About Us

A leader in specialty veterinary medicine

The Maine Veterinary Medical Center is a veterinary referral and emergency practice specializing in canine and feline internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, surgery, critical care, CT scanning and MRI imaging and emergency services. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing emergency referral capabilities and emergency services for all pets.

Over 28 years of experience as a specialty hospital dedicated to referral veterinary medicine

In 1989, Dr. Alan Potthoff became the first board certified veterinary specialist established in Maine. Dr. Potthoff opened the Animal Neurological Clinic in Portland as a referral hospital dedicated solely to serving primary veterinarians. After their pet's needs are met, owners continue with their primary veterinarian's support and service. In 1997 the ANC (Animal Neurological Clinic) expanded the hospital facility and acquired the first Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner dedicated to veterinary medicine in Maine. Dr. Laurie Cook, a board certified neurologist / neurosurgeon, joined the ANC (Animal Neurological Clinic) in 2003. Together Dr. Cook and Dr. Potthoff practiced neurology/neurosurgery exclusively as a collaborative team for seven years. In 2004 the ANC acquired the first Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) dedicated to veterinary diagnostic imaging in Maine.

The Animal Neurological Clinic becomes the Maine Veterinary Referral Center

In the spring of 2007, the Animal Neurological Clinic was re-named the Maine Veterinary Referral Center to reflect continuation of neurology/neurosurgery while expanding with internal medicine, oncology, soft tissue, orthopedic surgical capability. Founders Dr. Alan Potthoff and Jenny Fyles Potthoff opened a new state-of-the-art veterinary facility accommodating a multi-specialty referral practice in the fall of 2007. With our growth, Niel Nielsen, CEO/Hospital Manager, joined the MVRC. Niel provides leadership and focus on our dedication to sensitive healthcare for our clients and their pets, and continued advancements in providing the highest standards of veterinary medicine.

Our new state of the art hospital includes neurology/neurosurgery, internal medicine, emergency and surgical services.  In the fall of 2008, MVRC opened its emergency department providing emergency services for all pets 24 hours a day.

Our Emergency Department team includes Dr. Lee Gregory, Dr. Patty Barber, Dr. Andrine Belliveau, Dr. Jennifer Johnston, Dr. Kate Domenico and Dr. Ashley Lange.  Dr. Karin Wagner, a board certified internist joined MVRC, establishing our Internal Medicine Department. Dr. Danielle Eifler, a board certified neurologist/neurosurgeon, has joined our Neurology Department. In 2013, we were pleased to welcome Drs. Ezra J. Steinberg, VMD, DACVS and his wife Dr. Jamie Green, DVM, DACVS to our MVMC specialty referral team.

In April of 2015 the Maine Veterinary Referral Center was re-named again, in an attempt to better describe their service nature. MVRC had become less of a referral based hospital and more of an established destination or "center" for comprehensive veterinary medical care.

The Maine Veterinary Medical Center is committed to providing advanced and compassionate care for pets, 24 hour emergency services, support for owners, and a trusting, professional relationship with referring veterinarians.

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