Avalon Animal Hospital, PLLC

760 Central St. Suite 3
Franklin, NH 03235



Our Staff

Laura Messer, Certified Veterinary Technician

Laura’s lifelong love for animals, especially horses, led to her first job in the veterinary field in 1990.  In 2007, she obtained her technician certification with guidance from Dr. Gaff.  Laura is devoted to raising her young daughter, and continues to pursue her love of riding and competition.  She also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, reading and music. 


Michelle Bishop, Receptionist and Technician

Michelle Bishop moved from Massachusetts to New Hampshire in 1999 and began working with the Avalon family in 2015.  Prior to moving to NH, Michelle worked with adults with disabilities and started an outreach and work placement program for these adults.  Michelle has been married to her husband Rick for 37 years and they love to attend car shows with their classic cars.  Michelle also enjoys quilting, spending time with her two dogs and visiting with her children and grand kids.

Melissa Robertson, Certified Veterinary Assistant and Technician

Melissa joined Avalon in 2019 after completing the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program at Manchester Community College in 2018.  Prior to that she worked in retail for over 12 years.  Melissa is a New Hampshire native who in her spare time loves to read and watch New England sports, especially the Bruins!


In Memoriam (1954 - 2017) ~ Rhonda Houghton, Receptionist

Although Rhonda is no longer in this physical world, her spirit will remain with us always here at Avalon Animal Hospital.  A treasured member of our family, she was passionate about taking care of our clients and their pets.  We are honored to have been a part of Rhonda's life.