Sandra Farfan, LVT


Sandra Farfan, LVT is a licensed veterinary technician and joined The VCC team in April 2014. Sandra was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia where she completed her veterinary medicine degree at Universidad San Martin in 2007.

She became a veterinary technician when moving to Connecticut in 2007, after deciding that her true passion was working more hands-on with her patients. Her primary focus was in surgery and emergency and is also certified in CPR and first aid for pets. Her unique and valuable skill set will ensure that The VCC continues on its mission to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Sandra feels a strong connection with clients and pets fighting cancer after her bulldog was diagnosed with mammary cancer.

“I  have deep respect for the quality of medicine and excellent research practiced at The Veterinary Cancer Center; I am very excited to work with such talented team and look forward to increasing my knowledge base about oncology and providing our patients with the same compassion and dedication as if they were my own."-Sandra F.

Sandra is a proud mom of three rescue animals; Ramona, a cat rescued from a hoarding situation when she was only a few weeks old, Becky, a Colombian stray dog and Chelsea, the pit-bull. They are her furry children, and Sandra has always said that they are the ones who have rescued her.  


Gillian Rothchild, BS, LVT

Technician/Clinical Trial Coordinator

Gillian Rothchild began her career in veterinary medicine over ten years ago. Working as a kennel assistant for North Shore Animal League, she realized that caring for animals was her passion. After graduating from LaGuardia Community College's Veterinary Technician program in 2007, Gillian was proud to be a licensed veterinary technician. She comes to the VCC after working for the ASPCA animal hospital for the past seven years, where she spent much of her time treating rescued and abused animals. A lifelong learner, Gillian earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology while working for the ASPCA, and she hopes to begin work on a Master's degree soon. Gillian lives with her wonderful husband and two cats, Fester and Strudel.

She co-published a paper on the Retrospective evaluation of toceranib phosphate (Palladia) use in cats with mast cell neoplasia (Erika P Berger, Chad M Johannes, Gerald S Post, Gillian Rothchild, Kai-Biu Shiu, Sarah Wetzel, Leslie E Fox) and presented at the NAVTA Conference where she was awarded the Best Presentation Award.


Dani Petrini, CVT


Danielle Petrini CVT, is a certified veterinary technician and joined the VCC family in April 2016. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in 2010 and became certified in 2011. Danielle has previously worked in general practice for the past 7 years before coming to VCC. She became interested in oncology after her 2 year old pitbull, Petey, was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer. “It was very hard losing Petey. After saving him at 5 weeks old I never thought I’d lose him after only 3 years. But, the VCC was here for Petey and I. They gave me time I never thought I’d have. After going through the process first hand I knew that I was meant to not only help pets with cancer but also their families.” Danielle lives in Wilton with her husband Jason, their three rescue pitbulls Tinkerbelle, Chance and Wally, and their rescue kitty Chubz. She enjoys exercising and quality time with her family and fur babies.


Suzanna, BS, BA, LVT


Suzanne Thomas, B.S, LVT is a licensed veterinary technologist and the newest member of The VCC team. Suzanne comes from a management background having graduated from Pace University with a bachelor in business working in various management roles for nine years before going to school for veterinary technology. Suzanne graduated from Mercy College with a bachelor in veterinary technology in 2013 and had been working in the veterinary field since 2011. Suzanne is always striving to do better, learn more, and help others. When she’s not working in the hospital she’s teaching group fitness classes, working towards a master’s degree in accounting, pet sitting, and helping to manage the social media for Dr. Susan Ettinger as well as various Facebook groups including a Facebook group for technicians around the world. Suzanne is a part of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians as well as the Veterinary Cancer Society. Suzanne also has peer-reviewed articles for NAVC’s Today’s Veterinary Technician magazine.

Suzanne believes with her full heart that cancer is not a death sentence, and strives to bring compassion and understanding to pet parents during these difficult times. Although Suzanne has not experienced cancer in her own pets, she has spent much of the last four years loving her patients as if they were her own.

“On my first day working with oncology, I was told that the ultimate goal is that patients live longer and live well. Ever since I heard this, I have made it my mission that the quality of life for our patients is the priority. The connection is a very important reason why I love working with pets who have cancer. The connection that I make with the pets but also the connection that I make with their parents. I’ve laughed with them and cried with them. I’ve held their hand through tough decisions, and I’ve celebrated the big wins. I look forward to the big wins and even the small ones. Every day with our patients is a win, and I strive to be part of the process of giving owners as many of those wins as possible.”

Suzanne lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband and her busy month's fur kids: Charlie the pug, Miley the Chiweenie, and Louie, the cat.


Patrick Higgins

Technician Assistant

After a nearly 20 year career in NYC book publishing, Patrick made a mid-life career change and chose to devote his life to helping the most innocent among us. Patrick is an ordained Christian reverend and the author of three published non-fiction books, one of which was named one of the outstanding books of the year by Food and Wine magazine. He is currently working on a new book and lives with his two dogs, Luther and Grape.


Ashley Talarico, LVT


Ashley completed her veterinary technology degree from SUNY Canton and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2008. She is an active member of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians and is passionate about continuing education and providing the best possible care for her patients. After eight years of experience in anesthesia and surgery, Ashley brings a vast amount of knowledge and skill that will great increase the quality of care already being provided at The VCC

“The greatest part about being a veterinary professional sees the bond that people have with their pets. Being able to help pets fight cancer is very close to my heart because I lost my dog to cancer when she was only six years old….” In her spare time, Ashley enjoys rock-climbing with her husband, teaching dance classes, and hanging out with her furry children.

Ashley’s furry family includes Theodore and Sullivan (Great Danes), Vespyr (Domestic Shorthair) and Xander (Sphynx), and Captain Crunch and Applejacks (Bunnies).


Michelle Barreto

Technician Assistant

Michelle Barreto is a Veterinary Assistant who always had a passion for helping and giving endless love to all and every kind of animal. Ever since Michelle was young, she always knew she wanted to help and work with animals. Michelle has worked in the past with the ASPCA, helping both abused and owned animals. She was one of the radiologist technician and ultrasound technician. She is currently enrolled in Pennfoster to further herself and to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Michelle is a proud momma to 2 Shiba Inus; Kenji Satoru who she has had since she was 18, and Nala Rose who she rescued in 2013 from the A.S.P.C.A.