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.
Dr. Jordan Gagne
Dr. Jordan Gagne joined the Weare Animal Hospital team in 2018 after graduating from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Maine with minors in chemistry and microbiology.
Dr. Gagne grew up just around the corner, in Goffstown NH. She first fell in love with veterinary medicine when she brought her own sick family pet in to the Weare Animal Hospital back in 2012, during her undergraduate career. Dr Gagne says Weare Animal Hospital has always been home to her, and she cannot imagine practicing anywhere else.
She is passionate about all things cats, with her primary interests lying in feline internal medicine, surgery, and low-stress handling. Dr. Gagne is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. She has also obtained Fear Free Elite, Cat Friendly Veterinarian, and Human Animal Bond certifications. Dr. Gagne is a member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Dr. Gagne resides in Hillsborough with her Border Collie mix Oswald, daschund Emily, and four cats: Remington, Rooney (a retired Weare Animal Hospital Clinic Cat!), Delilah, and Oliver. In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, fishing, snuggling with her kitties, and spending time with family.
DR. HILARY KINNEY
Dr. Kinney graduated from the Tufts Veterinary School in 2022 with an International Veterinary Medicine post graduate certificate. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Geneva College with minors in Fine Arts and Chemistry. She grew up in Limington, ME and from an early age had a love of animals, riding horses every week. At the Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland, she volunteered to care for the cats and rabbits and introduce them to potential families. Her dream of becoming a veterinarian developed during College when she began shadowing and then working at the Sacopee Veterinary Hospital in Cornish, Maine. Speaking with pet parents and helping them to communicate with the doctor, taking medical histories, and assisting with small procedures all further developed her dream.
Attending Veterinary School has been the greatest achievement of her life so far. While at Tufts, she travelled to Rwanda to help investigate the rates of poisonous snake envenomation, a neglected tropical disease and public health concern. During her Tufts clinical rotations she took a particular interest in surgery, internal medicine, and ultrasound diagnostic imaging. Dr. Kinney has recently moved to Concord and is excited to explore the natural beauties of New Hampshire.
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.
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.
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.
Wanting to further her knowledge with exotics and wildlife Kelsey joined our team in August 2020 after working at another small animal practice. In 2015 she started her career with an Externship at an animal shelter and followed that by working at an Emergency Hospital and working closely with an orthopedic surgeon.
Kelsey never backs down from an opportunity for personal growth. On top of working full time, being a mother, and a caretaker of her own animals, she also found time to study a vast amount of material and passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) without ever having gone to school. Of course that wasn’t her only achievement - Kelsey is now working with her beloved dog Fern to track deer for hunters with Kelsey’s guidance and training. Kelsey loves to extend a hand to others and be out in the woods. What’s a better way than to do both those things than with her canine companion by her side.
Kelsey currently lives in Andover, NH with her boyfriend, son, two cats (Flint and Cinder), two dogs (Brandy and Fern), three Guinea pigs (Peony, Ash & Oak) and chickens.
Daisy was born in Massachusetts but has lived in New Hampshire most of her life. She currently resides at her home in Hillsborough with her fiancé. She has been an animal lover of all kinds since day one!
She started her veterinary career as a kennel assistant in 2014 and became a tech soon after. She graduated from Great Bay Community College in 2018 with an associates in veterinary technology and passed her CVT in August 2018. Her love for exotics has grown tremendously since graduating college. She hopes to continue learning about exotics and hopefully one day get her VTS in exotic medicine!
Tab joined the Hopkinton Animal Hospital team in September of 2020 and brought along 17 years of experience from another animal hospitals. She grew up in Boscawen, New Hampshire, and at a very young age she knew she wanted to work with animals. Tab came to Hopkinton Animal Hospital looking to expand her knowledge of exotics and wildlife.
Tab currently lives in Andover with her husband Branden, where they raise and train hunting dogs. Tab enjoys hiking, hunting, and anything outdoors. She is pictured with her beloved Plott Hound Groot.
Galen joined our team in the summer of 2019 after working in a surgical referral hospital where he honed his surgery technician skills. His inquisitiveness, desire to continuously learn and his attention to detail offset the fact that he is such a boy among almost all women.
Galen came to New Hampshire after his (now) fiancée started school at MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A midwestern boy, he’s come to love our mountains and ocean and loves to hike, travel through New England, and generally spend as much time outside as possible.
Galen lives in Manchester with his fiancée and his two dogs, Kobe and black lab, and Goose, a great Pyrenees. They’re both rescues from Chicago and love the snow, and now also enjoy New England.
Bryce grew up in Weare NH, and still resides there. She graduated from Great Bay Community College in the Veterinary technician program, while working as a vet assistant at a hospital on the seacoast for a few years. She then went on to work at another practice in NH, as a vet technician, for just over 3 years and now she has found us and could not be happier. Bryce is beyond excited to work with a larger array of species, expand her knowledge and be a part of our close knit team.
Bryce has quite the collection of animals of her own. She owns three dogs: a pitbull named Kane (who all will say is her favorite), a black labrador named Opie, and a miniature dachshund named Burkley. She also owns two cats and three Holland lop rabbits. She decided to grow her household and take on a 2-day old bottle baby goat named "Little Moo", who lived in her house for a few months and then he of course needed friends so that led to three more Nigerian dwarf goats added to the crew. She now has an array of chicken breeds and thoroughly enjoys fresh eggs and their help with a decrease of the tick population at her house. Last, but certainly not least, Bryce bought her very first horse of her own; a young stocky little mustang named Denver, who she is training to be her trail mount.
In her spare time, Bryce can be found at the barn, hiking with her doggos, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, kayaking, hunting with her fiance, shooting archery courses, shopping at Marshalls, remodeling her home and yard sale-ing. She's a true lover of the outdoors and hopes to keep growing her little hobby farm. Bryce loves this field, because no day is alike, each day is presented with many new cases. She really cares about her client patient relationships and making animals as comfortable as possible during their visits.
Haley joined our team in 2022 when she decided that animal health could no longer be a part-time or volunteer position for her. She started volunteering at the Manchester Animal Shelter in 2016, became a cat care staff member in 2017, and then the primary exotic pet caretaker. In 2020, she joined the Pope Memorial SPCA in 2020 and still works there part-time and especially loves turning probable barn cats into love bugs.
For five years before joining us, she worked in human pathology and gained experience with medical terms, working with doctors, developed an extreme attention to detail, and an overall strong stomach.
Haley’s family pets include two cats, Angel and JW, both 15, and Chester, a green cheek conure. Buddy the rabbit is completely “my boy”.
Haley was born in Georgia and moved to NH when she was 2. Although technically not a New England native, she has always considered herself a New Englander.
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.
Originally from Connecticut, Brian moved to New Hampshire to attend UNH for his undergraduate degree in Zoology. Afterwards, he decided to attend UNH’s Veterinary Technician program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2016. Since then, he has worked at two other large hospitals.
Brian has always wanted to work at an animal hospital that specialized in exotic pets, so here he is! Personally, he has had corn snakes, leopard geckos, crested geckos, a Russian tortoise, a veiled chameleon, a panther chameleon, iguanas, and a uromastyx lizard.
Brian lives in Barnstead and enjoys camping, spending time with his family, and playing video games.
Ciara has had a passion for animals and wanted to be in the veterinary field for as long as she can remember. Ciara worked her way from a doggy daycare to a rescue to veterinary technician, and she has almost completed her school to obtain CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) status. She joined the Hopkinton team to expand her knowledge of exotics and because of the great environment (her words).
Ciara lives in Hooksett with her rescue dogs, Bambi and Tansy, and her Chinchilla named Waffle.
Ciara loves doing anything outdoors with her dogs and absolutely loves to travel. Her goal is to visit as many places as she can in her lifetime.