“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”.
 – Anatole France

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Welcome to Pachaug Animal Hospital

Where we know they are not just pets, they are family.

Pachaug Animal Hospital is a family owned and operated veterinary hospitals. Since opening our doors in 1979 we have provided the highest quality service to all our patients both big and small and all their amazing families we’ve had the privilege of meeting over the years.

Owner  Dr. William A. Gay, D.V.M went to Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies and graduated from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, then moved to Connecticut in 1977 and has operated PAH since 1979.

Although Voluntown is a lovely small town in Southeastern, CT, and the PAH is rural in it’s location, the practice is able to attract its clients from many of the surrounding communities. Having seen three generations of families enjoy our clinic, they keep coming back for our friendly recognizable staff, and the trust they put in Dr. Gay.

Our staff members have been with us for longer than most animal hospitals retain employees.  The clients recognize this and enjoy the consistency of seeing the same faces here every visit.  It gives them reassurance of the continuity of care.  In turn the staff is able to have pleasant, meaningful conversations with our clients and friends.

Our Services

  • In House blood work
  • Diagnostic tests for infectious diseases of dog & cats
  • General surgeries
  • Spay and castrations
  • Exploratory abdominal surgeries
  • ACL Repairs
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Preventative medicine
  • Wellness visits


Our Staff

Dr. William A. Gay, D.V.M. Main Vet / Owner
Dr. Valerie Poettgen D.V.M Associate Veterinarian for 15 Years
Luchi Gay
(Started in 1989)
Office Manager
Debbie Missino
(Started in 1996)
Veterinary Technician & Surgical Assistant
Jennifer Brautigam
(Started in 1997)
Receptionist & Veterinary Technician
Justin Page
(Started in 2007)
Veterinary Technician & Assistant
Lisa Snide
(Started in 2007)
Receptionist & Resident Cat Whisperer
Jesse Gay
(Started in 2013)
Veterinary Assistant
Rhiannon Cohen
(Started in March 2017)