About Us

Our Philosphy...

Apple Country Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality veterinary care with a personalized treatment plan for each owner and his/her pet. As a predominantly small animal hospital located in Stow, Massachusetts, our professional and courteous staff will welcome you and your pet as part of our family. Your pet will receive individualized, exceptional care from our skilled and compassionate veterinarians and experienced support staff. We at Apple Country Animal Hospital strive to understand each pet and his/her owner so that the best medical care and service is delivered. Our extended hours will make it convenient to schedule an appointment around your needs.

Brief History...

Apple Country Animal Hospital, established in 1987, provides high quality, compassionate healthcare. Our doctors combine their medical expertise and compassion with their years of experience to deliver the best care to your pet.

Check out our pet portal on our home page where you can make an appointment, have questions answered, or shop online. Some of the products we offer online range from prescription food, non-prescription food, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, and medication refills via mail or for pickup at our office.

Our Veterinarians

Portrait of Dr. Heather Gould

Heather Gould, DVM

Practice Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Gould graduated from Clark University with Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. She has been working here at Apple Country Animal Hospital since 2007, and became owner in 2018. Dr. Gould teams up with owners to make sure the diagnostics and treatment plan are right for their pet. She has a special interest in geriatric care, pain management, and internal medicine. She and her husband have two children, two birds, one dog, and one cat! When not at work she enjoys baking, running, and reality TV.

Portrait of Dr. Caralee Manley

Caralee Manley, DVM


Dr. Caralee Manley is an Associate Veterinarian who has been a member of Apple Country Animal Hospital medical staff since November of 2008. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Prince Edward Island with a BSc. in Biology and minor in Chemistry and in 2007 from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Manley has always known that she would enter the animal field and enjoys fostering the bond between people and their pets. Dr. Manley and her husband have two children and share their home with numerous adopted/rescued furry children. Her interests include ice and floor hockey, hiking, running, and reading.

Portrait of Dr. Cindy Shaefer

Cindy Schaefer, DVM


Dr. Cindy Schaefer is the former owner of Apple Country Animal Hospital, after selling the practice to Dr. Gould. After 30 years of successful ownership, she remains dedicated to continue serving the fantastic clients at Apple Country. She graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After working in mixed animal practice in central MA for 6 years she got the opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream of owning her own small animal hospital. Dr. Schaefer has one son who is a former submariner for the US Navy. After work relaxation includes walking and training her German Shepherd, reading, embroidery, cooking, bike riding and spending time on Buzzard Bay.

Services We Provide

The Animals Of Apple Country


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Apple Country Animal Hospital is located on Great Road (Route 117) in Stow, MA close to the Maynard town line. Our hospital is set off the road, but we have a yellow sign marking our location. We would love to have you in for a visit! If you have any trouble finding out location, you can get directions using the map below or by calling us at (978) 897-9271.

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