Senior/Surgical Veterinary Technician

Tabetha Hatcher

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Tab’s commitment to animal care began more than 25 years ago as a kennel attendant at CAH. She has received specialized training in surgical assistance, dentistry, emergency medicine and client education.

Lead Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Faun, Groton Lead Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Faun Tabor

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Faun has been a member of our team for approximately 15 years, working as lead technician keeping the hospital running smoothly and also filling in at the reception desk when needed. She is a loving mother of two daughters, a spunky boxer named Darla and an orange kitty named Kringle.

Veterinary Technicians

Megan, Groton Veterinary Technician

Megan Arndt

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Megan is an animal lover and grew up surrounded by many animals. She has three horses and shares her house with two large dogs. At a young age, Megan would always volunteer at local horse farms. Despite wanting to work with animals after going to an agricultural high school and college, she worked in construction and recently joined the Companion Animal Hospital team. Although she worked with large animals in the past, she is now widening her knowledge of small animals as well.

Johnna, Groton Veterinary Technician

Johnna Comfort

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Johnna and her husband share their home with their dog, Zoey, and two cats, Max and Tucker. She is happy to be working in the veterinary field as a part of the Companion Animal Hospital family thanks to a lifelong love of animals. Originally from Connecticut, she recently moved home after living in Louisiana for two years and is excited to be a part of Companion Animal Hospital.

Amanda, Groton Veterinary Technician

Amanda Shawver

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Amanda has been with us since August 2016. She has been interested in animals since she was young, and she started volunteering at rescues and humane societies when she was 15 years old. She took the vet assistant program at QVCC in 2016 and became a kennel technician/ vet assistant that same year. She plans on continuing her education and becoming a certified vet tech in the future. Amanda has a husband, Reuben; a young daughter, Scarlett; and two dogs, Brutus and Lily, with whom she loves spending time. When not working, she is an avid reader and also enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

Veterinary Assistant

Ethan, Groton Veterinary Assistant

Ethan Santrock

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Ethan is an animal lover and enjoys the company of animals.  He has been a pet owner his entire life and has benefited from their unconditional love in many ways.  He is very excited to meet and take care of your pets as if they were his own.  He is very proud to be a part of the Companion team.

New Patients Welcome

Companion Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Groton companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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(860) 449-9800