World Veterinary Day: Meet Dakin's Veterinarians
by Danielle Cookish
Dakin Humane Society is proud to be the home of four full-time veterinarians who bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to our community. In celebration of World Veterinary Day on April 29, we’d like to introduce you to the team of veterinarians who support Dakin’s vision of a world where services that support the human-animal bond are accessible to all and companion animals are no longer vulnerable.
Dr. Rebecca Carroll, DVM - Medical Director
Dr. Rebecca Carroll has been with Dakin since 2019, having worked regionally for other shelters and practices in New England for the decade prior to this. She graduated from Ross University and Tufts Veterinary school in 2010 and completed an emergency medicine internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in RI from 2014-2015.
She has experience volunteering with animal rescue and rehabilitation abroad in Nepal, Thailand, and Cambodia, and professionally has been working in shelter medicine for the last four years. Her interests lie in making veterinary medicine more accessible to the average person, supporting the human/animal bond, as well as emergency medicine and surgery. Outside of work, she and her family enjoy hiking and camping in the great outdoors, and while at home enjoy the company of their two senior kitties, Masala and Turkelton.
Dr. Sherri Therrien, DVM - Community Spay/Neuter Clinic
Dr. Therrien has been a veterinarian at Dakin Humane Society since the opening of its Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in 2009. In addition to performing daily spay/neuter surgery, she also develops anesthetic and pain management protocols and supervises staff training and education.
Dr. Therrien has also performed spay/neuter surgery for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, Second Chance Animal Shelter, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MPSCA), where she initiated “Operation Fix It,” a spay/neuter program targeted to an at-risk animal population. In 2018, she joined ViDAS (Veterinarios Internacionales Dedicados a Animales Sanos) for a six-day high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), Dr. Therrien holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, a Bachelor of Science from UMass Amherst, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida.
Dr. Jack Muth, DVM, PhD - The Pet Health Center at Dakin
Dr. Jack Muth has been working at the Pet Health Center at Dakin since 2022 when it first opened. He has a diverse background in veterinary medicine and is comfortable working with a wide variety of animals. His career started out West, having graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with both a DVM and a Ph.D. in 2012. Prior to Massachusetts, he was most recently working in Michigan. He is proud to call the Pioneer Valley home and be part of the Springfield community.
As part of the Pet Health Center, Dr. Muth is excited to make veterinary care more accessible. He is looking forward to meeting both you and your pet! Teaching is another one of Dr. Muth’s passions and he enjoys helping future veterinarians and veterinary nurses achieve their career goals. When not working, Dr. Muth can be found playing with his dogs, hiking, or watching baseball.
Dr. Elizabeth Helton, DVM - Animal Resource Center
Dr. Helton has been performing surgeries and treating shelter animals since 2016 at Dakin Humane Society. She graduated with a DVM from Tufts University in 2015 and completed externships in shelter medicine and spay/neuter surgery including 3 weeks of training at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dr. Helton has also worked as a surgeon and shelter medicine veterinarian at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, Sterling Animal Shelter, and on the Catmobile/Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.
Dr. Helton has a special interest in zoological (exotic) companion animal medicine and surgery. She volunteers with the House Rabbit Network to provide medical and surgical services to rescue rabbits. At Dakin Humane Society, Dr. Helton is the exotic animal medicine expert on staff and treats a wide variety of species ranging from hamsters and chinchillas to ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking with her pack of Chihuahuas, gardening with her ducks, and enjoying the company of her cats.
Dakin could not meet the needs of pets and people in our community without the compassion and expertise of our veterinarians. Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to the high standard of care they provide to every animal, every day.