Veterinary Professionals

Julia Zitz, DVM, MS, DACVS

Orthopedic and Soft tissue surgeon

Dr. Zitz

Dr. Zitz graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she did her internship at the Animal Medical Center of NYC which specialized in small Animal Medicine/Surgery from 2003-2004. She then went on to The Ohio State University where she completed her small animal surgical residency and masters in 2007, with diplomate status in 2011. Dr. Zitz has worked as a veterinary surgeon for the last 9 years before joining our team.

When not in the hospital, Dr Zitz resides in Ipswich, MA and loves to sail, ski, as well as play tennis and golf with her husband and 2 dogs.


Dr. Susan Pudwill, DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Pudwill graduated from the University of North Dakota with undergraduate degree is in Medical Technology. Dr. Pudwill also worked in laboratory medicine for many years before pursuing a career as a veterinarian.

In 2000, Dr. Pudwill earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. She then worked in small animal medicine including general preventative care, surgery and emergency care in both Minnesota and North Dakota before joining our staff at Animal Medical Center of New England.

She has an interest in arts and crafts and does small projects of her own and appreciates the work done by others in quilting, knitting, crochet and stained glass.  Dr. Pudwill moved to Nashua with her Labrador Retriever, Bo, who has been enjoying the weather and landscape here in New Hampshire. We are very happy to have Dr. Pudwill as part of our hospital family.

Stephanie Kottler, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound

Dr. Stephanie Kottler spent most of her upbringing in Arlington, MA. She attended college at Northwestern University where she obtained her B.S. in theater in 1999. After graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. In 2008, she finished a 3 year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri and completed her Master’s degree. Dr. Kottler is board certified in small animal internal medicine. Her interests within the realm of internal medicine include endocrinology and infectious disease. Dr. Kottler has practiced internal medicine in New Hampshire as well as worked as a consultant for Antech laboratories. Currently she is offering diagnostic ultrasound (abdominal, cervical, and non-cardiac thoracic).




Dr. Elise Durville, DVM

Dr. Elise Durville received her D.V.M. from Oklahoma State University in 2017. A native of Massachusetts, she was eager to return to the east coast and worked for a time in a small practice in upstate New York. She joined AHN in June, 2018, where she enjoys the collaborative atmosphere. Her medical interests include nutrition and parasitology, as well as exotic medicine and integrating traditional Chinese medicine, like acupuncture and herbs, with more conventional therapies.
In her free time, Dr. Durville enjoys martial arts, creative writing, and inspiring nature walks. Her happily single cat, Tabby, makes sure Dr. Durville keeps a regular schedule at home that involves timely feedings and plenty of attention. She also regularly tests the defenses of the growing number of plants populating the windowsills.