Our Team

Veterinarians

Veterinarians of Dover Veterinary Hospital

Lee Spyridakis, DVM, DACVIM, Owner

Owner and Veterinarian Dr. Lee Spyridakis is a veterinary internist who began working at Dover Veterinary Hospital in 1988. A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Dr. Spyridakis says that her love for animals and desire to care for them began early. "I would pick up any injured animal and nurse it back to health," she says. She grew up near a veterinary practice that she visited with her own pets. "That's where my first interest was sparked." Throughout high school and college, Dr. Spyridakis managed to volunteer or work in the veterinary field as an animal-care attendant and as a veterinary technician's assistant.

After high school, Dr. Spyridakis attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Studies in 1976. The next year she was accepted to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Spyridakis earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and was honored with a Merck Animal Health Award.

Dr. Spyridakis is a specialist in veterinary small animal internal medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, a title conferred on less than 10 veterinarians in the state of New Hampshire. At home, Dr. Spyridakis has a German shorthaired pointer. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys walking, hiking and cooking.

Kristin Rennie, DVM, CVA

Dr. Kristin Rennie is an integrative veterinary practitioner who has been with Dover Veterinary Hospital since 1999. Growing up on a family farm in Lenox, Massachusetts, she helped care for the farm animals. This early introduction to animal care led Dr. Rennie to a career as a veterinarian. Her love of animals inspired her to explore traditional and non-traditional methods of treatment, such as acupuncture.

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Rennie attended the University of New Hampshire where she was awarded membership in the McNair Graduate Opportunity Program. This program is dedicated to students who have taken extra steps to prepare themselves for graduate and doctoral level work.

In 1994, Dr. Rennie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. That same year, she enrolled in the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Rennie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Acupuncture Veterinary Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Dr. Rennie’s areas of professional focus include holistic and integrative medicine and acupuncture, and she is certified in acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. Rennie remembered one instance in particular when she saw the results of her acupuncture treatment immediately. She says, "I treated a dog that couldn't walk or move due to back pain. I acupunctured her and she stood, shook her body and ran into the lobby. She was no longer in pain."

At home, Dr. Rennie and her husband Jeff—a business consultant whom she met at the hospital—have two children named Theo and Quinn. They also provide a home to two mixed-breed dogs named Ozzie and Kipper and a cat named Jack Bauer. All of her pets are rescues. During her leisure time, she enjoys hiking with her family and their two dogs.

Samantha LaClair, DVM

Dr. Samantha LaClair is a native of the Keene, New Hampshire area. From an early age, she knew she needed to work with animals after caring for a sick kitten. This experience instilled a deep sense of fulfillment. Dr. LaClair continued her education throughout her younger years and pursued volunteer opportunities with local hospitals and shelters.

Dr. LaClair attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1999, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After graduating, she worked as a veterinary technician and gained a great deal of experience and knowledge from the veterinarians and the experienced technical staff who mentored her.

Before applying to veterinary school, Dr. LaClair took a position as a research assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Division of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine. She was involved in research aimed at gaining a better understanding of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attacks in humans. Although the experience was valuable, Dr. LaClair sorely missed working with animals and decided to apply to veterinary school.

In 2007, Dr. LaClair earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She was awarded the Jeff Prus Memorial Award for her work in emergency medicine. After earning her veterinary degree, Dr. LaClair completed a year-long internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She stayed on as an emergency veterinarian until she returned to her home state in 2009.

Since then, Dr. LaClair has been practicing emergency and general medicine in New Hampshire. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, cardiology, internal medicine, preventive care and pathology. Dr. LaClair is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association. She also really likes rescue dogs and old, cranky cats!

Dr. LaClair's family includes her husband and two young daughters. They share their home with a cat named Snacks and a rescue dog named Bandit. When not playing the role of doctor, spouse or mom, Dr. LaClair enjoys snowboarding, walking, hiking, reading, trying (poorly) to make quilts, watching football and singing when there's no one else to hear.

Devin McCarthy, DVM

Dr. Devin McCarthy grew up in Massachusetts and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of New Hampshire and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. While attending UNH, she had her first veterinary job right here at Dover Veterinary Hospital as a technician assistant.

After graduating, Dr. McCarthy and her husband Doug spent some time traveling cross-country. They ended up landing in Salt Lake City where Dr. McCarthy joined a busy multi-doctor referral practice for five years. After enjoying the skiing and mountain biking in that area, they then decided to explore the Pacific Northwest and moved to Bellingham, Washington. Dr. McCarthy practiced at two locally renowned clinics for two years. Finally, it was time to come back home to New England. She practiced in Nashua for two years and is now very happy to have returned to where it all started in the Seacoast area.

Dr. McCarthy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, including general practice, surgery, dentistry, geriatric care, and dermatology. She believes strongly in her job of helping people provide the best possible care they can for their pets. Dr. McCarthy is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association. She is also USDA certified for authorizing local and international health certificates.

At home, Dr. McCarthy enjoys spending her free time with her husband Doug, daughters Ella and Emery, her Australian Shepherd named Brighton, and her two cats named Mango and Kiwi. Her hobbies include skiing, mountain biking, hiking and spending time with her family.

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