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Meet Our Team

Robert BarattDr. Robert M. Baratt, DVM, MS, FAVD, DAVDC, DAVDC/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, Salem Valley Veterinary Clinic, in 1992.

He developed a keen interest in dentistry, and is the first veterinarian to obtain Fellowship in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (FAVD) in both small animal and equine dentistry. In 2013, Dr. Baratt achieved Diplomate status with the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Equine Speciality. In 2016, he achieved Diplomate status with the American Veterinary Dental College, Small Animal.

Dr. Baratt travels extensively to instruct fellow veterinarians and veterinary students in both small animal and equine dentistry with lectures and hand-on wetlabs. To see his full curriculum vitae, click here.



Sarah SlaterDr. 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 Guilford with her husband, Scott, her son Nathan, her daughter Hazel, their two dogs Jack and Tanner, and their cats Slatercat and Cupcake. 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-SmithDr. 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. Dr. Trawick-Smith is particularly interested in pain management and geriatric care. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, their three cats Norma, Banker, Louie, and their dog Scarlet. They like to explore new cities, cook, and visit family and friends.





Chris BlanchDr. Christopher Blanch, DVM, MS
Dr. Blanch has 12 years of general/emergency veterinary practice experience and is currently the Medical Director of Nutmeg Clinic in Stratford, CT. Dr. Blanch's educational background consists of a Master's in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island, he earned his DVM from Tufts University in 2004, and completed an internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in 2005.