Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic was founded by our dearest friend Dr Mohammed Emara over 35 years ago as a small community animal hospital providing personalized loving care to the pets of Belmont , Watertown , Waltham, Lexington and Cambridge. Dr Dawn Binder was one of his first clients! They have remained friends all these years. Dawn bought the clinic in September of 2013 when Dr Emara retired. She brought with her a passion for all living creatures and for forming a lasting bond with her patients and their families. It is CSV's goal to devise a highly personalized dynamic treatment and wellness plan for each of our patients. We aim to find the perfect balance for both our patients' health and their families' needs. We are conveniently located in Cushing Square and have parking in the rear.

Welcome to Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic
Your Veterinarian in Belmont, MA 
Call us at 617-489-4482

Text us at 617-712-0960

Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic is located in Belmont, MA and is a full-service animal hospital serving the Metro west area of Boston (Cambridge, Watertown, Belmont, Arlington, Waltham and surrounding communities). Our practice provides high quality veterinary care for small animals. We care for primarily cats and dogs and some pocket pets. Our staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care for our patients. It is our goal to devise a personalized dynamic treatment plan for each of our patients. We aim to find the perfect balance for both our patient's health and their owner's needs.

If you live in Belmont or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Dawn Binder,  Dr. Alan Bodenmueller and Dr. Emily Lloyd are licensed Massachusetts veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

The Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Binder,  Dr. Bodenmueller and Dr. Lloyd have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Belmont veterinarians.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Belmont veterinarian office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! 

At the Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic , we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Dawn Binder

Dr. Alan Bodenmueller

Dr. Emily Lloyd

Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic

133 Trapelo Road

Belmont, MA 02478


Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Kayleigh Richard
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Growing up in Winthrop Kayleigh has always had a love for animals. In high school she discovered her interests in medicine. She went on to attend North Shore Community College Animal Health Program. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2010. Kayleigh has strong interests in nutrition and physical rehabilitation. She has been working at Cushing Square since December 2022. When she is not working Kayleigh enjoys spending time with her new husband and her dog Jasper.

  • Bonny Bowers
    Front Office Manager

    I followed my love of animals and it lead me here!!!  After 12 years in the banking industry I decided I want to do something that will put me in the company of animals, so here I am and I LOVE it. I have two rescue dogs presently, Ava and Laina Lou, both mixed breeds.

  • Dr. Alan Bodenmueller
    Associate Veterinarian

    I received my veterinary degree from the University of Santa Catarina , School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. It is located in the south of Brazil where I practiced for several years working with small and large animals. I worked in Africa for a year and then came to the States to pursue a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University. I currently hold veterinary licenses in both Massachusetts and Brazil. I am fluent in English and Portuguese, and proficient in Spanish. I enjoy soft tissue surgery, dentistry and small animal medicine. In my spare time, I participate in the MSPCA feral cat sterilization program. I reside in Melrose and enjoy spending time with my wife, my five year old son,  my cats Lucy and Brother, and my dog, Dora. My hobbies include hiking, traveling, cooking and tennis. 

  • Dr.
    Josh Gidlewski
    Staff Cardiologist

    Our amazing board certified cardiologist. He has been part of our staff for over 5 years. He is passionate about cardiac care for our patients. In his spare time he enjoys playing music on his guitar and running. 

  • Dr.
    Dawn Binder

    Owner of Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic, earned my degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine in 1995. I was raised in Belmont and graduated from Belmont High School in 1987. My parents still live in Belmont and drop by with staff snacks and to pat the stray kitties all the time! I have a special interest in soft tissue surgery and intensive medical care. I work with several amazing rescue groups in the area including Legacy rescue, Cat Connection and Guardian Angels Cat Rescue. I live in Watertown with my husband Peter, our daughter Emma, and our cats Puffy and Goblin, and Edward. In my free time i love to hike, swim, run and bake!

  • Cristina Vaiani

    I graduated in 2001 from Vermont Technical college with my associates in applied science in veterinary technology. Since then I have worked as a veterinary technician in large specialty practices and in general practices. I started work at Cushing Square Vet in 2016. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my twelve-year-old son and our nine-year-old beagle mix. We enjoy playing at the park, going to the movies and being around family and friends.

  • Cathy Bazarian
    Volunteer Staff

    Cathy is our most dedicated volunteer! She comes in every day to give the cats their evening meals and some TLC. She also manages the Peeper’s Fund, which helps those in need afford necessary veterinary care. She always has a smile on her face, and is the cheerleader of our Clinic!

  • Brad Casselman, CVT, BS

    Brad has been a dedicated and amazing member of our hospital family since 2004! He graduated from UVM in 2003 and has worked with animals ever since. He loves dental cleaning and is especially interested in pet dental health.

  • Sophia Korber

    After graduating high school I moved to Vermont to study elementary education. While in Vermont, I volunteered at a local dog shelter and would spend so much time there that eventually I realized I would much rather pursue a career in animal studies. So I switched my majors and moved back home to begin my studies at Becker College. I started as an intern here at CSV and soon after was hired to become apart of the team. I am so happy to be here and I look forward to working with you and your fur babies! 

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Awesome place for the all around care for your four-legged family member! Dr. Dawn is so very compassionate, and knowledgeable, while the other individuals in the practice are also always professional, supportive, and pleasant! You will not find a better place for the care of your pet, and support for your pet's human family! We love you, Dawn (and Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic)!"
    Linda Ohanian S.
  • "Amazing Vet team that we use for all our crazy pets; dogs bunny and little pig. Dr Dawn's bedside manner is outstanding and makes all our pets calm through the exams and has as much time as we need. Highly recommend her ..."
    Karen N.
  • "I have brought my kitty, my dog, and two old pet rat ladies to Dr. Binder and they have all received EXCEPTIONAL care!! This is my favorite vet I’ve ever been to (which is saying a lot, I’m from a pet centric family!), and I highly recommend the entire staff. I’m so happy to have found such a compassionate and unendingly kind veterinary clinic."
    Molly B.
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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule


8:30 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:30 am-2:00 pm