Administrative

David Duchemin, BA

Hospital Director, Practice Co-Owner

David has been with The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC) as the Hospital Administrator/COO since 2003 and brings a diverse background in management, marketing, sales, office deployment and IT to the practice. He has worked as the National Marketing/Sales Director at Dignity Partners and an Account Support Consultant at MCI. He was one of the very first employees and was instrumental in the startup of InterNap Network services. He then went on to serve as Market Administrator, Regional Support Manager and Senior Technical Services Engineer.

He developed a strong love for animals early in life and began training and showing dogs by age 10. By age 18, he also was involved in professional training and showing of horses – Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Gymkhana and Halter.

In July of 2009, he lost his beloved Rottweiler, Cody, to cancer. To honor her life, he co-founded the Riedel & Cod Fund. A fund whose primary mission is to provide financial support to qualified owners of pets with cancer, allowing them to give their pets the best possible cancer care and treatment. 

He is contributing writer for The Riedel & Cody Fund blog; a blog for Dr. Post Prescribes; a blog for Hope for Cure; sits on the Board of Directors of The Riedel & Cody Fund as treasures; and sits on the advisory board for Canine Cancer Diagnostics & Therapeutics, LLC.

David is also the CFO of Innogenics, inc., a startup company that provides gene expression analysist for companion animals.


Rebecca (Becky) Malone

Client Services Representative

Becky has been with The VCC since April of 2008, when she changed from helping children at a pediatrician’s office to helping furry children. She is the senior Client Service Representative, and handles the majority of client interactions. She enjoys getting to know clients and spoiling their pets with cookies and belly rubs. At home she has a beautiful son, Tyler, an old Shih-Tzu, Bojangles and a Shih-poo, Molly. 


 

Gary Washburn, BS

Veterinary Practice Support

Gary graduated from the University of Maine in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  After moving to the NY Metro area Gary had a successful 23-year career in the Financial Services sector as well as owning a small business.

In January 2006 Gary, and his partner Jeff, became first-time pet owners when they brought home Baci, a 3 month old yellow Labrador Retriever.  Gary didn’t realize that with Baci coming into his life, his personal and career journey, going forward, would change dramatically. 

In October 2011, Baci was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his right hind leg.  From that diagnosis Gary, Jeff, and Baci began a 7-month journey with the doctors and staff of The Veterinary Cancer Center.  VCC provided the highest levels of expertise, knowledge, and compassion to Baci and his owners. 

Many people strive to find a passion in life and although the journey for Baci did end in May 2012, a new journey for Gary began. For Gary the journey with Baci developed into that passion; a passion for the research, the care, and the well-being of those animals afflicted with cancer.  In November of 2012 Gary was given the privilege to pursue his passion by joining the team of VCC as a Technician Assistant.  He plans to return to school soon and pursue an education as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  Meanwhile Gary and Jeff enjoy their life at home with their new love Enzo, another yellow Lab Retriever.


Juan Marin, BA

Client Services Representative

Juan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014, with a BS in Economics. His lifelong passion for animals resulted in a minor in Animal Science, he has worked in other veterinary hospitals and volunteered with international organizations such as ADA (Association Defensora de Animales), a pet rescue program located in Colombia. His student-like mentality and work ethic drives him to learn as much as possible in order to assist and create relationships with every one of our clients. Juan is the proud owner of a seventeen year old Doberman Miniature Pinscher named "Susie". "I consider myself very lucky to have a pet who has had such a long and healthy life. I fell in love with what The VCC stands for from the moment I walked in the door. We are changing pet owner's lives by giving them hope, seeing pets do so well also gives me hope that one day the cure for cancer will be found." In his spare time you can find Juan playing sports, traveling and backing packing countries, or spending time with his family and friends.


Jerrold Williams, BA

Client Services Representative

Jerrold graduated from Norwich University, located in Northfield, VT, in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Jerrold has a passion for helping those in need. He began his career in social services working with the mentally disabled population in a group home setting for five years. Jerrold’s love for animals eased his transition into working with animals. He began his career in veterinary medicine as a Patient Care Coordinator with The Veterinary Cancer Center in 2013. Jerrold enjoys fishing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. Jerrold lives with his wife Michelle and their two rescue dogs Nino and Nala.

 


Amber Ashman, BA

Client Services Representative

Amber joined our team in October of 2015. Amber graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has a strong passion for helping others, she began pet sitting at the age of 15 and has been in love with furry friends ever since. She is very excited at the opportunity to help elevate the quality of care at The Veterinary Cancer Center while being able to utilize both her passion for pets and people. She lives with her elderly father, older brother and her eight-year-old pit-bull Diamond. She enjoys traveling, long walks with Diamond and spending time with her family and friends.