Richard McCarthy, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Richard McCarthy is a graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an associate member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) where he served as Secretary and chaired the Legislative Committee.
Following graduation, Dr. McCarthy worked in mixed practice in New York State and western Massachusetts treating farm animals as well as family pets. He came to Linwood Animal Hospital in 1965 and became an owner in 1966. Dr. McCarthy enjoys the many continuing education opportunities available in the field of veterinary medicine and sharing their benefits with his Linwood patients and their owners.
Dr. McCarthy lives in Chelmsford with his wife, Ann. In his free time, he likes to play with his cat, Ruffio, and also enjoys traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Carol Cookingham, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Carol Cookingham received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her veterinary degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1979. She joined the staff of Linwood Animal Hospital as a veterinarian in 1981 and then became a partner. Dr. Cookingham is a long-standing member of both the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
In her spare time, Dr. Cookingham enjoys cycling, traveling and watercolor painting, as well as cooking and gardening. She lives in Westford with her husband and two cats: Lily and Spooky.
Emilia Agrafojo, DVM
Dr. Emilia Agrafojo ("Dr. A") joined Linwood Animal Hospital in 1999 after graduation from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. One of her Tufts' professors recommended Linwood Animal Hospital to her, saying that she thought it would be a perfect fit – she was right!
Dr. Agrafojo's professional interests include feline medicine, physical therapy laser treatment, and compassionate palliative medicine. Her professional organizations include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Dr. A lives with her family of five special-needs kitties and one very understanding husband. Her leisure interests include jewelry-making, yoga, attending science fiction conventions, and planning trips to Disney World (sometimes she even takes them!).
Rebekah Swartz, DVM
Dr. Rebekah Swartz joined the Linwood Animal Hospital team in June 2016. She earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a DVM degree from Tufts University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).
Dr. Swartz looks forward to getting to work with each and every pet and their family from puppyhood or kittenhood through old age, and sharing with them the joys and challenges along the way. She is also interested in wellness care, animal behavior, obesity and chronic disease management, and dentistry.
Outside of work, Dr. Swartz enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their family and friends. She loves the outdoors and, in the early morning, you may often find her rowing on the Charles River. Her hobbies also include baking (especially strawberry rhubarb pies and coffeecake!).
Join us for an Open House!
Stop by Linwood Animal Hospital on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 pm for our first ever Open House!
Get a tour of our newly-renovated facility, check out adoptable pets from the Lowell Humane Society, enjoy games, food, prizes and more! Westford Veterinary Emergency will also be there with their pet emergency ambulance.
Feel free to call us at (978) 453-1784 if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Our Renovations Are Complete!
The doctors and staff at Linwood Animal Hospital are excited to announce that our renovations are complete! We have an all new reception desk, exam rooms, flooring, and waiting room - including a cat-only waiting area.
We look forward to providing our loyal clients with a more comfortable experience in our new facility, while also allowing our veterinarians and staff to provide more services and better care to our patients.
Disease-Carrying Ticks on the Rise
It's such a treat when we get a warm winter here in New England, but unfortunately, ticks love it too! Without heavy snow cover, and the spring weather approaching, ticks are multiplying at an alarming rate.
Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis, to pets and people. This season, be sure to protect your pets from these little monsters! The health of your pets and family depends on it. Learn more about the rise of ticks in New England here.
At Linwood Animal Hospital, we carry and recommend Vectra 3D for dogs and Frontline for cats. Both are flea/tick preventative topical oils which you apply to your pet once a month. We also carry Bravecto, an oral preventative for dogs which protects them for up to three months.
Could Your Pet Be Our Star Of The Month?
Wouldn't it be great to see your pet featured as a Facebook "Star" for an entire month for all to see? Great news, now they can. Simply share your pet's photo with us on our Facebook page, and your pet could be Linwood's first Star of the Month!
How it works:
- Share an adorable photo of your pet on our Facebook page
- Spread the word-remind your friends, tell your family to vote, vote, vote for your pet!
The pet with the most likes will be displayed as Linwood's Facebook profile picture all month long! Hurry, the first "Star of the Month" will be announced on the first of every month. Any picture submitted from the second of the month until the last day of the month will be in the running to be next month's star!
Pet Health Insurance FAQs
Pet insurance can help you manage the cost of caring for your pet should the unexpected happen. Here at Linwood Animal Hospital we strongly encourage you to consider health insurance for your pet.
Why Do I Need Pet Insurance?
No one likes to think about their beloved pet getting hurt or sick, but it can happen at any time. Pets are typically curious, active and often quite fearless, so it's difficult to protect them from all dangers all the time. Pets also get sick, just like we do. In fact, every year about 6 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
Fortunately, there are more life-saving treatments available for pets than ever before. However, with these new advances, come more expenses. That's where pet insurance comes in. By covering your pet, you can make sure you will be able to afford the medical care he or she needs.
How Does Pet Insurance Work?
- Get Treatment
- File a Claim
- Get Reimbursed
With pet insurance, you can visit any veterinarian or emergency hospital. You pay your bill at the time of service and submit a claim to the pet insurance company, which reimburses you directly with a check.
Some insurance companies even have the ability to make a direct deposit straight into your bank account, or submit payment directly to the veterinary hospital.
Archived Pet Health Articles
Puppy Care Guide
Kitten Care Guide
Linwood Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Meet our skilled team of veterinary technicians, receptionists, and hospital manager. They will take great care of you and your pets!
Cyndi — Hospital Manager
Cyndi joined Linwood Animal Hospital in 2004. She started working as a receptionist, but has also been cross-trained as a veterinary technician. Cyndi is Linwood's "go-to girl" regarding pet insurance and other animal-related topics.
Cyndi has five dogs of her own — a Rottweiler named Kholbe, a Bull Mastiff Mix named Maxx, a St. Bernard/Great Dane mix named Duke, a Cairn terrier named Charlie, and a Lab/terrier mix named Roxxi. She spends her free time with her four-legged children as well as husband, Sean, and her human son, Jaden. Jaden tells his mom that "Duke is not a dog; he's a dinosaur!"
Luz — Certified Veterinary Technician
Luz joined the Linwood Animal Hospital team in 1993. She is bilingual in Spanish and English which is a great help to our clients. Luz received her degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 1997. She has shared her many years of experience helping train new staff members and helping take care of our patients and their owners.
Luz has a calico cat named Allie and shares custody of a Chihuahua named Kala with her daughter and a mixed breed dog named Sandy with her grandson. Luz maintains her license with continuing education courses every year to keep up to date with new trends and topics in veterinary medicine.
Janet — Veterinary Technician
Janet started work at Linwood Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in 2007, just shortly after earning her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine from UMass Amherst. Because of allergies in her family, she cannot have her own dogs or cats, so she gets her "animal fix" at Linwood.
Janet has pet gerbils at home that she enjoys spending time with. If she could have her own dog, she would definitely get a shelter mutt, and wishes more people would start their search for their perfect pet at the many wonderful shelters and rescue organizations.
Amanda — Veterinary Technician
Amanda has been employed as a veterinary technician and receptionist since 2004. She is attending Middlesex Community College to further her education. Amanda spends her free time with her family and Alice, her pitbull.
Jennifer — Veterinary Technician
Jennifer joined the Linwood Animal Hospital team in 2013 as a veterinary technician. After volunteering at the MSPCA, Jen decided to take veterinary technician courses at Mount Ida College. Her favorite part of work is using Linwood's new laser therapy machine to help animals recover from various problems such as arthritis. Her other interests include music, art, and spending time with her niece and nephew.
Bryanna — Receptionist & Veterinary Technician
Bryanna started working at Linwood Animal Hospital in 2014. She started as a receptionist, but has been crossed-trained as a technician. Before her career at LAH, she worked as a nurse's aide for three years, but has always had a passion for animals. Bryanna loves to read and spends her free time with her boyfriend, Steve, and their rambunctious Siberian husky, Nitro!
Laura — Receptionist
Laura has been a front desk receptionist at Linwood Animal Hospital since November 2000. She has four cats that keep her busy. As a child, Laura grew up on a small family farm where her fondness of animals first began. When not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her family.
Jamie — Receptionist
Jamie started working at Linwood Animal Hospital in 2015. She was hired as a receptionist, but is eager to cross-train as a technician! Jamie lives in Western Massachusetts with her two dogs, Bear and Tulip. Tulip was a recent rescue from the Lowell Humane Society!