South River Veterinary Service

Located near the South River in Marshfield, Massachusetts, our veterinary hospital serving Marshfield, Duxbury, Pembroke and the south shore is housed in a yellow cape on Ocean Street minutes away from Brant Rock and Rexhame Beach. Surrounded by lovely gardens and accessible by a low ramp, especially designed for easy access by older dogs, we strive to make the clinic seem as comfortable and hospitable as a home. We encourage you to drop by the animal hospital and meet our veterinarians.  We always suggest that our clients visit with their pets so that they will feel comfortable and relaxed each consecutive visit. Combining an informal and welcoming environment with state of the art medical and surgical care, we pride ourselves on the close connection our vets and staff make with each of our patients and their families, as well as on the high quality of medicine that we practice. In an age of ever bigger veterinary hospitals, we have made a decision to remain small so that we can provide consistency of care and retain personal knowledge of our patients and their particular needs. Therefore, we have developed a friendly and family-oriented environment which we believe directly benefits the health and well-being of our patients.
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  • M, T, F : 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • W, Th: 7:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 1:30pm
  • Sun: CLOSED
  • South River Vet Service serving Marshfield, Duxbury, Scituate, Kingston, Plymouth

    Edward Berman, DVM


    I am a New England native having grown up in coastal CT.  Veterinary medicine has been a calling for me my entire life; at a young age I started to learn how to handle and understand animals and volunteered at veterinary hospitals.  I attended the University of Vermont (UVM) and received a BS in animal sciences and nutrition.  At UVM, I was a member of the CREAM, a unique program where a team of 14 students operate and manage a registered dairy herd.  Afterwards I moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountain state of Colorado where I attended Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  I felt honored to attend one of the leading veterinary schools in the nation.  I was mentored by some of the top veterinary cancer specialists at CSUs Flint Animal Cancer Center and was trained in the art of providing compassionate client-patient communication and grief support at CSUs unique Argus Institute.  For 7 years I practiced at Boulder Veterinary Hospital in wonderful Boulder, Colorado.  I practiced canine and feline exclusive medicine, gained important technical skills, and worked alongside knowledgeable and compassionate doctors.  At Boulder Vet I built incredible relationships with clients, their families, and their beloved four-legged family members.  Now I am building new client-patient relationships here on the south shore.  

    I enjoy skiing fresh powder, hiking, camping, traveling, cooking, and relaxing on the beach with Heather and "Frenchie" Charli.  In August 2014 Heather and I traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Bali.  The picture is of us donating supplies to an animal hospital on the small island of Koh Tao, Thailand.  It is there that we met the staff from the non-for-profit Traveling Animal Doctors, and now SRVS donates supplies to help their incredible cause.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    University of Vermont and Colorado State University
    Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Opthomology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Behavior, Dermatology, Dentistry, Oncology
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    Nicole Leonard, DVM "Dr. Nikki"

    Associate Veterinarian

    I was born and raised here in Marshfield. Growing up, animals were a big part of our family. We had goats, ducks, chickens, dogs, bunnies and even some lizards.  I knew from the very beginning that I was meant to take care of animals.  Since 1996 my family has been bringing our furry friends to South River Vet and now I am proud to be practicing here.

    I started my veterinary career at Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts, and received my AS in veterinary technology and BS in animal sciences. While completing my undergraduate degrees, I worked as a veterinary technician at Driftway Animal Hospital and New England Animal Medical Center. I then moved to the beautiful island of St. Kitts where I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM). While at Ross, I was part of the feral cat project and fostered several cats and puppies until they found their forever homes. I also had the chance to travel to Belize to work with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, to Guatemala to volunteer with ARCAS, and to North Carolina to work at the Carolina Raptor Center. My passion is raptor and exotic animal medicine but every furry friend wins my heart and I am excited to practice small animal medicine here at South River Vet.    

    Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and beach days with my 'coconut retriever' (island dog), Neville.  

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 15, 2017
    Becker College and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
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    Practice Manager

    Heather happily changed career paths to help run SRVS with her husband Dr. Berman.  She has a sincere love for animals and makes sure all patients at the clinic are content and well cared for.  She also enjoys handling client relations at the clinic.  

    Heather was raised on Cape Cod and has family close by in Duxbury.  She met Dr. Berman while attending UVM and she also participated in the CREAM Program.  She obtained her MS in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology in Maryland and worked for over 14 years implementing conservation efforts to protect rare and endangered species and performed environmental survey work across the country.  

    University of Vermont and Frostburg State University
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    Veterinary Nurse

    Abby re-joined the SRVS team in Fall of 2015 and is now working her 9th year here.  As a Veterinary Technician/Nurse, Abby delivers gentle and compassionate care for animals.  We are delighted to have her back at SRVS.  Abby earned her Bachelor's degree at Mount Ida College with a major in Veterinary Technology.  She has worked at Cape Cod Animal Hospital and Cohasset Kennel and has completed internships at the Indianapolis Zoo, Mote Marine Laboratory (FL), and New York Aquarium.

    She is pictured with her 80 pound love of a dog, Jasper.  Abby lives in Carver with her husband, two young children, a dog, cat, and backyard chickens. 
    Mount Ida College, Newton
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    Veterinary Nurse

    Maeve joined the SRVS team in 2016.  She studied to become a Veterinary Technician at Mt. Ida College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science.  She worked for several years at Roberts VCA Animal Hospital where she gained experience working under the internal specialist and as an urgent care and wellness technician.

    In addition to her skill set, Maeve brings to SRVS her friendly and gentle mannerisms to help keep our patients calm, cool and collective.  That Maeve doesn't let her allergies get the best of her in this profession; she continues to give sweet kisses to those furry friends that will give her the sniffles for the day. 

    Among other things Maeve enjoys listening to live music and going on adventures with friends.  She makes special trips to see her two kitties, Mia and Artie, in western MA where they live with her parents as well as the family dog Sadie.  Sadie and Maeve are pictured together.  
    Mount Ida College, Newton
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    Veterinary Nurse

    Tana joined our team in 2016 after completing her externship at SRVS to become a certified Veterinary Assistant. She completed the program at Animal Behavior College which is 1 of 3 online veterinary assistant schools to be approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.  Tana is quickly learning the skills of a Veterinary Technician after several years of working in veterinary hospitals.  Tana is currently enrolled in a undergraduate science program so she can work towards her Veterinary degree.  She is kind and responsive to patients' needs and is a great addition to the SRVS team. 

    Tana is from Plymouth, MA and she adore's her great pyrenees and shephard mix named Bruin.  She is not featured with Bruin in her picture but is smooching her father's dog Tyson.  Tana enjoys photography, spending time with friends and family, practicing her skateboarding skills, and the "inner nerd in her" loves Marvel Super Heroes.   

    Animal Behavior College, Quincy College
  • South River Vet, Dr. Edward Berman, Reception, Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke, Scituate,



    Deb is a California girl at heart who has been living in Marshfield on and off for the past 20 years.  She joined our staff in 2016 but it feels that she has been here all along.  She welcomes patients one and all with a big smile, plenty of kisses and non-stop 'lovin's'.  Deb is pictured with one of her favorite patients named Wilson.  

    Deb lived for 10 years on a lovely ranch in California where she learned how to care for animals large and small.  She worked at a healthcare related Diagnostic Imaging Department in Sonora CA.  Deb has also trained to be a Clinique and Estee Lauder Beauty Advisor.  Deb has the sweetest pitbull named Lily.
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    Carol joined SRVS in 2011 and works part time to support the reception/office staff. She is a graduate of the UMASS with a B.S. in Mathematics. Before joining us, she worked as a Business/Office manager for both small and large companies. Carol has served on her town's school committee and enjoys various volunteer work as well as traveling, reading and cooking.
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    Linda joined the SRVS staff in Fall of 2016 as a part time receptionist. Before joining us she worked as a receptionist for a pediatric office and also as a CSR for an insurance company. In her spare time she volunteers at a local animal shelter and enjoys antiquing, auctions and flea markets. Her favorite time is spent with her dog Xander and their beach walks.  
  • Charli

    SRVS Mascot 

    Charli is a 6 year old female French Bulldog and is the SRVS mascot and at times the 'staff supervisor'.  She comes to work nearly every day to meet and greet all clients that pass through the door...when she is not sleeping. She has worked her own Frenchie Kissing Booth at DoggiePawLooza 2015 to help support the cats at Standish Humane Society in Duxbury.  Come meet Charli and get some Frenchie kisses!               
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    Jennifer Maas, DVM

    After 35 years providing veterinary care to the south shore, including Marshfield, Duxbury, and Pembroke, Jenny has decided to pursue other passions.  In the spring of 2015 she decided to fully retire from South River Vet.  By the fall she started a Masters Program at Tufts, focusing on her passion of international animal welfare.  She is missed but Dr. Berman is honored to carry on in her tradition of providing personalized vet care to our community.            

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1980
    Cornell University
    Behavior, Dermatology, Internal Medicine