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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. Suzan Watkins, DVM
BS Biology University of Illinois 1979
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois 1983
Member of NH Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors 1988-1990
Member NH Board of Veterinary Medicine 1999-2004
Chairperson, NH Board of Veterinary Medicine 2003-2004
Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association
President NHVMA (2011-2012)
Dr. Watkins is the owner of Allenstown Animal Hospital. She has been associated with the hospital since it was constructed in 1984 and became its owner in 1994. She has a strong interest in Veterinary Surgery. When not busy with her patients, Dr. Watkins enjoys pursuing her interest in arts and crafts (she was an oil painting and printmaking major before she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine). An example of her artwork is the mural that she painted in our waiting room. An Avid hiker, Dr. Watkins has recently completed climbing all 48 of the 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire and is now climbing the rest of the 4000’ers in New England. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Rich, and their dogs, Baci (Italian Greyhound) and Luna (Australian Shepherd).
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).
Tara – Veterinary Technician
Madysen – Veterinary Technician
Maddy grew up in New Hampshire and attended Keene State College. She has undergraduate degrees in biology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Maddy loves being able to help heal animals and enjoys seeing them make a full recovery; being part of the recovery is very rewarding to her. She has five dogs of her own; 3 Goldendoodles, Gracie, Tillie & Charlie, a Golden Retriever, Ollie, and a black Labrador puppy named Bogey. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, and swimming in her downtime. She enjoys being outside in general and being around her family.
Nicole – Veterinary Technician Assistant
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!