Manchester Veterinary Clinic

156 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 06040


Andrea Rusilowicz, DVM

When asked why I became a veterinarian my response is quite simple, it’s in my blood. My grandfather was a veterinarian in Connecticut and I spent very much of my childhood in his clinic. Since the age of 3, I was helping clean exam tables and sitting on my designated stool in surgery watching my gramps intently. He was always the one I looked up to throughout my childhood and he is what made me want to become a veterinarian. Now, of course, I’m your typical veterinarian who brought home numerous creatures as a child, sneaking them into my house with the hope of my parents accepting the new furry or scaley addition to the family…they usually did! Even my gramps snuck a kitten into my house in his coat pocket once, he was just as much to blame for my menagerie as I was after all. My family was always very encouraging of my desire to become a veterinarian and I always had their full support.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in animal science. From there I went on to get my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. That’s right, I got to study on a Caribbean island and it was one of the best experiences of my life. From there, I was placed at Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine for my clinical year.

After I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree I stayed in Oregon and worked in a mixed animal practice. I was working at a clinic with a very high surgical case load and fell in love with surgery. I made it a point in my career from then on to make sure no matter where I was that I was doing surgery and learning from some great surgical mentors. After Oregon, I moved to Tennessee and worked at a low cost clinic where I was the lead surgeon. Last year, I moved back home to New England and became a per diem veterinarian with a focus in surgery. This is means that I get to travel to a multitude of clinics performing surgeries and living my best life!

When I’m not working I can be found out and about with my husband, Austin. We have 2 fur babies, our dog, Almond, and our cat, Esmerelda. Austin and I love being outdoors and our dog loves running through the woods on hikes. I’m also an avid reader and always have a book on me.

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