Article Editor

Matthew Townsend, DVM

Dr. Matt Townsend is the owner and founder of Hometown Veterinary Care. HVC is the fruition of a long time dream to own his own practice and he finds it rewarding to be providing care for the pets and farm animals of central Maine, and especially his hometown of Fairfield.


Matt grew up on a small dairy farm in Waldoboro, ME. It was there, along with his twin brother, that he got the itch to become a veterinarian. He went to the University of Maine for his undergraduate studies and completed his DVM studies at Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama in 1995.


He worked close to home in Rockport, Maine for 2 years before coming to central Maine in 1998, where he got the chance to be a real James Herriot and work in a mixed animal practice. During those years he has been the President of the Maine Veterinary Medical Assoc. and New England Veterinary Medical Assoc.


Dr. Townsend lives in Fairfield Center with his wife Diane and their four daughters. They have an alpaca farm to keep them out of trouble. When there is time to spare, Matt can be found involved with his daughters activities or playing the occasional round of golf.





Graduated from Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine.


Peter Walsh, DVM

Dr. Peter Walsh grew up on a family farm in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where his family still farms today. Dr. Walsh has been practicing in the area since graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island in 1993. Besides his DVM degree, he also has a B.Sc. (Agr) from the University of Guelph, as well as a M. Agr. Sc. from Massey University in New Zealand.


Over the years he has worked at various area practices, both as an associate as well as an owner. Although he has an extensive background in agriculture, Peter spends most of his time at Hometown Veterinary Care in the clinic caring for small animals (cats and dogs).


He is a resident of Oakland, where he resides with his 3 children, 2 cats and his ever faithful and constant companion, "Bob"-the dog. Other interests include hockey, boating and horses.


Graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.


Erin Flood, DVM

Dr. Erin Flood grew up in the agricultural community of Sussex, New Brunswick. Her passion for agriculture was also promoted by many visits to her grandparents' beef farm in the Stewiacke valley of Nova Scotia.


She attended the Nova Scotia Agriculture College to aquire her pre-requisite requirements for veterinary school. She then attended the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island where she graduated in 2002.


Erin started her veterinary career as a mixed animal practitioner in southwest Virginia. She moved closer to home and took a job in central Maine in 2004. By 2005, she had married a local dairy farmer! When their first child was born in 2007, Erin decided to come back to work only part time focusing on large animal practice, primarily bovine practice.


She lives with her husband, Tim, and their four children on the dairy farm in Clinton and practices large animal medicine for HVC three days a week.


Graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.


Karen Hale, BVM & S

Dr. Karen Hale was raised in upstate New York. She attended the University of Edinburgh Vet School. It was during her time in Scotland she developed an interest in sheep production medicine.

After graduating in 2009, she returned to the states and worked for a year in Pennsylvania in a predominantly farm animal practice. She came to Maine in 2010 and joined the Hometown family in 2011.


Graduated from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary School.


Karen Murphy, DVM

Dr. Karen Murphy was raised in Massachusetts but spent many vacations in Maine where most of her extended family is located. She developed an interest in dairy cows while working on a dairy farm during her undergraduate years at the University of Massachusetts.

After earning a DVM degree from Purdue University in 1994, Karen returned to New England where she has worked for several practices in both Maine and Vermont. Although she has a special interest in dairy practice, Karen also has a wide range of other experience including small animal, general large animal, and embryo transfer.

Karen has recently settled in Dover-Foxcroft. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening and playing with her two dogs. Her newest hobby is beekeeping--stay tuned to see how this works out!


Graduated from Purdue University.

Amy McGee, DVM

Dr. Amy McGee was born and raised in West Gardiner, Maine.  Upon graduating high school she attended Western Kentucky University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science.  After graduating Western Kentucky she continued her studies at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI, Canada where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.


Following graduation from AVC in 2010 she took a job with the Maine Department of Agriculture's Harness Racing Commitee and shortly after, with a mixed animal practice in central Maine.  She joined the Hometown team in July of 2014 and enjoys working with companion animals as well as livestock.


Amy is an active member on her family farm in West Gardiner where they raise purebred beef cattle, swine and Belgian horses.  She is a 4-H alumni and grew up showing sheep, oxen and beef cattle.  Amy can often be found working with 4-H clubs throughout the state, judging livestock shows all over Maine and New Hampshire, or tending the animals in her own barn.  Her nieces, nephew and/or her Golden Retrievers, Olivia and Wylie, are often not far behind her!


Graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Angela Rumney, Office Manager

Angela was raised in Michigan and upstate New York. She joined the veterinary field as a receptionist after moving to Maine, with her family, in 2004 and keeps our office running smoothly as our Office Manager.


Angela's life long love of photography prompted her to start her own business, "Picture This Photography", which keeps her busy on the weekends. She is available for weddings, senior pictures and portraits of all kinds: babies, children, families, pets, etc! (You can see lots of her work hanging around HVC!)


She lives in Clinton with her four children and their dogs- Chip & Seamus and cats-Abby, Phoebe, Lola, Milo and Zoey!

Favorite Pastimes

  • Photography
  • Travel

Angie Cunningham, Veterinary Receptionist

Angie was born and raised in Winslow, ME. She attended Mid-State College in Augusta where she received a diploma in Secretarial Studies. After working numerous years as a pharmacy tech and medical receptionist, she switched to the veterinary field in 2007 and loves it! In her spare time, Angie enjoys shopping and spending time with her family. She resides in Winslow with her husband, 2 children, 2 cats and 2 dogs. 

Favorite Pastimes

  • Shopping
  • Spending time with family

Dawn Brooker, Veterinary Receptionist

Dawn was raised in the midcoast town of Lincolnville, ME. She enjoyed a decade of living in the quaint town of Union before settling down on a farm in Palermo.

She graduated from Bangor Community College with a degree in dental hygiene and practiced for many years before retiring from that profession. In 1996 Dawn and her husband, John embarked on a new adventure; raising alpacas! The two of them enjoy "life on the farm" along with their English Mastiff, 2 cats, 2 chickens and 35 huacaya alpacas.

Favorite Pastimes

  • Motorcycle riding
  • Fine dining
  • Farm life

Cara Tibbetts, LVT

Cara grew up in Iowa, surrounded by farmland. She belonged to 4-H and FFA as a child and showed sheep for several years. Cara moved to Maine as an adult and started working as a veterinary assistant while attending school in 2007. She received an Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 from the University College of Bangor and has worked as a licensed veterinary technician with experience in emergency veterinary medicine from Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic and Maine Veterinary Referral Center. Cara enjoys working closer to home now. She resides in Belgrade with her husband, Peter, two small children, loving Golden Retriever, Oliver and spunky kitten, Alvin. 


Graduated with an Associate Degree of Science in Veterinary Technology from the University College of Bangor.  

Tiffany Flewelling, LVT

Tiffany attended the University College of Bangor straight out of high school, graduating with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She became licensed as a Veterinary Technician that spring as well. She was employed by Mooshead Trail Veterinary Hospital for the past 9 years before deciding to find employment closer to home. She lives in Clinton with her 3 cats Tuxedo, Jerry & Half Pint and a Blue Front Amazon named Peanut.


Graduated with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from the University College of Bangor.

Casey Whitehouse, LVT

Casey had been a part time member of the Hometown team for several months before finally joining us on a full time basis in March of 2013. She has been a licensed tech since 2006, working various jobs in the dairy industry in between "teching" and enjoys the environment of a mixed animal practice. She attended the University of Maine, earning a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in May of 2011.

Casey lives in Sidney with her husband, Lance. They have 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses and a small hobby farm with chickens, pigs, goats and beef cattle.


Graduated from the Univeristy of Maine with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science.

Susan Richard, LVT

Susan graduated with an Associates Degree in Animal Technology from the UMA-Bangor Campus in 2004 and became a licensed technician in 2005.  She has worked in the area for several years before joining the Hometown team in June of 2014.  She has been a welcomed addition to our family and keeps us all smiling!  Susan lives in Corinna with her two bouncy bassetts, Maxx and Abraham.


Graduated with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from the UMA-Bangor Campus

Kristin Dolan, LVT

Kristin's veterinary career began in 2010 at Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, working as a kennel nurse. She joined the Hometown team in May of 2012. She Graduated the University College of Bangor in 2014 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. 

Kristin currently lives in Anson with her husband Matthew and her loving German Shepherd, Nova. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, kayaking and snowmobiling.


Graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta- Bangor with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.

Beth Clark, Veterinary Technician

Beth's career in animal care began in 2001 when she started working at the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Farmington, while attending college. After caring for the residents of the animal shelter for a number of years, she took a job at a local veterinary hospital as a Kennel Assistant. Beth has been in the veterinary field since 2005 and is now a Veterinary Technician. She recently became a volunteer transporter for Avian Haven, a local bird rescue, and enjoys the small role she plays in assisting such a wonderful facility.  She resides in Waterville with her husband, their daughter, and 3 cats (Stumbalina, Shy Guy & Dora).

Favorite Pastimes

  • Sewing/Being Crafty
  • Reading

Nicole Savasuk, Veterinary Assistant

Nicole has been caring for pets since 2004, when she began working as an assistant for Fairfield Kennels. Since her time there, she has worked as a Veterinary Assistant at a local veterinary clinic, and done some pet sitting as well. Nicole's natural talent for understanding and interacting with our four-legged patients, and her drive to constantly improve her already vast knowledge makes her a vital part of the Hometown team. She resides in Fairfield with her daughter Natalie her dogs, Tyson and Magnum and cat, Dave.

Favorite Pastimes

  • Camping
  • Quality time with her family

Lydia Thompson, Veterinary Assistant

Lydia is currently studying Veterinary Technology at the UMA-Bangor Campus with plans to graduate as a Technician in 2015.  Lydia joined us in June of 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She also works at Kennebec Cheesery milking goats!  She has a dog, Zoe and a cat, Sammy.  

Favorite Pastimes

  • Farming
  • Being outdoors, particularly hiking and white water rafting!

Mary Wyman, Hospital Assistant

Mary lives in Canaan with her husband of 43 years, 3 dogs and 4 cats. She has 4 sons, 1 daughter and 6 grandchildren.

Mary has worked on dairy farms for many years and spent the last 16 years at the Waterville Humane Society, before joining us in April of 2013. Her dedication and compassion are unmatched.

Favorite Pastimes

  • Spending time with her grandchildren
  • Being entertained by her pets
  • Gardening

Baylee Dugal, Hospital Assistant

Baylee lives in Fairfield and recently graduated from Lawrence High School.  She joined the Hometown team in December of 2013.  Because of her strong passion for animals, Baylee plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College in the fall where she will begin her journey towards becoming a Veterinary Technician.  In her spare time, Baylee enjoys being with her family and her two dogs, Lilly and Rudi.    

Favorite Pastimes

  • Camping
  • Walking with her dogs

Bradford Wilbur, Hospital Assistant

Brad lives in Fairfield and attends Lawrence High School.  He is graduating in 2015 and plans on attending college after graduation.  He enjoys hockey, golf and playing with his pug, Duke and Labrador, Cadience.  

Favorite Pastimes

  • Hockey
  • Golf

Ben Kenney, Veterinarian in Training

Ben grew up in Fairfield and enjoyed the farm life as a kid. He has been working in veterinary hospitals since 2006, having many jobs along the way.  His favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is ambulatory large animal medicine. Years of working with cows and his other farm animals lead to this passion and inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming an veterinarian. Ben attended the University of Maine, graduating in May of 2011 with an Animal Science/Pre-Vet Degree. He began veterinary school in August of 2011, and is currently attending the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. We are wishing him great success in all his pursuits and hope to see him return to the area when his studies are complete!

Favorite Pastimes

  • Outdoor activities, particularly snowmobiling and going for hikes with his dog, Koda.