J. Wesley Chapin, DVM
Dr. Chapin grew up on his family’s farm in upstate New York. As a young man he was very active in 4-H and worked with sheep and various livestock. He also enjoyed working at a local veterinary hospital. Both his upbringing and background in animal care made veterinary medicine a very natural career path for him.
Dr. Chapin received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and later received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University.
He first began his veterinary career in a mixed animal practice, but found he wanted to focus more on small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Chapin moved to the northeast and joined the Broadview Animal Hospital team in 2005. He then became an owner of the practice in 2008.
Although Dr. Chapin enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he is most passionate about soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He has pursued continuing education to further his skills by attending the Ohio State Fracture Management course, and has also undergone training to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery to manage anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs. Although not board certified, Dr. Chapin also manages broken bones, luxating patella (knee cap) disease, and femoral head and neck ostectomies (FHO surgery). He says, “I truly love seeing my patients heal and get back to being active and happy after an injury. I want to be sure everything goes smoothly with my patients throughout the recovery process. I feel a duty to help my clients maintain peace of mind through health challenges.”
Dr. Chapin says that he enjoys practicing veterinary medicine because he has “always had a deep desire to help heal animals when they are sick or hurt. I also thoroughly enjoy getting to know my patients. They each have their own personality.”
Dr. Chapin is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Study Groups Organization.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Chapin met his wife, Hilary, during their time together in 4-H as teenagers. They have two young children. Dr. Chapin loves to travel with his family and also enjoys building, skiing and fly fishing.
The Chapin family has a plethora of pets. They have four cats named Lilo, Princess Kiss, Camella, and Flowery. (As you can tell, the kids have taken an active role in naming the pets.) They also own five dogs: a Corgi named Gabby, a Cocker Spaniel named Willy, a Labrador Retriever named Rosie, and two Great Pyrenees that are livestock guardian dogs, named Rita and Chunk. They watch over the forty Romney sheep that also reside at the Chapin home, which is aptly named “Smiling Sheep Farm”. The family takes pride in showing the sheep nationally and selling their beautiful fleeces.
Melissa Kinnison, DVM
Dr. Kinnison was born in Colorado and then moved to Milton, New Hampshire at the age of thirteen. Soon thereafter, she became a volunteer at the Milton Veterinary Clinic, where she witnessed a Caesarean section being performed. She was so inspired that she decided to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilson College in Pennsylvania and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She practiced at two other animal hospitals in New England before joining our team in 2007.
Dr. Kinnison appreciates all aspects of medicine and surgery but has particular interest in dermatology and internal medicine. She also has strong interest in small mammals, or what we refer to as “pocket pets”.
She aspires to learn more about animal behavior and how to make nervous patients less stressed at their visits to our hospital. Dr. Kinnison states that she “truly loves being able to participate in the human-animal bond. I also love fixing a problem and being able to enhance that animal’s life.”
Dr. Kinnison and her husband, Dave (Our Hospital Administrator), have two children, named Matt and Emily. She and her family love to travel together in their camper. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and reading. Her furry family members include a Beagle mix named Casey, and a cat named Jiminy.
Mary McDowell, DVM
Dr. Mary McDowell has aspired to be a veterinarian since she was a small child. She grew up reading James Harriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” with visions of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
She is from a military family and spent her childhood traveling all over the world including England and Iran. She went on to join the navy spending her eleven years of service in Hawaii, Guam and Japan.
Never losing her primary mission, she returned from the Navy and attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree. She went on to complete her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota followed by an internship in Saratoga Springs.
Upon graduation Dr. McDowell spent five years practicing mixed animal medicine. She appreciated the well-rounded experience this afforded her. She went on to practice emergency medicine before joining the Broadview/Milton Veterinary team in 2015. Dr. McDowell is a very experienced, compassionate, skilled addition to our team.
Dr. McDowell is passionate about all areas of veterinary medicine but especially enjoys the challenges of internal medicine, Urgent care and Emergency medicine. She is especially partial to golden retrievers.
Dr. McDowell shares her country New Hampshire home with her husband Chris, her cherished dogs; Jax, a golden retriever and Ella a Labrador retriever.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, world travel, hiking, camping, the ocean.