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 veterinariansSara Gardiner, DVM

Veterinary medicine is a field that Dr. Sara Gardiner always considered while attending high school and college. After college, she accepted some volunteer opportunities in veterinary clinics and was able to experience what it would be like to practice veterinary medicine "for real". The experience was clearly a positive one and she notes that "the field of veterinary medicine is a complex and dynamic one." "There will always be something new to learn and our knowledge in this field is constantly evolving," she said. Dr. Gardiner attended Connecticut College and graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1996. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and officially joined Burlington Veterinary Hospital's staff in January 2013.

Dr. Gardiner's favorite cases involve working with new puppies. One of her most memorable and happy experiences as a veterinarian was when she repaired a newborn puppy's birth defect. "I didn't expect her to survive but she proved me wrong," Dr. Gardiner said. Dr. Gardiner's professional interests include ultrasound, internal medicine and urgent care. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Gardiner cares for a cat named Steevie. When not at work, she enjoys taking care of her family, reading, jogging and exploring local family-friendly places and activities with her two young sons.