Our Team

Welcome to VCA Shaker Animal Hospital, located in Latham, NY. Our practice was established in 1973 and went through a major expansion/renovation project in 1998. Our devoted team of professionals is committed to providing the most progressive medical treatment available while fostering a close relationship with our patients and clientele.

paw Team Spotlight
Lara Patrick
DVM Medical Director

A New York state native, Dr. Lara C. Patrick grew up in Pattersonville, graduating from Schalmont High School. Majoring in pre-veterinary studies during her undergraduate years at the University of Findlay (Ohio), Dr. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996. Following her studies, she was admitted to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Patrick’s varied professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound and equine lameness. On the Board of Directors for the Old Chatham Hunt Club, Dr. Patrick’s communit...

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Carissa Haberland, LVT, CCFP
Hospital Manager
Carissa grew up in Columbia County, New York and studied biology at Columbia-Greene Community College and SUNY New Paltz. After working in land conservation for several years, she attended SUNY Ulster's Veterinary Technology program and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2011. Carissa has worked in emergency care, diagnostics and practice accreditation. Carissa's primary focus as Hospital Manager is building a strong and supportive practice culture and a healthy future for veterinary professionals.


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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