Putnam Veterinary Clinic

374 Boston St
Topsfield, MA 01983



Meet the Putnam Veterinary Clinic Veterinarians


                 Dr. Wendy Emerson

Dr. Wendy Emerson, Practice owner/ Veterinarian

fear free certified

Dr. Wendy Emerson attended Danvers public schools and received her Bachelors degree in animal science from the University of Maine. She attended Tufts Veterinary School, graduating in 1985. Dr. Emerson is also an active member of many national veterinary groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. She has been very active in organized veterinary medicine, and is a past president of the Veterinary Association of the North Shore and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Emerson's professional interests include avian and exotic pet medicine, surgery, and dentistry in all species. She currently resides in Topsfield with her husband, stepdaughter, two dogs, one cat, and two guinea pigs. Her 2 parrots, Rafiki and Sugar, live at the clinic and can frequently be heard chatting away in the hospital's quiet moments. When not at the clinic Dr. Emerson enjoys traveling and riding her horse, motorcycle and bicycle. 


Dr. Rachel Illingworth

Dr. Rachel Illingworth, Associate  Veterinarian

fear free certified

Dr. Rachel Illingworth has been with Putnam Veterinary Clinic since 2006. Growing up on a dairy farm in Nova Scotia developed her keen interest in animals. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has practiced in the United States since 1993. 

In her spare time, Dr. Illingworth may be found trying to hit small white balls into little round holes, or traveling with family and friends. Dr. I's furry and feathered family consists of a rambunctious corgi, and an African grey parrot.


Dr. Michaela Kohler

Dr. Michaela Kohler, Associate Veterinarian 

fear free certified

Dr. Kohler was raised in Mattapoisett, Ma on the South Coast and attended the University of Maine at Machias where she received her Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2005. She attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2010. After finishing vet school, she completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, MA. After her internship, she followed her husband to the Midwest and practiced in Wisconsin and Minnesota while her husband (also a veterinarian) finished his internship and residency in small animal surgery. 

Dr. Kohler’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, pain management, and practicing Fear Free care. Dr. Kohler lives in Topsfield with her husband, 2 kids, 1 dog, 1 three-legged cat, and 5 chickens. When not at the clinic, Dr. Kohler enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, camping, running, and snowboarding.