Dr. Emma Basham


Dr. Basham grew up outside of Boston and spent the summers in Downeast Maine. During her childhood summers she started riding horses and soon became a dedicated barn rat. It was the daily life of caring for the animals at the barn, cleaning wounds, bandaging legs, and once having a litter of barn cats born in her lap, that sparked her interest in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Basham first came to Vermont in 2003 to attend the University of Vermont. There she studied animal science and entomology, and graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences. She fell in love with Vermont while at UVM; between the scenery, outdoor lifestyle, and rural culture, it felt like home. Upon graduation, Dr. Basham worked as a small animal veterinary technician, riding instructor, and stable manager in the Burlington area. After several years of working in the animal industry, Dr. Basham knew that the next step would be pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, and enrolled at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2011.

During college Dr. Basham developed an interest in alternative medicine, and this flourished during vet school while shadowing a holistic veterinarian. Dr. Basham’s maternal grandmother grew up in China where the mainstay of medicine was Traditional Chinese Medicine, and she had spoken of the effectiveness of the herbal treatments she received as a child. When an opportunity arose to study Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) while in vet school, Dr. Basham jumped at the chance. Her time at the Chi Institute for TCVM awakened a passion to dig deep into acupuncture and TCVM and integrate it into veterinary practice.

Dr. Basham is grateful for both her conventional and alternative medical education. Her particular interests include internal medicine and pain management, and she loves to explore the many avenues of holistic animal healthcare. She is thrilled to join the Chelsea Animal Hospital and looks forward to building bonds with the many humans and animals in the community.

Dr. Basham’s home base while in vet school was the Royalton/Sharon area and she now considers the Upper Valley to be home. Life is a little quieter and slower than in Burlington- not a bad thing! She lives with her husband, daughter, dog, cat, and horse in Sharon.

The Chelsea Animal Hospital would like to welcome Dr. Emma Basham to our family.


In her spare time Dr. Basham  enjoys gardening, fermenting any food that’s fermentable, horseback riding, and splashing in the river.