Paula Yankauskas, VMD

Practice Owner

Education – University of Pennsylvania
Interests – Blood Donation & Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Paula Yankauskas was raised in Connecticut and first came to Vermont for college; she attended UVM for undergraduate work and put in 1 year toward a Masters’ degree in Physics before getting into veterinary school. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, hence the VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, all degrees from the University of Pennsylvania are in Latin). Dr. Yankauskas founded L.V.V.S. in 1985.

Central to Dr. Yankauskas’ focus are 3 things: LVVS, family, and swimming, and vary in the order that they fall on a daily basis. Prior to starting her own practice, Dr. Yankauskas gained experience at two mixed animal practices in Vermont. She founded Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services in 1985. Dr. Yankauskas and her husband, Dale, have three children: Sarah, Jacob and Dorigen. She currently lives with 4 cats: Peanut, Scaredie, Audrey, and George. An endurance athlete, Paula swims with US Masters Swimming and loves to work at personal bests in the pool and open water. She is currently the oldest person on record to have swum the length of Lake Memphremagog (September 2014, 25 miles, at 60 years old) and the oldest USA female to have swum across the English Channel (E-F, September 2016)!

In her free time, Dr. Yankauskas has an interest in astronomy and celestial events, wildlife observation (especially birds), photography, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She also enjoys reading and writing and hopes to one day write a book (at least one!).

Her veterinary interests include: clinical behavior medicine, transfusion medicine/canine blood banking, laparoscopic surgery, and wellness care (looking at preventive care, lifestyle, nutrition, and client education to maintain health optimally).

Valerie Ann Yankauskas, DVM


Valerie was born in New Britain, CT and lives in Hyde Park, VT. She shares her home with Lukas, Eli Phant & Lola. When not at work Valerie can be found outside hiking, running with her dogs, swimming, biking, kayaking and she has started paddle boarding.

For Valerie the best part of working at LVVS is keeping our pets healthy & loving the people she works with!

Favorite Quote: It is what it is (usually in reference to the weather)

Cindy Pratt, DVM


Interests: Theriogenology, breeder services, artificial insemination, Transcervical Insemination, Certified PennHipp Veterinarian

Dr. Pratt joined LVVS in the spring of 1999. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a mixed animal veterinary practice in Tehachapi, California before joining LVVS.

Dr. Pratt has a strong interest in theriogenology, especially canine reproduction. She has also completed the training program offered by Synbiotics Referral Network making her the only certified Synbiotics canine frozen semen center in Vermont. The Pratt household includes her husband, Randy, daughter Amalie, multiple dogs, cats, and goats.

Emily Buskey, DVM


Dr. Emily has lived in Vermont her whole life, other than a short stint in Wisconsin (for school) and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. She has a degree in music composition from Vassar College, attended UVM, and studied veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Veterinary Medicine is a second career for her – she was previously a dairy farmer, taught therapeutic horseback riding, and worked with children with autism.

Emily shares her home with 2 cats, a horse named Tao and a chicken named Snowflake. In her free time she enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, vegetable gardening, reading, and spending time with family in the Vermont outdoors. Her veterinary interests include dentistry, public health, pathology and surgery. She enjoys working with cats and geriatric animals.

Dr. Emily sees patients at LVVS on a part-time basis.

Roberta Hemmer, DVM


Dr. Hemmer is our newest veterinarian here at LVVS. Born and raised in Vermont, she returned to the state and joined the team here after graduating from Tufts University in 2018. She has a strong interest in feline medicine, dental procedures, and ophthalmology, and she hopes to pursue her interest in ultrasound technology with us as well.

Roberta shares her home with a cat named Maisie, who she describes as “the sweetest shy cat” and “the love of my life.” Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, hiking, singing, and contra dance. She is also an avid reader with a particular love of fantasy novels, memoirs, and historical fiction.


Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Freda attended Vermont Technical College’s Veterinary Technician Program and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in 1996. After working at two different practices, she planted her roots here and has been associated with LVVS since 1996. Freda is also certified in PennHip.

Freda enjoys anything outdoors: snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, canoeing, and fishing. Freda also competes her 2 Quarter Horses Solana and Soleil in ranch horse competitions and extreme trail. Freda hopes to one day build a log home with her husband Wes, to share with her dog Brie, cat Faith, and five chickens.


Office Supervisor

Previous to joining our team, Carole worked at a resort in Stowe. Carole joined LVVS in 2003 with knowledge in hospitality. You will see her smiling face greet you when you walk in our front door every time.

Carole currently owns 3 shelties ranging from 2-10 years. Carole has special interest in canine reproduction, enjoys sunny days, and PBR, and dislikes gossip. Carole excels at raising, training, and showing her Shetland Sheepdogs with hopes of one day owning a group winning sheltie.


Veterinary Assistant

Owen has been working at LVVS since 2000. Owen works our overnight shift. He currently owns a cat named Madrox.

Owen spends his spare time watching movies, playing video games, and podcasting.
Owen hopes to one day own his own house.


Veterinary Assistant

Carole moved to Vermont in 1993 where she has set up shop on a working farm. Carole has been working with us since 1998.

Carole and her husband run a farm with goats and horses. She also rents the cottage on their farm. Carole raises and breeds German Shepherd Dogs. She enjoys talking with clients and helping out in exam rooms.

Carole works very hard to learn new skills and widen her knowledge here at LVVS.


Book Keeper

Rebecca joined our staff in 2002. You might find her at the front desk when she’s not crunching numbers in her office.

Rebecca likes any snow or water activities including but not limited to snow-machining, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sailing, and kayaking. She has a love/hate relationship with Super Mario Brothers on her WII.

Rebecca has a dog named Nicodemus and a cat named Pity, and she is still hoping to find her future goal.



Monique has been charming everyone from the front desk at LVVS since 2003. She is a graduate of Johnson State College with a BA in Elementary Education and History. She currently has five cats – Bumble, Squeak, Leo, MJ, and Peanut – and Sadie, a magnificent mixed breed dog.

She loves being a mother and is blessed with two wonderful children and a loving husband.

“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” – Ernest Hemingway


Administrative Assistant, Groomer & Veterinary Assistant

Interests – Pet Nutrition, Grooming, Dog Training & Behavior

Crystal has been with LVVS since 1998. She works as a receptionist, groomer, veterinary assistant, and handles any odd job that comes her way. Crystal likes sunny summer days and laughing. You might hear her singing to her patients if you stop by while she’s grooming!

Crystal enjoys grooming all breeds, learning new dog training techniques and spending time with her children. She has 2 dogs, Wylie & Bertha, cats named Patsy and Star, a betta fish, and several chickens.

Her favorite part of working at LVVS is meeting new people and getting to know their pets from puppies and kittens to seniors.

“Life must be lived forwards but, it can only be understood backwards.” -Soren Kiergaard


Veterinary Assistant

Autumn joined the LVVS team in 2012. She was born in Arizona and lives here in Hyde Park with her husband Fred and their two children, Dante and Sabastian. Autumn shares her home with 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 chickens and a fish.

When not at work, Autumn can be found playing with her kids. She is currently working towards becoming a certified technician and wants to be a veterinarian. She enjoys working at LVVS because she gets to learn new things, which helps her work towards her goals. She has an infectious positive energy, a giant heart, and she excels at making people laugh.


Veterinary Assistant

Education – BS in Animal Science from Penn State University; MS in Physiology from University of Connecticut

Andi grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Vermont in 1985. She and her husband share their home with a variety of birds, fish and other critters. She started working at LVVS in 2013.

When not at work, Andi enjoys riding her horse, walking her dogs, or just enjoying being outdoors. Andi loves caring for animals at LVVS and being a part of the LVVS team. Her goal is to help all pets have a healthy and happy life.

“A house is not a home without a pet.”


Certified Veterinary Technician

Lindsay is the newest technician here at LVVS. She started her first day running with a canine Caesarean section and has been a great addition to the team ever since. She came to the veterinary world as a second career after working in human care for years. She loves being a technician at LVVS because of the wide variety of experiences she gets to learn from and be a part of.

In her free time, Lindsay loves hiking with her dog and spending time at home with her husband and her cat.



Certified Veterinary Technician

Molly joined the LVVS team while still in school at Vermont Technical College. She graduated in May 2018 and is now a full-time technician here.

Molly has a yellow lab/golden retriever mix named Lady and a Quaker parrot named Hershey. She adores Siberian Husky dogs and particularly loves watching them grow up.

Molly enjoys playing softball in her free time.


Veterinary Assistant

Jennifer has been working at LVVS since February 2014. She came to us from the pet rescue world, and she brings an inspiring passion for animal welfare to everything she does. For Jennifer, the best part of working at LVVS is the animals. She lives in Elmore with her family and pets, and she can typically be found reading, day dreaming or watching bad TV.

Jennifer hopes to make the world a better place everyday with her upbeat attitude and her love of life and laughter (and she does!).

Favorite Quote: “Better bad fashion then NO fashion”


Certified Veterinary Technician

Rachel was born and raised in Vermont. She currently lives with her basset hound, Delbert, and two cats (Calvin and Anya).

Rachel is a graduate from Vermont Technical College’s Veterinary Technician program and joined LVVS in 2013. She is interested in fear-free and low-stress handling techniques and is working towards her specialization in animal behavior.

When not at work, Rachel can be found reading and writing.

For Rachel, the best part of working at LVVS is going home knowing she has helped at least one person or animal that day.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed, a plan and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein


Certified Veterinary Technician

Hillary was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2015 and has worked at LVVS since 2014.

Hillary likes to learn new things and is the resident “cat whisperer” at LVVS. She has the magic touch!

When not at work, Hillary can be found reading a book. Her favorite book series is Harry Potter.

For her, the best part of working at LVVS is helping the animals.


Veterinary Assistant

Laurie joined LVVS in 2016. She lives in Wolcott with her Aussie Euca on a small farm.

When not at work, Laurie can be found relaxing with a cold one, reading, or sitting out at a bonfire watching the stars. Her favorite part of working at LVVS is being with her amazing co-workers. Laurie aspires to live every day to the fullest.

“Be who you can be; might not be a tomorrow!”



Mary joined the LVVS team in 2016 after moving to Vermont from Tennessee. She loves all animals but particularly cats – in Tennessee, she participated in TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) work with feral cat colonies. She shares her home with six cats: Squirt, Shadow, Slate, Spike, Kit, and Gabby.

At home, Mary enjoys gardening, hiking, shopping, and rooting for her favorite team, the New England Patriots.


Hospital Manager

Originally from Philadelphia, Karen moved to Vermont in 2017 after living in Boston for 10 years. She and her husband share their home with two dogs (Lola and Rudy), two FIV+ former street cats now living the pampered life (Manny and Dale), a kitten named Mousecop (who was born at LVVS!), and a “knot” of firebellied toads.

Karen hopes to make a positive impact on those around her and the veterinary world as a whole. She loves working at LVVS because of the great people and community here.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing roller derby, painting, making her own cat furniture, and making a fool of herself at pub karaoke.


Veterinary Assistant

Kristy has been with LVVS since 2017. She lives in Elmore with her husband and their pigs, chickens, cows, cat, and beautiful pair of English Shepherds. She enjoys maintaining the farm, gardening, and taking care of all of the animals.


Veterinary Assistant

Crystal has been working as an overnight veterinary assistant at LVVS since 2018. She loves when we have puppies born via c-section on her shift and caring for the animals. She has an adorable puppy named Akira at home.


In Loving Memory

Deborah had been with us for 27 years. She started as an assistant and moved up to hospital manager. She shared her home with several cats, chickens, geese, ducks, and a “have tongue, will travel” mixed breed dog, Picard.

Deborah enjoyed the outdoors, sunny days, horses, kayaking, star trek, movies, PBR, and whale watching. Deborah really disliked crowds, traffic, and humid days. In Deborah’s spare time she relished in astronomy, gardens, and raised plants to raise money for causes like VETEGA (Veterinary Efforts in Giving to Animals, a non-profit).