Jessica Jones, DVM / Owner
Jessica Jones (nee Englund) grew up outside Concord, New Hampshire in a small rural community surrounded by animals. From an early age, she loved her own cats and dogs, and eventually was able to convince her parents to get her a pony. From there, her love of all things animal grew, and much of her time was spent either in the barn or teaching her various dogs tricks. Despite an initial phobia of needles and blood, her parents convinced her in college to try a volunteer project at a local veterinary clinic. After a few days of apprehension watching the “behind the scenes” at the clinic, the seed was planted for a future in veterinary medicine, and she focused on pre-veterinary classes at Williams college in MA (with a major in psychology!). After graduating, Jess took a year to work in Uganda, Africa with two “western” vets placed there to educate and help Africans with various animal problems. While there, she learned of her acceptance to Tufts Veterinary school in Grafton, MA. In 2000, Jess graduated with a DVM and an interest in working with horses as well as cats and dogs. For five years, she lived the rural vet lifestyle and spent half her time on farm calls and half her time in a clinic in NH treating small animals. Once again the call of travel appealed, and she decided to take a year abroad and work in New Zealand. Thinking that it would be too difficult to maneuver around a foreign country to do farm calls, she took a job in a small animal clinic near Auckland, New Zealand. It was a fantastic year, but too far away from home and family, so after the year, Jess came back to her roots and settled in South Royalton, VT to start work at Country Animal Hospital in the spring of 2006. Since then, she has very much enjoyed getting to know her neighbors and becoming a part of the local community, as well as having the privilege to meet and treat their various 4 legged family members. Realizing this was her “forever home”, Jess elected to purchase Country Animal Hospital in November 2012. She is looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in veterinary medicine which the community has come to expect from CAH, and also has many ideas for future improvements and plans based out of the clinic. Jess is married to Andrew and they have two children Tyler and Emma, their four legged children include two dogs, two cats and three horses.