North Country Animal Health Center

16760 NYS Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601


Dr. David Plante

Dr. David Plante received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1985. Following graduation he worked in SyracuseNY at a private practice and at an emergency clinic. In 1987, he returned to Watertown to build the North Country Veterinary Clinic. In 2002, he built thNorth Country Animal Health Center. There are currently 7 veterinarians and numerous support staff employed by NCAHC. Dr. Plante and his staff provide care to small animals, birds, exotic pets, and wildlife. He has been involved in several statewide wildlife and conservation issues. He also founded the Fragile Wilderness Symposium, NYS's largest indoor wildlife and conservation exposition. Dr. Plante has been intimately involved in the renovation and revitalization of the Thompson Park Zoo and also has served 4 terms as Chairman. Dr. Plante and associate Dr Rachel Duffany are currently the primary veterinariansat the Thompson Park Zoo.He lives in Watertown with his wife, Dr. Teresa Dewey andtheir two daughters. He enjoys whitewater kayaking and wilderness expeditions. Dr. Plante has led several whitewater canoe expeditions over the past decade across the Canadian Artic. 



Dr. Teresa Dewey

Dr. Teresa Dewey received her DVM from Cornell University in 1985. She practiced small animal and emergency medicine and surgery in Syracuse before joining her husband, Dr. David Plante, at the North Country Veterinary Clinic. She practiced for 15 years in that clinic. Dr. Dewey and Dr. Plante opened the North Country Animal Health Center in 2002. Dr. Dewey has been active in local veterinary organizations in both Syracuse and Watertown.  For several years she authored a popular column in the Watertown Daily Times called "Pet Peeves." Her professional interest is in surgery, with an emphasis on orthopedics. Her personal interests include Tae Kwon Do, dog training, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, and camping. She lives in Watertown with her husband and daughters. 



Dr. Lara McMahon

Dr. Lara McMahon received her undergraduate degree in biology from Siena College and then her DVM from Michigan State University in 1999. Shortly after graduation she began practicing veterinary medicine at North Country Animal Health Center.  She has a special interest in ultrasound as well as exotic animal medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine, sheenjoys playing soccer, camping and hiking in the Adirondacks. She also enjoys boating onLake Ontario during the warm weatherand skiing in the winter. She resides in Sackets Harbor with her husband, sons,a dog, and a guinea pig.



Dr. Jennifer Risser

Dr. Jennifer Risser, originally from St. PetersburgFlorida, came to North Country Animal Health Center in November of 2002. She received a BS at Emory University in AtlantaGA. Her DVM was obtained from Ross University in St Kitts, West Indies.  Shecompleted her clinical training at Louisiana State University. Her professional interests include dentistry, surgery, particularly soft tissue, and internal medicine. She lives inSackets Harborwith her cat Duff and four dogs. A Boston Terrier named Allie, a Pug named Stone, Wally a yellow lab, and Pigeon the three legged wonder dog. 



Dr. Chris Gordon

Dr. Chris Gordon grew up in Endicott, NY. She is a 2003 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she completed a large animal medicine and surgery internship at Ontario Veterinary College. Before joining the North Country Animal Health Center team, she worked at a mixed animal practice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  She returned to Upstate New York because she missed the snow. Her professional interests include emergency care, neonatology, and exotic animal medicine.Outside of work, Chris enjoys music, traveling, and taking long walks with her husband, son, and dog Terra.In addition to her dog, her menagerie includes 2 cats named Huey and Matthew, a bird named Edward, and a guinea pig named Holly Jingle Bells.



Dr. Brayton Hill

Dr. Brayton Hill grew up in theThousand Islands. He received his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from SUNY Potsdam in 2010.  His DVM was obtained from Ross University in St Kitts,West Indies in 2015. He completed his clinical training at Cornell University.His interests include zoo and wildlife/conservation medication,specifically turtles. During his time at SUNY Potsdam, he worked with the DEC on many projects, including research of threatened turtle species in Northern NY. While attending Ross, he was involved in the research of the sea turtles of St. Kitts. His professional interests include surgery and diagnostic imaging. He currently lives in ClaytonNY with wife and twin daughters. They share their home with3 dogs and 1 cat. He enjoys being with family and friends as well as life on the river.