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


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.

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. 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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.

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.


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.


Veterinary Assistant

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.


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.


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.


1755 Main St

Moncton, NB 

E1E 1H2

T: 506-389-2121



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

Please Note: We have changed our business hours temporarily.


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