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RIVER ROAD VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Your Veterinarian in Orrington, Maine
Call us at (207) 825-2105


veterinarian_dog.pngVeterinary Care the way it should be!

At River Road Veterinary Hospital, we believe that happy pets bring joy to our lives. And of course, healthy pets are happy pets! We work with you to keep your pets feeling their best, from the inside-out! That means pro-active dental care, excellent nutrition, and taking care of little concerns before they become big problems.

We are the Bangor area’s Most Devoted Exotics Vet!

Exotic pets are Dr. Carter’s passion. She pursues additional educational courses about their care, and is constantly learning about their unique needs. We see dozens of exotic pets — ranging from rabbits to reptiles — every month. If you have an exotic pet that needs care, just give us a call!


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RIVER ROAD VETERINARY HOSPITAL| (207) 825-2105

210 River Road

Orrington, Maine 04474

Featured Articles

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  • Bloat in Dogs

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  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

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  • Feline Distemper

    Feline distemper or feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease of kittens and adult cats caused by the feline parvovirus. It is also called panleukopenia as it affects the bone marrow and causes low white blood cell counts. It is relatively common in unvaccinated cats and is often fatal, ...

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  • Bloat and Gastric Torsion

    Bloat and gastric torsion is a serious condition and your pet should be rushed to the emergency room if this occurs. Certain breeds of dogs with deep chests and narrow waists, such as hounds, bouvier des Flandres, or doberman pinschers are more susceptible to a syndrome of gastric torsion and bloat. This ...

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  • Arthritis

    The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which can be due to wear and tear on joints from over use, aging, injury, or from an unstable joint such as which occurs with a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee. The chronic form of this disease is called degenerative joint disease ...

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Katherine Carter - Veterinarian / Owner

    From the moment I could spell it, I have always, only ever wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, I worked for a mixed animal practice in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 2002 my family moved back to our home state of Maine, where I took a job with the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic. When being an emergency vet became incompatible with life, I bought River Road Veterinary Hospital, where I have practiced now for over a decade. My special interests are dentistry (for dogs, cats, and rodents) and exotic companion small mammals (like guinea pigs and chinchillas). My husband, Matthew, is an architect and the founding principal of Carter Architectural Design in Bangor. We have two sons and make our home in Bangor. We share our busy life with three dogs, four cats, two hamsters, two guinea pigs, and freshwater aquarium fish. My favorite way to exercise and relax is gardening, and I am a Master Gardener Volunteer through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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  • Dr.
    Bradley Pietila - Veterinarian

    Dr. Bradley joined the River Road team in February 2015. We have enjoyed working with him over the past two+ years. Happily for him, his family has grown while he's been in Maine. But, sadly for us, Bradley's home state of Michigan is calling him and his family back home, at the end of May, 2017. We will miss Bradley's quiet confidence and awesome skills! Best of Everything, Dr. Bradley!

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  • Dr.
    Karen Murphy - Veterinarian

    Dr. Karen Murphy joined the River Road Veterinary Hospital team in January 2017. She is a seasoned veterinarian with over 20 years of working with dogs, cats, and farm animals! Dr. Murphy still sees the occasional pet sheep or goat right in the office, and she is our pet pig veterinarian. In addition, she is a beekeeper, and will assist other beekeepers with their apiary veterinary needs. In her spare time, Karen gardens and bakes delicious bread, and works on her family's farm.

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Location

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "Caring and knowledgeable staff, excellent facilities, kindness, concern along with scientific testing and treatment. I wouldn't take my cats anywhere else. Dr. Carter exemplifies professionalism at its highest."
    Carol F. via Yelp