Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary team!

We are pleased to provide exceptional veterinary care for your pets!

Please call us at (860) 450-0505 to speak with one of our caring veterinary staff members.


Dr. Wendy C. Ernst, DVM

Dr. Ernst graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 (After graduating locally from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Biology in 1993, and UCONN with a M.S. in Pathobiology in 1996.). Following Veterinary School Dr. Ernst completed a Small Animal Medical and Surgical Internship at Veterinary Specialists of CT. She practiced at area hospitals for 10 years prior to founding Kirby Veterinary Hospital in 2012. Dr. Ernst lives with her husband, DJ, several Labradors Retrievers and Leroy the cat. In her free time she enjoys training and competing with the Labradors in obedience, conformation and hunt tests.

Dr. RuthAnn Solomon, DVM

She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tufts University, and her bachelors from Colby College. Dr. Solomon joined Kirby in June 2015. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but has a keen interest in reproduction. Previous to her joining our team she was an associate veterinarian at Bay State Animal Clinic in Danvers, MA for 7 years and then served as the Director of Veterinary Medicine for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. In her free time she enjoys competing with her Labradors, hiking and photography.

Customer Service Representatives


Ivy graduated from The UCONN agriculture school in 1977 and she has worked in a variety of positions within the veterinary profession since then. Ivy joined us as a Client Service Representative in April 2016. Her favorite aspect of working in the veterinary field is seeing the pet-owner bond. In her free time she keeps busy with her horse Holly Hock, Axel her Siberian husky and family; including 3 grandkids! In addition to her pets, this year Ivy is trying her hand at butterfly gardening.


Natalka graduated as an English major Magna Cum Laude from ECSU, but has always had a passion for animals of all kinds. She has been working as a Client Service Representative at Kirby since August 2017. Natalka has always worked with animals and currently has four of her own. Outside of work she keeps busy with her two ferrets and her two dogs, of which she trains and competes with in various canine sports such as lure coursing, barn hunt, top dog, dock diving, and weight pull. Out of all the canine sports she has competed in, her favorite is an all-breed sport called weight pull, which builds a dog’s confidence and the owner-dog bond


Karen has worked in the Veterinary field for eight years before joining us here at Kirby as a Client Service Representative in May 2018. Karen’s interest for animals and people roots from her own family. This includes 2 grandchildren and her 3 rescue dogs and cat. In addition to her own pets, Karen also enjoys photographing nature and animals. Outside of work Karen can be found remodeling her 1991 lake house with her husband.

Veterinary Technicians


Jess began working in veterinary medicine in 2000, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2002. Jess enjoys working as a Technician in general practice, and has an interest in reproduction and physical therapy. A longtime volunteer for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, she has fostered over 14 puppies/dogs and worked as their Veterinary Technician and Animal Husbandry Manager before joining Kirby in June 2015. In her free time, Jess loves hiking, cooking, and training her certified search and rescue dog Tasha. Jess happily shares her home with her husband, daughter, 5 cats, and 8 German shepherds. It should be no surprise Jess has a sweet spot for our German shepherd patients!


Laura graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Biology. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1989 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. Laura joined our team in May 2014. At home Laura has several pets including Lily her Golden Retriever, Mabel a Great Pyrenees, Levi, Wrangler, and Hazel her three cats, and 2 turtles. When Laura isn’t working she enjoys being at the beach, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Veterinary Assistants


Michelina is an ECSU student majoring in Biology and has worked at Kirby part-time since Jan 2017.At Eastern she is completing an independent research project studying the DNA and phytogeography of scorpions. Her research included a field study in California this summer to gather more information and take samples of the scorpion population she is researching. Outside of school and work she likes to relax at the beach and go on hikes with her friends. Although she currently lives at school, back home she has a Shih Tzu mix named Juno.


Larissa is a UCONN student majoring in Animal Science and has worked at Kirby part-time since August 2017. She has her sights set for vet school. Larissa has always wanted to work with animals since she was little and has always felt she would be a great asset to the veterinary world. Larissa is a newlywed and lives with her husband, outdoor adventure loving cat Meg and newly adopted dog, Loki.


Megan is a UCONN student majoring in Animal Science and has worked part-time at Kirby since August 2017. She is in the agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha. In additional to working with animals, she has a devotion for both playing and refereeing soccer. Megan started as a referee at age 13 and became the youngest female soccer referee assessor in Connecticut at 19! When she is not refereeing she can be caught playing soccer at UConn in the co-ed intermural club



Logan just recently joined Kirby. She keeps our surgery, treatment and kennel areas clean and stocked. Logan also performs a variety of other duties in the hospital that keep us running smoothly. Full bio and picture coming shortly!

Clinic Cats


Craig (appropriately named as he was adopted from an ad on Craigslist) found his way to our hospital as a kitten. When Craig is not checking in on patients, he loves hunting for cat treats and playing in boxes. A little on the feisty side, he loves to escape out front—and watch out- he tends to climb into purses and bags!


Phoebe is our lesser seen hospital cat and came to us as a rescued feral kitten. She travels around the hospital but is seldom seen by clients. You may catch a glimpse of her if you come in during a quiet moment but don’t be surprised if she quickly scoots away.