Dr. Craig Kelleher, DVM
Dr. Kelleher is a native of the North Hampton community, having attended both grade school and high school in the area. He has always been around animals, spending many years involved with 4-H, and having been exposed to and cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, cattle, and goats while in grade and high school. His studies at Michigan State University earned him a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy Science and provided excellent preparation for veterinary studies at the Ohio State University.
After graduating from Ohio State, Dr. Kelleher practiced in Brattleboro, VT with emphasis exclusively with farm animals, primarily the dairy farms of the Connecticut River Valley. Prior to returning to North Hampton, he spent one year in a mixed practice in Bradford, VT. He returned to the seacoast and started the North Hampton Animal Hospital in January 1986. Demands of the practice contributed to the change to a 100% small animal practice during the second year. In 1997, the practice was moved into an architecturally designed state of the art facility.
He enjoys the diversity offered in general practice and has also developed an interest in veterinary dentistry. Attendance at veterinary dental meetings over the past eight years has highlighted the significance of dentistry as an emerging area of interest and significance. Dr. Kelleher has also been active in the professional community, having served as president to both the NH Veterinary Medical Association and the NH Board of Veterinary Medicine. He is most proud of his dedicated staff and enjoys the day to day challenges of private practice.When away from the office, Dr. Kelleher enjoys travel with his wife Patti (the Azores to Zanzibar), fly fishing, woodworking, and the company of his cat Tanz, and Bernese Mountain dogs Stella and Norma.
Dr. John W. Means, DVM
Dr. Means grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. During his high school years he worked at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where they have a live animal section. There he learned how to handle and train birds of prey and mammals. These experiences would ultimately lead to where he is today.
Dr. Means attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 1977, followed by a Master’s degree in 1981. His Master’s thesis pioneered techniques for analyzing subpopulations of birds using mineral analysis of the bird’s feathers.
During the time he was writing his Master’s thesis, he took a job for the state of Ohio as biologist running a nature center and wildlife rehabilitation program. There he specialized in care for injured birds of prey. Veterinary students at the Ohio State veterinary school were starting a raptor rehabilitation program at the veterinary school and visited Dr. Means frequently for advice and experience in the handling and care of raptors. This contact with these students stimulated Dr. Means to apply to veterinary school. So, after four years of working for the State of Ohio, Dr. Means started at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. During his time in vet school he led the raptor rehab program and implemented an outpatient exotic bird program.
After graduation in 1987, Dr. Means and his wife Jeanine, moved to Maine and he has continued to practice on the seacoast with a special interest in birds and small mammals. He provides the veterinary care for the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine. He has three children, a dog, two cats, and a bird. In his spare time he enjoys running (long distances!), hiking, camping and cutting firewood.
Dr. Kristen L. Maloney, DVM
Dr. Maloney is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut, where she grew up surrounded by animals. After a year of studying at the Universite Haute Normandie in France, Dr. Maloney graduated from the University of Connecticut. She attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. In 1992 she completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the North Hampton Animal Hospital in October 2000, Dr. Maloney practiced small animal medicine in Massachusetts and Maryland. She has an interest in behavior an internal medicine cases, and has also done some post graduate study in the field of ophthalmology.
Dr. Maloney is an avid dog trainer, and is involved with breeding and training her Labradors to compete in obedience, agility, field, and the confirmation ring. She has certified therapy dogs and leads an active life with her Labradors. In her leisure time she likes being outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and also enjoys attending the opera.