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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.

Dawn Brooks, DVM with DogDr. Dawn Brooks, our Chief of Staff, joined our practice in July of 1999. She has enhanced us with her professionalism and good nature, and her clients speak highly of her quality medicine and compassion for her patients. She was born in Lowell and has lived in Westford since birth and many recognize her as a member of the Tandus clan.

She is the 4th generation in her family to live in Westford since her great-grandfather settled here from Poland. She graduated from Westford Academy in 1990, and then attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA. From there she went west to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduated in 1998, and then moved back to New England to her roots. She rounded out her academic career as an intern at the Angell Memorial Medical Center in Boston until 1999.

Brian Holub, DVMDr. 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.

Jackie Jacobs, DVM, CCRP with DogsDr. Jacqueline Jacobs was one of the first veterinarians to join the practice in the late 1980's. She is married and lives with her husband Dan, son Ben and daughter Emily in Carlisle, MA. She enjoys horseback riding and other outdoor sports.

Dr. Jacobs is well-known and often requested for services by our long standing clientele. Her dedication to her patients, to their care and furthering her knowledge as well as her bedside manner are reasons why she is so popularly requested. She has earned the credential of CCRP (certified canine rehabilitation practitioner), having completed her course work at the University of Tennessee and passed her CCRP testing.

As the director of Countryside Canine Rehabilitation, associated with Countryside Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Jacobs handles all physical therapy cases for our hospital clientele and those from outside referrals. It is her calm, gentle nature and straight forward, compassionate delivery of diagnosis, and skill in her field, that put our clients at ease and makes her a standout employee at CVH.

Julie Kopser, DVM with DogDr. Julie Kopser is a graduate of Tufts University in N. Grafton, MA. She performed her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, and became an integral part of our hospital when she joined our staff in 1994.

She has enhanced our hospital with a passion for her work and her love of learning. Dr. Kopser provides medical, 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.

Kerry Arsenault, DVM with DogDr. Arsenault joined our practice in June 2006. She is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She performed an internship in early 2006 at Countryside. It was then that her talents were noticed as an up and coming veterinarian, as well as her wonderful, caring, outgoing personality.

She has been working in the animal care field for over 17 years. She had known almost all of her life that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she has achieved that dream and so much more. As a veterinarian Dr. Arsenault is well respected for her talent and skill as well as her compassionate nature. She is a valuable asset to the staff and an excellent veterinarian to our patients.

Dr. Arsenault and her husband have one amazing son Evan and a new additon will be added to their growing family in August.

Photo taken by Blue Amrich and Aimee Powers

Tiffany Rule, DVM with DogsDr. 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 with CatDr. 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

Anne Field, DVMDr. Anne Field joins Countryside Veterinary Hospital with over 5 years of veterinary experience. Becoming a veterinarian was always Dr. Field's dream and she got involved at a young age volunteering at a variety of hospitals. Dr. Field pursued an Animal Science degree at the University of Maine, where she was also a competitive pole vaulter. Following her undergraduate degree, Dr. Field continued her education at Cornell University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.

Since becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Field has worked at a busy small animal hospital in the North Shore. While there, she was respected for her compassionate manner and high-quality care for her patients. She brings with her an enthusiasm for general practice and for developing strong bonds with her clients. Her professional interests include pain management, preventive medicine, and emergency medicine.


Cindie Davis Holub, DVM with HorseDr. 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.