Meet Our Veterinarians
As veterinarians, we strive to implement the cutting edge advancements in veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry so that we can be depended to provide unrivaled veterinary care in our community. Our vision then is to provide this state-of-the-art care in a personal, warm, and compassionate manner to our patients and their families. We strive to combine the best attributes of a progressive multi-doctor practice, with the warmth and familiarity of a "small town" practice.
Julie Kopser, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Julie Kopser, our Chief of Staff, is a graduate of Tufts University in N. Grafton, MA, and she performed her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. When Dr. Kopser joined our staff in 1994, she became an integral part of our hospital.
Dr. Kopser has enhanced our hospital with a passion for her work and her love of learning. She provides medical and surgical services for dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Medical services include general medicine, ultrasound, echocardiography, and chemotherapy. Surgical services include soft tissue and orthopedics such as patellar luxation repair and cruciate repair. One of the most exciting and rewarding cases that Dr. Kopser has treated combined both medicine and surgery. Using echocardiography, she diagnosed a four month old puppy with a serious heart defect (patent ductus arteriosis) and was then able to surgically correct the defect with the help of the skilled team of CVH employees.
Brian Holub, DVM
Dr. Brian Holub received his Bachelor's of Science degree in 1979 from the University of Cincinnati, and is a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Holub was a staff veterinarian at Bedford Animal Hospital (in Bedford, NH) and Hudson Animal Hospital (in Hudson, NH), and was also a veterinarian for Benson's Wild Animal Farm, formerly of Hudson, NH. He has been connecting with his clients at Countryside Veterinary Hospital since 1985.
Stemming from his experience and education, he has adapted many progressive programs into his hospital over the years, including but not limited to the treatment of exotics, ultrasonography, laser surgery, digital radiography, physical therapy and laparoscopy. He is a member of the Veterinary Laser Society, a Winn Feline Foundation grant reviewer, and a member of the Hills Veterinary Diets Advisory Board.
Kerry Arsenault, DVM
Tiffany Rule, DVM
Dr. Rule joined Countryside Veterinary Hospital in November of 2006. Her previous years of experience have been in a high-quality practice setting working along side board-certified veterinary surgeons.
Dr. Rule is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she grew up with many animals and spent time showing hunter-jumpers on the A-circuit and fox hunting.
Dr. Rule is passionate about pursuing continuing education so that your pet can have the most current care available. She enjoys passing this knowledge along to pet owners and their families. Having had many inspiring mentors in the process of becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Rule welcomes questions from parents and their interested children about her career path. She enjoys the process of mentoring promising students as they work towards application to veterinary school.
Katherine Connor, DVM
Dr. Katherine Connor joined Countryside Veterinary Hospital in December of 2012. She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She spent the following 2 1/2 years in a busy mixed animal practice in southeastern Massachusetts doing both small animal and equine medicine, and has also worked part time for a small animal practice in Quincy.
Dr. Connor's love of animals started at a very early age when her parents allowed her to become involved in 4-H and to raise sheep and a few llamas. She has wanted to be a veterinarian since she can remember, and loves all aspects of her job. She especially loves talking to clients about their pets' health and is always happy to answer questions.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Connor enjoys baking, sewing, spinning wool and hiking in her spare time. She lives with her husband Shawn and their cat Jasmine.
Photo taken by Blue Amrich and Aimee Powers
F. Alexa Warburton, DVM
Dr. F. Alexa Warburton grew up in Hopkinton, NH and currently resides in Westford, MA. She received an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and earned a DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Countryside Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Warburton worked as an intern at Tufts VETS in Walpole, MA. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.
Dr. Warburton shares her home with a miniature pincher, Luna and a cat, Sparky. In her spare time, backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, gardening and traveling.
Ashley Miranda, DVM
Dr. Ashley Miranda grew up in Westford and will soon reside in Chelmsford, MA. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and earned a DVM degree from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Countryside Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Miranda practiced at Banfield Pet Hospital in Leominster, MA. Her special interests include preventative care, dental care, and feline health and behavior.
In her spare time, Dr. Miranda enjoys yoga, hiking, and reading science fiction and fantasy. She also has two cats at home, Saffron and Rigel.
Dr. Miranda has wanted to work at Countryside for many years and is very excited to have the chance to serve her community!
Alex Walker, BVetMed
Dr. Alex Walker joined Countryside Veterinary Hospital in June of 2018. He earned his veterinary degree from ‘across the pond’ – the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. He wishes he had acquired the British accent over his 4 years abroad (his fiance' Sarah concurs). After graduation, he spent the previous 2 years in a busy 24/7 first opinion small animal emergency practice in Delaware.
Originally from Maryland, Dr. Walker is no stranger to the area. He graduated undergrad from the University of New Hampshire where he met Sarah. His and her family are spread out all over New England. They live with Jake - their grey tabby, who Sarah rescued.
Shannon Kircher, DVM
Dr. Shannon Kircher grew up in Albany, NY, and Scottsdale, Arizona, and she currently resides in Westford, Massachusetts. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and earned her DVM degree from Tufts University. Prior to joining the Countryside Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Kircher practiced in Newburyport, MA. Her special interests include exotic animals and surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. Kircher enjoys Aerial acrobatics. She also has one dog (Phillip), two cats (Dinky and Choo), and one leopard gecko (Blu).
Cindie Davis Holub, DVM
Dr. Cindie Davis Holub attended New Albany High School in Ohio, and received her veterinary degree from Ohio State Univerisity in 1983.
It was in college at Ohio State University, that she met her husband of 28 years Dr. Brian Holub, while both in veterinary school. They married in June of 1982. Over the years, Cindie practiced at Countryside Veterinary Hospital in addition to helping manage and build the practice until her death on February 28, 2010.
Along with her many contributions to the hospital, she was an avid horseman and kept her beloved horse Orion at Volo Farm in Westford, MA. She was accomplished in many equestrian activities. She was a triathelete and had run in many marathons, several half marathons, and several triathalons. Running three triathalons in just one year alone, it was during training for her first ironman triathalon that she had her accident.