Meet Our Team
Our Mission Statement
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.
Dr. Danielle Friend
Chief of Staff
I 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. Jen Downes
I am Dr. Jen Downes. I began working at Holden Veterinary Clinic when I was a senior in high school and continued as a technician/assistant for eight years. I have undergraduate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Biology. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2008. My veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine, surgery, and rabbit medicine. I also have training in veterinary medical acupuncture, which can be used for a variety of conditions. In my free time, I enjoy many outdoor activities, my favorite being snowboarding (I am a certified snowboard instructor and the training director at Wachusett Mountain). I am an avid hiker and enjoy traveling whenever possible. I enjoy learning and take part in many continuing education courses around the world. At home, I currently have five cats, two dogs, and a chinchilla. The human-animal bond is very important to me, and I am committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets. I am excited to be serving my home community and working with such an excellent veterinary team.
Dr. Bridget D'Onofrio
I 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!
Jacqueline CVT, CVPM
Hey! My name is Jackie, and I am currently the Practice Administrator of the Holden Veterinary Clinic, I also manage all of the social media accounts.
I am a Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, Reiki Master Teacher and a Certified Fear Free Professional.
I have been in the Veterinary field for about 20 years and never really imagined doing anything else. My parents let me drag home anything, and everything with four legs and I still do it to them now.
Currently on my mini farm, besides my two children, are two dogs, chickens, a duck, a couple of geckos, a bearded dragon and my mini pig!
Vet Tech Supervisor
Hi, I’m Danielle. I am the veterinary technician supervisor at the Holden Veterinary Clinic and have worked with animals for over 18 years. Growing up, I always knew this was the job for me, and I feel very lucky to be where I am today. I have one cat, “Cheddar,” who I rescued. He was hit by a snow plow and brought into the clinic. He is a very sweet boy. My dog “Lilly” that is in the above picture I had rescued from an abusive home. She was a pit bull and the best dog. I lost her unexpectedly to cancer in November of 2008. I hope to save another pit bull someday because they are a great breed to own. I love to travel, go to concerts (especially country!) and watch sports with friends.
Hi, my name is Erica. Since I was six years old, I have wanted to work with animals. After many years of being a stay at home Mom, I decided to go back to school in 2009 to pursue my dream. I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Veterinary Science from Becker College. Also, I sat for the VTNE test in 2016 and became a certified veterinary technician.I have been working at Holden Veterinary Clinic since 2010, and I love being a part of the HVC family. Besides my love of animals, I love family.
I am a mother of four amazing kids and have been living in Holden since 2004.In addition to my two legged kids, we have dogs, cats, bearded dragons, a gecko, and fish. In our free time, we enjoy spending time together, the beach, watching football, family dinners, hiking, sports, movies and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Lyndsay, and I have been with the Holden Veterinary Clinic for ten years. I have always loved animals, and I am so happy to be able to bring that passion for working every day. At home, I have two cats, Boo Radley and Nanette. One of my favorite things is going for hikes with my dog Vida. My husband and I love to travel together, and we have been lucky enough to visit many cool places. Our favorite country to visit is Costa Rica and we recently just got married there.
Hello, my name is Katie, and I have been working at Holden Vet Clinic for over six years now. I have always loved animals and growing up was always the kid in the neighborhood that brought home strays! I graduated from Becker College in 2001 with a degree in Animal Care. After graduating, I did work in a couple of different customer service jobs but really missed being with animals. So I’m happy to be able to combine my love for animals along with the customer service skills I’ve learned. I live at home with my husband, son and soon to be daughter and our Golden Retriever and chinchilla. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, country music, going for walks and Zumba.
My name is Michelle, and I work as a receptionist and vet assistant at the Holden Veterinary Clinic. I have always had a passion for animals, and I feel very fortunate that I am able to work with them every day. At home, I have three rescue animals. I have a deaf Catahoula/American Bulldog mix named Patton and two cats named Millie and Oliver. I have learned that deaf bully mix dogs are so incredibly loving and smart and hope to adopt another someday! In my spare time, I enjoy going for hikes with Patton, cheering on the Bruins, and spending time with friends.