Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Guilford Animal Medical Center in Guilford! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 203-453-0375 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Joseph Janicki, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Joseph Janicki Jr., a Native New Yorker, from Staten Island, has been working in the animal field for over 25 years. He earned his Bachlors Degree in Biology from Adelphi University in 1998. He attended Ross University in St. Kitts West Indies from 1999-2002, finishing his clinical training at the University of illinois in Champagne/Urbana. He graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, he moved to Middletown, NY with his wife, whom he met while in Vet school, for the next 3 years. Dr. Janicki and his wife decided to move back to his wife’s hometown of Stratford, CT. He worked in Stratford and Southington Veterinary Hospitals before coming to Guilford Animal Medical Center. Dr. Janicki currently resides in Stratford with his wife Melanie, his two kids, Emery (9) and Greyson (7), his Golden Retriever Bowser, and his two cats Brodour and Bobbi. In his spare time, (when not running around with his kids going to dance competitions and soccer games) he enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach, spending time with family and friends, and has developed an interest in Craft Beers. His interests include Canine & Feline Medicine and Surgery, with a special interest in Ultrasonography.

Dr. Sudesh Kumar, DVM, PHD

Veterinarian

Dr. Sudesh Kumar received his training to become a veterinarian in India in 1988. IN 1990 he earned a Master of Veterinary Science degree in parasitology. He worked as a diagnostic veterinarian and assistant professor of veterinary parasitology in India from 1990-93. From 1993-1995 he worked at the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Free University, Berlin, Germany to study animal diseases from Africa. He came to the United States in 1995 to pursue his PhD degree at the University of Georgia in Athens. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Kumar conducted research on insect-borne diseases communicable to animals and people and participated in teaching undergraduate students. After he earned his PhD in 2000, he worked at the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia, and as a Lyme disease researcher at Yale University Medical School from 2003-2005. Dr. Kumar has been serving the pet families in Durham and surrounding communities since the Fall of 2006 after working as a veterinarian at Cheshire Veterinary Hospital and Emergency Service. He started the Durham Pet Fair in 2009 with Help Willy’s Friends and is a proud sponsor of this event.

Paula Milnes

Practice Manager

Paula grew up and resides in Guilford with her husband Rick, 2 children, Pierce & Kendra, 6 whippets, and 1 African Gray parrot. She graduated Guilford High School in 1979. After trying many different types of work, she started working at the Durham Veterinary Hospital (sister hospital) in 1982, with then owner Dr. Steven Levy VMD and the last 8 years with Dr. Kumar. When not working, she enjoys teaching Obedience classes with the local Parks and Recreation Depts., voluntered at the Guilford Library doing the Paws to Read class, Bred, showed, and did agility with her whippets.

Lauren Burchsted, CVT, CCRP

Certified Veterinary Technician

Lauren grew up in New York and earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Farmingdale in 1988. She has worked in small animal and zoo medicine, emergency and critical care and canine physical rehabilitation. She earned her Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner certificate from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine/Northeast Seminars course in 2010. She joined the staff of GAMC in 2017 but is our “senior” technician, she also enjoys grooming some of our pet patients especially the cats. She enjoys educating people about their pet’s health, grooming, rehabilitation, behavior and training tips. She lives in Killingworth on a mini farm with her son and various small and large animal pets. She enjoys horseback riding, dancing, camping, reading, knitting and spinning fiber.

Cole Timbro

Veterinary Technician/Assistant

Cole grew up in the small town of Middlefield, & now resides in the Cromwell area. He grew up the oldest of two kids, with his younger sister Meaghan & two chocolate Labrador retrievers. Cole originally went to school to study family domestic violence abuse situations, where his passion soon changed. Meeting a great friend with a service dog, let him see his passion for the animal field. Starting in the Durham Veterinary Hospital on just Saturdays, he has worked his way into a full time tech position at the Guilford office. Cole currently has a 6 yr old mini dapple Doxie named Maci. In his spare time, Cole enjoys Crossfit, hiking, & relaxing with family.

Elise Pasquale

Veterinary Technician/Assistant

Elise moved to Durham, CT at the age of 7. She grew up one of five children, her only brother is also her twin, which made her childhood quite entertaining. She always had a special interest in animals and knew she would end up working in the veterinary field. When she was 16, she started working for Durham Veterinary Hospital (sister hospital). She continued to work and grow there, until Guilford AMC opened. Now she shares time between both hospitals, filling in at Durham once to twice weekly. She still lives in Durham with her three dogs (Charlie, Leah, and Arthur) and three cats (Gloria, Teddy, and Lilly.) In her spare time, Elise loves to hike, swim, and loves doing activities to stay in shape.

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