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Hospital Mission and History

The mission of the Russell Animal Hospital is to fulfill the needs of our clients and their pets by providing quality health services through a responsive professional staff with the emphasis on individual attention and commitment.

The Russell Animal Hospital, established by Dr. Fay Russell, is one of the oldest continually run veterinary practices in the state of New Hampshire and perhaps New England.

Dr. Russell graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1913. When he first arrived in Concord, he practiced veterinary medicine out of a livery stable located on Depot Street.  In 1927 he purchased the Wilcox property at 286 Pleasant Street which had once been a livery for St. Paul’s School.  Dr. Russell demolished the unsound barn on the property and removed the ell from the house, moving it back behind his home where it became the original Russell Animal Hospital. Dr.Russell practiced both farm animal medicine and companion animal medicine from this location for the next nineteen years.  It was also Dr. Russell who saw the importance to our pets of having an American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA, accredited practice.  He applied for and received  accreditation from AAHA in 1942.  The Russell Animal Hospital has been continually accredited since this date making our hospital the 7th longest continually accredited practice in Canada and the United States.

Dr. Russell sold the Russell Animal Hospital and property to Dr. Carl Chase in 1946 and the practice was renamed Russell and Chase veterinary hospital.  In 1950, Dr. Fred Stevens joined Dr. Chase as a practicing partner and the hospital was renamed Russell Animal Hospital as a memorial to Dr. Faye Russell. The partnership between Dr. Chase and Dr. Stevens was dissolved in 1959 when Dr. Stevens left to start the Concord Animal Hospital. Dr. Chase continued to practice farm and companion animal medicine until 1962 when he sold the practice and property to Dr. James G. Paine.

Dr. James G. Paine originally practiced both farm and small animal medicine but discontinued the farm animal practice in 1970 because of a decrease in the number of area farms, and he developed an allergy to cows. In 1992, he sold the practice to the current owner, his son, Dr. James L. Paine.

We are very proud of the fact that  four owners of the Russell Animal Hospital proudly served as president of the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association (NHVMA) during their careers. Dr. Fay Russell was the president of the NHVMA in 1927, Dr. Carl Chase was president in 1938, Dr. James G. Paine in 1970 and Dr. James L. Paine was president of the NHVMA in 2006.

Over the years, and five successive owners, numerous additions have been made to the original structure resulting in the modern Russell Animal Hospital we have today.