Welcome to Gansett Animal Hospital, your local veterinarian in Rumford, RI.

We’re proud to provide a wide variety of veterinary medical services for dogs, cats, and small mammals in Providence, RI & surrounding areas!

Gansett Animal Hospital, opened in 1965, is a full-service Veterinary facility, caring for animals of South Eastern Massachusetts and the Greater Providence, Rhode Island Area. We are staffed with four highly experienced Veterinarians and many compassionate, skilled Veterinary Assistants. In addition to providing services to the public, we partner with local shelters to promote adoption and affordable spay/neuter programs. We are able to provide both routine and specialty services. ​

Meet Our Team

Dr. Peter Cournoyer
Medical Director

Education: Boston College, Tufts University
33 years in practice

Dr. Cournoyer graduated from  Boston College in 1984 and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He opened this practice in 2000 and especially enjoys primary care and surgery. He is married with three children and enjoys the family pets; two dogs and four chickens.

Dr. Jessica Rizzo

Education: Royal Veterinary College
7 years in practice

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Rizzo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Roger Williams University. She worked for a number of years in the veterinary field before studying Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. She graduated with her veterinary degree in 2015. Her areas of interest are surgery, small mammals, and exotics. Outside of work, Dr. Rizzo enjoys spending time with her family and their numerous pets.

Office Manager/Veterinary Assistant

Rebecca graduated from Becker College in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. In her down time she enjoys hanging out with her dog, rabbits, guinea pig and cat. Her favorite aspect of her job is assisting in surgery and teaching others how to assist in surgery.

Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant

Karen grew up and still lives in Pawtucket. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2004 and enjoys working with the pets and their owners. She was hoping to find the perfect Maine Coon to add to her family, but instead she adopted a cute long haired kitten named “Mila” and also a shorthair kitten name “Milo”. Her little family is now complete with her little fuzzy friends!

Office Manager/Veterinary Assistant

Shannon joined our Team in June 2017. She went to school for Veterinary Technology at the New England Institute of Technology. On her down time she enjoys spending quality time with her cat “Peanut”. Her favorite part of the job is taking radiographs.

Veterinary Assistant

Amber joined our Team in July of 2022.  She has been in the Veterinary field since 2016, and a Veterinary assistant since 2019.  She has always had a passion for helping to take care of animals.  She has completed her Fear Free and Tick Smart certifications.  In addition, she enjoys taking Radiographs and loves Phlebotomy.

She has 4 cats at home: 3 boys and 1 girl.  Her hobbies are hiking, camping, off-roading and travelling with her husband.

Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant