Bradford A. Barnes, MS, DVM – OWNER
After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Barnes moved to Colorado. In the 9yrs that he resided there, he held many different jobs ranging from construction to clinic research all while completing his masters in nutrition and ultimately his degree in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State Univerisity.
Upon graduation, Dr. Barnes moved to Kansas City where he worked in a mixed practice for 2 1/2 yrs. It was at that time he and his family decided to move back to New England. After working in N. Andover for 3 years, Dr. Barnes set out on his own and opened the Atkinson Equine Practice in 1987. He opened Edgefield in Feb. 1990.
Dr. Barnes received his training in Veterinary Acupuncture from CSU in 1999. He received training in Chiropractic and Advanced Veterinary Chiropractic in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also received specialized training in the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement Technique (TTA) for the surgical management of cranial cruciate ligament injuries in dogs. His initial TTA surgical training was in 2007; Dr. Barnes chose to pursue additional training in 2011, 2014 and 2017. He has been performing TTA surgeries successfully since the spring of 2008. Dr. Barnes is a member of the AVMA, NHVMA, MVMA, IVAS and AAEP. He is a past President of the NHVMA and a past Chair of the State Veterinary Ethics Committee.
Brad currently resides in NH with his wife, Diana, their dog “Willis” and their cat “Cooper”. When not working he can be found traveling with his wife, working in the yard, tooling around on his motorcycle or scuba diving anywhere he can.
Emily Lebiedz, DVM
Originally from Connecticut, Emily has always been interested in animals. She worked at a wildlife center in middle and high school where she raised several sets of orphaned baby squirrels, raccoons, and even field mice! She also worked for a local veterinarian as a kennel helper/technician. After graduating high school she went on to major in Animal Science at UMASS Amherst. While there she developed a love for riding horses, and became a certified riding instructor. During summer breaks she worked at the school’s horse farm as well as milking 500 cows at a local dairy farm. She went on to Tufts Veterinary School and graduated in 1997.
Emily’s first job after graduation was at Suffolk Downs as one of the track vets. Inspecting all the horses for the day’s races and making sure both horses and jockey were safe on the track was an interesting entrance to the profession. Emily started at Edgefield in 1998. For the first several years she split her time between our horse practice and our small animal hospital. Although she loves both aspects of practice, horse work with its erratic schedule does not lend itself well to family life and motherhood. Emily is a member of the AVMA and NHVMA. She currently lives in Southern NH with her husband, her four kids, three dogs (one is a Hovawart!), three horses, three chinchillas, 2 goats and a rat. In her free time (what little there is!) she tries to keep up with her riding and dog agility training.
Originally from Connecticut, Dr. VanNess has had a passion for animals since childhood. While growing up she tried to help any orphaned wildlife and domestic animals she came upon. She attended the University of Connecticut, earning a degree in pathobiology. During her undergraduate studies she worked at an aquarium and as an animal caregiver at the UCONN horse barn. She pursued her veterinary clinical studies at the Louisiana State University from 2003-2004. Dr. VanNess received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Ross University in 2004. Holly joined the Edgefield team as a part-time veterinarian in 2009. Currently, she also practices emergency medicine full-time, as the Medical Director, at Littleton Area Veterinary Emergency Services (LAVES). Previously Holly worked at a mixed animal practice and a small animal hospital (2004-2009). From 2009-2015 she practiced emergency medicine full-time at Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services (CAVES). She has been an active member of the People for Animal Welfare of St. Kitts and has served on the board of directors of the Sullivan County Humane Society. She is a member of the AABP, AAEP, VECCS and AVMA. Holly lives in NH with her dogs, “Jaloop” and “Tacita”, her cats, “Hope”, “Fluffy”, “Doolie”, “Slinky” and “Charlie” and her rat “Bailey”. In her limited spare time she enjoys running and biking.
Cyndi – HOSPITAL MANAGER
Cyndi started her career as a veterinary technician in 1986. She managed a hospital in Northern Mass before joining the Edgefield team in Jan. 1992. She has also been working part-time at the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester since 1997. She lives in NH with her husband, Brian, and their cat, “Fizz”. In her free time, she is pursuing her masters in education and enjoys swimming, reading, camping and riding her Harley.
Marlene – VETERINARY TECHNICIAN,BS
Marlene has been employed as Head Vet Tech at Edgefield since Jan 1991. She grew up in NH and graduated from UNH with a BS in Animal Science. She first started working as a Vet Tech in 1976. She currently lives in Southern NH with her Pharaoh Hounds,”Zahra” and “Syrena”. When not working, she spends her time with her fiance, Greg, and enjoys showing and coursing her Pharaohs.
Janet – CLIENT/PATIENT CARE
Janet was a client for many years before joining our team in 2006. Even though her background is not veterinary, she loves the people and the animals she meets working here. She shares her home with her dog, horse and husband and enjoys dressage, trail riding, walking her dog and gardening.
MELISSA – CLIENT/PATIENT CARE
Melissa joined our team in 2007. She has loved animals since she was a little girl and has a cat, dog and horse of her own. She also works at a local restaurant and enjoys working with people and animals. In the little free time she has, Melissa enjoys showing horses, being in the barn, relaxing with her cat and dog, and spending time with her friends and family.
Robin – CLIENT/PATIENT CARE
Robin joined us in Dec 2013. She started her career as an Animal Control Officer and entered the veterinary field in 1984. Robin grew up in Hudson NH and obtained her BA in psychology/sociology from UMASS. She has been in the veterinary field her entire adult life and has a great respect for the profession and the human-animal bond. She currently lives in NH with her chihuahua, Batman, and her four cats, Colby, Frito Lay, Daisy and Smokey. When not working she enjoys hiking in the White Mtns, walking Batman, reading and spending time with family and friends.
SARAH – VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Sarah joined us in March 2017. She attended Essex Agricultural and Technical High School where she completed the Veterinary Technology and Equine Science Program. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2011 and enjoys every aspect of working in the field with a special interest in surgery and anesthesia. In her free time she can be found riding her thoroughbred “Hof” and spending time with her golden retriever “Ruby” and Bernese Mountain Dog “Misty”.
MARK – VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Mark joined us part-time in March 2017. He has a degree in Criminal Justice but his love of animals has kept him in the animal field for over 21 yrs. He has worked as a technician in both general practice and emergency veterinary hospitals. He lives in Northern Mass with his wife and 2 daughters and while he has no animals of his own he loves getting his animal “fix” with all the patients he cares for here.
big red – goodwill ambassador (2000-2017)
Big Red started life out on the streets. He came to us when he was 2-3 yrs old as a town stray in 2002. We instantly fell in love with him and he fell in love with the “they cater to my every whim, indoor cat” lifestyle. He works hard every day helping with lab work (climbing on our shoulders and purring while we look through the microscope), oversees paperwork (you can how hard he works at that in the above picture) and making sure all the animals here have a comfortable stay (especially stray kittens the town brings…he is SUCH a good foster dad!!). He is a integral part of the team and we can’t imagine a workday without him!