Meet Our Team
Get to know us!
Anyone can have a job, but we have a passion. Our mission, at Holden Veterinary Clinic, is to enhance the human-animal bond through progressive, compassionate veterinary care. We also believe in our core values:
1. It is my job.
2. We maintain professional behavior with staff, clients, and patients.
3. Maintain open and honest respectful lines of communication.
4. Keep an open mind.
5. Let’s get to the finish line together.
6. We embrace each other’s’ differences without judgment.
Dr. Danielle Friend
Chief of StaffI am Danielle Friend, a 1995 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. I have been practicing medicine and surgery in Massachusetts since the summer of 1996, spending 8 ½ years at a large, progressive small animal practice in Dracut. I purchased the Holden Veterinary Clinic in July of 2006 and am proud to be a member of the Holden community. Your companion’s well being and best interest is of primary importance to me and the members of this hospital. Here are my promises to you and your companions:
I commit to helping you prevent your companions and families from getting sick. This will include recommended vaccinations, antiparasitic agents, and educational information on foods and regular maintenance needed to keep your companions healthy. My job is to answer questions and educate you on what preventive measures are best for your companion and his or her lifestyle.
I commit to detecting problems with your companions as early as possible. This will be done through regular examinations, routine blood screening, and discussions with you on changes you have noticed at home. Healthy patients should be examined 1-2 times annually, and routine serial blood screens should be done at least once a year. Radiographs (X-rays) may also be a part of this early detection process. By recognizing problems earlier, we can work together to help stop or slow down some disease processes.
I commit to diagnosing your companion’s illness if he/she becomes sick to the best of my abilities, and, by explaining things so that you understand, work with you to come up with the best course of action to get your companion well again. This may include treatment here at the Holden Veterinary Clinic or referral to a veterinary specialist or specialty center.
I promise that my staff and I will remain current by attending veterinary conferences, lectures, and labs, bringing this information back here to better care for you and your companions.
I care for dogs and cats, as well as small mammals such as guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice. I have a strong interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology, and dentistry, proudly bringing new techniques to Holden. I look forward to working with you and gaining your trust over the many years I plan to spend here, both as a veterinarian and as a member of the Holden community. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful daughters, my friend’s, being outdoors and playing tennis.
Dr. Bridget D'Onofrio
VeterinarianI am Dr. Bridget D’Onofrio, a 2011 graduate of Mississippi State University- College of Veterinary Medicine. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Science at UMass- Amherst. I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts but currently reside in Paxton. My veterinary focus is canine and feline patients and is especially interested in preventive medicine, especially prevention of behavioral problems. I love to teach people how to care for their animals and to positively influence the human-animal bond.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, soon to be son, and our two dogs. I am also very interested in health and fitness. Family is very important to me and that is why we moved back to the area to be close to our loved ones.
I look forward to working with you and help you take care of your furry family members!
Dr. Samantha Tebo
VeterinarianI am Dr. Samantha Tebo, a 2018 graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I was born on Long Island but grew up mostly in Florida, just outside of Tampa. My bachelor’s degree is in biology, from Eastern Michigan University. During college, I worked as a veterinary technician, as well as in a laboratory as a tarantula researcher.
My veterinary interests include dermatology, behavior, geriatric care, and pain management. I have a specific interest in the management of chronic pain in dogs and cats. I love educating clients on proper care for their pets and helping keep animals healthy and happy! I am Certified Fear Free and strive to provide low-stress vet visits for both pets and pet parents.
When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my husband (a Worcester police officer), sister, friends, and two dogs (Australian Shepherd and Pitbull). I also love to hike, run, and go to concerts in my free time.
I can’t wait to meet you and your pets!