Great Road Veterinary Hospital

Our Response to COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, veterinary hospitals across the country are working hard to adjust their procedures in real time to keep people and animals safe and healthy. Great Road Veterinary Hospital is currently open six days a week with reduced appointment hours to reduce necessary human-to-human contact. Please call our front desk to discuss scheduling.

Appointments are prioritized for sick patients and treatments that are essential for pet health where timing is a priority. As an example, we are nearing the peak of tick season so dogs due for their Lyme vaccines/flea and tick products are being seen in an abbreviated/technician visit with annual visits put off until the pandemic has substantially resolved. Dogs and cats due for rabies vaccines and puppies/young dogs/kittens/young cats with need for time dependent booster vaccines will also be seen. All environmental surfaces inside the clinic are regularly disinfected throughout the day.

When you arrive for your appointment, please stay in your car in the parking lot and call our front desk (978-263-0553). A gloved GRVH associate will come to your car to bring your pet into the hospital for treatment and will return with further instructions. We are still happy to fill prescriptions for medications and prescription foods. Orders will be left outside to the right of our front door in/next to the stainless-steel box. Please help us by having a credit card ready for payment to be given over the phone.

We are diligently checking the hospital’s email account during working hours ( You are welcome to email us with any questions. We would like to remind all clients that if you have any respiratory symptoms, please stay at home and call our front desk with veterinary questions and be prepared for someone else to bring in your pet.

Note: Incidences of Covid-19 in domestic animals are not currently considered to be a serious concern but advice form reputable public health sources are, if you are sick with a respiratory infection, a possible or a confirmed Covid 19 case, your pet should be home quarantined with you. There are exceptions to this, and case by case evaluation is necessary. For further information, we recommend the following references:

Worms and Germs: Pets and People with Covid 19 – Dr. Scott Weiss

AVMA (American Veterinary  Medical Association: Covid 19

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid 19)


We provide a complete range of veterinary services to primarily small animals in Acton, MA and surrounding areas. Our professionals have years of experience and are trained to provide the best quality care for your much loved pet. Whether you pet needs a routine check up or intensive veterinary treatment/surgery, we're here to help!
Feel free to browse our site to learn more about what we can offer. Please contact us for more information or to set up an appointment.

We are proud supporters of the World Wildlife Foundation- Australia

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  • Mon: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tue: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Wed: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thu: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Jon Kelman, DVM

    Jon Kelman, DVM


    Dr. Kelman graduated from Clark University with a degree in biology before completing his master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a degree in microbiology in 1984. He worked for 5 years at the Channing Laboratory, researching bacterial infectious diseases before co-founding the Immucell Corporation, which conducts human and veterinary diagnostic and therapeutic product research. He graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 before starting as a Veterinarian at Apple Country Animal Hospital in Stow, MA. Dr. Kelman purchased Great Road Veterinary Hospital in April of 2001.

    Dr. Kelman’s interest in animals started during middle school while milking and haying for Fairlawn Farm in Wallingford, CT. Dr. Kelman has maintained an interest in farms, doing occasional farm calls and volunteering on the Codman Farm Board in his hometown of Lincoln, MA. He is also on the Public Health and Infectious Disease Committee of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and volunteers as a mentor at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

    In his limited free time, Dr. Kelman loves fly-fishing, cooking, cycling, and splitting wood. He lives in Lincoln with his wife, Pam, and three daughters, Alison, Elizabeth, and Emily, their Golden Retrievers, Isabel and Henry, and cat named Mouse.
  • Cari Hiler, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Hiler graduated with honors from Smith College, earning her BA after a triple major in biology, chemistry and dance. She then worked for a few years in Boston as a research assistant, studying ALS in a molecular genetics lab for Harvard at MGH, while moonlighting as a veterinary technician in western MA. 

    In 2001, Dr. Hiler received her DVM degree with honors from Tufts University, and began working in small animal private practices around Boston. From 2006 - 2017, Dr. Hiler was the owner and sole practitioner at Millis Animal Hospital, in Millis, MA, revitalizing the small hospital and earning the respect of her clients and community. After over eleven years of managing her own hospital, she decided to cut back to part-time clinical work, and has joined the staff at Great Road Vet. 

    In her free time, Dr. Hiler enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, knitting and any sort of DIY home improvement project. She lives in Walpole with her husband, Geoffrey, and their three-legged cat, Juanita.
  • Vickie L. Harvey

    Practice Manager

    Vickie came to us from Colorado this past summer where she worked as a Practice Manager in a 3 doctor practice for over 18 years. Growing up on a farm in Central NH she has always had a passion for animals. Vickie's hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, working out and spending time with family and friends.
    Plymouth State University
    Hiking, swimming, working out
  • Donna Shepherd

    Veterinary Technician

    Donna joined GRVH in February 2018, bringing with her over 25 years’ experience in the animal care field.  She has worked in general practice, emergency medicine as well as in specialty (dermatology) medicine.  Donna has a B.S. in Zoology, along with double minors in Fisheries/Wildlife Biology and Psychology. 

    Donna lives in Westford with her husband Todd, and three daughters, Rebecca, Alexa and Elizabeth.  She has two 8-year-old sibling cats named “Cookie” and “Cinnamon” (rescued at 2 weeks of age after their mother died), a 4-year-old male Dutch rabbit named “Jellybean” as well as a small fresh water fish tank with a variety of inhabitants (Beta fish, tiger barb, snail, neon tetra).  The family is still mourning the loss of their 12-year-old Golden Retriever, “Champ”.

    In her free time, Donna enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, traveling to Niagara Falls into Canada, as well as going to the beach or amusement park.

  • Stephanie Sheridan

    Veterinary Technician

    Stephanie graduated in 2019 from Becker College with her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Lab and Animal Management. She previously worked at the Leominster Animal Hospital from 2018 - 2020 as a veterinary technician, and had volunteered at several animal shelters before that. Stephanie plans on taking her VTNE to become a certified veterinary technician later this year. Stephanie lives with her boyfriend, Eli, and her family in Leominster, but has plans to move to Georgia in the near future. Stephanie has an 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier named Max, as well as a cat named Basil, and shares a household with her sister’s 2 Maine Coon cats, Murphy and Connor. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends.

  • Ashlee Foley


    Ashlee joined GRVH in April of 2018 as a receptionist. Although, this is her first Veterinary Receptionist position she has worked as a receptionist in other fields for many years. This is a perfect place to work as she has a great love for animals. Outside of work, Ashlee is the proud owner of four very cute and lovable guinea pigs who keep her very busy. In her free time she enjoys playing disc golf, darts, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Alysha Boisvert

    Receptionist / Tech Assistant
    Alley  joined our team in late 2020 with nearly 15 years experience in the veterinary field. She has worked in emergency, specialty, shelter and general medicine. Alley can be found all over our hospital, helping clients and patients, in client services or as one of our technicians assistants. When not working she enjoys New England football, spending time with her daughter and her two Pitbull's and cat at home. 
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 08, 2020
  • Kathi Denny

    Kathi Denny


    Kathi works behind the scenes, and keeps GRVH's clinic running smoothly. Kathi has worked as the caretaker of GRVH's kennel since 2003. Her main responsibilities include putting together surgical packs, cleaning the kennels, and feeding the boarding animals. Originally from Patterson, NJ, Kathi now lives with her family in Harvard, her dog, Dakota (mix), and her cat, Sundance. In her free time Kathi loves to quilt.