Meet Our Doctors

We are proud to staff our animal hospitals with the most highly-qualified and dedicated Hartford veterinary doctors. We invite you to explore each of their bios below to learn more. If you have questions about any of our doctors, please contact us.

Veterinarians in Hartford: Gary Lindgren, DVM

Gary Lindgren, DVM

Head, Department of Surgery


  • University of Florida, college of Veterinary Medicine – 1991

Dr. Lindgren attended the University of Florida, college of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1991. He then completed a Medical/Surgical Internship at the Animal Medical Center in 1992, followed by a Surgical Residency also at the Animal Medical Center, completed in 1995. He then accepted a position as veterinarian at the Connecticut Veterinary Center in August 1995, and has been this hospital’s Chief of Staff. Dr. Lindgren performs all advanced surgery and related procedures at the Hospital-Orthopedic, soft tissue, neurologic, and Oncologic.

Veterinarians in Hartford: Donald Cox DVM

Dr. Donald Cox, DVM, MPH

Associate and Emergency Staff Veterinarian


  • WSU 02 (Undergraduate)
  • WSU CVM 06 (DVM)
  • Yale 07 (MPH)

Advanced Training: Public Health

Dr. Cox grew up in Washington State, graduating in 2006 from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then moved to Connecticut to attend Yale University, graduating in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. There, he met his soon to be wife and settled along the shoreline. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family. He has two dogs, and two brave daughters.

Veterinarians in Hartford: Satyender Rao Valipe DVM

Satyender Rao Valipe, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Valipe graduated from veterinary school in Hyderabad, India in 2004. Then he proceed to obtain a PhD from the University of Connecticut in year 2011. Dr. Valipe is an American College of Veterinary Microbiologists board certified. He also plans to obtain Board certification from American Board Of Veterinary Practitioners in the near future. His special interests include internal medicine and soft tissue surgery of Feline and Canine species. In his free time he likes to play tennis and spend time with his family.


Tineeka Michelle Compton, DVM 

Associate Veterinarian


  • Ross University – 2006

Dr. Compton is originally from Connecticut.  She ventured to Ross University in St. Kitts, WI for veterinary school, finishing up her studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  She has a professional interest in preventative medicine, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery.  She lives with her husband Michael, two handsome sons Jonathan and Justin, and two dogs Abbey and Gordon.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, bird watching, and traveling.

Veterinarians in Hartford: Dr. Hopkinson

H.L. Hopkinson, DVM



  • University of Connecticut
  • Washington State University – 1957

Dr. Hopkinson completed his undergraduate program at the University of Connecticut, and then attended Washington State University, graduating in 1957. He has been a vet in the practice here in Hartford since 1958.

Veterinarians in Hartford: Dog Laying On Couch

Jacquelyn Kubis-Luchina, DVM, CCRT

Associate and Emergency Veterinarian – Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist


  • Ross University 2000-2002
  • University of Florida – 2003 (Clinical Year)

Dr. Kubis completed her training at the University of Florida in 2003, then moved to Connecticut. She practices general medicine with a special interest in rehabilitation and pain management. She became certified in Canine Rehabilitation and Stem Cell Therapy in 2008. Dr. Kubis uses a multimodal approach to pain management incorporating pharmaceutical and rehabilitative techniques and modalities. These include laser therapy to provide faster healing, better conditioning, and an overall improved quality of life to the young and old.