At Your Back

A team that cares.

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Caring. Committed. Talented. The team at Country Valley believes that your pet deserves the best care there is. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning.

Doctors

Crystal C. Murray

Veterinarian and Hospital Owner

Dr. Crystal is the practice owner. She has loved animals of all shapes, sizes, and species for her entire life. Dr. Crystal has always had a passion to care for and heal pets. She has owned many dogs, cats, horses, and pocket pets over the years. She has lived in many countries, but attended undergraduate and veterinary school in the U.S. Dr. Crystal graduated from Cornell Veterinary University in 1996. She and her family moved from New Jersey to Upstate New York in 2006 and opened Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2010. Professionally, Dr. Crystal enjoys urgent care, internal medicine, dermatology and ultrasound, but particularly gravitates towards practice management these days. In her spare time, Dr. Crystal loves hiking with her dogs, Loki and Willoughby, riding her horse, Smokey, reading a book with one of her four cats curled up on her lap, cooking elaborate meals, skiing alone or with family and friends, and doing almost anything outside and active!

Stacey Bunting

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stacey joined our team in 2015. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Stacey grew up in southern Illinois on a large farm where she developed a love for agriculture and animals! She would often be found as a little girl playing with the barn kittens. That deep love of animals is exactly the reason she decided to become a veterinarian. At CVVC, Dr. Stacey especially enjoys surgery, ultrasound, and even specializes in pot-bellied pigs! Really – she loves anything with a smush face – she has a Pug and an English bulldog of her own! Dr. Stacey and her husband made the move from Illinois to New York after she graduated veterinary school, fueled by their love of the Northeast. Being from the flatlands of Illinois, they both love mountains and adventure out to hike, ski and explore often. They – along with 3 dogs, a cat, and their two young girls – reside in Ballston Spa, NY.

Stephanie Rogers

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stephanie Rogers joined CVVC in the spring of 2019. She grew up in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Nebraska, and then graduate from the University of California Davis Veterinary School in 2013. She worked in the San Francisco Bay area for five and a half years before moving to New York. Dr. Rogers has a special interest in canine rehabilitation and osteoarthritis management. She spends her free time with her husband chasing after their two sons. They enjoy hiking and exploring all the area has to offer. They share their home with a hyperactive Lab named Vincent and a cranky cat named Luna.

Kelly Spence

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Spence joined the CVVC team in the Summer of 2020. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2011. Before coming to CVVC, Dr. Spence practiced in the Capital District for 7 years.

Dr. Spence is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has a special interest in all things cats. In her free time, Dr. Kelly enjoys jogging, reading, and drinking lots of coffee. She shares her home with her husband, three children, and mischievous cat Bumble.

Katelyn Pugliese

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Katelyn Pugliese grew up in Merrick, NY and currently resides in Delanson, NY. She received an undergraduate degree from SUNY Cobleskill and earned a DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 2018. Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Katelyn has particular interest in preventative health care and parasitology.

Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Pugliese enjoys skiing, hiking, and boating. She also shares her home with two dogs, Bailey and Howie, as well as a highland cow named Abby.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams

PATIENT CARE

Audrey Hichens

Licensed Veterinary Technician and Office Manager

Audrey joined our team in 2013 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated with an A.A.S in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Delhi in 2001. She was interested in the veterinary field at a very young age because of her love of animals. It wasn’t until she was licensed that she understood how important her role as an advocate for the patients would be.

Audrey has had many wonderful pets through the years. She currently has three cats; Jarvis, Charles, and Crispen. She also has a guinea pig named Caesar.

Audrey grew up locally and now resides in Johnstown with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys camping, crafting/scrapbooking, and taking trips to the ocean.

Katey Rowe

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Katey joined our team in early spring, 2018 as an LVT. She first graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 2007 with a A.A.S in Equine Science and Management, and then went back and graduated in 2013 with a B. Tech in Equine Science and Physical Rehabilitation. She then graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2015 with her A.A.S. in Veterinary technology. Her professional interests include anesthesia, surgery and physical rehabilitation in both equine and companion animal fields.

In her free time, she owns and operates a small equine boarding facility in Broadalbin called GreenLeaf Farm with her husband Joe and their 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and 6 Nigerian Dwarf goats. She also enjoys riding and snuggling with the fur kids.

Amber

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She joined our team in the early spring of 2018. Amber started her career in the veterinary field in 2002 as a kennel worker in Glenville. She then attended the SUNY Delhi animal science technology program, graduating in 2007. Amber chose to work in veterinary medicine because of her love of animals and her desire to help them.

Amber grew up in Scotia where most of her family still resides. Through the years she had many different kinds of pets including cats, reptiles, and rodents. Currently she has 2 rabbits, 1 fish, and 3 cats.

In the Summer Amber likes to travel to New Hampshire and camp in the woods. She also likes to do crafts and to bake for her family.

Stephen Blaha

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Stephen joined Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in August 2019. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2012. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Stephen showed an early talent with animals and has worked with animals for his entire adult life. After working as a veterinary assistant for a few years, he went back to school at the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Aurora, CO. There he earned an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology before moving back to New York.

He and his wife, Christine, moved to the Capital Region in 2014. They currently live in Scotia with his their daughter, Marina. They also have a rescue cat, Athena, and a rescue dog, Kiya. Stephen is a self-professed geek, and enjoys reading and writing sci-fi and fantasy fiction in his free time. He also likes playing board games and traveling with his family.

Janelle

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Janelle joined CVVC in June of 2021. In 2017 she received a B.S. in Biology at Ithaca College, then returned to school at SUNY Delhi where she received an A.A.S. in Veterinary Science Technology. She recently became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her love for animals and passion for veterinary medicine started at a young age. She gained experience throughout high school and college working at local clinics as a kennel hand, receptionist and veterinary assistant. In her free time, Janelle enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boarding and traveling with her friends, family and boyfriend.

Diane

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Diane joined our team January, 2022. She grew up in the Amsterdam area showing horses and has been in the veterinary field since 1999! She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2004 and has been in general practice, shelter medicine, equine anesthesia, and specialty practice. She has dedicated 15 years of her career to anesthesia and loves to be in the surgery room! In her free time, you can find her riding her Harley, bowling or roller skating, working around her 5-acre property, or entertaining her Corgi, Sully, and her three cats Lucy, Hobbs, and Hazel.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

CUSTOMER CARE

Rob Murray

Co-Owner

Rob is Dr. Crystal’s husband and helps with some practice management and with building and equipment management. He grew up in the foggy redwood forest in Northern California. Rob enjoys studying the sciences and obtained his PhD from Princeton in 2006. Rob worked at GE for about 10 years before transitioning recently to full-time ranch-hand and veterinary business analyst.

Rory

Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant

Rory joined our team as a receptionist in 2020. She is currently pursuing her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and hopes to join our team of Licensed Veterinary Technicians! She has a cat named Sloan and a dog named Kida. In the summer, she spends her free time hiking and kayaking with her pup. She’s also always had an interest in ocean life, especially sea turtles! She hopes to continue helping animals and their owners live healthier, happier lives!

Nicollette Sherman

Veterinary Assistant and Customer Care Liaison

Nicollette graduated in 2012 from Suny Cobleskill with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science. She also carries certificates in dog grooming, puppy training and socialization. Nicollette first joined our team in 2013. She moved out of the area in 2014, but when she returned in 2017, she came back to work with us! Her main career interests include dog training and animal rehabilitation. She and her husband share their home with Kova- a Rottweiler, Kronk- a German Shepherd, and a flock of chickens. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and archery.

Brittany Brower

Veterinary Assistant and Assistant Manager

Brittany is a veterinary assistant who has been in the small animal field for over 12 years. She received her associate’s degree in Web Design from Hudson Valley Community College, but her heart has always been with animals. Brittany has been with us since the beginning (2010) as it was forming and there is no where she would rather be! Her beloved fur family includes her two cats Peggy and Fargus, and her two rescue Pit Bull Terriers Petey and Jenny (AKA Momma). When she is not at the clinic, you can find her volunteering with the rescue organization Out of the Pits Inc., spending time with her pets, fishing, boating, camping, or hiking in the Adirondacks.

Anne Marie Dame Hallum

Bookkeeper

Anne Marie joined Country Valley Veterinary Clinic part-time in 2011 and enjoys seeing all the interesting pets that are taken care of there. She has a degree in Business and has worked in the field for many years. Anne Marie lives in Stillwater with her husband and two rescue dogs, Max and Summer.

When she is not working at one of her many jobs, Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her husband and her three boys and their significant others. When they all get together they like to do outdoor activities. The family goes boating in the summer and they particularly enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping together. They also very much enjoy an annual vacation in North Carolina. In the winter months Anne Marie likes to cross country ski or snow shoe.

Leanna

Customer Care Liaison

Leanna joined our team in 2020 after moving from south-eastern Wisconsin. She has been in the veterinary field since her very first job in high school at 14 years old! She loves the small-town mountain views of Upstate New York. Since moving here, she and her husband have adopted two cats named Munchkin and Spice. They keep them on their toes at home! When she’s not working, she is either volunteering in a Bible education work or traveling the country. Other than spending time with family and friends, she enjoys cooking, reading, horseback riding, hunting, or snuggling up in front of a warm bonfire (with a s’more of course). Her true passion lies in the recovery and well-being of pets, along with consistent and supportive client care.

Megan

Veterinary Assistant

Megan graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2018 and has been working in the veterinary field since 2016. She joined our team in the early spring of 2022 as a veterinary assistant. She really enjoys working with animals and being able to help them in any way she can. Megan currently has many animals including 20 chickens, 2 ducks, 3 rabbits, a mini pig, and 2 dogs: a Beagle named Tank and a Great Dane named Diezel Goliath. In her spare time, Megan enjoys bowling, camping, kayaking, and spending time with family.

Michelle

Veterinary Assistant

Michelle joined our team in the fall of 2020 as a veterinary assistant. She graduated at the University of Albany with two bachelors degrees in Anthropology and East Asian studies. She is passionate about culture and language, having lived in Japan for 6 months during her education. Michelle has always had a passion for animals and no matter where life takes her she always ends up gravitating towards animal care. She has plans to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the future! When she’s not working, you will find Michelle watching scary movies, going on walks with her cats Dakota and Mudflap, or teaching taekwondo with her 4th degree black belt!

Declan

Veterinary Assistant

Declan joined our team as a veterinary assistant in August, 2021. He is soon-to-be a student of Biomedical Engineering with interests in medical equipment and devices. He has had a passion for animals from a young age, having had many Labradors, Beagles, and cats! Here at CVVC he has found a new love working and spending time with small breed dogs. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and going out on a nice sunny day with his two cats!

Jackie

Social Media Coordinator

Jackie joined the team as a veterinary assistant in 2020. Prior to that she spent 5 years working in emergency veterinary medicine. During her time at CVVC, Jackie took on the task of managing our social media accounts! In 2021, she transitioned solely into the role of social media coordinator. In her free time, Jackie enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and camping. In the warmer months, she is rarely seen without her motorcycle! Jackie has two dogs, a yellow Lab named Bodhi and a mixed breed rescue name Vira.

Danielle

Receptionist

Danielle is new to the veterinary field but has a passion for working with animals! She joined our team early in the year 2022. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys a nice hike or some cuddles on the couch with her beloved dog Kona! She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.