Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (Honors)
BA from Boston College
Graduate work at Harvard University
In his own words, Dr. Burns decided to become a veterinarian because, “It’s what I was born to do. I’ve always loved science and medicine. It’s a totally natural fit.”
Dr. Burns lives by the mantra that if you are not improving, you are declining. To that end, he always strives to bring his absolute best to every patient visit, working to enhance the quality of life of each pet that he sees.
Dr. Burns first became the Hospital Director of Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in 2005. He is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Cape Animal Referral & Emergency Center (CARE) and previously served as President of the Cape Cod Veterinary Medical Association.
As a testament to his commitment to excellence, Dr. Burns received an honorary citation from Governor Deval Patrick, Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi, State Rep. Cleon Turner and the Massachusetts House of Representatives in recognition of his vital role in protecting the local commonwealth from the spread of rabies.
Pets are an integral part of Dr. Burn’s family, and part of his commitment to service comes from the knowledge that pets everywhere deserve the highest-quality of care possible.
Dr. Burns lives with his wife Whitney and their three children, Jack, Ellie and Chloe, alongside their two Goldendoodles, Fin and Zoe. He also enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding and underwater photography. In fact, in 2015, Dr. Burns completed a ten-week assignment with National Geographic in conjunction with their widely popular, Nat Geo Wild Channel. His photos on white sharks and underwater life have been published around the world, but nothing makes him happier than caring for your pets here in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
Having received his DVM Degree from the University of Missouri in 1969, Dr. Robert Labdon established Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in 1975. Over the years, the positive feedback and expressions of satisfaction with Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod has made his work all the more rewarding and worthwhile.
Dr. Labdon’s professional interests extend beyond the confines of VACC. He is a clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a director of Project Samina, a veterinary program initiated in 1992 to improve the health and welfare of the animals of the Dominican Republic.
Even with his numerous professional responsibilities, Dr. Labdon and his wife Jane still find time to enjoy the quiet life on Cape Cod. Some of their activities include sailing, gardening and graphic design. The Labdons have raised two children, Justin and Laurel. Justin lives in Sandwich and Laurel resides in Brewster. Their family also includes a dog named Jake, and two cats named Sawyer and Cokie.
Degree of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University (Honors)
Surgical & Internal Medicine Internship from VCA South Shore
Dr. Lauren Collazo was first appointed as Medical Director of Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in 2006 and proudly serves as President of the Cape Cod Veterinary Medical Association.
She first discovered her love for medicine in high school and has never looked back since. For the last 15 years, she’s dedicated herself to making pets and their owners as comfortable as possible, placing an emphasis on listening closely to the needs of each animal she sees.
Dr. Lauren Collazo lives with her husband and three daughters. She has a cat named Sprocket and plans on adopting a dog in the near future.
When asked about her career, Dr. Collazo happily explains, “I can think of no other profession that offers all of the challenges and rewards I’ve experienced in the last 15 years, while also allowing me the opportunity to provide love to these remarkable four-legged friends.”
Dr. Vicky Olson graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She later received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery outside of Hartford, CT. She has many interests including preventative medicine, shelter medicine and animal welfare, parasitology and infectious disease.
Originally from Worcester, she currently lives in Westport and enjoys spending time with her daughter, Aurora, her four cats, yoga, and traveling.
BS/DVM University of Massachusetts & Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
BS in Animal Science at University ofMassachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Michelle Zarif first joined our team at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in March 2009. Having grown up in Worcester, Dr. Zarif spent her childhood summers on Cape Cod and grew a natural affinity for the area early on. Now, she gets to share this passion with local children in the community and is also a member of the VACC’s Junior Veterinary Academy teaching team. She frequently speaks with local preschools and elementary schools about her career as a veterinarian.
Dr. Zarif is a proud member of the MVMA, AVMA and is federally accredited through the USDA. She also obtained her Fear Free certification in 2017.
Dr. Zarif strives to provide personalized, compassionate care to her patients and pet owners whenever they visit. She enjoys spending extra time explaining the choices available to each pet and answering any questions that pet owners may have. Her goal is always to enhance the quality of life each pet experiences whenever they visit Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod.
In her spare time, Dr. Zarif spends time with her husband, Dave, and their three children Sophia, Adalynn and William. Her dog, Nessa, is a Schnauzer-mix, rescued from a shelter in Texas.
She also enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends and exploring the natural beauty of Cape Cod.
A native of Cape Cod Dr. William Kaser has been working on the lower cape since 1999. Most of that time has been in general practice. He is one of the original founders of the cape’s only Emergency and Specialty hosp in Dennis.
He attended the University of Missouri where he earned his DVM in 1999. In addition he attended Cape Cod Community college and Murray State where he earned undergraduate degrees. Dr. Kaser enjoys his profession and preserving the human animal bond.
He lives in Brewster with his wife Megan, 2 children and many animals. He enjoys the outdoors and spends free time working on his hobby farm. Dr. Kaser is a member of the MVMA, AVMA and is federally accredited.
Dr. Barbara Kmiecik first joined Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in 2015 and has been practicing veterinary medicine on Cape Cod since 1998. Her profound love for animals started at a young age, “I grew up in a family of doctors and nurses, but I knew I wanted to work with animals.”
Her mission with every patient visit is to ensure that each pet is as healthy as possible, while providing clients with the tools they need to ensure their pets have optimal lives at home.
Dr. Kmiecik lives with her husband Jonathan and her beloved Bengal cats. She adores the unconditional affection that these cats provide to her family and understands firsthand how powerful this connection is to families everywhere. When she isn’t at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, she enjoys running, tennis and spending time on the water.
At an early age, Dr. Susan Neary had dreamed of caring for a farm replete with animals of all sorts. In pursuit of her pas, her schooling began at Oregon and Washington State University Schools of Veterinary Medicine in which she graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honors Fraternity.
As a veterinarian as well as a veterinary acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Neary is also a licensed acupuncturist in the human filed. She revels in the success of acupuncture in conditions that medications cannot solely manage.
Dr. Neary has owned and operated two veterinary hospitals in the Seattle area for a dozen years before deciding to sell both practices and pursue Masters’ degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MOAM) and Pain Research, Education and Policy (MS-PREP). This skill set coupled with a strong commitment to bridge eastern and western medicine allows her to use integrative approaches to the complex problem of pain management with special interest in osteoarthritis, degenerative and neurological conditions, post-surgical and palliative care patients.
Dr. Neary is a member of the Board of Governors for the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM.org) and President of the Cape Cod Veterinary Medical Association. She is recognized for her visionary and pioneering attributes and is enjoying this progressive veterinary experience to improve the quality of life in both animals and people.
Abby doesn’t remember the exact moment she discovered she wanted to become a veterinarian because as she describes, “It’s just what I always wanted to be!” As a young child, she would work diligently to save animals whenever they needed assistance, be it a mouse, a lobster or even a worm!
This passion and excitement has translated directly to the care she provides at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod.
Abby also spends time with her 6-year-old black Lab named Lucy, her older sister named Legia, her boyfriend named Phil and of course, her lovely mother and father.
When she’s not serving the pet owners of Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, she can be found giving horseback riding lessons, going on hikes with friends and family and going on adventures.