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 several 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!).
Daniel Rice, DVM
Dr. Daniel Rice joined the Linwood Animal Hospital team in 2018. He earned an undergraduate degree from Union College in upstate New York, while working as an assistant at a veterinary hospital. After graduation he worked his way to earning a DVM degree from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Rice enjoys working together with families to find the best solutions for all of their animals’ needs, while providing individualized care for every animal’s unique obstacles. His professional interests include general medicine and soft-tissue surgery, dermatology, nutrition and behavior.