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PawSteps Veterinary Center

1700 Providence Road | Northbridge, MA 01534

Call 508-719-8103
Monday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Veterinary Preventive Care
  • Veterinary Dental Services
  • Small Mammal/Pocket Pet Care
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations


PawSteps Veterinary Center is a full service animal hospital offering the best in veterinary care. Dr. Sawyer and his associates offer a wide range of veterinary services, designed to meet all the needs of all your pets. Whether you have a new puppy needing an examination and vaccinations, an elderly cat requiring blood tests and a dental cleaning, or a ferret in need of skin care, you can be sure that the entire veterinary care team will do its best to make your pet comfortable and to provide any services needed.

Dr. Sawyer's family coined the phrase, "Pawsitive steps to better health," meaning that every step the veterinary team takes is designed to help your pets feel their best. We make sure that our services do just that; they keep your pets healthy and happy.

These services include:

* Well-care and preventive care consultations and examinations
* Sick-care physical examinations, diagnostics, and hospitalization
* State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Services
o Digital radiography
o Telemedicine for electronic consultations
o Ultrasonic, endoscopic, and cardiac examinations by visiting specialists
* Laboratory Services
* Surgery
* Dentistry
* Pain Control
* Compassion Care Services for end-of-life patients
* Prescription medications and diets
* Health certificates
* Microchip placement for pet identification



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Dr. Sean D. Sawyer

Dr. Sean D. Sawyer

Sean Douglas Sawyer, V.M.D. has worked with animals his entire life, both as a child on the family farm in Maine and as a professional. He graduated from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He worked for a short-time as a field researcher for an avian ecologist from Dartmouth University and eventually in the Massachusetts biotech community. Dr. Sawyer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2000 with a Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris after receiving the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association University of Pennsylvania Senior Student Award for Medicine and Surgery and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital Senior Student Patient Care Award. Clients frequently ask about the difference between a V.M.D. and a D.V.M.; the short answer is they are the same, but the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was founded by M.D.s who didn't want to change their degree, so added a "V" instead.

After graduation, Dr. Sawyer completed a highly selective one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts. Upon finishing his advanced training, he entered small animal practice, working as an associate veterinarian at the Countryside Veterinary Hospital in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts and then as the Medical Director of Uxbridge Animal Hospital, Uxbridge, Massachusetts for several years. He practiced as an associate veterinarian at the V.C.A. Westboro Animal Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts until he founded PawSteps Veterinary Center in the spring of 2008. Dr. Sawyer has also spent the last few years working part-time as the Veterinary Surgeon for the Massachusetts Animal Coalition Spay/Neuter Clinic (M.A.C. S/N Clinic) at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where he provided low-cost, high quality spays and neuters to shelter and rescue animals with the assistance of selected Tufts veterinary students.

Dr. Sawyer considers membership in the veterinary profession and continuing education critical to providing superb care to his patients. He maintains memberships with:

-A.V.M.A. (American Veterinary Medical Association)

-M.V.M.A. (Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association)

-A.A.H.A. (American Animal Hospital Association)

-V.I.N. (Veterinary Information Network)

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Dr. Emily Finn

Dr. Emily Finn

Dr. Emily Finn grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and spent her childhood enjoying the outdoors and caring for the animals of her family's small farm. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology after spending four years focusing on organismic and evolutionary biology. Upon graduating, she worked in human medical research at some of the top hospitals in Boston, studying leukemia and childhood infectious diseases. At night she worked as a dog trainer and soon realized that there was a profession that could exercise her love of science, healing, animals, and helping families � veterinary medicine!

Dr. Finn attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with Honors in 2011. During her time there she developed an interest in internal and emergency medicine. She spent evenings and summers working as a nurse in the school's intensive care unit which further solidified her commitment to developing long term relationships with animals and their families. In the spring of 2011 Dr. Finn was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to spend a year completing advanced training at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. This intensive internship allowed her to take care of patients with a great variety of diseases and to train under some of the country's best specialists.

Dr. Finn lives in Sutton with her husband, Arkadiy, who works as a physician in Providence, RI. They share their home with Pigeon, Reuben, and Luc (the three feline musketeers), and State and Athena, two wonderful rescue mutts. The Finn family added their son Leo to the menagerie in 2012 . In her time away from the veterinary center, Dr. Finn enjoys spending as much time with Leo as possible and hiking with the dogs, reading, and cooking for her friends and family. Dr. Finn's goal as a veterinarian is to always provide the best possible medical care while providing comfort and education to families through their relationships with their beloved animal family members.

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Dr. Rebecca Carroll

Dr. Rebecca Carroll grew up in West Hartford, CT and received a Bachelors degree in business and marketing from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 2002. Before her final year of college, she rediscovered her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian after taking a summer job assisting in a local veterinary hospital. She spent the five years after graduation working at a busy small animal and exotics practice in Los Angeles, CA, while taking the many courses needed in preparation for veterinary school. She graduated with high honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts in 2010, with her clinical & final year of vet school done at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. It is there that she met her husband, Dr. Vincent Carroll, who was in his final year of a residency in Veterinary Pathology. They moved to Connecticut for a short period, but have since found their home back in central Massachusetts, and have recently bought a home in Sutton, MA.

Dr. Carroll and her husband share their home with three whimsical little felines who entertain them every day � Masala, Turkelton, and Brie. They spend their free time cooking, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring new places.

Dr. Carroll has a specific interest in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, ultrasonography, and client care. She strives to provide warm and knowledgable guidance to her clients as they care for their pets through all stages of life. She is happy to have met so many fantastic clients and their furry family members at PawStepsVet in the last 6 months, and looks forward to many more years serving this wonderful community.

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