Ross Haven Farm. Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Your Equine Convalescent Care Facility

Staff

Mona

Mona Kirker-Head:

 

Mona grew up on Ross Haven Farm where, for many years, she bred and raised thoroughbred racehorses with her father, Romaldo “Rom” Roscioli. Additionally, as a child she spent much of her free time riding the trails on the farm and adjacent park land. For the last 20 years, Mona has had the primary responsibility for running all farm operations and, most recently, she has spare-headed our transition from traditional horse farm to convalescence center.  Mona has a BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and for many years has served as a veterinary technician at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA where she was Senior Technician in the Hospital for Large Animals before transitioning to work part-time on the surgical service within the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. 

As owner and president of Ross Haven Farm, Inc, Mona undertakes many of the hands-on care needs of our patients, as well as the running of the business from the planning through to the practical implementation of our care policies.

 

 

Dr. Carl Kirker-Head:

 

Carl Kirker-Head

 

Carl grew up in the south of England where he was an avid horse-rider, competing in local and regional show and jumping competitions, as well as Pony Club and School competitons. He captained Modern Pentathlon at the University of Cambridge where he received his veterinary degree in 1983. Carl went on to complete a large animal internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, before moving to New England to complete a surgical residency at the Hospital for Large Animals at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA.

Dr. Kirker-Head stayed on at Tufts where he continues his work today as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences, as Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, and as the Marilyn M. Simpson Chair of Equine Medicine.  Dr. Kirker-Head is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and his considerable veterinary experience and practical horsemanship skills serve him well in caring for our clients’ horses.  His extensive contacts with local and regional veterinarians across New England and nationally, helps facilitate communications with your veterinarian and optimizes the care we provide to your horse.

 

 

 

PetePierre “Pete” Daigneault:

 

Pete is a native of Quebec, Canada where he grew up on a farm in the southeastern part of the province. Before joining us at Ross Haven Farm as manager in 1992, Pete worked for 32 years as Chief Dairyman for Dresser Hill Farm in Southbridge, MA.  Pete’s endless patience and high regard for the horses in his care, along with his substantial hands-on skills, leave him well-prepared to address his many responsibilities in the day-to-day care of our patients.  His expertise in the many practical aspects of running a farm’s day-to-day operations also serves him well as our manager.

 

 

 

Jennifer Quiñones:

 

 

 

Jennifer is completing a one year internship at Ross Haven Farm where she’s building on her horse convalescent care experience in preparation for veterinary school. Jennifer recently completed her pre-vet undergraduate training at the University of Massachusetts,Amherst so New England is not entirely foreign to her. Jennifer has applied for entry to several veterinary schools around the country and we wish her well. Jennifer’s patience and commitment to the horses serves her well in providing an excellent standard of care with the best of humor. Go Jenn.