Highland Animal Hospital Veterinarians

needham veterinariansJeffrey Hugh Giles, VMD

As a child in New Jersey, Dr. Jeffrey Giles grew up with both a cat and a dog. When the dog, a golden retriever, was hit by a car, the young Dr. Giles was at the veterinary office while it was treated and saved. This experience proved to be a very powerful one for him and sparked his interest in becoming a veterinarian. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Swarthmore College in 1985 and later earned his Veterinary Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He then did a one year internship at the MSPCA in Springfield, MA. Dr. Giles proceeded to co-found Highland Animal Hospital in 1995.

"Observing the human/animal bond always warms my heart as I watch people care for and comfort their pets," he says. Dr. Giles' professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, exotic pet care (pocket pets, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets), avian medicine and cold laser therapy. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Giles enjoys the company of his three dogs- a pug, a French bulldog, and a golden retriever. When not working, he likes to ski, garden, cook and walk his dogs.

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vets in needhamAlexandra Wolf, DVM

Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Alexandra Wolf earned her bachelor's degree in English from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

During her years of veterinary study, Dr. Wolf completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island. She joined our veterinary team in 2011.

Dr. Wolf is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

She shares her home with her husband Ben, her daughter Orli, and their senior terrier mix Heidi. In her spare time, Dr. Wolf enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

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needham ma veterinariansErin Scott, DVM

Being presented with unique challenges on a daily basis is one of the reasons Dr. Erin Scott finds her career choice so rewarding. She grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island and spent a great deal of her free time as a child riding and being around horses. She names her grandfather as being the individual who most inspired her to become a veterinarian. Dr. Scott earned her bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She joined our staff in January 2012.

"Being part of a constantly evolving field and being able to experience different challenges every day make my job very satisfying," she says. Dr. Scott's professional interests include internal medicine, ophthalmology, and pain management. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Scott enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and her Havanese dog, Gordon.

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needham vetsXuân Mai Vo, DVM, CVA

As Highland Animal Hospital's veterinary acupuncturist and surgery/medicine relief ("substitute") clinician, Dr. Vo plays an important part in our patients' health care. She grew up in Switzerland and Boston and spent much of her childhood cleaning stalls and caring for horses in exchange for riding lessons. While enrolled in college at Tufts University, she taught horseback riding and, prior to veterinary school, worked as a research assistant for a large animal clinician who later hired her to train racehorses for an albuterol study. This work experience led her to a job as a large animal and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before her matriculation as a veterinary student at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Vo earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and began working at Highland Animal Hospital in 2008.

"One of the most satisfying things about being a veterinarian," says Dr. Vo, "is belonging to a community of scientists who prioritize animal health and welfare. I relish working in such a diverse profession that recognizes the important role that animals play in the lives of people - on both a local and global scale. Seeing the return of an animal's personality once its pain is managed is one of the most incredible rewards I receive for doing what I do."

In any veterinary career, there are many memorable moments. Dr. Vo recalls one such case where a neighbor's pony suddenly and inexplicably went blind. It wouldn't eat and its owner couldn't afford to hospitalize her. After setting up a makeshift "ICU", borrowing medical equipment, and foregoing two weeks of sleep, the mare recovered. "We will never know what caused her to become so suddenly ill, but the entire experience was a marvelous show of how our profession and dedicated owners can band together for the love of an individual animal," she states.

Dr. Vo says that her love for horses, growing up with parents involved in medicine and science and her own intense curiosity (and "demand for proof") created a perfect storm that resulted in her choosing veterinary medicine as her career.

In her spare time, Dr. Vo enjoys the company of her two black cats. She also enjoys cuisine, international travel, and rock climbing. She loves spending time with her significant other and family, being outdoors, sharing life and seeking out new adventures.

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vets, needhamSue Floyd, VMD

Originally from Oneida, New York, Dr. Sue Floyd brings with her a great passion for all animals. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Washington University in 1987 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She stayed to complete a post graduate internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery the following year. She spent six years in Connecticut in a feline practice, and more recently, nine years in small animal practice on the South Shore of Boston. She joined Highland Animal Hospital's staff in 2010.

Her household is currently home to five dogs - four smooth Collies and one German shepherd.

When not working she enjoys gardening, as well as training and showing her dogs in conformation, American Kennel Club Obedience, and Rally. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America, the Collie Club of America, and the Collie Health Foundation.

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needham veterinariansReilly K. Mahoney, DVM

Growing up in Simsbury, Connecticut, Dr. Reilly K. Mahoney gained some early experience with animals by working on a dairy farm during her summers. She was also a frequent visitor to her grandparents' home on Cape Cod and recalls always wanting to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Mahoney earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Fairfield University in 1996 and then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she returned to Connecticut to start her career at a small animal practice. In 2008, Dr. Mahoney moved herself and two cats to Massachusetts to be closer to family.

Dr. Mahoney is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

When not at work, Dr. Mahoney cares for two of her own cats at home and enjoys hiking, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her nieces.

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