At Sunderland Animal Hospital we are dedicated to providing high quality care
for both pets and owners in a compassionate, nurturing environment.
Provision of comprehensive advanced medical care to our patients is accomplished in part through ongoing staff education of the most current medical procedures and products available. Sharing this information with our clients allows the owner to make the best decision for their pets and themselves.
Clients and their pets are treated like members of our family. By listening to and respecting the opinions and wishes of the owner while keeping the interest of the pet in mind, we are able to enhance a long term relationship between owners and their pets.
Our Veterinarians and Support Staff
Steven M. Ellis, DVM, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He returned to the Pioneer Valley in 1996 after working in the Boston area and opened Sunderland Animal Hospital in 2001. Currently, along with his wife and two boys, his family consists of 2 cats and 2 dogs.
Gromit is Dr. Ellis’s dog and she comes to work with him almost every day. Gromit enjoys greeting all the hospital employees every morning and some of the patients too. If you see her shaggy head peeking around a corner, it’s just Gromit making sure everyone is behaving and looking for any fallen treats.
Brittney Smith, Client Relations Manager, has been working in the veterinary field as a receptionist for over three years and joined the SAH team in 2013. Brittney lives in Leyden on a horse farm with her husband, Jared, their Great Dane, Adelle and cat Gracie. In her free time she enjoys reading, horseback riding, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Tammi Popham, Veterinary Technician, graduated from Umass Amherst in 2014 and earned a bachelors degree in Animal Science. She started as an intern at the Sunderland Animal Hospital and joined the staff in January 2014! Tammi lives with her fiance Jon and cat Oreo. She enjoys skiing, camping, exploring national parks, and spending time with her family and friends.
Suzanne Gale, Veterinary Assistant, after years of regrets for not studying veterinary science in college, she got her Veterinary Assistant Certificate through Greenfield Community College in 2010, while she was a stay at home mom. She is so excited to join the team at Sunderland Animal Hospital and learn more about the medical aspect of caring for animals. Suzanne lives in Greenfield with her 2 boys and her rescued kitties, Jimmy Dean and Minky. In her free time she likes to hang out with her kids, paint, write comic books and read.
Jaimie Ruddock, Veterinary Assistant, After years of working in sales and client services, Jaimie’s love for animals led her to the veterinary field. She is also actively involved in the raising and training of Service Dogs for those in need. She enjoys spending time at home with her husband, and her dogs Jax and Artie.
Jennifer Ferree, CVT, LVT, joined our team in October, 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at St. Lawrence University, and has worked as a Veterinary Technician in both Maine and Massachusetts for over 20 years. She lives in Westhampton with her husband, Dan, 3 horses, 2 goats, and 2 yellow Labradors, Clover and Oatis. In her free time, she enjoys riding her Irish Sport Horse, Hamish, sculling on the Connecticut River, scuba diving, and hiking with her 2 and 4-legged friends.
Murphy, has been our clinic kitty since 2009! We are very excited to have added him to the staff of the Sunderland Animal Hospital. Murphy’s duties include welcoming clients and patients at the reception desk, keeping our staff company while upfront and warming any unattended chairs.
In Memory of:
Carlos, our beloved hospital cat, passed away in 2008 after battling kidney disease for years. He was a champion cuddler and spent most of his time figuring out how to climb up into someone’s lap. It is hard to put into words how much we loved him and how much love he gave us in return. He is greatly missed by all of us at SAH.
Felix, one of the original pets of Sunderland Animal Hospital died shortly after Carlos in 2008. Felix had a wonderful and feisty spirit that is missed by all of the staff and many clients too. We know she is still with us in spirit as occasionally a rabbit dropping will appear out of nowhere.