Country Animal Hospital

Country Animal Hospital is here to help you do the best you can for your pet. Your relationship with your pet is so important and your veterinarian can be a big part of that relationship. We want to improve your pet's quality of life and keep them around to love you for a very long time. We work hard to be sure that you feel at home here at Country Animal Hospital and that your pet likes to come into the clinic. If there is ever anything we can do to help you improve the human-animal bond, don't hesitate to call.

  • Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 7:30am - 3:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • 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. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Education:
    Tufts University - 2000
  • Lynne Martin, DVM

    Lynne Martin received a BS in zoology from Colorado State University then worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife as a field biologist for 3 years. An interest in wildlife diseases led her back to CSU for her DVM. As a veterinary student she continued to work with wildlife disease projects and interned for a semester at the Denver Zoo. After graduation she entered private practice for 10 years in New Hampshire to work with exotic pets as well as cats and dogs. In 1993 she left private practice to work for a year at the Wildlife Center of Virginia where she had the opportunity to work with many east coast species including bobcats, black bears and raptors - even a cougar kitten. Once again back in the northeast, Lynne settled in Barnard where she joined the team at Country Animal Hospital and volunteered her services to VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences), caring for injured and captive raptors. She has been with Country Animal Hospital now for 20 years and continues to enjoy seeing the non-traditional pets. She lives on her small sheep farm with her husband and two kitties. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1982
    Education:
    Colorado State University - 1982
  • Erika Keady, DVM

    Dr. Erika Keady has spent her life living all over the Unites States.  Hailing from Southern California, Maine, and Ohio, she is happy to have settled down in the beautiful state of Vermont.  She received a double Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Animal Sciences from the University of Maine and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.  Erika became a vet because of her love of animals and the human animal bond. She is the newest addition to the Country Animal Hospital family starting in 2012.  Erika shares her home with her husband, two daughters and their four-legged kids Jack and Bodie.  When not working, Erika enjoys the outdoors, water sports, movies and traveling. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Education:
    Ohio State University
  • Kathy, Veterinary Technician

    Veterinary Technician/ Technician Supervisor
    At a young age, Kathy knew that she wanted to be involved in working with animals. At the age of 16, she got her first job as a kennel assistant at a veterinary clinic in her home town. Throughout her high school career, she worked up to being a veterinary technician assistant. Kathy attended Vermont Technical College after high school, where she graduated with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 19 years and is in her 13th year at Country Animal Hospital. She enjoys the everyday challenges of being a technician, but especially enjoys surgery, radiology, and lab work. She also has experience in animal dentistry and has taken on the role of technician supervisor. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband Bill, enjoying the great outdoors including, camping, hiking, water sports, snowmobiling and construction.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
    Education:
    Vermont Technical College
  • Jenn, Certified Veterinary Technician CVT

    As well as working as a certified veterinary technician, receptionist and cat groomer at Country Animal Hospital, Jenn also has a small, diversified farm in Royalton. She raises organic vegetables, poultry, eggs and meats that she barters with the rest of the hospital staff. Rarely does a day pass when she isn't holding, hugging or kissing dogs, cats, chickens, lambs, llamas or horses! Jenn says that her favorite part about working at CAH is the camaraderie among the staff and the combination of professional veterinary medicine delivered with down-home caring and concern. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Education:
    M.S. Wildlife Biology and Conservation A.A.S Veterinary Technology SUNY Delhi
  • Nell, Certified Veterinary Technician CVT

    Nell discovered her love for animals volunteering at a local shelter while living in Oregon. Nell moved to Vermont in 2005 to attend Vermont Technical College and be closer to her family on the East Coast. Nell began working at Country Animal Hospital in the kennel, and soon moved up through the ranks to Technician Assistant, and then to Veterinary Technician after graduating from VTC in 2008.When Nell is not at the hospital, she can probably be found making pizzas with her husband, Jim, at their restaurant, Cockadoodle Pizza Cafe in Bethel. She and Jim live in Bethel with their two rescue dogs Tawny and Barley, and their cat Mustachio. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Education:
    Vermont Technical College
  • Kate, Certified Veterinary Technician CVT

    Kate started college as a Biochemistry major but decided she needed a change in her sophomore year. She happened to see an ad for a Veterinary Technology program near Boston and it just seemed perfect. She graduated in 2004 with her Bachelor's degree and moved back home to Vermont where she has had the opportunity to work at a few different hospitals. She started part-time at Country Animal Hospital in February of 2011, and truly enjoys interacting with the furry patients (and their parents). Kate enjoys knitting and gardening in her free time and lives with her husband, two kids, and their dog in an old farmhouse out in the country.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
    Education:
    Mount Ida
  • Erin, Veterinary Technician

    Erin grew up in Randolph Center, Vermont, and has always had a close place in her heart for animals. During high school she decided to join the Army. She spent 5 years on Active Duty, including a year in South Korea and a 15 month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. Erin also spent 3 years in the National Guard after her active duty obligation was over. Upon returning to Vermont, she decided that she would love to become a Veterinary Technician. Erin was accepted into the Veterinary Technology program at Vermont Technical College, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2011. Erin wanted to stay in the area that she grew up in, so she applied for a job at Country Animal Hospital and has been on our technician team since 2011. Erin bought her own small house in 2011. In early 2015, Erin decided to take a break from Veterinary medicine and accepted a job as a Phlebotomist for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, she worked there for almost a year. Erin got married and welcomed her first child, her son Bear into the world in 2015. Erin is now back with her work family at CAH, and she works only part time in order to take care of her son. Erin’s little family will soon be moving into her childhood home in Randolph Center where she has goals to become a foster mom and renovate the house!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Vermont Technical College
  • Michele, Certified Veterinary Technician CVT

    Michele's love for animals has been ever-growing since she was a child. Her passion and love for animals is what inspired her to become a Veterinary Technician. She graduated in 2014 with her Associate's degree, and acquired her certification in that same year. Michele now holds the title of Certified Veterinary Technician.  She loves all of the responsibilities of being a technician and is very eager to learn and grow as her career progresses. Outside of work Michele enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend and their dog Moose.                   
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 05, 2014
    Education:
    Penn Foster College
  • Reba, Veterinary Technician

    Reba has been apart of the CAH family since 2013. Through out tech school she got her foot in the door by working in the kennels. In 2016 Reba graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at VTC and is now working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Reba's favorite part about being a technician is interacting with the animals and nursing them back to health. In Reba's free time she likes to ride her motorcycle, spend time with her family, boyfriend, rescue dogs (Atticus and Bear) and cat (Nala). She also enjoys going for hikes and watching Christmas movies all year round.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Vermont Technical College
  • Dani, Veterinary Technician

    Growing up in rural Danville Vermont, Dani was always near animals. First falling in love with the dairy cows, that her grandfather milked, to the horses that grazed up the road from her house. She started working with animals at her first high school job as a barn hand at the Danville Equestrian Center. By the end of high school she knew she wanted to work with animals as a career. Dani attended Vermont Technical College and graduated in 2016 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Dani passed the V.T.N.E. in 2016 and will soon hold the title of Certified Veterinary Technician.  In her free time, Dani likes to spend time with her family and dog, Indy. She also enjoys hunting, firefighting, traveling, and Sunday football.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 31, 2016
    Education:
    Vermont Technical College
  • Jill, Receptionist

    Jill attended the University of Wisconsin and has a degree in Anthropology. Jill is an amazing women, and already had a career as a Dental Hygienist before deciding she was ready for a second career.   Jill  went back to school to learn the rewarding work of a Veterinary Technician and graduated from Vermont Technical College as a Veterinary Technician in 1994!   Jill is our longest employed staff member having been with Country Animal Hospital since 1993.  Oh how times have changed over the years. Other interests include reading, hiking, and weaving.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1993
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin; Vermont Technical College - 1994
  • Monica, Receptionist

    Monica graduated from NH Vocational Technical College in 1986 with an AAS as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Since then, she has worked in the mental health field doing medical billing and has also run her own cleaning business. Monica and her husband, Rod live in Royalton with their 2 boys; Tarkin and Justin. She has worked at Country Animal Hospital since 2006 as a receptionist and has also brought with her, a friendly and out going personality. Whatever the time of day or stress level, you will see Monica with a cheerful smile!  Outside of work she enjoys camping, geocashing, skiing, snowmobiling, and crafts. Monica's pride and joys are her 2 goldens "Allie"- 3.5 y, and "Rosie- 7 y.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2006
    Education:
    NH Vocational Technical College - 1986
  • Julie, Receptionist

    Julie spent her childhood growing up in Seattle, Washington.  She decided to settle in the Northeast after graduating in 1996 from St. Lawrence University.  Julie obtained her Bachelor's degree in Economics and played four years for SLU Women's Ice Hockey team.  After spending some time at home raising her two sons and working various part time jobs, she joined the staff at Country Animal Hospital full time in February 2009.  Outside of work, Julie enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
    Education:
    St. Lawrence University - 1996
  • Courtney, Receptionist

    Courtney grew up in Woodstock and attended Woodstock Union High School. While in school she played field hockey and basketball all four years, she graduated in 2011. She is known for her friendly welcoming smile, which we sometimes confuse with her identical twin sister Amanda. When she is not working you can find her outside playing with her dog Chili or perhaps finding great deals at the Listen.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Valerie Balch, Receptionist

     After the closing of the dental office Valerie worked in for 28 years, she decided she was ready for a change. Valerie joined the CAH staff as a receptionist in February of 2017. She loves animals and has always had cats and dogs throughout her life. Valerie lives in Barnard with her husband Delmar, Daughter Megan, son Hunter, 4 cats and dog Rosie. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys the ocean, camping, kayaking and spending time with family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 20, 2017
    Education:
    Woodstock Union High School
  • Erica, Groomer / Receptionist

    Erica was born to work with dogs. She has a natural connection, and true respect for each individual animal. She has been dog grooming for over 20 years. During that time she opened and operated a successful grooming business; Dog Gone Style in Waitsfield. She has been part of the team here at CAH since 2006. She enjoys working closely with the staff to address the needs of each client. Erica prides herself on her excellent handling skills. She also enjoys building a close relationship with each dog that she grooms.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
  • Jean, Doggie Daycare

    Jean is a new Vermonter. She moved to Tunbridge in the summer of 2014 with her husband, Bernie. In Massachusetts, Jean successfully owned and operated her own doggy daycare for 16 years. In her free time, Jean enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her two grand-daughters Eva and Emmelina.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2015
  • Jessica, Doggy Daycare

    Although Jessica has only been working for CAH for a short time as a doggy daycare attendant, she absolutely loves it! Years ago, Jessica worked in a veterinary office studying to be a Vet-Tech. After a short while her interest changed and she moved on to joining the human medical field. Jessica has over 15 years of medical experience. In her free time, Jessica enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, riding/training horses as well as giving lessons which she's been doing for over 25 years. Another hobby of Jessica's is freelance photography, which she has been doing for over 14 years. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 30, 2017
    Education:
    LNA, EMT-B, MA, Horse Trainer/Instructor
  • Nancy, Kennel Lead

    Nancy has been with Country Animal Hospital for ten years. If your pet boards here she knows them by name and cares for them like her own. Nancy says she loves working here and especially loves the pets she cares for. Nancy is Mom to seven and Grandma to ten. I don't know how she has time for us but we are glad she does.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
  • Cody, Kennel Assistant

    The love of animals runs in the Snelling family. Cody is the grandson of our Kennel Lead, Nancy. He is a big help in caring for your pets when they board here with us.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 16, 2013
  • Sascha, Kennel Assistant

    Sascha grew up in South Florida before moving to Randolph, Vermont where she attended high school at Randolph Technical Career Center / Randolph Union High School. Sascha has been providing exceptional care for our boarding animals since 2015. Her favorite part about being in kennel is interacting and taking care of all the different animals. Currently she is living in Woodstock with her boyfriend Justin, their dog Aroura and cat Olive. On Sascha’s free time she enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors in general.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Randolph Union High School / Randolph Techncial Career Center