Established in 1998, Maritime Animal Hospital has a team of dedicated and well-trained professionals who have been offering trustworthy veterinary services in the Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe area. Initially, the hospital was started by Dr. Gordon Vessey and his wife Tammy. They worked together for the first 6 months before hiring their first animal technician. Now, they are a proud team of 17 who are passionately working towards providing animals with superior health care services.
Dr. Gordon Vessey
Dr. Gordon Vessey is the owner and senior veterinary care professional at the Maritime Animal Hospital. His desire to become an animal caregiver began when he was very young living on a farm in PEI. By the time he was a teenager, he was working every day after school and on weekends for a neighboring farmer. This work experience shaped and influenced his decision to enter the veterinary field.
In 1992, he graduated from The Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI. From there he was given his first veterinary position at the Valley Veterinary Hospital in Fredericton, NB. The experience he received early in his career had two major influences on him. The first one was to work in a challenging and diverse environment that made him more efficient and knowledgeable. He learned how to work with various types of pets and their owners. The second and more important influence was Tammy, with whom he worked with at this first job. Tammy’s dedication towards work and passion for animals has helped in shaping Gordon’s life and career. In 1998, they decided it was time to go on their own and start their own veterinary practice. The Maritime Animal Hospital opened for business in April 1998 and has been going strong since then with an amazing team of dedicated people most of who have worked with them since almost the beginning. Gordon is very proud to have three beautiful children, two daughters named Jessica and Katie and one son named Bradley. He also has three cats and two dogs to fill his house.
Dr. Susan Malone
It’s common for young girls who are “horse-crazy” to dream about becoming a vet when they grow up. Dr. Susan Malone was one of those young girls who followed her dreams. She came from a family which had a background in farming- dairy and beef cattle, horses, pigs and chickens.
In 1985, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, and since then she has been fortunate to work at many excellent practices in Sussex, Saint John, Miramichi, Fredericton and Moncton. Her 3 children are “out of nest”, leaving her with 2 cats, Kia and Rio. She recently moved from Fredericton to Moncton to join the exceptional veterinary team at Maritime Animal Hospital.
She has been doing the same job for 27 years and not a single day has been the same. She is inspired by the deep connection that is seen between people and their furry companions. She feels rewarded when she can help a pet through an illness and back to good health.
Dr. Paula-Marie Mather
Dr. Paula-Marie Mather grew up in a 200-acre piece of farmland. Her parents believed that there was a mutual attraction between her and animals as she was always bringing home injured and abandoned animals to rehabilitate them. Her mother allowed her to bring in the animals even though she had severe allergies to animals.
Her fondest childhood memories are centred on a hobby farm where her grandfather taught her how to milk a cow and had her help deliver a calf. With all these childhood memories and a vision to become a veterinarian, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1987. Today, she and her husband have two wonderful children, a Bernese mountain dog, Lucy and Tina our cat.
Dr. Chantal Houle
Dr. Chantal Houle graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2010 and went on to complete a rigorous internship in emergency and critical care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her internship helped her obtain invaluable experience in the specialities of critical care, internal medicine, surgery, oncology and radiology. This gave her the confidence to handle the most complex of critically ill patients under the supervision of world-renowned critical care specialists. After her internship, she worked as an emergency veterinarian in Florida at a 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital, with a significant caseload of cardiology patients. In 2012, she returned home to New Brunswick to work general practice and emergency.
Dr. Houle specializes in ultrasounds (abdominal, thoracic, soft tissue), as well as an emergency procedure. She also carries an avid interest in cardiology and oncology. In order to perform echocardiograms and manage cardiac patients, she has completed the Advanced Echocardiography Certification. Dr. Houle has vast knowledge in the field of chemotherapy and follows protocols established by board-certified oncologists. She enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and her miniature schnauzer Eddie during her time off.
Our Care Team
It is not possible to run a veterinary hospital efficiently without the help of dedicated support staff. While the veterinarians handle the surgeries and treatments, our care team is always present to help and support you with all the other needs. Get to know our care team who will never fail to treat your pets with care and compassion.
Owner and Practice Administrator
Tammy started to work in the veterinary industry at the age of 15. She worked as a receptionist and a veterinary assistant at a hospital in Fredericton, NB. After working for many long nights after school, she was the main person on a call with the doctors. She had a priceless experience and she was lucky enough to meet her now husband at the hospital when he began his veterinary career in 1992.
After completing 8 years working there, she decided to travel and consider her career options. While in university, she discovered that she loved business. Later, she spent a year developing a business plan and deciding on the right location before they (she and her husband) opened the Maritime Animal Hospital in April of 1998.
The Vessey family shares their home with 3 amazing kids, Jessica, Katie and Bradley as well as 2 dogs and 3 cats.
Susan grew up in rural Cape Breton and her passion for animals began when she was very young. She was lucky enough that her mother and sisters supported her love for animals and let her take her pet chicken, Henrietta, to the local veterinarian for a foot abscess. She spent most of her childhood on the barn with animals around.
She studied Animal Science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College after graduating from high school. In April 2000, she started her work as a veterinary assistant in Maritime Animal Hospital. She enjoyed working in this challenging environment which involved many late night emergencies and a wealth of new information. Later, she was promoted to hospital manager. As she is very passionate about veterinary hospital management and overall client and patient communication, she still continues to attend a variety of programs including Dale Carnegie and the North American Veterinary Conference.
Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her husband Philip and four children: Austin, Peyton, Riley and Kenzie. Her family also consists of a 13-year old cat named Macey, 30 or so laying hens and a lab mix puppy named Wally. She feels fortunate to be a part of such a fun loving, competent and caring team.
Registered Veterinary Technician
A year after graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Veterinary Technician Program, Amy joined Maritime Animal Hospital in 2001. She has a special interest in anaesthesiology and pain management. With keen interest on these topics, she has attended several conferences including the National American Veterinary Conference in Florida, twice. She strives to provide the best care for her patients during and after the surgery.
Amy lives in Moncton with her husband Marc, her son Olivier and her cat Baileys. She enjoys walking/running the nature trails, painting and doing crafts in her spare time. She loves her job as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Maritime Animal Hospital and she treats her co-workers as her extended family who are all dedicated and caring.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ever since Melissa’s dog Sheba passed away, she wanted to become a veterinarian to help animals. Initially, her path did not lead her the right way and she ended up working as an accountant clerk for about a year after graduating from NBCC Moncton with Business Technology- Accounting diploma in 2002. Later, she felt this was not for her. She then discovered a program in Miramichi for a veterinary technician, and graduated in 2005 with Veterinary Technician diploma and started her career at Maritime Animal Hospital.
Since she started working here, she has rescued 2 dogs- Poppy (from the Moncton SPCA) and Penny (from the Fredericton SPCA who was part of a puppy mill seizure), 2 cats- Gemma (from a farm) and Milton (found under a truck in 30-degree weather).
Beth knew that she wanted to work and care for animals from a very young age. She used to have dreams of finding kittens and taking them home to love. However, her dreams are yet to be realized, but while working here at Maritime Animal Hospital, she has a chance to see rescued kittens all the time. She had a dog, named Muppet when she was growing up and when she was thirteen; her parents let her get her first cat, Patches.
In high school, she took part in co-op education where she worked at the SPCA for 4 months. From here, she made a decision to make a career caring for animals. She graduated from a veterinary Assistant program in 2004, and she worked at a clinic in Fredericton before joining Maritime Animal Hospital in 2005. She loves working here because of the people working around, the special relationships with the clients and most importantly, the animals. In her spare time, she chills with her husband Michael, little girl Brynn, dog Maggie and her two cats Jack and Biggs.
Lisa’s love for animals began at an early age as she came from a family that consisted of the traditional cats and dogs while also raising chickens, turkeys and a few pigs. She was placed at Maritime Animal Hospital in 2002 as a part of her high school co-operation program. She had a great experience working here and after seeing the compassion by the vets and staff for their pets, she was inspired to work in this field.
She studied animal science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree. All her furry family members are rescue animals from various situations. Patches the calico cat, Buddy the shepherd mix, Kaness the Eskimo snow dog and the most recent addition to the family is Apollo the kitten.
Shelly’s love for animals grew in a very special way. Her parents got their first family pet (a cat) when she was just a little girl. She was so scared that she wouldn’t even come out of the room. But once the bond was created, there was no looking back and she ended up choosing to be a veterinarian.
After high school, she started volunteering at the local SPCA in Gander, NL. Since then, she worked at the Oromocto SPCA, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Fredericton and Ottawa Valley Veterinary Cooperation. In 2007, she moved back to the Maritimes and she has been working at Maritime Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant since 2008.
She has a nine-year-old daughter Marina, who also loves animals, and her furry friends are her dog Trixie and her two cats Cayman and Cika (who are all rescues).
After 16 years as a Vet Assistant, she takes great pride in knowing the history of the pets, the names of the people walking in the door, what food they are picking up, who tells the best jokes and more. The people who visit the clinic with their pets are like her friends.
Registered Veterinary Technician
For the first 19 years of her life, Courtney lived in River Glade. She grew up in a small town with not less than 5 pets at a time, ranging from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and parrots. Her love for animals stems from her grandfather as they would sit and watch various TV shows and documentaries about animals. Finally, when it was time to choose her career, her mind directly went to animals.
A year after graduating from high school, she entered the Veterinary Technician program at Oulton College. Luckily, she landed at Maritime Animal Hospital for training and she has been here ever since. She had to euthanize her own dog that was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She remembers how wonderful the staff at the clinic were during her difficult time. That was the moment she decided to work with people who had her back during her difficulties. She has been in Maritime Animal Hospital since March of 2010, and her furry family consists of two cats Layla and Paige and a boxer named Sugar.
Mary grew up in a hobby farm with a variety of animals including everything from a beef cow to a rabbit. Her love for animals stems from her family, as they have always been involved with horses, and as a teenager, she was actively involved with 4-H and horse shows.
With love for medicine, she pursued a career in human medicine. Due to unforeseen circumstances, she had to leave that line of work and choose something that combined animals, people and medicine. Hence, in 2007 she started her job as a veterinary assistant in Maritime Animal Hospital and she has enjoyed every minute of her job.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Heidi was raised on a dairy farm with the most wonderful family and pets. She was exposed to veterinary medicine at a young age and this is one of the main reasons for her to become a veterinarian. But most of all, it is her passion to aid in the care and treatment of our furry companions.
She attended a veterinary technician program at Horizon College and graduated in 2002. Later she worked at a small animal clinic in Rothesay for the next three years before joining Maritime Animal Hospital’s team in 2010.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young girls, three cats Fritzie, John and Mama Cat and their wonderful dogs Trevor and Wilson. She feels proud to be a part of this team and feels that no two days are the same.
Jocelyne was born and raised in Moncton and her love for animals started at a very young age. She always felt that she was meant for the animals and the animals were meant for her. Her affection towards animals has no limit and she has rescued everything from cats, dogs, amphibians, reptiles and fish along with her husband Mike.
She studied at Oulton College to become a veterinary assistant and followed her dreams out west to Canmore, AB. Currently, they have 2 small dogs (Bean and Maslow), 5 cats (Tess, Casper, Ali, Ollie and Raider), a turtle (Pickles) and a beautiful 60-gallon aquarium full of tropical fish.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Though Kim always loved animals, her career as a veterinary nurse dint start until later in life. She holds a diploma in Business Technology and a degree in Business Administration. Everything changed when she got her first dog, a black lab named Bailey in 1998. This is when she realised that she needs to work at a job she is passionate about. In 2000, she moved to Ontario with Bailey where she attended Ridgetown College to become a veterinary technician. In 2005, she became a veterinary technician after graduating with honours.
Since she started this career, she has adopted a few dogs along the way. Mocha, a chocolate lab, Thunder and Mo, both senior black labs and Stella, a terrier mix from the SPCA. She started working at Maritime Animal Hospital in 2008 and she loves to help clients take care of their pets. Her favourite thing to do outside of work is spending time with family and friends and she also enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and going to the beach.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ellen had passion and interest towards caring for animals from day one. Her family had a wide variety of pets over the years including, cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and even some orphaned racoons. She also had a special interest in wildlife and the natural world.
She had made it a point to find an occupation that allowed her to work with animals. After completing her BSc at the University of Prince Edward Island in Environmental Biology, she continued her academic studies at Oulton College in Moncton, New Brunswick in the Veterinary Technician program. Later, she finished her tech school in 2018. She completed her on-the-job training at Maritime Animal Hospital and she was lucky enough to get an opportunity to continue with them into a career as a full time Registered Veterinary Technician. She is happy to be a part of such a wonderful team. Currently, she has two handsome tabby cats named Siegfried and Fenwick.