Meet Our Team

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Meet Our Team

We are dedicated to providing your pet with excellent care!

Morton T. Schmidt, DVM

Morton T. Schmidt, DVM

Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Schmidt grew up in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. He graduated from UNH in 1972 with a degree in microbiology and a minor in animal science. He then went on to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his DVM degree, cum laude, in 1978. During his time at Ohio State, he became a member of the society of Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Honor Society. Before opening Lafayette Animal Hospital in 1994, he worked at both three and five-doctor practices.

Dr. Schmidt is a charter member of the Veterinary Laser Society, and is particularly committed to veterinary surgery. He has advanced training and experience in the use of the surgical laser.

He currently lives here on the NH seacoast, with his wife, Brenda, along with their three dogs, Julie (Boston Terrier), Scooter (French Bulldog), and their cats, Dewey, Belle, Wilma, and Fred. Dr. Schmidt and Brenda are extremely proud of their two children, Katie and Sam. Katie is a partner at a successful law firm in downtown Seattle, while she and her husband stay busy raising Dr. Schmidt and Brenda’s two granddaughters. Sam is currently an executive chef at an award-winning restaurant here in the Seacoast area.

Dr. Schmidt is heavily involved in the Portsmouth Rotary Club. When he isn’t here at the animal hospital, you can find him at a Rotary meeting, or working on his exquisite garden at his home. He always has baseball trivia on the top of his head to quiz anyone who enjoys the sport!

Dr. Schmidt invites you to visit him and all of our staff at Lafayette Animal Hospital!

Elaine Arsenault, DVM

Elaine Arsenault, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Arsenault worked for Lafayette in a relief capacity before joining us on a permanent basis as an Associate Veterinarian in 2012. She grew up in New Hampshire, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Vet. She continued her education at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her DVM degree in 1982.

Dr. Arsenault has 20 plus years of diverse veterinary experience, having worked in a variety of practices, ranging from small animal to emergency care hospitals. Her favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is the variety. She thoroughly enjoys meeting new patients and clients, as well as seeing patients she has seen time and time again. Dr. Arsenault also enjoys being kept on her toes, and always rises to the occasion no matter what is placed in front of her.

She lives here in NH with her cat Leon. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and also spending time with Leon.

Arianna Brown-Hendry, DVM

Arianna Brown-Hendry, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brown-Hendry attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine after completing a Bachelor of Science at Syracuse University. She has worked in many facets in animal health and care including shelter medicine, high volume spay and neuter, exotic animal medicine and animal related legal issues. Dr. Brown-Hendry has a passion for soft tissue surgery, dentistry, emergency care, new animal appointments and palliative care for elderly and terminally ill patients.

Dr. Brown-Hendry lives in Portsmouth with her husband and young daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.

Faith Buckley, DVM, DACVIM

Faith Buckley, DVM, DACVIM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Buckley is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the New Hampshire area, available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures at Lafayette Animal Hospital. Dr. Faith Buckley received her undergraduate degree in biology from Boston University in 2003. After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She then returned to Tufts for her residency in small animal internal medicine, completing the program in 2013.

Dr. Buckley enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and managing very complex medical cases. She has a strong interest in liver and gall bladder disease, kidney disease and immune-mediated conditions. Much of her research has been devoted to cats with liver disease and improving their clinical outcomes. She has experience with abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy, cystoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, feeding tube placements, and bone marrow procedures.

Michelle Powers, DVM

Michelle Powers, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Bio coming soon.

Courtney Abbott, DVM

Courtney Abbott, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Courtney Abbott joined the Lafayette team in June 2021 as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Abbott received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College and the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. During veterinary school, Dr. Abbott was involved in organized veterinary medicine through American Veterinary Medical Association and advocated for improved mental health support for veterinary students across North America. She continues to be involved in organized veterinary medicine via the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Abbott strongly believes in the importance of building personal relationships and trust with her clients. She enjoys taking time to answer questions and explain diagnostic test results, medications, and disease processes to clients. She also enjoys cases that involve clinical pathology.

Dr. Abbott was born and raised in New Hampshire and is happy to be close to friends and family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and exercising.

Kathy

Kathy

Office Manager

Kathy is the office manager at Lafayette Animal Hospital, and has been since the practice opened its doors in 1994. With over 25 years of veterinary assistance experience, she uses her education certification to lead a caring, cheerful, and well-educated staff. Though her title is the office manager, she wears many hats here at the clinic. You will see her at the reception area, even in an exam room or the surgical suite, more than you will see her behind her own desk. She truly enjoys being involved in all aspects of our hospital.

Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. as well as her Boston Terrier named Mabel. She also owns three Morgan horses, one of which she won a world championship at the Morgan Grand National Horse Show in Oklahoma City in 2014. She enjoys being outdoors at her and her husband’s camp, at the horse shows, or just taking the dog for a walk on the beach. You may also see her with her sisters at the local art and craft venues, promoting her primitive painting collection. She looks forward to seeing you and meeting your pet at Lafayette Animal Hospital.

Samantha, C.V.T.

Samantha, C.V.T.

Veterinary Technician

Sam graduated from Great Bay Community College in 2014, where she received her associate degree in Applied Science. Shortly thereafter, she passed the challenging Veterinary Technician Exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Sam originally came to us as an intern during her schooling, and then was invited to join our full time staff in May of 2014. Sam has a well-rounded approach to her veterinary technician work because of her kind, and hard-working personality. She is always willing to learn or try something new. Since she has started, she has developed into a skilled veterinary technician, who excels not only in the surgical suite, but also in the exam room.

Sam has two cats of her own, Zayla and Bailey and 2 French Bulldogs named Severus and Salazar. You can say she is bit of a Harry Potter fan! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and doing outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking, and playing with her frenchies.

Jillian

Jillian

Veterinary Technician

Jillian has been with Lafayette since 2020; she started off as a receptionist and has grown to become a veterinary technician. Jillian’s aspiration to work with animals began in high school; from there she graduated from Great Bay Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology. After college, she worked at a dog daycare and boarding facility until joining the team at Lafayette! In her free time, Jillian enjoys cooking, painting, and taking beach trips with her Yorkshire Terrier, Tootsie Roll. Jillian’s future goal is to become a certified veterinary technician. 
Dylan

Dylan

Veterinary Assistant

Dylan has been working here with us since the summer of 2012. At that time, he was still in high school, and was a very active and successful, member of the FFA, through an Animal and Plant Science Course that he took during his junior and senior years of high school. He started off with us as a kennel attendant, and right away we noticed not only his strong passion for animals, but he did extremely well with all of our nervous and/or aggressive patients. Dylan worked his way up the ladder here, and now is one of our knowledgeable veterinary assistants.

Dylan has a total of four dogs of his own. In his free time, you’ll find him training his dogs, as well as working as an apprentice under a canine behaviorist, who specializes in the rehabilitation of aggressive and problematic dogs.

Megan

Megan

Veterinary Assistant

Megan first started with Lafayette in 2005 working part time while in high school. After attending college she worked for two other veterinary clinics before returning to ‘home’ at Lafayette in the beginning of 2015. Megan can be seen wearing many hats around the clinic but is officially the reception supervisor and a veterinary technician. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her young son and husband, baking, gardening, spending time with her dog Tilly and cat Toby, and spending time in the barn with her family’s horses. Megan enjoys helping clients take the best care of their pets as possible. 

Krista

Krista

Veterinary Assistant

Krista started with us in 2012, during which, she was studying Animal Science at the University of New Hampshire’s Thompson School of Applied Science. In 2014, she left our clinic to attend a pet grooming school as well as to apprentice with a canine behaviorist and trainer. After a year full of gaining priceless canine related knowledge, she returned to us in early 2015. At the clinic, she enjoys helping out at the front desk, assisting our doctors and technicians, and most of all spending time caring for and getting to know our patients and their owners.

Krista has a high energy American Brittany named Remmy. When she isn’t here working, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, friends and family, as well as taking Remmy on new outdoor adventures.

Whitney

Whitney

Veterinary Assistant

Whitney is the Veterinary Technician Supervisor at Lafayette Animal Hospital and has been working at Lafayette since the winter of 2017. She started off part time while she was finishing her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at UNH, but once she finished up, Kathy pulled her on full time! While she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her pup, Josie, working on her car, painting, using her film cameras, and paddle boarding. Whitney loves chatting with clients and is always up for setting aside time for extra love for the patients, especially after surgery!

Jessica

Jessica

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica’s love for animals began at a very young age. Her family has always owned farm animals, and she always enjoyed giving carriage rides and working with draft horses. As a young girl she was involved with 4H and the FFA at Coe-Brown Academy in Northwood, NH. Before joining us, Jess had been a veterinary technician assistant in Northwood for 10 years. In her free time, she loves horseback riding, running and hiking with her Pitbull, Tyson, and her Chihuahua, Abby.

Sydney

Sydney

Receptionist

Sydney joined our team in late 2018. She had been working at a local doggy daycare at the time and jumped on the opportunity to work at a veterinary clinic. She started out as a receptionist with us and worked her way up to Veterinary Technician Assistant within a year of joining the team. Sydney will be advancing her career by attending school in the fall to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her love and passion for animals grows everyday working in this field. She has three dogs of her own, Dozer (Daschund mix), Champ (Beagle mix), and JD (German Shepherd).

Donna

Donna

Receptionist

Donna and her husband have been entrusting the staff and doctors at Lafayette Animal Hospital with their beloved pets’ care since our second month in business in 1994! After working as a receptionist in the human medical care industry for 30 years, she made the decision to retire. Donna started working with us in a relief capacity in 2017, but ended up loving it so much that she has stayed on with us part-time.

She is a wonderful addition to our LAH family, even though she has been a huge part of the practice for over 20 years! In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and her two Border Collies, Finnigan and River. Donna also competes (very successfully might we add) with Finn and River in agility trials. Feel free to check in with her the next time that you are in the office to see what accomplishes with her pups next!

Joe, C.A.T.

Joe, C.A.T.

Hospital Cat

Joe is our resident animal hospital cat. He has been with us since March of 2015. He was an “owner surrender”, who made himself right at home here. Our staff instantly fell in love with him, and quickly asked if we could keep him… who could say no to that face?

Joe spends his days playing with Kathy’s Boston Terrier, overseeing medical procedures from a safe distance, walking across keyboards as our staff tries to get some work done, and above all else, lounging in his favorite, quirky spots. Our staff truly spoils him with love, and attention, and in return he makes us all laugh, especially on days that we need an emotional pick me up.

Working together to keep pets happy and healthy.

Location

2222 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Contact Info

Phone: (603) 431-0020
Fax: (603) 433-4234
Email: info@lafayetteanimalhospital.com

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