At Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, our team of veterinarians take great pride in their work and ensuring your pet lives their fullest, happiest life possible. When you visit our animal clinic, you’ll immediately notice the difference that comes with the care and dedication we provide to each pet we see.
We invite you to explore below and click on the profiles of our veterinarians. Each member of our unique and incredible veterinary team brings their own story to our pet hospital and the ways in which we can improve and enhance the life of your pet. We are proud to serve pet parents from across the Cape Cod, Massachusetts region including Yarmouth, Harwich, Dennis, Hyannis and neighboring communities.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (Honors)
Graduate work at Harvard University
BA from Boston College
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.
Dr. Robert Labdon established Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in 1975. Over the past several decades, the positive feedback, and expressions of satisfaction with Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod has made his work even 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 Labdon’s have raised two children, Justin, and Laurel. Justin lives in Sandwich and Laurel resides in Brewster.
Dr. Pisinski cannot recall the exact moment that she realized she wanted to become a veterinarian; she simply says, “It’s just always what I wanted to be!” As a young child she would work diligently to save animals whenever they needed assistance, be it a mouse, lobster, or even a worm!
Her goal walking into every visit is “treat the patients and clients as I would want to be treated and I would want my own pet to be treated.” This goal is clear anytime you see Dr. Pisinski.
Dr. Pisinski has a 10-year-old black lab named “Lucy” whom she loves dearly, she cannot imagine loving anyone or anything more than she loves Lucy. Dr. Pisinski is close with her family which includes her sister, brother-in-law her parents, and her niece make up her family.
When she is not at work, she can be found spending time outside, taking hikes or gardening.
One of her favorite quotes is: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances; to check one’s own way.”
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.” One reason she wanted to become a veterinarian is to “help those that can’t help themselves.” 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.
In her own words, Dr. Kmieck’s main goal is “to save lives and stamp out disease”.
Dr. Kmiecik lives with her husband Jonathan and her four beloved Bengal cats and her pet fish. She is also a proud Stepmom to three adult children. Dr. Kmiecik 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, Dr. Kmiecik enjoys running, tennis and spending time on the water, she is also extremely passionate about the environment, wildlife, and climate change.
Some of her favorite quotes are “Life is short, but it is also wide” and “The good life is expensive – there is a cheaper one, but it’s not as good!” Dr. Kmiecik lives everyday by the mantra Carpe Diem!
At an early age, Dr. Susan Neary had dreamed of caring for a farm complete with animals of all sorts. In pursuit of her passion, 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 field. 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.
B.S (Animal Science) University of Massachusetts Amherst 2001
D.V.M Tufts University, 2005
Dr. Michelle Zarif first joined our team at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in March 2009. A native of Worcester Massachusetts, Dr. Zarif spent her childhood summers on Cape Cod and grew a natural affinity for the area early on.
At a young age Dr. Zarif knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She loves her job for many reasons, one of them being able to make a difference in pet lives and their owners. Dr. Zarif is federally accredited through the USDA, which enables her to see our patients that will be traveling internationally.
Dr. Zarif also earned her Fear Free certification which she utilizes in every appointment. Dr. Zarif has a goal walking into every patient visit, which is to make both the pet AND their owner feel comfortable. She strives to make the pet to feel comfortable and free of fear or anxiety. She does this by implementing the fear free methods. She makes sure to greet patients gently, give lots of love, and yummy treats, and she makes sure to talk to them throughout the exam. Dr. Zarif is not afraid to get down on the floor with them if needed.
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, she wants owners to feel heard and understood; “We all go into this field because we love animals, but we also must be able to communicate with people. I think it is so important that we build trusting relationships so that we can work together as a care team for their beloved family members.”
Dr. Zarif’s family includes her husband Dave and her three children, Sophie, Addie, and William. They currently have 1 dog, Nessa, a small terrier mix. Dr. Zarif and her family are currently in the process of acquiring a seizure alert service dog for their oldest daughter. They have been assigned to a class and will be matched with a service dog in early 2024. Dr. Zarif and her family are excited to add this new dog to their family as it will be life changing for their daughter. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her family and friends exploring all the natural beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.
Dr. Stone grew up in Massachusetts and received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He then went on to earn his Veterinary degree from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Since graduating he has been a general practitioner on Cape Cod. Prior to pursuing veterinary medicine, Dr. Stone spent 8 years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. When he is not working, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and running.