The Staff at
Guilford Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Donald Mullen

Dr. MullenDr. Mullen is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. Though a Connecticut native, he traveled to Pennsylvania for his higher education. He received his Bachelor's degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, then studied reproductive physiology for two years at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mullen's veterinary degree was earned at the University of Pennsylvania School for Veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. Following graduation in 1979, he was hired as an associate at GVH, and has called it his home ever since. He became a partner in 1982. While all of the GVH veterinarians are primary care providers and address the well and sick needs of all of our patients, each of us has special interests. Dr. Mullen has been a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) since 1979 but his other areas of particular interest are canine and feline surgery and well care. While he does not play favorites, he has had at least one Labrador Retriever as a part of his family for 40 years.

In his leisure time, Dr. Mullen enjoys travel and is an avid bird watcher. He can often be spotted around town with binoculars and Sibley's Guide in hand.

Dr. Deborah L. Ackles

Dr. AcklesDr. Ackles is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Illinois. Dr. Ackles received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1987. She has been with Guilford Veterinary Hospital ever since and became a partner in 1990. Her interests include feline and canine medicine and surgery with a special interest in ultrasonography.

Outside of work Dr. Ackles' interests are gardening, beekeeping, genealogy research and active travel. She enjoys spending time with her four pets, two rag-a-muffin rescued Shih Tzus, Kitsi and Pabu, and two cats, Annie the Ragdoll and Teddy the cuddle-bear tabby. Most of all she enjoys the times spent with family and friends.


Dr. Anthony DellaMonica

Dr. DellaMonicaDr. DellaMonica is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Purdue University. He also attended the University of Bridgeport where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After practicing as a registered nurse in intensive care and coronary care units and a cardiac catheterization laboratory for several years he decided to pursue his lifelong goal of veterinary medicine. Dr. DellaMonica received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1993, where he graduated with honors. Following one year of mixed animal practice he joined the Guilford Veterinary Hospital in 1994. His professional interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr. DellaMonica and his wife Debra have been involved in breeding and exhibiting Schipperke dogs for many years. They have the honor of having a dog in the top 10 Schipperke breed rating for six consecutive years and have had several Best of Breed winners at the Westminster dog show. His other interests include fly-fishing.

Dr. Anita Soucy

Dr. SoucyDr. Soucy is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She completed an internship in small animal surgery at South Shore Veterinary Associates in South Weymouth, MA in 1993 and joined the staff of GVH in 1994. She enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Soucy is a native of Connecticut, having been raised in the Hartford area and completed her undergraduate work at Uconn. She is currently a Guilford resident. Her daughter, Hannah, can often be found at GVH when she is not busy participating in various choirs and theatrical productions.


Dr. Morna Pixton

Dr. PixtonDr. Pixton is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She joined GVH as an associate in 1998 after graduating with honors from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a partner in 2008. Dr. Pixton was born in Berkeley, CA, mostly raised in upstate NY, and graduated cum laude from Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Art in English literature.

Dr. Pixton enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and has a special interest in animal behavior. Dr. Pixton lives in Guilford with her twin boys and their 2 cats and 3 Standard poodles. She spends her free time enjoying life with her children and pets, and loves to read, cook, garden and especially hike.

Dr. Kirsten Nordt

Dr. NordtDr. Nordt is originally from Oregon. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1997. She worked as a certified veterinary technician for five years before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Nordt was part of the last class to complete her veterinary degree at both Oregon State University and Washington State University, graduating in 2006. She joined the Guilford family in October of 2006. Her special interests lie in dentistry for dogs and cats and feline medicine and surgery. She also enjoys seeing some reptiles and turtles.

Kirsten lives in Guilford with her four cats and Shih Tzu, Clover. In her free time she enjoys crafting, including quilting, knitting and cross-stitching. She also is an avid reader and traveler.



Dr. Christina DeAngelo

Dr. AcklesDr. DeAngelo is a New Englander, born and raised. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut. While there she worked as a veterinary assistant at a local veterinary hospital. She then received her dual degree of Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters degree at Tufts University in Grafton, MA. She joined the Guilford Veterinary Hospital family in 2014. Her interests include canine and feline surgery, dermatology and ultrasonography. She also loves to care for pocket pets.

During her free time, Dr. DeAngelo enjoys horseback riding on the Connecticut trails, playing equestrian polo, hiking and taking long strolls on the beach with her dog, Picasso. She also enjoys spending time with her two blind cats, Kera and Kennedy.


Dr. Chelsea Anderson

Dr. AcklesDr. Anderson joined Guilford Veterinary Hospital in June of 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science, Pathobiology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Connecticut in 2010. Dr. Anderson received her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and has an interest in exotic pets. In addition, Dr. Anderson has a passion for public health and spent her summers during veterinary school studying infectious diseases in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Anderson is a native of Connecticut, having been raised in Killingworth and Madison. She enjoys music, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors. On her days off, she can be found hiking, running, and combing the beaches with her Labradoodle, Bella June.


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