Dr. Michael Dutton founded the Hopkinton Animal Hospital in 2018 as an extension of the Weare Animal Hospital. Hopkinton Animal Hospital allowed the doctors and staff to continue to grow and excel in providing superior care and service in a second location. He founded the Weare Animal Hospital in 1992 to practice the type of medicine he wanted; personal, caring and at a high level of medical expertise. To that end, Dr. Dutton has invested in the staff and expanded each year so the Hospital now offers many services that used to be available only at referral centers or University hospitals. He also obtained the coveted American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Hospital certification for both Weare and Hopkinton Animal Hospitals. There are only 23 AAHA accredited hospitals in New Hampshire.
Practicing what he preaches, Dr. Dutton has concentrated on a few areas of expertise and excelled. He is one of the few veterinary specialists boarded in more than one specialty, and the only veterinary specialist in the world who has successfully proven excellence in four specialty categories. He is quadrupled (4X) boarded: Canine and Feline Practice, Avian Practice, Exotic Companion Mammal Practice, and Reptile and Amphibian Practice. He also has concentrated on alleviating pain in animals and obtained a Master’s Degree in Pain Management in 2012 and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Since 1992, Dr. Dutton has served in a variety of community volunteer positions including the Weare Lions Club, Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, Weare Animal Guardians, providing free care for the Concord and Massabesic Audubon Societies, Wings of the Dawn wildlife rehabilitation, Cub Scout Pack 24 and Boy Scout Troop 24. He is also called on frequently to aid NH Fish and Game when they receive an injured animal.
Dr. Dutton is active in the community and lives in Weare with his wife and two children. He enjoys downhill skiing with his family, gardening, swimming, jogging, and M&M’s. He is owned by two golden retrievers Carly and Emmie, a yellow Labrador Adie, and a cat named The Professor. Always working to improve the health of pets, he has enrolled his golden Carly in the Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, a landmark study of 3,000 golden retrievers designed to understand the high incidence of cancer in golden retrievers.
He is the real Captain of the ship and quite proud of his crew.
Dr. Dominique Peel
Dr. Peel joined the Weare Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2017. In May 2017, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine located in Auburn, AL. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
She has had an interest in animals since a young age and her lifelong career goal has always been to become a veterinarian. While in veterinary school, she interned for several weeks at Weare Animal Hospital where she immediately fell in love with everyone (staff, clients, and pets) and the high standard of veterinary medicine practiced. After living in the southeast for many years, Dr. Peel is excited to have moved back to NH and become part of the Weare Animal Hospital family.
She is very passionate about being involved in her community and has volunteered several hours at various animal shelters and animal rescue organizations. While in veterinary school, she worked at Auburn University’s Small Animal Emergency Hospital and gained crucial experience . She also highly values continuing education and research which has led her to participate in several research projects involving red tailed hawks.
While she loves cats and dogs, her passion also extends to the medicine and surgery of all companion animals and wildlife including exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. She has a special interest in ferret medicine and surgery. She has future plans to pursue ABVP board certification in exotic animal medicine and surgery.
She and her partner reside in Dunbarton with their four dogs and ferret, which are all rescues. Yoshi the Cockapoo, Phoebe the Yorkshire Terrier, Ziggy the Boxer/Lab mix, Lola the Chinese Shar Pei mix, and Jujubee the ferret. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fur babies, family and friends, as well as hiking, traveling, biking, reading, and learning new hobbies or skills.
Lauren is our Practice Manager. She came to the Weare Animal Hospital in August of 2007 when she and her family relocated to New Hampshire from Connecticut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Becker College in Massachusetts and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband, son, black Labrador Flynn and Julius the Gecko.
Lauren has a very strong interest in veterinary dentistry, focusing on the prevention of disease and educating clients at all stages of periodontal disease. She assures that each patient receives the highest level and quality of care at the Weare Animal Hospital.
Lauren enjoys baking, running, grilling and spending time outdoors with her family.
Lori joined the staff of Hopkinton Animal Hospital in August 2018. Prior to joining us, she worked in Pathology (Human) as a Cytotechnologist for many years, as well as a Personal Care Service Provider for the Concord Regional VNA. She holds a degree in Animal Biology from the University of New Brunswick in Canada.
A life-long animal lover, Lori brings that love to work every day to care for your pets. Even though she is new to the veterinary field she brings caring, dedication and a zest for learning. She is using her knowledge as a Cytotechnologist and applying it to the veterinary world.
Lori lives in Concord with her husband, two sons and their two miniature Schnauzers, Ruby & Maxie. She can be found supporting her boys either on the track field or the lacrosse field.
Brandi was a preschool teacher for 17 years before deciding to follow her passion for Dog Training in 2012. She earned a Certificate in Dog Training through the Animal Behavior College, and has also been certified through the Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) in September of 2015.
In July of 2015 she left the world of preschool teaching to begin a new career in Veterinary Medicine. She is currently working towards earning a Veterinary Assistant Certification through Animal Behavior College. Brandi is excited to continue to learn and grow in the Animal Behavior and Veterinary field in any way she can. She can be found throughout the hospital, always excited to see the unusual critter, and is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
She is owned by a energetic Australian Cattle dog Kitt and adorable pint size Chihuahua Risa. In her free time she participates in dog sports with her Cattle dog, hiking, kayaking and yoga. Brandi is also the newest member of our team and we are so excited to have her working with us!
Audra has been working at the Weare Animal Hospital since 1993 and, other than Dr. Dutton, she has been employed at the hospital the longest. Because of this, Audra has enjoyed the privilege of watching many patients grow from puppies to seniors in the years that she has been here. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician, enjoying the challenges and rewards of her career.
Audra lives for a good foreign body surgery or a caesarean section. She thrives under the pressures of emergency situations. Always on the ball, she is basically the Captain of the Ship or, at the very least, the First Mate.
Audra started showing dogs when she was eight years old. She has extensive knowledge of breeding, showing, and training dogs as she bred Australian Shepherds growing up.
Audra lives in Webster with her husband and two children. She is owned by a yellow labrador Bella Bean, two cats Ollie and Parker, and an abundance of fish. Bella Bean and Ollie were both rescued by the Weare Animal Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time up at camp in Northern New Hampshire with her family.
Laura joined Hopkinton Animal Hospital in November 2018. Prior to joining us she worked as a technician in New York, a Registered Nurse and most recently in a large sheep farm in Vermont where they specialized in antibody production for use in human diagnostics.
Laura holds an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College and a Nursing Degree from Castleton State College. Like many, she has returned from the "dark side" (human medicine) and has come back to her roots in working with animals. She has a special interest in exotics and is excited to get to know you and your pets!
On a more personal note, Laura has a rescue mixed breed dog named Clementine and a 33 year old Morgan horse, Ace, that still resides in Vermont with his buddies. In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with family and friends.
Laura joined Hopkinton Animal Hospital in November of 2018. Her love for veterinary medicine brought her back to the field after a decade of staying home to raise her two daughters. She is from Manchester NH. She went to college and worked many years at a veterinary hospital in Cape Cod before moving to the Sunapee area.
Laura enjoys all aspects of veterinary care, but working with exotics and birds is truly her passion. She is always willing to handle bloodwork, radiographs, and nursing care to these special creatures.
Laura lives in Sunapee with her two daughters Allison and Anna. She enjoys hiking in the white mountains and traveling as much as possible.
Recently joining our Team, Becky comes to us with twenty plus years of experience as a Veterinarian Assistant. Her passion has always been to work with animals and she could not imagine doing anything else. In her spare time , Becky enjoys walking her dogs, reading and spending time with friends and family.