We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at River Valley Animal Center. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at River Valley Animal Center. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
Dr. Sachdev began his practice of veterinary medicine in 1971 upon graduating from The College of Veterinary sciences PAU, Punjab, India. In 1978, Dr. Sachdev was chosen for a veterinary medical internship at Boston Road Animal Hospital in Bronx, New York. After completing his internship, Dr. Sachdev moved to New England and practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Windsor, Connecticut and emergency veterinary medicine in Acton, Massachusetts. In 1985, Dr. Sachdev created, built, and opened the Kennedy Road Veterinary Clinic in Windsor, Connecticut. In his 26 years of practice at Kennedy Road Veterinary clinic, Dr. Sachdev developed a large client base that he serviced on a seven day a week basis. His dedication to the welfare and health of his clients’ pets has resulted in an improved quality of life for the pets that he has so conscientiously cared for.
Dr. Sachdev has earned the respect of his veterinary colleagues and has held leadership positions in the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association. In his time away from his practice, Dr. Sachdev is a devoted family man and he is married with two children. Dr. Sachdev is also religiously active and is a member of the board of trustees of his temple in Middletown, CT.
Dr. Jessica Kaleta hails from Western Massachusetts originally. She received her undergraduate interdisciplinary degree in biopsychology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. After completing 3 years of scientific research at UPENN’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, she then when on to pursue her veterinary doctorate at the oldest veterinary school in the country, UPENN’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
After finishing school, she was happy to move back to New England and practiced in Glastonbury, CT for 12 years. She is now so excited to be at RVAC, such a progressive veterinary hospital, in the town and community where she currently resides of Suffield, CT. Her husband Jason, 2 daughters Emily and Allison, basset mix Molly Moo and her old kitty Suzy Peppers all reside with her in town.
Dr. Kaleta has always had a strong love of animals and medicine and feels so grateful to have a career combining these two passions. General practice has been an ideal fit for her with its mix of variety and the routine and getting to intimately know her patients and clients while helping them care for the furry members of their family is the part of practice she enjoys the most!
Dr. Jessica Issleib grew up in the rural town of Cameron, MO surrounded by dogs and horses. In 2014, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology, with minors in agricultural studies and psychology at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She completed her veterinary education at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018, and earned a Master’s degree in veterinary public health concurrently.
Eager to experience life outside of the Midwest, Dr. Issleib has settled in Agawam, MA with her Golden Retriever, Stella, German Pinscher, Scooter, and significant other, Nico. For as long as she can remember, her goal has been to become a veterinarian. She can’t imagine a more amazing clinic to call home as she starts her career in her dream job. In her free time, Jessica loves being outside with her dogs, cooking, and traveling.