What keeps you busy?
NOAH! Our team does an exemplary job of providing medical care to our community companion animals. I am proud to be the founder and primary veterinarian of NOAH. The hospital staff is an extension of my family and I am grateful for them daily.
Kids! Bikes, walks, sports, the occasional canoe and tent. Daily dinner time with end of day stories is precious. Also, solo trail time is my anchor of calm.
My life would be simpler if...
We could play with our kids all day --- and if temper tantrums and sibling rivalry didn't exist.
Would you slow down if you could?
I would like to spend more time with family, but that generally involves adventures, travel and movement. Both in work and in family responsibilities, I am compelled to put forth my best effort. And like any parent, I question the correct balance of spending time with my kids and providing for them. Fortunately, they are able to come to the hospital when they need extra Mom time.
How much sleep is really necessary? Because time is short and dreams are big. In 20 years, I want to review the story of my adult life and be happy and impressed that I lived it.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. And Nicole's gluten-free chocolate cookies!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Spend more time hiking above 8,000 feet in the mountains.
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching" C.S. Lewis (heard, always, in her Dad's voice)
Jennifer Lesser, DVM
Dr. Lesser started her professional career working at the National Institutes of Health, on the Human Genome Project. Finding greater satisfaction in client interaction and clinical diagnostics, she transitioned from the 6 am beltway adventures of Bethesa, MD to the Blue Mountain sunrises of Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Lesser graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000. Southwest Colorado became home for several years, serving as a foundation for adventure, professional growth and lifelong friends. Then prior to settling in Vermont, she enjoyed ownership of Ocean View Animal Hospital which continues to serve pets of coastal Delaware and Maryland. Under her guidance and fabulous staff, Ocean View Animal Hospital was honored in its listing of Best in Delaware. The transition from Delaware to Vermont was spurred by her commitment to family and her love of the mountains. Henceforth, Norwich Regional Animal Hospital was established in December 2011.
The common thread to each of Dr. Lesser's endeavors is a commitment to excellence. Her patients benefit from receiving the highest personalized care, in partnership with each patient's family. What may you expect from her? Detailed knowledge of each of your pet's health status, presentation of diagnostic and therapeutic options with any medical decision, client education from preventative care to disease conditions, significant doctor availability both during and outside of routine office hours via in-house consults, phone and email conversations. She firmly believes highly specialized care (i.e., neurosurgery, advanced orthopedics) should be managed by veterinary specialists, with whom Dr. Lesser has close communication. All referrals are closely matched with the optimal specialist and facility, with consideration to variables of each patient and family.
Dr. Lesser is happily settled in the Upper Valley with her children who attend the wonderful Open Fields School in Thetford, VT. She values routine "allowance" visits to Dan & Whit's, excursions at Huntley Meadow and more.
Walker Weis, 6, assists Dr. Jennifer Lesser with his kitten's neutering operation. Weis hopes to become a veterinarian when he grows up.