Dover Veterinary Hospital Veterinarians

dover veterinary hospitalLee Spyridakis, DVM, DACVIM, Owner

Dover Veterinary Hospital owner, Dr. Lee Spyridakis, is a veterinary internist who began working at the 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 said. She also lived near a veterinary practice that she visited with her own pets. "That's where my first interest was sparked," she said. Throughout high school and college, she managed to volunteer or work in the veterinary field, as an animal-care attendant and as a veterinary technician's assistant.

Dr. Spyridakis attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Studies in 1976. The next year she was accepted to Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 1981 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. At graduation she 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.

Dr. Spyridakis has a German Shorthaired Pointer. Her outside interests include: walking, hiking and cooking.

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dover veterinary hospitalKristin Rennie, DVM, CVA

Dr. Kristin Rennie is an integrative veterinary practitioner who has been with Dover Veterinary Hospital since 1999.

Dr. Rennie spent her childhood on her family's farm in Lenox, Massachusetts, where she helped care for the farm's animals. This introduction to animal care led her to a career as a veterinarian. Her love of animals inspired her to explore traditional and non-traditional methods of treatment, such as acupuncture.

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.

Her 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. "I treated a dog who couldn't walk or move due to back pain. I performed acupuncture on her and she stood, shook her body and ran into the lobby. She was no longer in pain." 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 and her husband, Jeff, a business consultant who she met at the hospital, have two children, 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.

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Dr. Samantha LaClairSamantha 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; early memories of caring for a new sick kitten instilled a deep sense of fulfillment. Dr. LaClair continued her education throughout her younger years, pursuing 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, where she was involved in research aimed at gaining a better understanding of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attacks in people. Although the experience was valuable, Dr. LaClair sorely missed working with animals and decided to apply to veterinary school.

Dr. LaClair earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University in 2007, where she was awarded the Jeff Prus Memorial Award for her work in Emergency Medicine. After earning her degree, Dr. LaClair continued her year-long internship program at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. She stayed on as an Emergency Veterinarian until she returned to her home state in 2009.

Since that time, Dr. LaClair has been practicing emergency and general medicine in New Hampshire. Dr. LaClair's interests include (but are not limited to) emergency medicine, cardiology, internal medicine, preventive care, and pathology. She also really likes rescue dogs and those old cranky cats!

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

Dr. LaClair is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association (NHVMA).

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Dr. Devin McCarthyDevin McCarthy, DVM

Dr. Devin McCarthy grew up in Massachusetts and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of New Hampshire and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the 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, she and her husband Doug spent some time traveling cross country. They ended up landing in Salt Lake City, Utah where Dr. McCarthy joined a busy multi-doctor referral practice for over 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 there at two locally renowned clinics for two years. Finally, it was time to come back home to New England. She practiced in Nashua for 2 years, and is now very happy to have returned to where it all started in the Seacoast area.

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

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 (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association (NHVMA). Dr. McCarthy is also USDA certified for authorizing local and international health certificates.

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