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Hospital for Large Animals Employee Spotlight: Meet Erin Synnott

The dedicated faculty and staff at the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center are not only skilled specialists in their jobs, but many are active members of the horse community as well—from grand prix show jumping, eventing, and dressage to polo, barrel racing, driving, and more. Here, get to know our team as you never have before:


Name: Erin Synnott

Job title: Hospital for Large Animals Ultrasound Technician

Years at the Hospital for Large Animals: 2

What is your favorite part about your job? The problem solving and puzzle piecing of cases from when they come in to when they leave with a plan and treatment.

What is your favorite job-related memory? Bottle feeding the baby giraffes!

Do you currently have a horse? I don’t currently have a horse but I have been riding since I was six years old. I have a dog and two cats! I can’t wait to have a horse in my life again!

What is your favorite horse-related memory? Galloping in fields bareback and bridleless.

What is your favorite equine event to attend and/or compete in? Dressage—particularly the Friday Night Freestyles at Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Competing at Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals with the UMass Dressage Team.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? Anything outdoors.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? My family has lived in every state of New England.

Do you have a hidden talent? I am learning to play the ukulele and I trick train my dog.