We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Valley Veterinary Clinic. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at Valley Veterinary Clinic. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (315) 778-4084.
Elizabeth Ashley Jones, DVM
An Alabama native, Dr. Jones joined the practice in 2012 as an Associate Veterinarian after a cross country move with her active duty military spouse. An early interest in animals and all things science led her on a path toward veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture with a Bachelor’s of Animal Science as well as receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn in 2012. After six years in the practice Dr. Jones decided to purchase Valley Veterinary Clinic in early 2018 to continue to provide her patients and clients with exceptional veterinary care. Dr. Jones’s professional interests include client education, small animal dentistry, and a focus on preventative health to provide her patients the most quality time with their human loved ones. Ashley and her husband Scott enjoy spending time with their fur family including their two“handicapable” cats Lt. Dan and Stevie as well as her horse Morrigan. Dr. Jones is an avid equestrian and spends any free time out working in the barn or in the saddle.
Stephanie Cheshier, DVM
Dr. Stephanie Cheshier joined Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2017 as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Cheshier is a proud Texan where she was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up she always had a menagerie of pets and developed a special bond with animals and passion for helping them. She attended Texas A&M University where she was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Corps of Cadets and later graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Dr. Cheshier graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.
Dr. Cheshier is married to her husband who is active military. They have two adorable cats named Midge and Gustav. In their free time, Dr. Cheshier and her husband love to fish, go for bike rides, hike and travel. Dr. Cheshier’s medical interests include feline medicine, neurology and internal medicine.
Emily Cross, DVM
Dr. Emily Cross grew up in a small town in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors degree from Appalachian State University in 2012 and her DVM from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Although her love for animals and science led her to a career in veterinary medicine, seeing the joy and love clients have for their furry family members is what makes this field truly rewarding. Dr. Cross joined Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2019 after moving to the area post graduation with her active duty military spouse, their three dogs (Bella, Daisy, Scout), cat (Marty McFly), and horse (Snickers). Although Dr. Cross enjoys all areas of general practice, she has particular interest in clinical pathology, cytology, dentistry, and surgery. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and catching up on her guilty pleasure, trashy reality TV.
Jennifer Sands, LVT
Jen was raised on her family farm in Antwerp, N.Y. At a very young age, she was very inquisitive about many different species of animals. She developed a passion for working with numerous animals on the dairy farm. She graduated from SUNY Canton in 1998, obtaining an Associates degree in Veterinary Science Technology. Jen began her career at another local veterinary hospital, then transitioned to shelter medicine at the local Jefferson County SPCA in 1999. Jen joined our staff in 2000 and has been involved in many aspects of the veterinary field. She is married to Andrew Sands and they have 2 children. Jorja who loves theater and singing and Owen who loves sports and farming. Jen and her family have their own personal funny farm which includes a goat, sheep, chickens, rabbits, pigs, and multiple cats and dogs. She also fosters many strays and unwanted animals. Feline medicine and dental health are of special interest to her.
Amie Orvis, LVT
Amie was born and raised in the Thousand Islands area. She attended SUNY Canton College and graduated in 1999, obtaining an Associates degree in Veterinary Science Technology. Upon completion of the state board licensing exam, she became our first employee in September of that same year. Along with her mother and grandmother, she started feeding orphaned kittens and puppies as well as care for wildlife and farm animals. Learning compassion for all animals at a very young age. Family involvement with 4-H as well as raising and showing horses competitively continued to fuel that spark. Client education, companion animal behavior, environmental enrichment, and the human-animal bond are very important areas of interest for her. Outside of working at the clinic, Amie enjoys time with her husband and their 3 children, and working on her family-owned hobby farm.
Brigid Harwood, LVT
Born and raised in Watertown, Brigid graduated from Keuka College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Minor in Marketing. Brigid decided to apply to SUNY Canton’s Veterinary Technician Program, as it had been her childhood dream to work with animals. Graduating from this program in 2015 allowed her to begin working as an LVT at Valley Veterinary Clinic in October 2015. Brigid enjoys her new and rewarding career and has learned that she particularly enjoys assisting in surgery and has an interest in the dentistry program. When not at work, Brigid enjoys exploring Thompson Park with her two miniature American Eskimo dogs, Dexter and Snowflake. Her other interests include learning how to properly cook without a microwave, doing fun NNY activities with her family, and reading a variety of science fiction, fantasy, classic literature, and poetry.
Kortni Derouin, LVT
Born and raised in upstate New York, Kortni had always been surrounded by animals and immediately knew she wanted to care for and work with them one day. She graduated from SUNY Canton in 2019 and with an Associate’s in Veterinary Science Technology and soon became a licensed veterinary technician. Kortni joined our practice in July 2019 after graduating and started her lifelong dream of working with animals. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Veterinary Science Technology, with an anticipated graduation in May of 2020. Kortni has a Lab/Shepherd mix named Willow, and a cat named Pumba, who each have an outgoing personality and always keep Kortni on her toes. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her animals.
Hannah Higgins, LVT
Hannah was born and raised in Ogdensburg NY. She graduated from SUNY Canton in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined our staff in 2019 after marrying her husband Michael who was stationed at Fort Drum. Hannah is particularly interested in clinical pathology and cytology. In her free time she enjoys reading, quilting, and spending time with Scout, her standard poodle.
Brooklyn Davis, VT
Brooklyn was born and raised in Chaumont NY where her love of animals began early on in her life.
She graduated from Lyme Central School in 2012 and from the Veterinary Technology program at Alfred State College in 2015, after which she began pursuing her dream of working with animals.
She quickly grew a passion for rescuing and fostering homeless cats and kittens, two of which she adopted and are now a permanent part of her family, along with a former SPCA resident Alfred the lab mix.
Megan Martin, Office Manager
Megan was born and raised by her grandparents in Smithville, NY. She attended and graduated from Sackets Harbor High School. She developed her love of animals at an early age having grown up with many strays her grandmother would take in and care for. Megan joined the staff at the local Jefferson County SPCA were she was able to develop her compassionate nature for animals. She was very involved at that time with Dr Charlebois’ mobile clinic at the SPCA and joined his staff in 2008 as our main receptionist. She and her husband Andrew have 2 Siberian huskies, Romeo and Willow, and 2 cats, Jack and Ransom. She enjoys scrap booking and reading in her spare time. Megan also keeps our staff organized and on schedule going the extra mile to have a smooth running clinic.
Adam Medina, Business Manager
Adam is originally from Washington State. While stationed at Fort Drum during his time in the Army, Adam and his wife Jennifer fell in love with the North Country and decided to stay after his retirement. Shortly after the Army, Adam worked as a financial adviser assisting members of the military and small business with their finances. Currently Adam is working with the clinic as the business manager while he is pursuing his PsyD in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Brittany Conklin, Receptionist
Brittany was raised in Florida and moved to New York in 2011 to be near family. She has always had a love for animals which brought her to work for the local Jefferson County SPCA. She then worked for another local veterinary clinic for 3 years before joining our staff in 2015. She is very compassionate towards pets and their owners and is a welcome addition to our reception staff. She also assists where needed, Brittany lives in Watertown with her fiancé Matthew and their son Jace. Brittany is very involved with local animal rescue, she is never short on having furry friends in her home. Brittany’s fur kids consist of several kitties and three small dogs. When she is not busy with work or family time, she is working to help local stray animals.
Kaydehn Kessler, Receptionist
Kaydehn was born in Watertown, NY and attended Watertown High School. Her education at the Bohlen Technical Center for Veterinary Practices steered her to our clinic for her senior internship. Kaydehn joined our practice in August of 2015. Her bubbly personality has been a great fit to our reception staff. She and her significant other, Aidan Kessler have four dogs, Akita and Bolt which are Huskies, Amina a pitbull and Klyde a hound mix. She spends her time with friends and helping with a local rescue group. Kaydehn has always had a love for animals. Her goal is to continue her education and pursue a career in the veterinary field.
Shelbie Hamer, VA – Receptionist
Shelbie is all the way from Oregon. She worked at the Oregon Humane Society as a veterinary assistant for 3 years and then switched to general practice. She moved up here when her husband was stationed at Fort Drum. She has 3 dogs and 1 cat. Shelbie makes sure her dogs never leave the house without a stellar outfit- hat and scarf to match. Her cat is 16 years old and the loud mouth of the group.