Valleywide Veterinary Services
Valleywide Veterinary Services is one of the oldest dairy and food animal vets in Vermont. Originally it was called Cornwall Large Animal Clinic and was founded by Mike Wood, Jack Bouffard and Bob Taylor. It became Valleywide Veterinary Services in 1995 partnered by four veterinarians. Today, VVS has three full time veterinarians: Dr. Cousineau, Dr. Rockwell and Dr. Martens. Drs. Wheeler and Anderson are semi-retired and continue to work part time with the practice. Valleywide is a full service food-animal practice. Although their focus is on the many dairy farms in Addison county, they also help farmers with sheep and goats. The practice is involved in reproductive ultrasonography and development of herd synchronization plans. We also have a milk quality lab with aerobic and mycoplasma culturing, embryo transfer, treatment and vaccination protocol development. Records analysis and Hispanic employee training and translating is also available.
We also offer externships to students who want to learn more about dairy and food animals. This allows veterinary students to interact with both veterinarians, farmers and animals as well as learning the day-to day process of working at a large animal clinic.
Meet the Team
Glen Cousineau, DVM
Dr. Glen Cousineau is a native-Vermonter who grew up in Goshen. He joined Valleywide Veterinary Services fresh out of vet school in 1990 and became a partner with the clinic. Glen graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. Glen is married to Krista Thomas, who is part owner of Thomas Dairy out of Rutland. Glen and Krista live in Shoreham. They have two children, Claudia and Will.
Glen raises beef cows and sheep. His professional interests Include obstetrics and surgery. In his free time, Glen takes care of the family farm. He's an avid hunter and loves the outdoors.
David Rockwell, DVM
Dr. Dave Rockwell has been with Valleywide since moving to Vermont in 2002. He is a partner at Valleywide. Dave grew up on a small dairy farm in New York State and graduated from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
While at Cornell, Dave met his wife Karen DeMoy. Karen is a small animal veterinarian who works at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg. Together, they live in Orwell with their son Andy and two daughters, Natalie and Elisabeth. Dave's professional interests include setting up and evaluating reproductive programs, embryo transfer, obstetrics and surgery.
While not at work, Dave enjoys spending his free time working outdoors, gardening, brewing and running. Dave and his family also occasionally host veterinary students that are doing externships at Valleywide. It's a great opportunity to promote dairy medicine while meeting future colleagues in the profession.
Elizabeth Martens, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Martens is looking forward to joining Valleywide Veterinary Services in June, 2020. Having grown up on a farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York, she developed her love of cows from an early age. She raised organic replacement heifers as an FFA project throughout high school, then went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a focus on dairy nutrition at Cornell University.
In 2014, she joined the Peace Corps and served for 2 years as an agriculture volunteer in Panama. Her work focused on beef cattle husbandry including training farmers in artificial insemination. She also worked with a women’s small business group, taught English, and started a library in the local primary school. Elizabeth is looking forward to using her skills in teaching and Spanish to support the Hispanic workforce in Vermont through on-farm training and translation.
Elizabeth is a 2020 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2019 graduate of the Summer Dairy Institute. Her professional interests include calf health, milking systems and employee training.
She is moving to Shoreham, VT with her husband, Jorge, an agronomist from Panama. They enjoy gardening, hiking and kayaking together with their dog, Colita.
Drexel Wheeler, DVM
Drexel Wheeler, born and raised in North Carolina felt his grandfather's influence of farming, animals and nature and decided that he wanted to become a veterinarian. He attended North Carolina State University for his undergraduate, and then received his DVM from Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Wheeler helped establish Valleywide Veterinary Services in 1995 and was one of the original partners. He specialized in reproduction, milk quality and metabolic diseases. He had been active in the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Eastern Europe and Africa. He served as Chairman on the Vermont Veterinary Medical Board, was active in the Vermont state veterinary association of AABP and NMC. He is involved in the local Lions Club.
Dr. Wheeler is married to Vicki whom he met in Tennessee. They have two sons. Drexel is semi-retired from Valleywide, working two days a week.
Kent Anderson, DVM
Kent's passion for agriculture began as a young teen when his family was moved to an eight acre parcel in a south shore suburb of Boston where, with the help of his dad and scavenged lumber from our local dump, he restored an old chicken coop. Kent raised thirty hens, gathered a flock of ducks, started a vegetable garden and was soon in the egg and vegetable business. During his college years, Kent spent three summers as an apprentice with master gardener Eliot Coleman, studying the art and science of intensive organic vegetable production in Harborside Maine.
Upon graduation, with degrees in biology and anthropology, Kent was hired to manage a small diversified organic farm in the hills of southern Ohio. Here he was challenged by a steep learning curve raising beef, hogs, poultry, and small fruits as well as operating and maintaining farm machinery. Enthralled with livestock, he continued his education at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Kent practiced large animal medicine in Pennsylvania and Maine before settling in the southern Champlain Valley of Vermont. He finally acquired his own farm in 1991 and became a partner at Valleywide Veterinary Services, a full service food animal practice, in 1999. He semi-retired in 2019, but still helps out Valleywide Vets. Having experimented with different species and management systems, Kent currently raises dairy replacement heifers and feeder calves on contract. He also keeps a few colonies of bees, and enjoys gardening fruits and vegetables.
Nicolle Normandin, Lab Technician
Nikki joined Valleywide Veterinarian Services in 2019. She has become an integral part of the milk lab. She graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2006 as a certified Veterinarian technician. From there she went on to work in a couple of small animal clinics in Chittenden County before moving to the Addison/Rutland area. Most recently she worked as a vet tech at Homeward Bound Animal Shelter in Middlebury, Vermont.
Nikki has two dogs and a cat. Blaze, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel often accompanies Nikki to work at Valleywide. He really does think he's king! Nikki spends a lot of her free time running. She has participated in some local 5K runs too. Nikki enjoys hiking with her dogs, dog training, reading, writing and crafts.
Kim Miner is a long-time employee at Valleywide Veterinary Services. She started working at Valleywide in 1991 when it was Cornwall Large Animal Clinic. She is the office manager and keeps things running as smoothly as possible. Kim was born and raised in Brandon, Vermont. She and her husband Jim owned a small dairy farm with registered Holsteins. Kim is quite familiar with the operations of a dairy farm and how to care for cattle. Her knowledge of the dairy business is essential to running the daily operations of a large animal veterinary clinic.
Kim has two sons, Adam and Aaron and three grandchildren. She was a 4-H Dairy leader and the family showed cattle. In her spare time, Kim enjoys camping, gardening, photography and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer joined Valleywide in 2017. She has been writing and publishing children's books and writing for children's magazines for about 20 years with 40 published books.