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Our Veterinarian Team
Learn more about the amazing veterinary team behind your pet’s care at Allenstown Animal Hospital, here.
Allenstown Animal Hospital Veterinary Team
Our doctors and the rest of the veterinary team are dedicated and passionate animal lovers who place your pet’s health and well-being above anything else!
Dr. Christine O’Connell, DVM
BS Biotechnology WPI 2004
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University 2008
Member of NHVMA, AVMA, AAFP
Dr. O’Connell, originally from Massachusetts, graduated from WPI with a bachelor’s in Biotechnology and earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After four years in the White Mountains practicing at a small animal hospital/emergency clinic, she joined Allenstown Animal Hospital in 2012. She has a career interest in dentistry, internal medicine, and feline health care. She and her husband, John, live on the NH Seacoast, and in her free time, she enjoys knitting/crochet, road trips, and has a passion for houseplants.
Dr. Anna Rivard, DVM
Dr. Anna Rivard was born and raised in Northern, New Jersey. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in NJ, she went on to attend Tufts Veterinary School. After falling in love with New England, and meeting her now-husband Brandon, a native New Hampshirite, Anna practiced in a few New England states before settling back in New Hampshire. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting with friends and family, cooking, and photography. Anna and Brandon share their home with her dog Captain Panda, three cats, and have a soon-to-be human sibling for the pets on the way!
Ashley – Veterinary Technician, CVT Practice Manager
My love of animals started very early in life. When I was born, my sister already had 8 horses. I grew up on a small gentleman’s farm in the Upper Valley of NH. By the time I was a young teen, we had 5 horses, pygmy goats, sheep, chickens, a steer: as well as several dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and pet mice. I attended the University of Findlay for western equestrian studies, and then fell into the veterinary profession. I started as a veterinary assistant when I was 19 and continued to grow my veterinary knowledge. After working as a veterinary technician for 12 years, I became a certified veterinary technician in 2015. In 2018 I become the veterinary technician supervisor.
I live in southern NH with my husband, our 9-year-old son, Tanner; our 3-year-old pit bull, Loki, 4 chickens and a very old Chinese dwarf hamster. I enjoy almost any outside activity with my family; kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, geocaching and just playing in nature.
Libby – Lead Veterinary Technician
A native of Bar Harbor, Maine, Libby, and her husband moved to NH in 2019 “when good opportunities came knocking”. Prior to joining our team, she worked at a veterinary hospital in Bar Harbor for about 10 years. Libby loves helping pets and feels that client education is the most important part of her job. When not busy at work Libby enjoys anything having to do with art and being creative. Painting pet portraits, quilting, and woodburning are some of her favorite past-times. She is joined at home by her husband Aaron, as well as her cat Duke who likes to go for walks down the street with Riley, a Pitbull mix, and Yahtzee, a Chiweenie (chihuahua/dachshund mix).
Jacqueline – Receptionist / Technician Assistant
Jackie has a special interest in mini horses and show horses. She loves seeing all the animals coming in. Jackie loves to help not only the sick animals but also the healthy ones.
She has several pets: Marley a lab, Ted a Siamese cat, and Buck and Pip her two goats. She also has Dakota, Gallop, Parade, and Ballerina her four mini horses. When she is not at work Jackie likes to hunt, fish, hike, garden, and go to the beach.
Marti – Lead Receptionist
Though she grew up in Queens, NY, Marti has called New Hampshire her home for a long time. She’s always loved animals and has worked in pet stores, volunteered in a wildlife rehab center, been a kennel attendant, and most recently has worked as a veterinary receptionist for about 6 years, the last 3 at Allenstown Animal Hospital. The most rewarding thing about working in the veterinary field, according to Marti, is being a part of a team of like-minded animal-loving co-workers and seeing the good that is done for pets of all kinds on a daily basis. When not at work Marti enjoys spending time with her husband Tim motorcycling around the state with Dolly – their 3-year-old Schweenie (Shih Tzu/, Dachshund mitt) every chance they get!