about our veterinary practice Farmington, NH

Cocheco Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve the Farmington NH area for everything pet related.

Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Cocheco Veterinary Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don't hesitate to call us at (603) 755-9004. Thank you!

Katie Stals, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Stals was born in England, but has spent most of her life in the US. She was raised in California and went to high school and undergrad in Florida. She spent her childhood riding horses and caring for a variety of household pets. Dr. Stals graduated with a B.S. in biology from the University of Florida and graduated with her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 2020. She is passionate about soft tissue surgery and preventive medicine. In her free-time, she likes to travel, ski, go on walks with her golden retriever, Biscuit and cuddle with her one-eyed cat Flynn.

Alyssa E. Warneke, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Warneke was raised on a small agricultural farm in rural Nebraska and brings the typical Midwestern down-to-earth personality with her to the Northeast. During her years at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she developed a specific interest in equine veterinary medicine. After receiving her doctorate degree in May 2012, Dr. Warneke completed a one-year internship at the Myhre Equine Clinic and then continued on as an Associate Veterinarian and has headed our Ambulatory Services now for the past eight years. She is always eager to provide our clients with the variety of veterinary services unique to horses out in the field, and when not out on the road, she has been assisting with care of small (and large) animals at our sister clinic, Cocheco Veterinary Hospital. Her veterinary interests include equine internal medicine and lameness. In her spare time, Dr. Warneke enjoys working with her two Quarter Horses and relaxing at home with her fiancé and six cats.

Irving Salkovitz, MS VMD

Veterinarian

Dr. Salkovitz has many years of experience with large and small animals, making him very valuable to our practice. Dr. Salkovtiz earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont, his Masters of Science from Colorado State University, and his Veterinary Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Lee with his wife and many animals. He has a passion for veterinary medicine and chiropractic work.

Meagan , A.S.V.T

Office Manager

Growing up, animals have always played a huge role in Meagan’s life. Meagan attended the University of New Hampshire where she received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015. She is the proud owner/mom of a large Labrador Retriever mix named Tucker and a cat named Sanji. In Meagan’s free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking with Tucker, and going to the beach.

Kori

Receptionist

Kori has been with Cocheco since 2016; she has always loved animals big and small. Kori has many pets including a pitbull mix named Paison, a weasel dog named Ripley, a chocolate labrador retriever named Wren, and a black labrador retriever named Sparrow. She also has two cats, Atlas and Opal, and an axolotl named Lemons. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and her boyfriend Nicholas. She spends most weekends in the summer/fall dock diving her two labs Wren and Sparrow.

Elayna

Veterinary Receptionist

I have 2 cats named Wynn and Keele.

Olivia

Veterinary Technician

Olivia has always been an animal lover, oddly enough she had never owned a pet of her own. Now she has 3 Golden Retrievers named Frank, Archie and Henry. Olivia has been working in the veterinary field for about 3 1/2 years, but she just recently joined our team in March of 2018. In her spare time she enjoys swimming at the lake, being outside with her dogs and hanging out with her boyfriend Jake.

Sammy A.S.V.T

Veterinary Technician

Sammy is a recent graduate from Great Bay Community College where she received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She owns a Blue Heeler mix named Boo, and a cat named Dobby, whom she loves very much. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, hanging out with friends, and driving her car to the beach. Growing up she always dreamed of taking care of animals so she decided to make that dream come true.

Nikki A.S.V.T, CVT

Veterinary Technician

At a young age, Nikki knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician. Growing up, her family never really had any animals to call their own, and it wasn’t until her early teenage years that she got to have her own pet. Nikki graduated from high school early and went straight to Great Bay Community College to start pursuing her goals. She graduated from GBCC in 2018 with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology and also got her certification (CVT) in the same year. Nikki now owns her beloved dog Copper, a bunny named Twitch and a Platy fish named Kevin. RIP KEVIN.

Nicole A.S.V.T, CVT

Veterinary Technician

Nicole is an animal lover who grew up around large animals. She always thought she’d end up being a veterinary technician for large animals. Once getting her first dog Bronco she realized small and exotic animals are her passion. She graduated from Great Bay Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2018 and got certified that same year. In her free time, she likes to be at the lake or on a hike with her dogs Bronco and Judge.

Trish Messenger

Practice Manager

Trish brings over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field. Traveling all over the country working various positions in veterinary hospitals gives her a diverse background to draw from. A certified trainer and rider Trish currently owns Three Percheron Mares she has trained to ride and drive. She also has a Standard Poodle named Royal.

Christine

Groomer

Grant Myhre

DVM Owner

After growing up on his family’s mid-west farm, Dr. Myhre has continued to build on his knowledge of horses. Graduating from the Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and completing his Large Animal/Surgery internship at Colorado College of Veterinary Medicine, and a two-year residency at Cornell University, he launched his career as a surgeon (and later, hospital director), leading the Rochester/Myhre Equine Clinic to the forefront of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Myhre has held a directorship in several professional organizations, including the New Hampshire Horse Council, New Hampshire Thoroughbred Breeders and Racing Association, New England Equine Research Fund, the New England Equine Care and Hospital Development Fund, the New Hampshire Farm Museum, and the New Hampshire Academy for Equine Sciences Charter School. His interest in human medicine (6 week rotation) and association in nuclear scintigraphy (authorized user and radiation safety officer) spurred his interest in cutting-edge diagnostic technology. He was the pivotal individual in bringing the only nuclear medicine lab to Rochester Equine Clinic (now Myhre Equine Clinic) in Northern New England. This laboratory has now grown to include radiopharmaceutical cancer treatments and one of the most modern gamma cameras and computer systems in veterinary medicine, complimenting this modality. Dr. Myhre was also the first in Northern New England to pioneer innovations from arthroscopy to digital radiology to this region.

Dr. Myhre has also presented at over 100 meetings and conferences. The latest at the prestigious AAEP in San Antonio, “The Standing Colic Surgery on the Draft Horse,” which was motivated by his extensive experience with drafts and the successful surgical correction of a large colon torsion in a 2,800 pound Belgian Draft horse in 2006. Dr. Myhre has presented at the AAEP previously (1998) on Scintigraphy in Private Practice to approximately 3,000 members. Dr. Myhre still presents to various groups including his annual veterinary/technician and farrier meetings, and to the Equine Charter students as well as various New England groups. He has been a favorite featured speaker at the nationally acclaimed “Equine Affaire”.

Dr. Myhre’s professional interests lie in improving our already extensive diagnostic imaging modalities. Along with nuclear medicine, digital radiography, and Doppler ultrasound, he has added computed axial tomography (CAT Scan) to Myhre Equine Clinic. His vast surgical ability and experience (31 years) leads all in the Northeast. Although he is comfortable with most surgery from arthroscopy to colics, he enjoys the challenge of the “cutting edge” such as laser surgery and laproscopy.

Dr. Myhre is an avid adventurer with interests in aviation (pilot’s license in 1980), riding, sailing, and diving. He helped establish the first equine charter school in the United States because of his interests in education. As Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Dr. Myhre lives his life by this philosophy: “With this principal we not only make ourselves better but we better mankind.”