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Get to Know Our Veterinarians and Care Team


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

Owner


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.

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. 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. Genevieve Machum

Dr. Machum grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Saint John, NB. Animal care started early with Dr. Machum - for her fourth birthday her present was her very own calf. She has always had a special bond with the animals she cared for on the farm. She attained a Bachelor of Arts for St. Thomas University and then a Bachelor of Science from UNB before attending the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI. Dr. Machum enjoys discussing behaviour, nutrition, senior care, dermatology and other topics with her clients. Most of her free time is spent entertaining her four crazy dogs, hiking, and travelling. 

Dr. hannah papic

Dr. Papic knew from a young age that she wanted to provide care to animals. Her love for veterinary medicine was strengthened after she attended the Dr. Tim Ogilvie Vet Camp not once, but three times.

Not straying far from her home in Moncton, NB, Dr. Papic completed her Bachelor of Science through UPEI, and later graduated from AVC in 2021, almost a decade after attending the Vet Camp. She has moved back home with her two cats, Ella & Briar, as well as her cornsnake, Maple.

Dr. Papic will provide care, love, & pets to all animals, & has a special interest in exotics medicine. Additionally, she is the process of completing her certification in veterinary acupuncture. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, camping, & doing yoga. 

Fun fact: Dr. Papic completed her high school CO-OP at the Maritime Animal Hospital during twelfth grade. She is very excited to rejoin the team! 

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.

Tammy Vessey

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.

Susan

Hospital Manager


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.

Amy

Registered Veterinary Technician (Bilingual)

 

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.

Melissa

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.

kim

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Though Kim always loved animals, her career as a veterinary nurse didn't 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 realized that she needs to work at a job she is passionate about. In 2003, 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.

Ellen

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Ellen has always had a passion for caring for animals with the long-time goal of finding an occupation that allowed her to work in the field of veterinary medicine. After completing her BSc at the University of Prince Edward Island in Environmental Biology, she continued her academic studies at Oulton College in the Veterinary Technician program. She began her career as a Registered Veterinary Technician with Maritime Animal Hospital where she is happy to be a part of such a wonderful team. Currently, she has three handsome tabby cats - Siegfried, Fenwick, & Almanzo. 

ASHLEY

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Ashley graduated from Oulton College in 2017, she worked in the Veterinary field since graduating but only joined our team at Maritime Animal Hospital in 2020. Her love for animals started at a very young age, especially for cats. She has always enjoyed taking care of animals, in highschool she cared for an orphaned kitten and knew she needed to pursue a career where she could continue to help animals. Some of her special interests are wildlife, and anesthesiology.

natalie

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Natalie always knew working with animals was her passion at a young age. In January of 2018, Natalie was placed at Maritime Animal Hospital as a part of her high school co-operation program. She knew being a Registered Veterinary Technician is what she wanted to do. In October 2020, Natalie graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Oulton College. She then passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in December 2020. 

mary

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Mary grew up with a love of animals from a very young age which led her to Dalhousie's Agricultural College where she completed her diploma in Veterinary Technology in 2018. Her career began in emergency medicine in Riverview until accepting a position at the Atlantic Veterinary College in the intensive care unit. Here, she helped care for critically ill patients and taught Veterinary students clinical nursing skills.

jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician (Bilingual)

 

Jessica was born and raised in Gatineau, QC and moved to Moncton, NB in 2012. She studied biology at the Université de Moncton but she realized she didn't want to go into research and wanted to be more hands no with animals. She then went to Oulton College to get her Veterinary Technician diploma. She graduated with honors in 2019. 

Mary Ann

Veterinary Assistant


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.

Beth

Veterinary Assistant

 

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.

Jocelyne

Veterinary Assistant

 

Jocelyne's love of animals started at a young age and from there grew. She decided there was nothing she wanted to do more than anything but to work with them. She took the Veterinary Assistant program at Oulton College and well the rest is history. She loves all animals but we would have to say her favourite is cats. Jocelyne is definitely a cat enthusiast!

Shelley

Veterinary Assistant

 

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. 

LISA

Veterinary Assistant

 

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.

Join Us

Maritime Animal Hospital is seeking an enthusiastic, positive, and professional individual to join our practice as a full-time Veterinary Receptionist. Our newly renovated and progressive small animal practice is located in Moncton, NB. The successful applicant will have outstanding communication and time management skills while thriving in a fast-paced environment. 


The resourceful team player will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Answering a multi-line phone system

  • Booking appointments/client communication

  • Admitting patients for appointments (including taking a medical history and maintaining patient files)

  • Invoicing clients/OTC sales

  • Other daily background duties

  • Heavy lifting will also be required as needed

  • Applicants must be available to work a variety of shifts between Monday and Saturday

GENERAL INFORMATION

1755 Main St

Moncton, NB 

E1E 1H2

T: 506-389-2121

E: careteam@maritimeanimalhospital.ca

Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Please Note: We have changed our business hours temporarily.

SERVICE AREA

  Greater Moncton Area

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