The Sugar River Animal Hospital is proud to introduce our clients to our incredible veterinary team! Our highly-trained team members have been hand-picked to provide the most exceptional care possible to our patients. We invite you to scroll through our bios to learn more about our team members. Have questions? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you!
Dr. Catherine MacLean
Dr. MacLean completed her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University, her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Atlantic Veterinary College, and her pet acupuncture certification from Chi Institute. Her areas of special interest include general practice and acupuncture. She opened Sugar River Animal Hospital in 2013, and she has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2010. Dr. MacLean’s family consists of her husband Matt, her daughter Katarina, her son Alexander and their three pets: Jack and Misty, two cats, and Arrow, a dog. When she isn’t working, Dr. MacLean enjoys skiing, cooking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Peterson – Internal Medicine Specialist
Dr. Erik Peterson is a Board-Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist that we work closely with. Dr. Peterson performs echochocardiographic and ultrasonographic studies and procedures for us as well as internal medicine consultation for some of our more difficult medicine cases.
Dr. Andrea Brown
Dr. Andrea Brown received a BS in Biology from Samford University in Alabama and a MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases) from both Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She studied Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. Andrea has over 20 years of local experience with our pets. She lives locally with her family and many assorted pets.
Technicians and Client Care Coordinators
April, Veterinary Technician
April graduated from Vermont Technical College, with her degree in Veterinary Technology, in 2003. Working at a general practice after college, she met Dr. Catherine MacLean.
In 2013 she came to work at Sugar River Animal Hospital part-time while working at SAVES emergency hospital in Lebanon, NH. Eventually, she left Sugar River Animal Hospital to work full time in emergency medicine. In 2015, after five years in emergency medicine, April left to begin work with Spay ASAP, a mobile spay/neuter organization working with several humane societies and rescues in NH and VT.
In March 2019, April came back to work at Sugar River Animal Hospital while continuing work with Spay ASAP. In her spare time, she volunteers at the humane society and tries to seek out as many local adventures, as possible, with her daughter Lydia. Some of their favorites are The Great Danville Corn Maze, whale watches out of Rye, NH, and camping at Jellystone Park. When not out exploring, she and her daughter enjoy playing with their beagle, Dakota, two cats, Winchester and Melvin, and their leopard gecko, Pascal.
Sara started out at U.V.V.S in 2005 and worked her way through to become a veterinary technician. She attended Vermont Technical College and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She passed her VTNE to become certified 3 months later. Sara continued her work at U.V.V.S for a number of years and also held the head technician position, later becoming the Secretary of the Vermont Technician Association.
She then moved to Newbury Veterinary Clinic in Newbury, VT, and loved walking dogs and providing care to her patients. A year and a half later her husband got a job for a wind turbine company in Lempster, NH and now has found a home working at Sugar River Animal Hospital.
She currently resides with her family in Charlestown NH as well as her animal companions; Piper (Boston Terrier), Ivan (Great Dane), October (cat) and her many chickens. She loves all creatures and being outdoors. She enjoys helping out as much as possible whether it be human or animal. She is a generally sunshiny person to be around and you will often find her with a smile.
Kate has an eclectic education starting with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. After several years in corporate America working for various publishing houses, she quit her job and went back to school while working nights in a 24 hr Emergency Referral Animal Hospital in Indiana. After 6 years, she finished an AAS in Veterinary Science and passed her VTNE board exam in 2007. She is excited to be back in vet medicine after a hiatus spent raising her two-legged children to elementary school age. Kate has special interests in dentistry, canine training, canine reproduction, and physical therapy/rehabilitation.
In her spare time, she can be found roaming the foothills with an assortment of collies, showing her dogs in most AKC sports and driving the mom taxi to and from every soccer, baseball or dance event this side of Concord. She is supported in all her endeavors by her husband, two children, two cats, all the Gateside collies and a small flock of chickens.
Kelsey, Veterinary Assistant
Kelsey became part of the SRAH team after completing her BA in Biology at Colby-Sawyer College in May of 2017 and after completing her internship with the animal hospital. Although new to the field, Kelsey is quick and excited to learn how to help owners as well as their faithful companions. Kelsey has lived in New Hampshire her whole life, enjoying playing soccer and riding horses. When she was young she enjoyed being a part of her horse 4-H group, and spending as much time riding horses and being with her dogs as possible.
Kelsey currently enjoys her two dogs, Tucker and Tallie, her horse, along with two parakeets and a bearded dragon. When she has free time, she enjoys going for hikes with the dogs, and training her young horse Edie.
Amanda, Client Service Representative and Veterinary Assistant
Amanda relocated to NH from Alaska in the fall of 2018. She joined the Sugar River Animal Hospital (SRAH) team in January of 2019. She is very excited to get to know clients and their pets. In her free time, she likes to explore around the northeast and watch movies with her boyfriend Reese and their two cats Moose and Luci.
Paula, Client Care Coordinator
Paula joined the Sugar River Animal Hospital Team in September 2017. She grew up and went to school in Massachusetts and was employed in the Business/Administrative/Customer Service field in the Boston area where she met her husband Chris and relocated to his hometown of Grantham, NH when they got married. She originally worked for a large oil company in the Upper Valley when she first moved up here, but Paula’s love of animals and their owners drew her into the veterinary science world around 10 years ago. She cannot imagine ever wanting to work anywhere else! Paula enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs Jasmine & Stroker.
Bridget, College Student, Part-Time Veterinary Assistant
Bridget is currently studying Biology at Colby-Sawyer College and hopes to attend veterinary school afterward. She is very excited to be joining SRAH and is eager to learn from the veterinary team. Bridget has always been passionate about animals and looks forward to helping SRAH owners and their pets. In her free time, Bridget enjoys hiking, skiing, and riding her horse Louie.
Chelsea, Veterinary Assistant
Chelsea joined our team in early September 2019, after working full time as a Legal Assistant and part-time as an LNA. Although new to the field, she is very excited to learn how to help owners and their pets. Her fur family includes two dogs named Rosco and Scrappy, a cat named Callie and a small flock of chickens. On her free time, she enjoys being in the woods on her side by side with her boyfriend Scott and spending time with her animals and family.
Monica, Veterinary Assistant
Monica joined the Sugar River Animal Hospital Team in June of 2019. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2018 with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and a minor in Forestry. She has a yellow Labrador named Dexter, and a small parrot named Kiwi. She grew up wanting to become a veterinarian, but found a new passion in flying airplanes. She is currently training to get her private pilot’s license, and plans to fly commercial planes eventually. She still is very passionate about helping animals, which is why she couldn’t stay away from the veterinary field! On her free time, you can find Monica camping, hiking with her dog, or exploring the woods.
Olivia (aka The Boss)
Olivia joined the team in 2014. She doesn’t like to talk about her past but will say that she is grateful that Dr. Catherine wouldn’t allow her to be euthanized. Olivia’s primary purpose in life is to be worshiped like the god that she knows that she is and to make sure that all humans know that they are here to serve her. In her spare time, she keeps all dogs in line that come to visit the hospital, tries to convince everyone that she is starving (all the time), people watching and lounging around the clinic. Her favorite places to dictate the world from include, but are not limited to the front desk, the windows and benches in reception, the futon in the staff room and her window perch in Dr. Catherine’s office. For fun Olivia likes to knock the phones off the hook, try to get in your lap when you need to get up or are super busy, to sit on Dr. Catherine’s lap with her face squeezed between her hands while she is typing and of course napping.