Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians and team of Town and Country Veterinary Associates in Vernon! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 860-645-1700 to speak to one of our veterinary staff members today!

THE DOCTORS

DR. GAYLE BLOCK

Dr. Block is the practice owner, having opened Town and Country in 1992, with Dr. Maxine Borghesi. Owning her own practice was an early dream of Dr. Block’s, which she achieved through her determination and a passion for helping animals. A very hands-on practice owner, Dr. Block sees patients regularly throughout the week, and has a dedicated surgery day. She truly enjoys forming lasting relationships with her patients and clients.

One of Dr. Block’s passions has always been helping to reduce the pet overpopulation epidemic, and she has spearheaded several spay and neuter events. A graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Block is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association. She was honored to be named the 2016 CVMA Veterinarian of the Year. In her time away from the office, she enjoys the outdoors, yoga and her family, which includes her husband and daughter, her dog Colby and two cats, Callie and Carson (and her granddog, Sailor). She is a long time resident of Tolland, CT.

DR. EMILY MELENDEZ

Dr. Melendez joined Town and Country in May 2018.  She graduated from Tufts University in 2015, and has been practicing in Connecticut since.   She grew up in Maine, and moved to Connecticut to attend Wesleyan University.   When she isn’t busy providing amazing veterinary care, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and relaxing at home.   She shares her home with her husband, Aaron, and two tuxedo cats, Finn and Jake.

THE STAFF

KELLY

Kelly joined the team in 2007, as an assistant and is now the office manager. She and her husband have a full house with four dogs, Myles, Bitt, Shammy and Diesel and a cat, Sprinkle.

COURTNEY

Courtney is a Certified Veterinary Technologist who joined us in 2009. Courtney received her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Mt. Ida College located in Newton, MA in May 2007. In June 2007, she obtained her certification. She shares her home with her cats, Merlin, Myrtle and Cupcake and her dog (who is smaller than her cats!), Monty.

ROBIN

Robin came to us in the fall of 2013 and is a full time veterinary technician. Robin has more than 13 years experience in the veterinary world, and is a great asset to our team. In her spare time, Robin enjoys listening to music, hiking with her dogs and watching the Red Sox. Pictured with her, are Manny (left) and Macy.

JACKIE

You’ll see Jackie in all areas of the hospital, from the front desk to exam rooms. Her cheery, upbeat personality can not be missed!Jackie has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years, and we are lucky to have her as part of our team now. When she’s not at work, Jackie enjoys traveling, car shows and her kitties – Simon, Patrick, Madi, Butterscotch, Amelia and Marshmellow – she shares home with.

COLBY

Colby is a black (and grey now!) lab mix. Most days, you’ll find him lounging in the hall by Dr. Block’s office, or creeping around the front desk waiting for the next cookie. He can be shy, but can easily be swayed with treats.