Dr. Melissa Dudley was born in Dover, NH and attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1988. After UNH she attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1993. Having developed a passion for surgery she continued her education with a surgical residency from the University of Illinois in 1997 obtaining her board certification in surgery.
During her residency, Dr. Dudley’s research was primarily in the biology and management of complex orthopedic injuries, including fracture management and joint pathology. She also had a special interest in surgical oncology. After her residency, Dr. Dudley was the surgeon at Bath-Brunswick Veterinary Hospital in Maine. She then partnered with VCA Northboro Animal Hospital in Massachusetts. For the past eighteen years she enjoyed the challenge of developing and growing a new, now thriving, surgical practice. Dr. Dudley is happy to return to her home state of New Hampshire opening her own private practice to provide excellent specialty care for her patients.
Dr. Dudley enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery including but not limited to: cruciate suture stabilization, TPLO, TTA, fracture repair, oncologic surgery, portosystemic shunts, liver and lung lobectomies, pernieal urethrostomies, subtotal colectomy, adrenalectomy, cholescytectomy to name a few.
In her free time Dr. Dudley enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, training for triathlons and spending time with her family. Fluff, and Fluff's kitten. Dr. Dudley also spends a significant amount of time at home officiating disagreements between her kitties Fluff, and Fluff’s Kitten.
Renee is our Lead Veterinary Technicians here at Cedar. She has worked along side Dr. Dudley for the past 6 years. Renee attended San Diego State University where she received her BS in Animal Science. For the past 16 years she has been working in emergency veterinary medicine and specialty surgery. Renee resides here in NH with her daughter, husband and her two pups Huxley and Bubba Bear and her kitties Sooti and Hickory Sticks. In her free time she loves to visit the ocean, go hiking and spend time on her peloton (Team Cody Rigsby!!).
Oh! and Renee LOVES Sushi!
Cara started here at Cedar in September 2019 as a veterinary technician. Cara is from Southeast TX. She attended Texan A&M where she obtained her BS in animal science. She worked her way up from being a kennel attendant to becoming one of our very skilled veterinary technicians! As a veterinary technician Cara assists Dr. Dudley with surgical procedures, takes radiographs, monitors anesthesia, draws blood, and provides patient education for our clients. One of her favorite parts of being here is helping guide clients to make informed decisions regarding their pet’s healthcare. She enjoys hiking, K-pop and spending time with her kitties Tigger, Merlin and Zeref as well her dog Agust D.
Lisa is one of our technician assistants, she started here at Cedar in May 2020. As a technician assistant Lisa assists with examinations, providing Dr. Dudley with a good patient history, radiographs, blood draws, preparing medications, providing safe handling of patients, client education, as well as keeping our hospitals clean and organized. Lisa was born and raised in New Hampshire. Growing up Lisa has always had a strong love for animals, and always knew she would end up working with animals. As a child she had cats, chickens, hamsters and even some reptiles! When she was little she would always say I’m going to be a veterinarian!
After high school she took some time off and went to Bali, Indonesia to study the art of yoga. When she came back to the states she still had the urge to work with animals, so she signed up at Penn Foster and started working on her degree to become a Veterinarian Technician! If Lisa isn’t at work you can find her either in the mountains hiking or snowboarding or at the beach on her paddle board.
Caitlyn is one of our technician assistants. She grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and her connection to animals started when she was young through interactions with relatives and neighbors’ pets. Despite never having an animal of her own, throughout her childhood she had her mind set on veterinary medicine and yearned for exposures with animals. Caitlyn pursued pre-vet at the University of New Hampshire where she earned a BS in Biomedical Sciences: Medical and Veterinary Sciences in 2019. The summer prior to starting at UNH, Caitlyn began shadowing Dr. Dudley to gain more veterinary experience and during each break of undergrad she was drawn back. Caitlyn has found working in the surgical environment to be extremely rewarding. Caitlyn says “being a member of surgical team where everyone is working together to achieve the best outcome for the patient is a feeling like no other”. Caitlyn is fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful team while learning from Dr. Dudley! Caitlyn values the opportunity to work with the Cedar Surgical team and grow as a person and future veterinarian. She is currently attending the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as part of the Class of 2023 and hopes to pursue a career in small animal surgery with two future beagles!
Bio coming soon!
Nicole has been with Cedar since November 2019. As our outstanding receptionist, Nicole has proven herself to be a vital team member. Nicole has outstanding customer service skills and a great team oriented personality. Nicole is responsible for answering phones, booking appointments, checking in/out clients, responding to clients and referring animal hospitals, maintaining medical records, and so much more! Nicole offers a compassionate and friendly approach while interacting with clients and their furry family members. Nicole has lived the majority of her life here in New Hampshire. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her son Sawyer and her two dogs Brody & Ronin, visiting the ocean or relaxing with friends or family.
Jessica started at Cedar in July 2020. Jessica’s organizational knowledge, technical skills and ability to handle multiple tasks at a time make her a valued team member to Cedar. Her responsibilities include managing finances, human resources, reception, establishing practice protocols and assisting staff and patients as needed. Jessica has always had a great passion for animals of all types. Growing up she had a variety of pets, including hamsters, ducks, dogs and cats! Jessica was born and raised in New Hampshire. She enjoys hiking with her two dogs Sierra and Zoey, as well as four wheeling or just spending time outdoors.