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Cat's Eye


Our companion animal practice is made up of team members who are passionate about animals and who take care of your pets as if they were our own.

We offer a range of wellness services, and as a member hospital of Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, we are able to easily refer you for advanced diagnostics or specialist care.

About Us: About





Dr. Irving “CJ” Minott, IV graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from the University of Maine. He then moved to Colorado and worked as a veterinary assistant while applying to veterinary schools. He went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2012 after doing clinical and surgical rotations at Auburn University and externships at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists and the Animal Medical Center.

After practicing in New York, Dr. Minott moved to Connecticut in 2013. He developed into a Chief of Staff and continued to practice while managing and coaching/mentoring other doctors. He has a strong interest in veterinary dentistry and its associated advanced equipment and techniques. This interest has been fostered with continuing education including an advanced course through the Animal Dental Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a certified Cat Friendly Veterinarian by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Dr. Minott’s furry family consists of three cats (Julian, Bob, Moo) and one dog (Nessie). His human family consists of his wife, Kelly (also a veterinarian), and son, Brady (super cute). In his spare time, he enjoys renovating his home, and gets up to Maine at least once yearly for a canoe trip with his father and extended family.




Dr. Azzolin has had a long-standing passion for working with animals, starting as a child showing dogs. He graduated from The Ohio State University with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Azzolin graduated with high honors and won his senior class award for excellence in small animal surgery. While at OSU he also earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology.
After graduation, Dr. Azzolin moved to New Haven and completed a small animal internship at New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. That same year he started managing the Northford Veterinary Clinic. 

Not completely satisfied with the limitations of standard medicine, Dr. Azzolin returned to school in 1995 and earned certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He now combines his skills in Veterinary Medicine with acupuncture. To this day, continuing education in small animal medicine and surgery is an integral part of Dr. Azzolin's life.

It has been a long road traveled but Dr. Azzolin is proud to be a part of the Northford community, and is energized by serving his patients and their humans kind enough to bring them to the Northford Veterinary Clinic.

When not at the clinic or hospital, Dr. Azzolin can be found with any or all of his rescued three dogs or five cats. His interests also include boating, running, snow boarding and travel. He has three dogs, Brynn, Max, and Gunther. He also has four cats, Daisey, Karoma, Oliver, and Precious.



Certified Veterinary Technician

Erica graduated from UConn in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree, double majoring in Animal Science, and Pathobiology & Veterinary Science. Over the course of her career, she has worked her way up through small animal practices from veterinary assistant, to Director of PetNursing, to practice manager, and passed the national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019.

She has a strong interest in veterinary dentistry, and is your pet’s dental radiologist and anesthetist during dental and surgical procedures at Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. She is also a certified Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional by the AAFP.

Having worked with Dr. Minott since 2013, she is thrilled to continue working with him as a skilled and knowledgeable member of his team. Besides seeing pets in exam rooms, she also assists Dr. Minott with administrative duties. When she is not working at the clinic, she works part time as a licensed massage therapist, and enjoys making soaps, sewing, knitting, and snuggling with her cat, Logan.



Veterinary Assistant

Cindy has worked at Northford Vet for over 20 years. She is sure to greet you and your pet at the front desk with a friendly smile and a kind word, or on the phone she can schedule you an appointment to come see us. Cindy has two dogs, Cyndi and Ben, as well as one cat Stella.



Veterinary Assistant

Corrie is the newest addition to our team. She shares her time between Northford Vet and the Guilford location of Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine as an Emergency Room Technician. She has been in the veterinary field since 2015, and has experience with both small animal and equine veterinary practices.

A driven and hard-working individual, she is pursuing a Veterinary Technician Degree at Middlesex Community College in order to further her knowledge and better serve our patients. At home she stays busy with her many pets, including multiple Newfoundlands, cats, chickens, and a horse.

About Us: Meet the Team
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