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 (beginning veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania in fall 2019) and Greg (currently attending graduate school at William Paterson University.) 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. Kara 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. She joined the BRVH family in fall of 2016. Her special interests include pain management and endocrine diseases like diabetes and Cushing’s. 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 Bachelor 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 then received 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 small mammals. Her clinical interests are emergency and critical care, nutrition, and internal medicine. She joined the BRVH team in 2017 after working in small animal emergency hospital.
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 languages. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her many pets. She also enjoys running, the outdoors and fundraising for charities.
Maria Hancock, BVMS
Dr. Maria Hancock has been at Black River Veterinary Hospital since June 2018 and has loved meeting everyone and their beloved pets! She completed her B.S. in Animal Science at Rutgers University and attended veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has a special interest in animal nutrition and surgery. When she is not practicing, she enjoys the outdoors and is a self-proclaimed foodie, trying all kinds of cuisines, with Korean being her favorite. Dr. Hancock is the proud owner of “Misia” a crazy beagle, and “Uno,” her one-eyed feline friend. She recently got engaged in the Philippines and will be celebrating her wedding at the end of this year!
Suzanne Bliesath, DVM
Dr. Suzanne Bliesath received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 1998. She grew up in Northern NJ and raised her family in Long Valley. In addition to treating dogs and cats, she also sees small mammals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas and hamsters. Her interests include animal behavior, skin disorders, reproduction, service animals and preventive medicine. She believes in treating her patients as if they are her own and encourages client questions. Dr. Bliesath joined BRVH in late spring of 2019.
When she is not in the hospital, you can find her with her husband, three children, dogs Miley, Bella, Sprinkles and Brownie, or out on her boat!
Dr. Kelly Vex
Dr. Kelly Vex began the pursuit of her dream to practice Veterinary Medicine as a young girl in Niagara Falls, New York. Dr. Vex earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. As a student, she was recognized by the American Association of Feline Practitioners for outstanding interest and ability in feline medicine and surgery. After graduation, she moved to Northern New Jersey with her husband to begin her veterinary career. Inspired by a service dog patient as MSU, she was a volunteer veterinarian for guide dogs in training on her days off at the Seeing Eye in Morristown. Although Dr. Vex enjoys all aspects of small animal care, she has developed special interests in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. When not at work she enjoys the outdoors, DYI projects, and spending time with her husband and their four children.