Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital

Open since 1988, Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Kensington, CT. Our experienced veterinarians and staff specialize in the treatment of avian and exotic patients and provide them with the best possible medical and surgical care. In fact, our hospital is specifically designed and equipped to meet the unique needs of the wide variety of species we treat. But don't forget, as a full service hospital, we are committed to providing all of our canine and feline patients with the same level of care and respect that we give our avian and exotic patients.

At KBAH, we are dedicated to superior patient care, no matter the species. We are committed to providing quality healthcare with compassion and understanding for our clients and their pets. We understand the special bond that our clients share with their cherished pets and we treat them with the same respect and affection that we treat our own. We pride ourselves on providing preventative health care and health-related education regarding the distinctive needs of these pets and we encourage any questions pertaining to their care, health and well-being.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice, and to find out more information about how Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your feathered, furred, and scaled family members.

  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Theresa Cianciolo, DVM

    Veterinarian, Practice Owner
    While attending veterinary school, Dr. Cianciolo first had to opportunity to spend some time at Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital as an extern.  In 1995, Dr. Cianciolo earned her veterinary degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  From that point, she spent several years at busy multi-doctor practices in Wolcott and Prospect, CT.  When, in 2000, Dr. Giddings sought her out as a new associate, Dr. Cianciolo realized that she did indeed wish to focus on avian and exotic medicine and she joined the practice.  Dr. Cianciolo became owner of Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital in 2005 and has pledged to maintain the integrity and reputation of the practice, which is celebrating 25 years of service in 2013.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her beautiful, young son.  She shares her home with her four cats, four dogs, and four birds, including her Dusky Pionus (Basil) and her Green-Cheeked Conure (Morticia). 
  • Kristin Sinclair, DVM, DABVP (Avian & Exotic Companion Mammal Practice)

     Veterinarian

     

    Dr. Sinclair, a New Hampshire native, received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 2005.  She then completed a small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2006, and an avian and exotics internship at the Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in 2007.  She completed a residency in Companion Animal and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis, in 2011 and became a board-certified specialist in avian medicine in 2012.  She finally moved back to New England in 2011 and is very happy to be close to home! Dr Sinclair joined the KBAH team in 2013. Her interests include soft tissue surgery and small mammal medicine, particularly small rodents.  She is owned by two rambunctious cat-beasts (Tessie and Cal), six rats (Percy, Dorian, Rudy, Lindsey, Norie & Piper), one mouse (Max) and two leopard geckos (Yuuko and Motoko) and a husband. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, obstacle course racing, watching the Red Sox, and playing baseball/softball and soccer.

  • Azureen Erdman, DVM

    Veterinarian

    We would like to introduce our new DVM, Dr. Azureen Erdman, or Dr. Z for short. She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2015. She brings a range of knowledge and experience to our practice for our canine and feline patients. She will also be working with our exotics including small mammals, avian, and reptile patients. An interesting fact is that she once worked on a dairy goat farm! Dr. Z loves to travel, play guitar and horse back ride. She has a few pets herself including a horse named Zachary, Creamsicle her corn snake, and a cat named Lucie. 

  • Michelle Napolitano

    Lead Veterinary Technician, Certified Avian Specialist
    One of our longest-standing employees, Michelle has been with us since 2000.  In constant motion, Michelle continually strives to provide the best possible care for all of our patients as well as maintain the team-oriented approach for which we are known.  Michelle enjoys working at KBAH because our team truly puts the welfare of the animals first and we are dedicated to providing the best possible care to all of the patients we treat. Michelle is a mother of two beautiful daughters as well as two dogs (Abby and Madison), and one cat (Spike).
  • Kaitlin Danielecki

    Veterinary Technician, Certified Avian Specialist
    Beginning as a volunteer in 2003, Kaitlin has diligently worked her way up to her current position as a veterinary technician.  Kaitlin’s interest in animals led her to take the vocational agriculture program at Lyman Hall High School and later to begin her studies in Biology at the University of New Haven.  Kaitlin is dedicated to learning about the wide variety of species we treat and she feels that Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital is unique in this way.  She really enjoys working with such a close-knit staff. An avid aquarium hobbyist, Kaitlin is owned by an assortment of animals including: a Solomon Island Eclectus (Dallas), a budgie (Dolce), and her fish (Widge and Major). When not at work, Kaitlin enjoys hiking, fishing, and just being outdoors.
  • Ashley Austin

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Ashley joined KBAH in June 2013. She attended Central Connecticut State University and is currently working towards her Veterinary Technician certificate at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She received her Veterinary Assistant certification from Tunxis Community College in 2010. Ashley has been working in the veterinary field for 2 years and previously worked at Valley Veterinary Hospital. Ashley has two 3 ½ year old ferrets (snickers & cupcake), a 2 year old domestic short-haired cat Barney, and a 4 month old fish named Senor Bubbles. Ashley loves working with a variety of birds and animals that our clients bring in to us. Ashley is happy to be a new addition to our team and likes that our staff is very welcoming and full of personality!    

  • Shellie Lusas

    Veterinary Technician

    Shellie joined us in June 2013 as a full-time technician. Shellie, originally from Sackville, NB, Canada, graduated from Mount Allison University in 2004. She obtained her veterinary Assistant Certificate from Tunxis Community College in 2010. She is currently working towards her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology through Perdue University. Shellie interned at the Beardsley Zoo for 3 terms from September 2012- August 2013. At home, she has a one-legged society finch named Isis. One thing that Shellie loves about working at KBAH is that you never know what species will come through the door next. Her co-workers also make it a fun environment in which to work and learn. In her spare time, Shellie enjoys crocheting, birding, photography, reading, and spending time with her husband and children.

  • Briana Ayala

    Certified Veterinary Technician

     Briana started with us as a volunteer and extern and will be joining us full time in May of 2015 as a certified veterinary technician. She will be receiving her degree this May from Middlesex Community College. Briana is from the Middletown/Meriden area and worked for Silver Sands Veterinary Center in the summer of 2014 as well as Piper Olson Veterinary Hospital in starting in the fall of 2014. She has a 5 year old, all black, domestic long hair cat named Spooky. Briana is a member of the student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians is America. What she loves most about working at KBAH is that everyone is friendly, helpful, and always willing to teach. She loves that the staff is able to help wildlife animals. She feels that the atmosphere is welcoming and feels like home. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, painting, cooking, playing video games, and reading comic books. 

  • Allison Zeranski

    Veterinary Technician

    Allison joined KBAH in August of 2015 as a full time veterinary technician and receptionist. She has a degree in Biology with a Zoology concentration and Chemistry minor from Southern Connecticut State University. Allison has been working in the animal care industry for 5 years and formerly worked with birds and reptiles at a pet store as well as a veterinary clinic. Allison shares her home with 2 Senegals (Louie and Vergil; ages 3 & 4), 2 Parrotlets (Stanley and Emmy; age 5), a Red Tail Boa (Ekans; age 3), and a 14 year old cat named Tiger. Her hobby is saltwater fish and reef tanks. She also likes playing xbox and has recently started gardening hibiscus plants.  

  • Lori Hernandez

    Veterinary Technician


    Lori joined us as a veterinary technician in May of 2016. She has her Associate’s Degree in Performing Arts from Naugatuck Valley Community College and holds her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Tunxis Community College. She has a 1 ½ year old boxer/pit bull maxi named Gambit and a 1 ½ year old pit bull named Rogue. Gambit and Rogue love to go on long hikes with her. Lori also enjoys teaching dance and all things Disney. What she loves most about working at KBAH is that every day is a surprise. You never know what species you will get to work with each day. She also loves that we are a close-knit group of people and that the staff is very helpful and full of energy. 

  • Anthony DiBella

    Veterinary Technician/Front Office Staff

    Anthony officially joined our team in May 2009, but he was a familiar face at KBAH long before that time as one of our clients. Anthony has spent over sixteen years accumulating experience in the veterinary field, and is a wealth of knowledge regarding animal behavior and husbandry of numerous species. He is an active member of the Connecticut Parrot Society, Connecticut Association for Aviculture, and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. When he is not up front greeting you with his unique sense of humor, Anthony cares for his animal pack at home including four dogs, many birds, and assorted other small mammals.

  • Sarah Zychowski

    Front Office Staff

    Sarah joined us in January of 2011 as a full time Receptionist and Kennel Attendant. Sarah has over 18 years of experience in the pet industry and is a former pet shop owner. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at UConn in 1997.  She shares her home with two Siamese Cats; Simon and Cece as well as a Domestic Medium Hair Cat; Abba. She also owns two residents at the hospital - a Blue and Gold Macaw; Sam and Persian & Himalayan Cat; Muttface. What Sarah loves most about working at KBAH is the family atmosphere as well as the compassion that the doctors and staff show towards their patients. In her spare time, Sarah can be seen eating at her favorite restaurant, Harry’s Place, in Colchester. She also enjoys hiking, playing basketball, fishing, and shopping.

  • Katie Moreau

    Front Office Staff

    Katie Moreau joined our team in May 2015 as a full-time Front Office Staff Member. Katie has over 6 years of experience working in the animal field at Petsmart and as an intern at New England WILD Center & Zoological Park from 2011-2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife & Conservation Biology from the University of New Hampshire. As part of her diverse background, she has completed training and enrichment programs with a variety of exotic animals. Katie shares her home with a 6 year old Border Collie/Lab Mix -Tucker, a 2 year old Green Cheek Conure - FiFi, and a 13 year old African Sideneck Turtle - Henry. Katie likes working here because you never know what you’ll see next walking through the door. She loves learning about various species while interacting with and educating pet parents. Katie plays volleyball, softball, and table tennis as well as horseback riding, hiking, and swimming. 

  • Lorin Veturis

    Boarding Specialist

    Lorin joined KBAH in May 2012 as a part-time kennel attendant. She is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in Art Education. Lorin will be graduating in 2015 with a BS in Secondary Education and Art.  She is a very talented artist and has painted the murals on our windows and various signs around KBAH.  At home, Lorin has a black lab named Blaze. Lorin likes working with animals and is constantly learning new things about the field. She has met many amazing people and their pets and enjoys coming in to work each day and working with the team here at KBAH. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, dancing, hiking, watching movies, listening to music, and reading.

  • Blayne Wanner-Hyde

    Boarding Specialist

    Blayne joined our team as a part-time boarding specialist in June of 2017. She is from Newington, CT and is currently attending Newington High School. She owns two dogs, a Chihuahua/Pug mix named Simba who is one year old, and a Border Collie/Lab mix named Koda who is seven years old. She enjoys teaching tricks to her dogs. What Blayne loves most about her new role is that she has the ability to meet and interact with so many types and breeds of animals. She has always loved animals and is planning on owning a houseful when she graduates from college. She likes working with people who love their jobs. Blayne is also the captain of her school’s girls’ volleyball team and does outdoor track. In her spare time, she also enjoys gardening herbs with her family. 

  • Stephanie Veturis

    Practice Manager

    Stephanie received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her Master's degree in Accounting and Taxation at the University of Hartford. After three and a half years of preparing tax returns for a large public accounting firm, Stephanie joined KBAH as the Practice Manager in 2013. Her goal is to apply her background to enhance the business while continually improving the quality of care and compassion that our team provides to clients and patients.
  • Robert Giddings , DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Giddings retired from his position at KBAH in the summer of 2009. We wish him all the best in retirement!