Douglas Tack, DVM

Dr. Douglas Tack is our Medical Director and Chief of Staff. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, at which time he moved from the family farm in Michigan to New York. He spent many years focusing on Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, where he developed his special interests in Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Avian/Exotic Medicine. Dr. Tack joined Black River Veterinary Hospital in 2006. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Dr. Susan Tack (also a veterinarian!) and children Erin (a recent graduate of Villanova with a degree in Biology and English) and Greg (a Junior at Florida State majoring in Computer Engineering and Math). Dr. Tack has 8 Jack Russell Terriers and 1 Border terrier, and he can often be seen at Terrier Trials (dog shows) around the United States and Canada. His passion for working terrier breeds has given him the opportunity to Judge throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

Kara Palac, DVM

​Dr. Palac has had a deep love for animals her entire life, spending most of her adolescence mucking stalls and riding horses, but when she graduated from the University of New Hampshire for the first time, it was as an English and Psychology major. She went back to UNH for her veterinary school prerequisites once she realized moving to New York city to be a writer would mean leaving her love of working with animals behind. In 2014 she graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. After graduation, she spent two years working in a mixed animal practice in central New York before deciding she wanted to focus on dogs and cats. Her special interests include pain management and endocrine disease like diabetes and cushings. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding her horse Koko and relaxing with her Husky, Ginger.

Jessica Moreira, DVM

Dr. Jessica Moreira received her bachelors of science from Drexel University in June of 2009. Her passion for medicine and the human animals bond brought her to the island of Grenada following her undergraduate career where she attended Saint George’s University School of Veterinary medicine. She completed her clinical year at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. She was then awarded her veterinary degree in June of 2013. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internal medicine and surgical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Since her internship, Dr. Moreira has gained experience in working with exotic animals and has a deep-rooted passion for working with turtles, snakes, and small mammals. Her clinical interests are emergency and critical care, nutrition, internal medicine, and oncology. Dr. Moreira is a New Jersey native who grew up with a large Portuguese family. She loves to travel and has a love for the Portuguese and Spanish language. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, friends, and with her dogs Zero, Nutella, and the Oogie Boogie Monster. She also enjoys running, fundraising for charities, kickboxing, and Crossfit.

Maria Hancock, DVM

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Maria Hancock has joined us at Black River Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Hancock attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has special interest in pet nutrition, surgery, and geriatric care. When she is not practicing she enjoys in the outdoors and is a self-proclaimed foodie, trying all kinds of cuisines. Dr. Hancock is the proud owner of “Misia”, a Beagle, and “Uno,” her one-eyed feline friend. Our hospital is pleased to have Dr. Hancock join us and we look forward to all of you meeting here in the future.