12 Center Street Salem, CT 06420

Phone: 860-859-1649

Fax: 860-859-3781

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Our Team

Robert M. Baratt DVM, MS, FAVD, FAVD/Eq, Dipl.AVDC/Eq

Dr. Baratt graduated from the Colorado State College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 after obtaining a Master's degree in Pathology. He founded Salem Valley Equine Clinic in 1983, and the equine practice eventually expanded to include companion animals in 1992. Salem Valley Veterinary Clinic has grown to employ 3 veterinarians and 10 support staff. He has developed a keen interest in dentistry, and is the first veterinarian to obtain Fellowship in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in both small animal and equine dentistry. In 2013 Dr. Baratt became a Diplomate in the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Equine Specialty. Dr. Baratt travels extensively to instruct fellow veterinarians and veterinary students in both companion animal and equine dentistry with lectures and hands-on wetlabs. To see his full curriculum vitae, click here.

Sarah Slater, DVM

Dr. Slater, a Connecticut native, received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Smith College in 2000 and her veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2006. Following graduation, she completed a one year internship in equine medicine and surgery at Saratoga Equine Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs, NY. After a brief time in Maine working in mixed animal practice, Dr. Slater returned home to join Salem Valley Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Slater currently lives in Lyme with her husband, Scott, her son Nathan, her daughter Hazel, and their two dogs, Nika and Emmett. When not at work she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and spending time with her family. Dr. Slater is practicing small animal medicine in the clinic and has a special interest in dermatology and geriatric care.

Erin Trawick-Smith, DVM

Dr. Trawick-Smith (formerly Jackson) grew up in central Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Barnard College in 2007 and graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 2012. She spent the year after graduation as an ambulatory intern for Backstretch Veterinary outside of Boston, and is very happy to be returning to CT. Dr. Trawick-Smith is particularly interested in pain management and geriatric care. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their three cats Norma, Banker, and Louie. They like to explore new cities, cook, and visit family and friends.

Veterinary Technicians and Assistants:

Jessica G.
Jessica N.

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