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. Gagne joins the Weare Animal Hospital team after graduating from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Maine with minors in chemistry and microbiology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
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. From then on, she has spent every school vacation interning and shadowing our doctors and staff. All the reasons she fell in love with Weare Animal Hospital remain today including: the highly trained and caring staff; high caliber of medicine; positive work environment; and drive for continuous learning. Dr Gagne says Weare Animal Hospital has always been home to her, and she cannot imagine practicing anywhere else.
While at Iowa State University, Dr. Gagne was heavily involved in all aspects of feline medicine. Her favorite experience was spent as Co-President of the ISU Feral Cat Alliance, which offered low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, and physical examinations to community cats. During her time as Co-President, she assisted in a study documenting the prevalence of zoonotic infectious diseases in Central Iowa feral cats. She was also President of the ISU Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Her enthusiasm for feline medicine won her the 2018 ISU Outstanding Senior Student in Feline Medicine award from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is very passionate about feline medicine and plans to pursue ABVP Board Certification in this field.
Dr. Gagne resides in Hillsborough with her Border Collie mix Oswald, and three cats: Remington, Delilah, and Oliver. In her free time she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, snuggling with her kitties, and spending time with family.
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.
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.
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.
Monique joined us after working for 8 years at a local animal emergency and referral hospital as a critical care/ICU technician.
Monique shares her home with five cats Jazze, Sydney, Loki, Artemus, and Blueberry and two dogs Mollie and Breanna. She enjoys hiking, swimming, and reading, and working on those never-ending home improvement projects.
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!
Beretta joined Hopkinton Animal Hospital in December of 2019. Prior to joining HAH, Beretta worked at another small animal practice while attending school at Great Bay Community College for Veterinary Technology. She graduated in May of 2019 and took the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) in July to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT).
Prior to attending school for veterinary technology, Beretta attended Maine Maritime Academy earning her bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Wanting to do more with her love for animals she sought out to become a CVT right after. At HAH Beretta has been able to find her passion working with exotics while living in beautiful New Hampshire she is happy to call home. She is excited to expand her skills working with exotics at HAH and looks forward to new challenges.
Beretta currently lives in Concord, NH with her German Shepherd named Bia, her cats Lyra and Fionn, and rabbit Ollie. Outside of work she enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV’s, and snowmobiling.
Nikka joined the team in January of 2020 after working as a technician at another small animal hospital. She will graduate from Great Bay Community College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology in 2021 when she will then take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and ace it without a doubt!
During high school, she was accepted into a competitive high school veterinary medicine trip abroad and spent two weeks in Thailand at the Elephant Nature Park, volunteering in the dog and cat shelters and helping to care for the elephants.
Nikka’s hobbies are hiking, beekeeping, and hanging out with her dog Millie (who came home with her from Thailand!), two cats Connie and Levi, and her Russian tortoise Tori.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.