Country Companions Veterinary Services, LLC

Our mission as small and large animal veterinarians is to provide the highest quality medical care using the latest technology for your pets and farm animals in a friendly, relaxed, country setting. We provide care for dogs, cats, goats, sheep, cows, llamas, alpacas, pigs and poultry. We look forward to providing care for the life of your pet.

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tue 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Sat: By Appointment Only
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Kimberly McClure Brinton

    Owner/Veterinarian
    Dr Kimberly McClure Brinton is a Bethany native who knows that you really CAN go home.  She has a BS in Animal Science from the University of CT and her DVM from Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!!).  She loves mixed practice although it gets hectic at times & has particular interests in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, geriatrics, small ruminant (goat & sheep) medicine & surgery and she loves cows!  She has a small backyard poultry flock, has 2 cats,  sheep and goats, and two deaf dogs Harriet & Allie.  She is a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Christian Veterinary Mission, member of the Bethany Lions Club, past president of the New Haven County Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Veterinary Management Council of Connecticut and is a former instructor at Quinnipiac University. She loves hiking, gardening, reading and really wants to see Bethany's Black Bear on one of her walks around Lake Chamberlain!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1993
    Education:
    Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    small animal surgery, ruminant medicine and surgery
  • Dr. Shannon Brighenti

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Shannon Brighenti grew up in Massachusetts and received her BS in Animal
    Science and minor in studio art from UMass, Amherst. In 2013, she
    earned her DVM from Cornell University. She enjoys working with all species, and her particular professional interests include small ruminant and camelid medicine and surgery. She has two orange cats, and her heart belongs to her family's yellow lab. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, camping, and skiing.
    Years in Practice:
    May 30, 2013
    Education:
    Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Dallas Passerine

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Dallas Passerine grew up in Oxford CT where she worked on a small hobby farm primarily with sheep. There, she developed an interest in farm animals that has stayed with her ever since. She attended the University of New Haven for undergraduate studies and received her DVM from the University of Tennessee. Although she enjoyed her time in Knoxville, TN, she knew that New England was still very much her home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, kayaking, coaching softball, and watching football and hockey. Betty and Bleu are her two beloved cats that served as her study buddies throughout vet school. Her professional interests include cats, small ruminants, and surgery.  

    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2021
    Education:
    University Of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Kayaking, sports, and enjoying the outdoors..
  • Angie Reich

    Certified Veterinary Technician, Office Manager

    Angie Reich is a certified veterinary technician and joined CCVS in November of 2014. She has been in the field of veterinary medicine since 1990.  She is originally from Iowa and received her BS degree from the University of CT. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, furry companions and a back yard full of honey bees.  Her interest are antique restoration, playing recreational volleyball, and mentoring people on how to care for their pets so that they live a long and healthy life together.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1990
    Education:
    University of Connecticut
    Interests:
    Antiques, Sports, Animals and Family
  • Deb Lewis

    Veterinary Receptionist - recently retired
    Deb was our head receptionist.  She has been an animal lover all her life. She has a special interest in our Connecticut wildlife and in helping to preserve our native treasures. She is grateful to be sharing her life with her cat, Alien, and 2 rescue Ornate box turtles, Lesson and She.  Deb has been with Dr. Kim since the beginning of the practice (with a brief intermission) and enjoys meeting and greeting all our clients! When she is not at the office, she can be spotted out hiking on the many beautiful trails in our area or keeping a close eye on the birds and wildlife that visit her apartment balcony.
    We all wish Deb a happy retirement and she will be greatly missed by our staff and clients.  Maxx will especially miss greating her every morning!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1999
    Interests:
    Hiking and being out in nature
  • Tonya

    Veterinary Technician

    Tonya Joined the practice in April 2017.  She started her veterinary career in 2010 at a small animal practice, growing up with horses she wanted to expand her knowledge into the large animal field.  She is currently attending Penn Foster online to earn her degree as Veterinary Technician.  Tonya lives in Sandy Hook with her husband Alex and her fur babies; Remy a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bishop an Australian Cattle Dog mix, Bam a Domestic Long hair, and Carmella a Domestic Medium hair cat. She also shares horses, Luke and Sam, with her mother.  Outside the practice Tonya enjoys gardening, cooking, hikes, music, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    May 30, 2017
    Education:
    Currently attending Penn Foster online
    Interests:
    Cooking, gardening, hiking, and music
  • Megan

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Megan joined the practice in December 2017. She started her career as a veterinary technician in 2014 where she worked in a hospital as an equine vet tech.  She went to college at SUNY Cobleskill and has her bachelors in Animal Science.  Growing up with horses and having a lot of large animal veterinary experience, she thought a mixed animal practice would be a great place to further her large animal knowledge and gain more small animal experience. Megan lives on a farm in Brookfield that she and her husband Joe purchased together in June 2016. When she is not working, Megan is typically found hiking with her three dogs, Sadie and Levi the Australian Shepherds, and Kota a Siberian Husky; or out at the barn with her Quarter Horse Jax, and her two Nigerian Dwarf goats Jelly & Beans. Megan’s interests other than her animals include working out, and spending time with her family & friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 22, 2017
    Education:
    SUNY Cobleskill
    Interests:
    Horseback Riding and Hiking
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    Diana

    Veterinary Technician

    Diana came to our practice in January 2019. She knew that she wanted to work with animals when being around them growing up.  Working in the field of small animals only as a vet tech, she wanted to expand her knowledge into large animal.  When not working, in her spare time she enjoys long walks, listening to country music, weekend get aways, and of course seeing family and friends. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Interests:
    walking, running and listening to country music
  • Britney

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Britney joined our practice in April 2021.  She went to Juniata College in PA, where she received her BS in Animal Biology and a minor in Digital Multimedia Arts, focusing on population dynamics of Great White Sharks off the coast of Africa.  She moved to CT after graduation and has worked professionally as a veterinary technician in CT for 3 years.  Britney has worked exclusively with dogs, cats, and occasional pocket pets, but she is excited to branch out into the world of large animal practice.  Outside of work she has a zoo of her own to care for: Merlin & Atraxa (Cherry-Headed Redfoot Tortoise), JJ (Painted Turtle), Maiden (Woma Python), Squiggles (Leopard Gecko), Azog (Axolotl), Diglett (Siberian Hamster), Puff & Munch (Pea Puffers), Mirage & Pipin (Cats), and Max her dog.  In Britney's spare time she can be found hiking, baking, or escaping for weekend get aways to go scuba diving.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 12, 2021
    Education:
    Juaniate College, PA & St. John University, York UK
    Interests:
    hiking, baking, sharks and scuba diving
  • Mei-Li

    Technician

    Mei-Li joined our practice in 2021.  She helps in all areas of the hospital.  Mei-Li has worked in the equine healthcare of veterinary medicine which contributes to her love of large farm animals we visit.  Outside of work Mei-Li spends her time with friends and her two horses.
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 29, 2022
    Interests:
    Equine
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    Olivia

    Hospital Attendant

    Olivia is a student at Middlesex Community College, where she is studying to be a veterinary technician.  She is assisting our technicians and doctors to build on her training.  When she is not at work she is studying or working with horses.
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 12, 2022
    Education:
    Middlesex College
    Interests:
    Equine
  • Valerie

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Valerie is a licensed veterinary technician who started her career in 2006 after graduating from Quinnipiac University.  For 13 years she worked in the ICU and ER departments of two emergency hospitals in the state.  She loves the fast-paced nature of emergency and critical care but was ready for a change, so she took some time off to be with her two young children.  Valerie is excited to be back in vet med, learning about large animal medicine, and caring for patients once again - which is her true passion.  When she's not at work you can find Val down by the beach either collecting sea glass or out on the paddle board with her husband and two children.  She's also a fur mom of two 17 year old kitties, Panta and Diddle, who she has raised since birth, and 2 year old Miller (Pit/Lab/Boxer/etc... mix) the troublemaker of the family.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2022
    Education:
    Quinnipiac College
  • Amanda

    Technician

    Bio coming soon
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 02, 2022
  • Chloe

    Hospital Attendant

    Chloe is a Nonnewaug student that joined our practice in 2022.  She is part of the high school agriculture program that introduces students to veterinary medicine.  Chloe can be found helping our team while she is learning the behind the scenes of veterinary medicine.
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 29, 2022
    Education:
    Nonnewaug High School
    Interests:
    Raising goats.
  • Angela

    Client Service Representative

    Angela joined the practice in September of 2023. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2016-all of her life she has had a great love and passion for animals. She was enrolled in Penn Foster as she was interested in becoming a certified veterinary technician. She lives in Orange with her husband Joe and her 2 beautiful children Valentina 20, and Rocco 18. She is also the proud momma of Brutus her 8 yr old Boston Terrier, Kaia her 18 month old English lab and her cats 2 yr old Lucia and 5 yr old Bagheera and her flock of 8 chickens. Angela and her husband are working toward there goal of owning a farm. 
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 04, 2023
    Interests:
    Animals, Art, Music, hiking and spending time with family and pets
  • Katie

    Veterinary Technician

    Katie just graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in animal science.  She has worked in an all cats hospital for several years and just recently joined our team to expand her knowledge in a mixed animal setting.  She will be attending veterinary school in the Fall and we hope that she will be back with us during summers and holidays.
    Years in Practice:
    Mar 05, 2024
    Education:
    University of Connecticut
  • Melissa

    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Melissa joined our practice in 2024 after graduating from Tunxis Community College.  She aspires to be a veterinarian one day and is looking to work in all areas of veterinary  medicine from the ground up.  She wants to advocate for animals through her journey. She enjoys spending time with her 13 year old Siberian Husky, Nakita.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 15, 2024
    Education:
    Tunxis Community College
    Interests:
    Hiking and spending time with her pets and family..
  • Juliana

    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Juli joined our practice in 2024 as a veterinary assistant.  She is currently attending school to complete a certification as a veterinary technician assistant.  She has a BA in psychology and creative writing.  In her spare time she enjoys music, art, fashion, and animal/wildlife conservation.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 15, 2024
    Education:
    working on CVTA
    Interests:
    Music, art, and animal/wildlife conservation
  • Lauren

    Veterinary Technician
    Bio and picture coming soon
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2024
    Education:
    Texas State University
    Interests:
    Comic books, Kpop, Dogs, reading, music, and writing
  • Max

    Max is our new orange feline addition to the staff.  He is a little shy and likes to lay in the cat tree, catching rays of sun through most of the day.  He will lounge in the window at the front desk and you can catch him running around the office in evening.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Chewing on cords to the window blinds.
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    Eddie

    Eddie had been at the hospital since 2013.  He was found lounging in many places, he was known to pop out of cabinets during exams and run down hallways with bags of cat treats. He also knew how to give a high five for food!  We will miss him dearly!❤
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Interests:
    Opening bags of food
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    Norton

    Norton had been at the hospital since 2012.  He was loved by so many, we will miss you Nortie! You will always be in our hearts. ❤
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012