Great Bay Animal Hospital

31 Newmarket Rd
Durham, NH 03824


James V McKiernan, DVM, Owner

Dr. James McKiernan received his Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Vermont in 1986.

Dr. Jim has been practicing small animal medicine in New Hampshire since 1996. He currently owns and practices at The Great Bay Animal Hospital in Durham NH. Dr. Jim has many interests within the field of veterinary medicine.  These include, but are not limited to; internal medicine, canine and feline behavior, dermatology, surgery , reproductive medicine, and ophthalmology.

It was at Tufts that Dr. Jim met renowned dog trainer Brian Kilcommons.  Brian was an adjunct lecturer at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, instructing veterinary students about canine behavior and it’s clinical applications. Since that time,  Dr. Jim has become one of the few veterinarians to be mentored by Brian. Dr. Jim’s clinical approach and bedside manner clearly reflects his training. 

From 1997-2000, Dr. Jim appeared weekly on ABC-WMUR Television in NH. The program, called “Pet Set,” not only involved educating the viewing audience about the health of their pets but found homes for over one hundred homeless pets. His practice has been highlighted by New Hampshire Public Television and he has consulted with many print outlets including Parade Magazine and Comcast. Currently, he is a regular guest on WBZ radio's Boston Nightside with Dan Rea. 

Dr Jim is an active member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association. Since 2005, Dr. Jim has contributed to the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Cruelty of Animals as a member of the board of directors and currently works with Save One Animal Rescue to assist in the medical and surgical needs as well as the adoption process of shelter pets.



J'aime Anderson Bloom, DVM

Dr. J'aime Anderson Bloom received her BA from Bowdoin College in 1996 followed by her DVM from Tufts Veterinary School in 2000. While at Tufts, she was honored with a membership to Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Following graduation Dr. Bloom completed a thirteen month internship in small animal surgery and medicine at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. She also completed a one year intensive study of veterinary acupuncture at Tufts Veterinary School in 2002.

In addition to her practice of veterinary medicine, Dr. Bloom is the mother of five year old twins who keep her very busy. When not at Great Bay, she can be found riding her Connemara pony, Wyatt Wonder Pony, or hanging out with her beloved dogs, Thomas and Mary.





Karen Martin Adler, DVM

Dr. Karen Adler is a 1994 graduate of Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been happily practicing companion animal medicine ever since. Prior to vet school Dr. Adler worked in the environmental toxicology field and received a Master's degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard University in 1985. She currently resides in Portsmouth with her husband Steve, two children, two dogs and two cats.






Deborah D Discher, DVM

Dr. Deb Discher graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996.  She worked in general and emergency practice for 15 years before taking a full time job as a teacher at Great Bay Community College's Veterinary Technology program in 2011. Dr. Discher enjoys being able to teach full time while still being able to practice veterinary medicine as a relief doctor at Great Bay Animal Hospital.  She has lived with her husband on the east coast for 16 years and in the seacoast area for 13 years.  Her husband grew up in Minnesota but has loved living on the east coast (She grew up in Massachusetts and couldn't wait to get back.)  She and her husband are home bodies for the most part and love spending time at home with their dogs.  Occasionally, though, they get the urge to travel and they have a growing list of places they want to visit.