Derry Animal Hospital Staff

JennaJenna CVT, Practice Manager

Jenna’s organizational knowledge, technical skills and ability to be a motivating leader make her a great asset to the Derry Animal Hospital team. Her responsibilities include managing finances, human resources and reception and establishing practice protocols. She is also a certified veterinary technician in New Hampshire and a member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Jenna started at the hospital back in 2002.

“Derry Animal Hospital focuses on client education and patient well-being,” she says. “We really try to practice the best medicine. The staff is awesome, as are our clients and patients.”

Jenna has three Rottweilers: Korben, Drake and Archer. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit, Olympic lifting, motorcycles, mountain biking and hiking.

ChristinaChristina, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Christina joined Derry Animal Hospital in August 2011, bringing years of experience working as horse trainer, dog trainer, barn manager, veterinary assistant and veterinary technician. Her responsibilities include assisting our veterinarians during examinations, drawing blood, administering vaccines and medication, teaching both group and private training classes, and assisting in surgeries. Christina has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay College. She is a certified veterinary technician in New Hampshire.

When not at work, Christina is kept busy by her many dogs and cats, and two Sugar Gliders.

AprilApril, Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager

As a veterinary assistant with Derry Animal Hospital since 2011, April’s responsibilities include holding patients during examinations, assisting our doctors and drawing blood. She considers being able to help owners keep their pets happy and healthy the most rewarding part of her job. April attended the University of New Haven and the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, where she studied business.

“It’s great to work with people that all share a common goal to keep pets health and happy and work as a team to achieve that goal,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for better doctors to work with.”

April has a Doberman named Kimber. She spends her time outside work caring for her dogs, gardening, antiquing, sewing and crafting.

BrandonBrandon, Veterinary Technician

As a technician assistant, Brandon is responsible for the care of animals while they’re staying at our boarding facility, assisting with appointments and helping to keep the hospital clean. Brandon’s favorite part of the job is spending time with our boarding guests. “While they’re away from their family, I like to make them feel welcome,” he says. “Plus, it’s fun for me!”

“I love working at Derry Animal Hospital because of my co-workers. They come in happy an energetic every morning and they treat every animal with love and respect,” says Brandon. “Everyone cares deeply for the well-being of every pet that comes through the door.”

Brandon has a cat named Jarms. When he’s not at work, Brandon enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and spending time outdoors playing baseball, fishing and hockey.

Kyrie, Veterinary Technician

Biography coming soon!

Jen, Veterinary Technician

Biography coming soon!

Madi, Veterinary Technician

Full-time Veterinary Technician Madi joined Derry Animal Hospital in March of 2020. Her job responsibilities include holding patients during exams, assisting doctors, and drawing blood. Madi loves caring for patients and making sure they are happy and healthy. She is known for her happy and positive personality! Currently, Madi is enrolled in the Great Bay Veterinary Technician program and she is fear-free certified. Before joining our team as a Veterinary Technician, she worked as a Kennel Attendant.

Madi has five cats named Mitzy, Snickers, Berry, Melon, and Apple. She loves working at the animal hospital because of her amazing co-workers and clients. She says it is a great environment to walk into everyday! In her free time, Madi enjoys spending time with her pets, going on hikes, and exploring nature.

Jewel, Veterinary Technician

Jewel joined the Derry Animal Hospital team full-time in July of 2020 as a Veterinary Technician. She helps our office run smoothly by assisting doctors in appointments, taking patient histories from pet-owners, and overall office maintenance. The best part of her job is the ability to assist in the healthcare of our patients, enabling them to go home healthy. Jewel brings a positive energy to the hospital as well as good sportsmanship. Currently, Jewel is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at the University of New Hampshire. This is Jewel’s first veterinary job, and we are so happy to have her as part of the team!

When talking about why she loves working at Derry Animal Hospital, Jewel said “I like working at the hospital because the staff and doctors I work alongside are amazing and such great people. I enjoy working at a smaller practice because there is more overall involvement and I get to see the same patients and watch them grow.”

Jewel has a 9-month-old beagle/chihuahua mix named SOLO. She likes to spend her free time dancing, fishing, gardening, baking, and relaxing with her dog.

Gabby, Veterinary Technician

Full-time Veterinary Technician Gabby Potillo is responsible for restraining and handling animals, phone triage, client education and communication, running diagnostics, and assisting doctors with treatments. Gabby’s favorite part of the job is performing the diagnostics involved in routine care and determining possible diagnoses for patients. She has an upbeat attitude that brings energy to her coworkers and she has a drive to learn as much as possible.

Gabby has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Equine Science with pre-veterinary intent. Before joining Derry Animal Hospital in June of 2020, Gabby gained veterinary experience working as a stable hand and as a working student at two separate barns.

When asked about why she enjoys working at Derry Animal Hospital, Gabby says, “I like working here because it is a fun learning environment where there is no pressure to be perfect at everything, ample opportunities to try new techniques and discuss types of treatment and diagnosis, as well as staff that is understanding and will answer any question I ask regarding patients and treatments.”

Gabby has two cats; Jerry is an 8-year-old black cat and Hurley is a 6-year-old grey and white cat. She likes to spend her free time at the barn riding thoroughbred or at home painting on canvas and digitally.

Ginevra, Veterinary Technician

Biography coming soon!

KerriKerri, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative

As Derry Animal Hospital’s administrative assistant, Kerri’s duties include handling maintenance issues, managing medical records, greeting clients and ordering supplies and food. She joined the hospital team in September 2007.

Kerri cares for two cats at home, Stoli and Tequila. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys boating, fishing, hanging out by the lake, camping and spending time with friends and family.

MichelleMichelle, Receptionist

Beginning here at Derry Animal Hospital in May of 2017 as one of our outstanding Receptionists, Michelle has since proven herself to be a vital member of our team. She offers over 20 years of related experience in the animal field. Michelle is responsible for answering phones, booking appointments, checking and responding to clients, checking patients and clients in and out of our facility and much more. Each day, Michelle offers an outgoing and friendly approach to interacting with our clients and their pet companions.

Prior to working for us at Derry Animal Hospital, Michelle worked as an Animal Control Officer in Maiden Mountain, and as a Technician and Pharmacy Assistant. Michelle posses a certificate in grooming and kennel management. She has experience as a Groomer and Manager at Groom Town Pet Boutique and Spa, and as a Groomer, Receptionist, and Technician Assistant at VCA Northboro. When asked about working for Derry, Michelle says, “I like the atmosphere, clients and my coworkers.”

At home, Michelle enjoys spending her free time reading and practicing gardening. She owns one canine, a spayed female named Jewel, and a neutered feline named Bob.

Jessa, Receptionist

Receptionist Jessa is responsible for answering phones, scheduling appointments, checking emails, and responding to clients, checking patients in and out of appointments, and so much more. She is known for her outgoing personality and her tech savvy skills. Jessa joined our team full-time in December of 2018, with experience in the veterinary care field since 2013. Before joining Derry Animal Hospital, Jessa worked in general practice for 4 years and in emergency care for 2 years in Massachusetts, as well as one year in emergency care in New Hampshire.

Currently, Jessa is Fundraising Lead for a non-profit animal charity in Massachusetts. As Fundraising Lead, Jessa collects food, blankets, and towels as donations for local animal shelters. She also has several pets of her own, including her pit bulls Bella (8), Sammy Nickels (3), Daisy (3), and a domestic shorthair cat named Sashy (14), as well as a sun conure named Sweet Pea (8). In her free time, Jessa loves to browse antique shops, cook, bake, volunteer for animal shelters, and swim with her pitties.

Laura, Receptionist

Receptionist Laura joined our team in June of 2020. As receptionist, she is responsible for greeting clients and patients, checking emails, answering phones, scheduling appointments, cashing clients out for services, keeping the reception area neat and clean, and much more. Laura brings an easy-going personality and kindness to this role, and to everything she does!

“We have a great staff who works together as a team and we see a wide variety of different dog and cat breeds, it’s nice to be able to see pets grow up over time,” says Laura of her time working at Derry Animal Hospital.

At home, Laura is a pet parent to Charlie, a 12-year-old domestic short hair cat and a HUGE love bug! In her free time, Laura enjoys scrapbooking, reading, cooking and baking.

Carol, Receptionist

With 29 years of experience in the veterinary care field, Carol is essential in helping us provide exceptional care to our patients! Carol joined our team on June 8, 2020 and she is responsible for checking in clients, making appointments, canceling appointments, and closing at the end of the evening. She has excellent telephone skills and is a team player. Before joining our team, Carol worked at Arlington Animal Clinic and Fresh Pond Animal Hospital.

When asked why she loves working at Derry Animal Hospital, Carol said “I enjoy working with the public and I like the staff! I liked this staff before I even worked here. I think the doctors are great and technicians are the best!”

At home, Carol has several furry friends of her very own! Rosie is a 10-year-old dog, Mufasa is a 3-year-old cat, Spooky is a 20-year-old cat, Toni is a 6-year-old cat, and Gigi is a 6-year-old cat. In her free time, Carol loves to garden, she is an avid knitter, she enjoys reading, and taking her lab Rosie for long walks. Most of all, she loves spending time with her daughter and her family. Carol has a 2-year-old granddaughter who is the love of her life.

WendyWendy, Groomer

Wendy joined Derry Animal Hospital in September 2006. Drawn to her profession because of the time she can spend with animals, Wendy’s duties include bathing, clipping and all other grooming needs. She is a member of New England Pet Grooming Professionals.

At home, Wendy cares for three dogs— Bella, Charlie and Chester—and two cats named Oreo and Stella. She enjoys spending her free time with her children and pets, hiking and cooking.

EsperanzaEsperanza, Bookkeeper

Esperanza has been a part of the Derry Animal Hospital team since February 2009. As our bookkeeper, she maintains the accounting books, handles financial reporting and bank, credit card and account reconciliations and assists accountants with year-end tasks.

“Doctors are very friendly, approachable and easy going and our staff are hardworking and always ready to lend a helping hand,” she says. “We have a very warm and friendly office environment as well.”

At home, Esperanza has a dog named Truffles. She enjoys watching her children play hockey, taking leisurely drives, walking and hiking, baking, reading, exercising and visiting her son in Canada.