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Our mission

To improve the quality of life and longevity of every animal with empathy and minimal invasiveness.

Sara Winikoff

Chris Eckerson

Dawnne Miller

Sara Winikoff, DVM

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Sara Winikoff has been taking care of animals with a unique blend of compassion and commitment. Her specialties include feral cat care, compassionate geriatric and cancer care, acupuncture and preventative care.
Throughout her career, she has worked with numerous non-profits on a range of issues including spaying and neutering, rescue, animal rights, and peaceful cohabitation of species. Dr. Winikoff is also an internationally recognized expert witness, testifying on behalf of captive wildlife in zoos, circuses and laboratories, which has led to their release. You may recognize her from frequent appearances on local and regional news on issues such as feral cat care, pet store and puppy mills problems, and raw diets.
In addition to graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, she has studied veterinary acupuncture and herbology at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and spent time in South Africa through an NIH grant. Dr. Winikoff was also a first responder to aid after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and in India after the 2004 tsunami.
Prior to her veterinary career, she was involved in theatre in both New York and Chicago after receiving her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.
When not working, Dr. Winikoff and her children enjoy Yankee games, vegan cooking, skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, swimming and the companionship of 3 cats.

Chris Eckerson, Office Manager Extraordinaire

Since 2003, Chris has been the first person to greet you at RHVC. If you are new to our practice, Chris will initially prepare you for what to expect. For existing patients, Chris is always a most welcome voice on the phone, whether making an appointment or reporting your animal's progress. She is always available to answer any questions about your consultation, treatment options, prescriptions, how to trap a feral cat or what kind of dog would be best in your home. Her years of experience as a shelter manager and veterinary technician help her offer guidance and knowledge in all areas related to your animal. Chris' special passion is for homeless and geriatric animals. Here at RHVC, Chris gets to know you, your animals and your concerns.



Dawnne Miller, Veterinary Technician

Dawnne's particular passion is for pit bulls, and she has been a tireless advocated for dogs of misunderstood breeds. Dawnne has a special touch with the large, "nervous" dogs, who become like putty in her hands. It is the interactions between human and animal companions that drew Dawnne to this field nearly 20 years ago. Strengthening the human-animal bond is the result of improved physical, mental, and emotional health of your animal. At RHVC, our team loves your animals and wants the best possible relationship for you both.

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