Burlington Veterinarians

burlington veterinarianDouglas Meade, DVM

Dr. Douglas Meade is the owner of Burlington Veterinary Hospital. After graduating with a BA Degree in Philosophy from Ripon College in 1974, he worked as a farmer and dairyman for almost two decades.

"As a farmer I found that animal health care was my favorite aspect of farming," he said. In 1991, Dr. Meade returned to Tufts University, completed his veterinary medical studies, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.

"I am keenly aware that I am managing the health care of a family member. I am treating animal patients, but I am affecting the well-being of the entire family by doing so," Dr. Meade said. He also cares for young dogs that are in training as guiding eyes for the blind. When the dogs graduate from the program, Dr. Meade receives a picture of them with their new owner. "I am both proud and pleased," he said of his work with these animals. He contributes professional services to several local animal rescue groups and loves introducing children to the veterinary world with group hospital tours.

Dr. Meade has numerous veterinary interests, including preventive medicine, dentistry, senior pet care, and pet behavior therapy. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

Even with his busy practice, Dr. Meade still finds time for hobbies and volunteer work. He contributes professional services to several local rescue organizations and gives hospital tours to children's' groups. During his leisure time, Dr. Meade enjoys gardening, biking, fishing and woodworking. Dr Meade and his wife have two grown sons, Jeffrey and Brian, who live in Virginia. They also share their home with a dog named Sunny.

"I started my veterinary training at 39 years old. It is more than a job," said Dr. Meade. "It is an expression of who I am."

burlington veterinarianRachel S Klopfer, DVM

Dr. Klopfer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in 1991, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She then completed a small animal rotating medical, surgical, and emergency veterinary internship program at Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, MA. Since graduating in 1997, she has been active in many animal shelters and with many spay/neuter programs. She was on staff at the MSPCA in Methuen, MA for 10 years and continues to volunteer monthly. Dr. Klopfer has traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in Project Samana since 2013 as a team member and co-leader and she is on the board. This is a veterinary medical operative that focuses on sterilization and salvage procedures, urgent care, and humane education.

Rachel lives in Winchester, MA with her husband, her teenage children, and her furry entourage. She spends time off traveling, hiking, running, cycling, swimming, and cross fitting.

burlington veterinarianElizabeth Perkins, DVM

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Dr. Elizabeth Perkins joined the Burlington Veterinary Hospital team in 2020. Prior to BVH, she spent over 14 years at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Belmont, and her first year in practice in New Hampshire working in a mixed (small and large) animal hospital. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Tufts University, and her bachelors in Molecular biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University. She enjoys relationships with patients and their families, seeing herself as a partner in the pet’s care. She aims to work collaboratively with clients to create wellness and treatment plans for their pets that serve the patient and the family. The best part of the Burlington Veterinary Hospital Team is that we are a team, everyone in the hospital plays an important role with the common goal of helping animals we serve.