Bridgewater Veterinarians

Dr. Robert S. Brown, DVM, Founderbridgewater, ma veterinarians

"Something very special happens when people make a 'home' in their hearts for animals. I am invited into that 'home' many times a day... and that is where my reward and satisfaction lay." So states Dr. Robert S. Brown, longtime veterinarian and founder of Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Brown grew up in Rocky River, Ohio and remembers well how his first dog was killed when he, Dr. Brown, was only eight years old. "I never lost touch with the vision and desperation I felt that day," he says. "Our neighbor was our veterinarian. He came over later that day to help my mother bury 'Cheyenne' in the backyard. His was a gift that I wanted to give to others."

Dr. Brown studied agriculture at Ohio State University and then earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1970 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After a few years in private practice and an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, he opened Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic in 1975.

Throughout his career, Dr. Brown has experienced many triumphs and tragedies in the veterinary field. His most memorable moments are the times when he connected with families during a pet's euthanasia. "I carry with me those times when a very old dog or cat was presented to me for his/her last visit, attended by the entire family - grandparents, parents, children - families who have trusted me for 43 years and I was assisted by my nurses who have supported me for 20, even 30, years," he says.

Dr. Brown's professional interests include general medicine and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the South Shore Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Brown shares his time with his wife, Mary, and their domestic short hair cats, Nemo and Ruby. In his spare time, he enjoys bonsai horticulture, landscaping, backyard goldfish, chickens, and keeping up with his seven children and 10 grandchildren's activities. He is also a member of the Providence Zen Center.

Congratulations Dr. Brown on Retirement!

We'd like to honor Dr. Brown's career after an incredible 48 years of amazing services that have changed the lives of countless animals and people alike. Read this message from Dr. Brown, and congratulate him on his many years of excellent veterinary practice. Dr. Brown's Letter to You.

Dr. Rosemary Botelho, DVM, Owner, Chief of Staffbridgewater vets

Despite initially wanting to be an angel when she grew up, Dr. Rosemary Botelho changed her vocational choice to be a veterinarian once she realized that angelhood was not a possible career option. Her household in East Bridgewater, MA was always full of different animals — cats, a dog, a guinea pig, budgies, and fish. She enjoyed accompanying her pets to veterinary checkups and was responsible for administering her dog's daily heartworm preventative, a chore she took very seriously. "I practiced veterinary medicine on my ever-tolerant dog, Cookie, and spent many hours wrapping her in ace bandages," she says.

Dr. Botelho graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire where she earned her bachelor's degree in zoology in 1999. While there, she received a grant to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and was an active member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. After college, Dr. Botelho attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She joined Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic's staff in July 2004.

"My two favorite things about being a veterinarian are 1) getting to cuddle with other people's pets all day, and 2) building bonds and partnerships with my clients and working together to give their pet the best and longest life possible," says Dr. Botelho. "I am a creative person and I love using that creativity to find unique solutions to each family's or pet's limitations/restrictions." Having worked at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic for over nine years, Dr. Botelho has seen pets grow from puppy/kittenhood to their senior years. She has also enjoyed connecting with clients' families and sharing their personal triumphs and stages throughout the years.

"I have had many memorable experiences over the years," Dr. Botelho says. "One that I will always remember is when one of my technicians discovered a 7-8 week old kitten in her barn. He was unconscious and his heart was barely beating. We gave him rescue drugs, put in an IV catheter and an endotracheal tube, and performed CPR with chest compressions. I worked on him for over an hour but, despite our efforts, I feared he would have brain damage and/or pass away during the night. My technician took him home only to awaken in the middle of the night with the kitten curled up in bed next to her – purring. This was yet another humbling experience for me that demonstrated the strength and resilience of animals."

Dr. Botelho attributes her success in the veterinary field to her parents and maternal grandfather who always encouraged her and to her paternal grandfather who imparted his intuitive communicative way with animals. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Her professional interests include feline medicine, dermatology, nutrition, geriatrics, preventive medicine, and pet behavior.

Being an active member of her community is important to Dr. Botelho and she was the veterinarian guest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bridgewater for a 2012 Feast of St. Francis pet blessing. She also participated as a keynote speaker at an East Bridgewater High School Awards Night and gave a presentation at a local Daisy (Girl Scout) troop on pet care and on being a veterinarian.

Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Benjamin and Morgan. She also likes reading books, vegetable gardening, knitting, baking, and watching her children's discoveries.

Dr. Diana Watkins, DVM bridgewater ma veterinarian

Dr. Diana Watkins began working at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic in March of 2015, but her love for animals extends back to the earliest days of her childhood. When I was a little girl I was in love with horses - they were all I ever thought about," Dr. Watkins explains. Dr. Watkins' mother aided her in attending weekly horseback riding lessons, but Dr. Watkins had bigger ideas.

"In third grade I decided I wanted a horse, and I was going to get one myself if I had to," she says. "I started a dog walking business, began raking leaves, and taking on odd jobs in the neighborhood. By the time I was 14, I had saved enough money for a young, untrained thoroughbred racehorse named Flora. I paid for her board by working at an ice cream shop and teaching introductory horseback riding lessons at the stable. After much training, we showed together and won several blue ribbons."

"I learned more from Flora than anyone else in my life," Dr. Watkins says. "I learned love and determination can achieve anything." They were lessons that would inspire her to work with horses and volunteer with animals throughout high school and her collegiate years, and eventually to commit to a career in veterinary medicine. "My pets have always been there for me at the most difficult times in my life, and I love giving back to them. Also, my mother went to medical school at a time when women were rare in the field, and she wasn't able to graduate due to caring for her children. Her love of medicine drove me to pursue this field in particular," Dr. Watkins says.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Watkins attended the University of New Hampshire, earning her degree in Pre-veterinary Medicine, along with minors in Anthropology and English. She went on to attend the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2010.

Her professional interests include surgery, behavior (particularly canine anxiety and feline inappropriate urination), geriatric care and pain management, feline respiratory diseases, feline oncology, and endocrine disease (diabetes, Cushing's disease, and Addison's disease). Dr. Watkins is a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

When she's not at our animal hospital, Dr. Watkins enjoys hiking ("I'm trying to make my way through hiking all the 4,000 footers in the White mountains of New Hampshire and Maine," she says) and running. At home, Dr. Watkins cares for a Hound mix named Rudy and a domestic shorthaired cat named Finbar. She is married to Matthew Watkins, the owner of a public relations firm named Watkins Strategies. Dr. Watkins and her husband have two children aged two and four.

Dr. Melissa Caso, DVM bridgewater ma veterinarian

A native to Long Island, New York, Dr. Melissa Caso's first pet was a guinea pig named Squeaker. It was a neighbor's dog, however, who sparked her early interest in veterinary medicine. The dog suffered from Lyme disease during a time when little was known about the condition. While helping care for this dog, Dr. Caso developed a growing desire to pursue a career where she could do more to help pets.

With a bright future ahead of her, she graduated as Valedictorian from Rocky Point High School in 1993 and four years later earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University. There, her grades kept her on the Dean's List and her extracurricular activities consisted of field hockey, basketball, volleyball, and playing the flute in the university's marching and pep bands. Dr. Caso continued her education at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her graduate studies in 2004 as a member of the veterinary honor society Phi Zeta.

During her early years spent working as a veterinary technician, Dr. Caso received valuable training and inspiration from Dr. Rothman at an animal emergency hospital. "I would arrive for a shift and there would be three cases of dogs with Parvovirus in isolation, two cases being managed for heart failure, and a surgery in progress that I needed to take over anesthetic monitoring," she recalls. "It was challenging, but I learned a lot."

Dr. Caso most enjoys helping pets grow into healthy senior adults and educating their owners on proper wellness care. She also still enjoys being challenged.

"Sometimes it's like putting together the pieces of a puzzle," she says. "I enjoy working with my mind and hands every day and seeing those wagging tails and purring cats provides a sense of calmness. I even like the feisty animals because they provide a challenge."

She recalls one memorable case in which a dog had been hit by a car and she worked tirelessly to regrow the skin on its injured leg. She will also never forget the bittersweet departure from her previous position of 11 years. "It was amazing to know I had made a difference in so many people's lives and their pets' lives," she said.

Dr. Caso joined our veterinary staff in late June 2015. Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, wound care, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and providing preventative and wellness care for puppies and kittens through mature adulthood. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Caso still has a guinea pig, although this one has only three legs and is named Chimmee. She also has a miniature Australian Shepherd named Bode and two cats named Louie and Dougie. Her many hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, swimming, camping, reading, and playing the piano. She also enjoys spending time with her children and pets - and even brings Chimmee and Bode along to career day at her children's school to educate young minds on what it means to be a veterinarian and responsible pet owner.