Our Staff

Ann

Veterinary TECHNICIAN

Ann has been practicing as a veterinary technician since 2003 and got her certification in 2007.

She is a native of Northern VA but has fallen in love with New Hampshire and its beautiful mountains.

When not taking care of Manchester’s cats and dogs, you can find her hiking as long and as far as her legs will go. She completed the 48 4000 footers in 7 months, and she’s not stopping there!

Ann is currently on sabbatical hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,200 miles)! GO ANN

 

 

Cara

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Born and raised in Methuen MA, Cara moved to Londonderry in October of 2020. After starting her career in education with a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College, Cara finally followed her lifelong dream and pursued a career in veterinary medicine in 2002 and never looked back. She became certified in 2009 and joined the Best Friends Team in May of 2021.

Cara’s pack includes her husband Mike, their 2 black labs Jeff and Minnow and 2 cats, Viper and Waldo. When she is not busy cleaning up dog and cat fur, she can be found fishing, reading and enjoying time with her family.

She is thrilled to be a member of the Best Friends family and has a special interest in behavior and senior pet wellness. She is looking forward to keeping your pets happy and healthy.

Sara

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Sara was born and raised in the Midwest. She moved to Arizona in 2000, where she discovered veterinary medicine through a veterinarian friend in Phoenix. Certification followed in 2008. Having spent 20 years in the desert, she moved to NH to be with family in 2020. She is so glad to be part of the Best Friends team. She started here in October 2021 and couldn’t be happier. In her free time she is usually spending time with family and dreaming of warm weather. She has a chihuahua named Olive and a Pitbull named Bullsey. She also shares her time with her sister’s Plott hound Maisy and 2 cats: Moe and Chad.

Alyssa

Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa began working in the veterinary field in 2016 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Animal Behavior.

She grew up in NH where she currently lives with her family, her Newfie Tiny, and her cat Moo. She has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl and can’t imagine a better job!

In her spare time, she enjoys going to farms, taking day trips to explore different places, spending time with family and friends, and going on road trips with her dog.

Kayla

VETERINARY Assistant

Kayla began her journey in vet med in 2014 as a kennel attendant in Massachusetts. Since then, she has worked her way up to gain more knowledge and experience in emergency, general practice, and specialty hospitals. She recently moved to NH and began working at BFAH in 2021. At home, Kayla has four cats Kacey, Prim, Polly, and Jacoby, and a lop head bunny named Waffle. Kayla spends most of her free time with family and friends crafting, going to restaurants, and playing board games, and in the summer she spends a lot of her time in Meredith at Lake Waukewan.

Dakota

Veterinary ASsistant

Dakota was born and raised in NH but spent 6 years in Florida after graduating from high school. In Florida, she fell in love with vet med and started her veterinary career at a small animal practice. She has recently moved back to NH and began working at Best Friends in 2021!

At home, Dakota’s fur family consists of her four cats Kora, Finn, Brick, Maya, and her husband Erik. Dakota spends most of her free time reading, catching up with family and friends now that she is back in New Hampshire.

Madison

Customer Service Representative

Madison was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She recently relocated to Manchester with her boyfriend Alex. Together they have Kipper, a mixed breed they recently adopted as a rescue from Georgia.

She grew up loving all things ecological. She had with the best dog in the world, Ruby. Rescuing her as a child (along with her family) is one of her favorite memories of growing up. Madison attended the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and earned a B.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation.

Before coming to Best Friends, she worked near Syracuse on her family’s farm taking care of horses, cows, chicken, sheep, and goats. In her free time, she loves hiking, kayaking, swimming, taking naps, and cooking. She is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up; in the meantime, she’s enjoying learning and providing excellent customer service here at Best Friends.

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COVID 19 Update

Technician Appointments and Medication/Food Pick up will be curbside beginning 7/25/22. Appointments with the doctor and surgery/procedure drop-offs will remain as in-person appointments. Masks are required inside the building. Please allow 24-48 hours for medication refills and prescription food pick up.