Tammy Vessey

Owner & Manager

I started working in the veterinary industry at the age of 15, as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. At the time I lived across the street from a veterinary hospital. I was fortunate one day while helping the hospital’s owner with a box to his house that he offered me a job.

I worked many long nights after school and every weekend. Within a few years, I was the main person on call with the doctors. My experience was priceless! I also met my husband at the hospital when he began his veterinary career in 1992.

After 8 years working there, I decided it was time to travel and consider my career options. I soon discovered while in university that I loved business. After spending a year developing a business plan and finding the right location, my husband Gordon and I opened the Maritime Animal Hospital in April of 1998.

I have always had a love of animals. I never seem to have to go looking for any pets, as they always seem to find me. Since moving to a small farm in Salisbury, I have adopted many animals. I now have over 30, ranging from dogs and cats to farm animals such as horses, sheep, goats, a donkey and a llama.

I have two beautiful daughters Jessica and Katie and a handsome new baby boy, Bradley, born July 19. They too love all their pets and are a great help taking care of them. They have even started their own personal mini farm of rabbits and hamsters.

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Hospital Manager

Growing up in rural Cape Breton, my passion for animals began at a very young age. There were always a variety of pets to adore including numerous dogs and cats, a retired standard bred racehorse and a flock of laying hens. Luckily, my parents and sisters supported my love for animals and obliged when I insisted on taking my pet chicken, Henrietta, to the local veterinarian for a foot abscess. Apparently, she was the first chicken he had treated in his clinic. Most of my childhood was spent outside or in the barn and always included animals.  

After graduating from high school I studied Animal Science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. I began working for Maritime Animal Hospital in April 2000 as a veterinary assistant. It included many late night emergencies and a wealth of new information but I enjoyed the challenge and was eventually promoted to hospital manager. I continue to have a passion for veterinary hospital management and overall client and patient communication. In an effort to grow, I continue to attend a variety of continuing education including Dale Carnegie, and the North American Veterinary Conference.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening, hiking and spending time with my husband Philip and four children: Austin, Peyton, Riley and Kenzie. Our family also includes Macey our 13-year-old cat, 30 or so laying hens and our newest addition, Wally the lab mix puppy. I feel very fortunate to work with such a fun loving, competent and caring team.  

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Registered Veterinary Technician

I joined Maritime Animal Hospital in 2001, a year after graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Veterinary Technician Program. I have a special interest in anesthesiology and pain management. I’ve attended several conferences including the National American Veterinary Conference in Florida, twice, in an effort to provide the best care for our patients during and after surgery. I live in Moncton with my husband Marc, our son Olivier and our cat Baileys. In my spare time, I enjoy walking/running the nature trails in our area, painting and doing crafts. I love my job as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Maritime Animal Hospital. My co-workers are like my extended family and we are all dedicated to our team, our patients and clients.

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Veterinary Technician

Ever since my dog, Sheba (who protected me from the monsters under my bed!) passed away; I wanted to be a veterinarian to help animals. My path did not lead me here right away. I graduated from NBCC Moncton with my Business Technology- Accounting diploma in 2002 and worked as an accounting clerk for about a year before I realized it was not for me. I found a program in Miramichi for veterinary technician and graduated in 2005 with my Veterinary Technician diploma and started my career here at Maritime Animal Hospital.  

Since starting here I have rescued 2 dogs- Poppy (from the Moncton SPCA) & Penny (from the Fredericton SPCA who was part of a puppy mill seizure), 2 cats- Gemma (from a farm) & Milton (found under a truck in 30 degree weather).  

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Veterinary Assistant

From a very young age I knew I wanted to work and care for animals. As a child I would have dreams of finding kittens and taking them home to love. My dream has yet to be realized, but working here I get to see rescued kittens all the time! We had a dog Muppet when I was growing up and when I was thirteen; my parents let me get my first cat, Patches. My favorite part of going to my friends’ homes was playing with their pets.  

In high school I took part in co-op education where I worked at the SPCA for 4 months and from there I made my decision to make a career caring for animals. After graduating from a veterinary Assistant program in 2004, I worked at a clinic in Fredericton before joining Maritime Animal Hospital in 2005. I love working here because of the people I work with, the special relationships with the clients I have made and because the animals are so important to me.

When not working at the clinic I spend my time with my husband Michael, little girl Brynn, dog Maggie and my two cats Jack and Biggs.  

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Veterinary Assistant

My love for animals began at an early age as my family always consisted of the traditional cats and dogs while also raising chickens, turkeys and a few pigs. I geared my high school courses towards the sciences. In the fall of 2002, I was fortunate to be placed at Maritime Animal Hospital as part of my high school co-operation program. While working here at Maritime Animal Hospital and seeing the compassion by the veterinarians and staff for the clients and their pets I knew for sure that I wanted to work in this field.  

I studied animal science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

All my furry family are rescue animals from various situations. Patches the calico cat, Buddy the shepherd mix, Kaness the eskimo snow dog and the most recent addition to the family is Apollo the kitten!  

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Veterinary Assistant

Considering my start with animals, it’s a wonder I ever ended up choosing this career path. My parents got our first family pet (a cat) when I was just a little girl. I was so scared I wouldn’t even come out of my bedroom! But once that bond was created, so did my love for animals, and I have been an animal lover ever since.

After high school, I started volunteering at the local SPCA in Gander, NL. Since that time, I’ve worked at the Oromocto SPCA, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Fredericton and Ottawa Valley Veterinary Cooperation. I moved back to the Maritimes in 2007 and have been working at Maritime Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant since 2008.

I have a nine-year-old daughter Marina, who also shares my love for animals! My furry friends are my dog Trixie and my two cats Cayman and Cika (who are all rescues!).

After 16 years as a Vet Assistant, the best part of my job knows the names of the people walking in the door. I take great pride in knowing some of the history of their pet, what food they’re picking up and who tells the best jokes! These people are like friends to me and I try to make even the briefest stop pleasant.  

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Registered Veterinary Technician

I lived in River Glade for the first 19 years of my life. Growing up in a small town, everyone automatically thinks that you grew up on a farm that was not the case for me. Our household definitely did seem like a farm some days! We never had any less than 5 pets at a time, ranging from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and parrots.  

If I think back, my love for animals stems from my grandfather. We would always watch different documentaries and TV shows about animals, which continued to grow into a large subject of interest for me. I started to receive a large variety of books about animals from relatives and continued to learn about different species. When it finally came time to choose my career, my mind directly went to animals. I love to interact with people but animals were a true passion for me. I entered the Veterinary Technician program at Oulton College a year after I graduated from high school. Lucky for me, I landed my on the job training placemen here at Maritime Animal Hospital, and I’ve been here ever since. During my first year of college I had a 13-year-old shih tzu/poodle mix that had grown up with me. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in the fall. His health quickly deteriorated and during my second year of college, I had to have him euthanized. To this day I still remember how wonderful the staff at the clinic were; from the receptionist at the front desk, to the veterinarian who had to put up with me at my worst. That day I decided I wanted to be one of the people who helped owners through the ups and downs with their pets. I’ve been here at Maritime Animal Hospital since March of 2010. I have two cats Layla & Paige and a boxer named Sugar. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing!  

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Mary Ann

Veterinary Assistant

I have a dog that chews everything in sight, a cat that constantly “screeches” for more food and another cat that claws/bites when trying to apply flea prevention/treatment. You ask why?? I ask why not?? They all needed a home and I couldn’t see them without one.

I grew up on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals… everything from a beef cow to a rabbit. My love of animals stems from my family… all of which who have a pet of some sort or a farm. As a child, my uncle would travel to the “sale” in Sussex every Wednesday & I would never know what kind of new pet would be dropped off to me. Our motto was & still is “What’s one more?” My family has always been involved with horses and as a teenager I was actively involved with 4-H and horse shows.

As an adult, I have a love of medicine and pursued a career in human medicine. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to continue that line of work. So, I had to find something else to do that would combine everything I enjoy… animals, people and medicine. And here I am, I’ve been working as a Veterinary Assistant since 2007 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I consider myself very fortunate to have found such a rewarding career.  

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Veterinary Technician

Being raised on a dairy farm, having the most wonderful family pets and being exposed to veterinary medicine at a young age are some of the reasons I became a veterinary technician. But most of all it is because of my passion to aid in the care and treatment of our furry companions.

I attended a veterinary technician program at Horizon College and graduated in 2002. I worked at a small animal clinic in Rothesay for the next three years and joined Maritime Animal Hospital’s team in 2010.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two young girls, three cats Fritzie, John and Mama Cat and our wonderful dogs Trevor and Wilson. Every day I like coming to work because no two days are the same. I feel very proud of the excellent quality of care that is provided to our patients. I feel proud to be part of this team.  

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Veterinary Assistant

I was born and raised here in Moncton. My love of animals started at a very young age and I just knew I was meant for them and they were meant for me. My affection for animals has no limit. My husband, Mike, and I have rescued everything from cats, dogs, amphibians, reptiles and fish!

I studied at Oulton College to become a veterinary assistant and followed my dreams out west to Canmore, AB. In 2006, I came back home. Mike and I currently have 2 small dogs (Bean and Maslow), 5 cats (Tess, Casper, Ali, Ollie and Raider), a turtle (Pickles) and a beautiful 60-gallon aquarium full of tropical fish!


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Registered Veterinary Technician

I’ve always loved animals, but my career as a veterinary nurse didn’t start until later in life. My education background includes a Business Technology diploma and a Business Administration degree in which I was employed in various jobs related to this education. Then in 1998 everything changed… I got my first dog, a black lab named Bailey. This is when I realized I wanted to work at a job that I was passionate about. So, in 2003, Bailey and I moved to Ontario where I attended Ridgetown College to become a veterinary technician. In 2005 I graduated with honors and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Since starting this career, I’ve adopted a few dogs along the way. Mocha, a chocolate lab, came home with me from Ontario. Thunder and Mo both senior black labs, lived out their retirement years with me and currently, Stella, a terrier mix from the SPCA. 

I started working at Maritime Animal Hospital in 2008. I love my job and helping clients take care of their pets. My favourite thing to do outside of work is spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy any outdoor activities I can do with my dogs like camping, hiking and going to the beach.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

From day one I had an interest in and passion to care for all creatures, great and small. As a young child, I would find and create habitats for toads and earth worms I found in the backyard. My family had a menagerie of pets over the years – cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and even some orphaned raccoons! I’ve always had a special interest in wildlife and the natural world.

I knew I needed to find an occupation that allowed me to work with animals. After completing my BSc at the University of Prince Edward Island in Environmental Biology, I continued my academic studies at Oulton College in Moncton, New Brunswick in the Veterinary Technician program. I finished tech school in 2018 with many fond memories including my time fostering a lamb in our one bedroom apartment. My on the job training was completed at Maritime Animal Hospital. At Maritime, they gave me the opportunity to continue on with them into a career as a full time Registered Veterinary Technician. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderfully caring team at such a reputable clinic. Currently, I have two handsome tabby cats – Siegfried and Fenwick.

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