Dr. Jill Skochdopole

Dr Jill is a 1986 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked for 5 years with other area veterinarians before starting Ryegate Small Animal Hospital. Her husband and his father built the clinic, which opened its doors in May of 1993. The clinic and her son and daughter have grown up together.

While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery is of special interest. She also really enjoys the long term relationships that happen with being in one place for a long time – relationships with patients, clients, and staff.

Her time away from the clinic is spent exploring the natural world on foot, by bicycle, and in a kayak. She also enjoys cooking the food she and her husband raise, reading, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. David Hyde

Dr. Hyde graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. He has been working in Northern Vermont and Massachusetts for the past 12 years. Dr. Hyde started working for Dr. Jill in 2001 and has recently returned to Ryegate Small Animal Hospital after a 6 year hiatus.

Dr. Hyde enjoys all aspects of veterinary general practice. His special interest, however, is in veterinary dentistry. Like Dr. Jill, he believes strongly in a lifetime of care and a strong personal relationship with owners and their pets.

Away from the clinic, Dr. Hyde loves spending time with his family, and has a passion for cooking, food and wine. If there are a few minutes left after everything else is done, he loves to take his motorcycle out for a spin on the many roads of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Dr. Julie Roos

Dr. Roos graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduating with her DVM degree, Dr. Roos went on to pursue specialized training in veterinary acupuncture, rehabilitation and chiropractic medicine. Dr. Roos’ practice now focuses on pain management. She works with dogs and cats of all ages from agility champions to senior citizens.

Dr. Roos can do a pain assessment on your pet and outline a treatment plan for increasing comfort and improving quality of life. Treatments may include acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, nutrition, supplements and/or medication. When not at work Dr. Roos takes care of her wonderful kids, and pursues an active interest in jewelry making and design.




Jodi is a licensed veterinary technician and became part of the RSAH family in 2001. She grew up on Long Island, got an Associates in Applied Science degree in veterinary science from SUNY-Delhi, and worked in several vet clinics in New York before moving to the Northeast Kingdom in 2000. She says the favorite parts of her job are working with the animals and their owners, and also being part of a family away from her family. Jodi is the Office Manager and the person who keeps the clinic running smoothly. She is married and has 2 kids – a son and daughter who many of the clients met since they each spent their first year here at the clinic. Jodi lives with a chihuahua/mini dachshund mix named Sniper, a Dutch Shepherd named Tori, and 2 cats, Raphael and Greego. She is also a board member and public relations coordinator for Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. (an organization that helps to provide police dogs with protective vests!).


Tabitha is a certified veterinary technician and joined RSAH in 2005. She grew up in Conneticut and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut. She worked on large horse farms in Pennsylvania and Germany and was employed by several veterinarians in Connecticut before moving to Vermont in 2001. Her favorite part of her job is assisting in all aspects of surgical and dental procedures. Tabitha is married and has an animal family of 2 dogs named Maggie and George as well as 6 cats – Callie, Mikey, Sylvia, Tanner, Simon, and Marilyn. Off the job she is passionate about long distance running, gardening and snowmobiling – on the sleds during the snow season and grooming the trails when they are free of snow.


Carrie joined us in June of 2011. She has a degree in veterinary technology from Vermont Technical College and has worked in vet offices and for an animal shelter before joining us. Her favorite parts of the job are client education and working with the animals. Carrie lives on a dairy farm with her animal family which consists of her dog Raleigh and cat Bond. When she’s not at work she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends. Carrie also passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2014 and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician!


Julie joined RSAH in November 2011. She has a degree in Animal Science & Industry and Agricultural Journalism from Kansas State University. Her favorite parts of the job include interacting with the patients and their owners and always offering a smile and a positive attitude. Julie is married with 2 children. She and her family own and operate the N. Haverhill Agway, where she can continue to meet pet owners and other community members. Julie and her family have a springer spaniel named Fletcher and 2 orange cats named Pedro and Gilliagan. Julie also enjoys gardening, sports, walking, reading, cross-stitching, and cooking!


Liz started working at RSAH in October 2014. She has a bachelors degree in Pre-Vet/Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Liz recently moved back to Vermont after living in California for 9 years! While living on the West Coast, she worked at several different animal hospitals, including a veterinary specialty/emergency hospital. Liz lives with her husband Luke, his three children, two dogs (Dexter and Pretty Girl), and one cat (Monty).



Patty O’Shea