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.
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our outstanding team of veterinarians.
Dr. Rianne Gaunce
Dr. Rianne Gaunce grew up on a dairy farm in Havelock, NB, where she developed her love of animals. Her dream to become a veterinarian started at a very young age.
Dr. Gaunce received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015. Since graduation she has worked in NB doing general practice as well as emergency medicine.
Dr. Gaunce and her husband Scott live on a dairy farm in Scoudouc, NB. There they share their home with their two Golden Retrievers, Penny and Simba, who were both adopted as senior dogs. Their farm is also filled with many Holstein cows, including one extra special one named "Mischief".
Dr. Gaunce enjoys performing surgeries, internal medicine and preventative medicine. She especially loves working with geriatric patients.
In her spare time she enjoys showing their cattle at local Maritime shows. She also enjoys swimming and getting out to ski.
Dr. Gaunce believes that pets truly are an important part of the family, and they deserve the best when it comes to medical care, and preventive health.
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. 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 at a very young age. There were always a variety of pets to adore including numerous dogs and cats, a retired standard bred racehorse and a flock of laying hens. Most of her childhood was spent outside or in the barn and always included animals.
After graduating from high school she studied Animal Science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She began working for Maritime Animal Hospital in April 2000 as a veterinary assistant. It included many late night emergencies and a wealth of new information but she enjoyed the challenge and was eventually promoted to hospital manager. She continues to have a passion for veterinary hospital management and overall client and patient communication. In an effort to grow, she tries to attend a variety of continuing education 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. Her family also includes Blackie the cat and Wally, their sweet pit bull mix. She feels very fortunate to work with 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 dog Mack. 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.
She enjoys spending time with her family and her pets. She currently has Poppy, a mix breed dog and three cats, Gemma, Sherman & Ruby.
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 there, 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, daughter Brynn, dog Maggie and her three cats Jack, Chip Chip and Toupie Rogelio.
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. Deacon the pit bull mix, and two cats, Apollo and Drifter, are her current pets.
Considering her start with animals, it's a wonder she ever ended up choosing this career path. Her parents got their first family pet (a cat) when she was just a little girl. She was so scared, she wouldn't even come out of her bedroom! But once that bond was formed, so was her love for animals and has been an animal lover ever since.
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 the Ottawa Valley Veterinary Cooperation in Ontario. She moved back to the Maritimes in 2008 and have been working here at Maritime Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant since January 2009.
She has a 16 year old daughter, Marina, who also shares her love for animals. Her current pets are a long haired brown tabby cat named Miss Shirley (who is from the Moncton SPCA) and a short haired brown tabby named Hector; for those of you who've been coming to our hospital for many years, probably remember him as one of our clinic cats. He is now spending his retirement years with her!
After 23 years as a veterinary assistant, the best part of her job is knowing the names of our clients and their pets as they walk in the door. She takes great pride in knowing some of the history of their pet, what food they're picking up and who tells the best jokes! These people are like friends to her and she tries to make even the briefest stop pleasant!
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 pit bull mix Foxy Roxy.
Mary grew up on 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 was unable to continue that line of work. So, she had to find something else to do that would combine everything she enjoyed... animals, people and medicine. And here she is, working as a Veterinary Assistant since 2007 and have enjoyed every minute of it. She presently has a dog and 2 cats; all of which "found" me and keep my house quite busy. She consider herself very fortunate to have found such a rewarding career.
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, two dogs (Wilson and Olive) and three cats (John, Princess and Striper). She feels proud to be a part of this team and feels that no two days are the same.
Jocelyn 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 1 small dog (Maslow), and 6 cats (Tess, Casper, Ali, Basil, Polly and Raider).
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. She currently has Stella, a terrier mix from the SPCA and her newest addition is Stanlee, a yellow lab. 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.