Meet Our Doctors

Meet our amazing doctors.
Gardner Animal Care Center provides caring, compassionate veterinary medicine to pets in Gardner and beyond.
Dr. Brian Hurley

Dr. Brian Hurley

Co-Owner, CVJ (Certified Veterinary Journalist)

When Dr. Brian C. Hurley was five years old, his dog, Shelley, was seriously injured. They rushed her to the veterinarian, but her injuries were too extensive to save and they had to say good-bye. That was the day he decided to become a veterinarian. Dr. Hurley felt that he would do everything in his power to never let another treasured family member leave their family again.

He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, but moved frequently beginning at the age of nine. He was fortunate to live in numerous states: Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, Indiana, Florida, and Massachusetts. He is a true ‘southern boy’ at heart. Dr. Hurley did his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. GO GATORS!!! He has worked at the Gardner Animal Care Center since 1996 and became a partner in 2004. His primary interests are medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

In February 2010, Dr. Hurley became the first veterinarian certified by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ).

He married Dawn in 1994 and they were blessed with a daughter in 1997. Their house is protected by their chocolate lab, Rocky. He was born with a cleft palate that was repaired by Dr. Kudej at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hurley’s hobbies include reading, playing the piano, and golf.

Dr. Michael McTigue

Dr. Michael McTigue

Veterinarian

Dr. Michael McTigue is the founder and co-owner of the Gardner Animal Care Center. He enjoys meeting new pets and their families, helping them stay healthy, and aiding in their recovery. He enjoys the broad spectrum of medicine and surgery that a general practice provides. He is also very happy with the hospital which allows us to provide the best care in a pet-centered, client-friendly, and reduced stressed environment.

Originally from Rochester, NY, with an undergraduate degree from New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry in wildlife biology, he earned his DVM degree at Cornell University. He bought the Gardner Animal Hospital practice in 1988 and has watched the steady growth since that time. He opened the Gardner Animal Care Center in June 2000.

At home, enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and 4 daughters, along with two Golden Retrievers and one cat. He is an active church member involved in several ministries including biblical counseling. He has fun playing golf, skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Amy Rubin

Dr. Amy Rubin

Veterinarian

Dr. Amy joined our team as a part-time veterinarian in early February 2014. Our clients find her caring, very knowledgeable and down-to-earth. She is hardworking, and enthusiastic about her profession, and is empathetic to both her patients and their pet parents, believing in being a team player committed to excellent medicine. Dr. Amy received her veterinary degree from the Ohio State University in May of 2005 and had been working as an associate veterinarian since graduation. From April 2006 until recently, she also managed her own private practice in large animal medicine, treating horses, cows, and goats. Dr. Amy has a passion for helping pets with anxiety live a more stress-free life, which fits right in with our GACC fear free practice culture. She is married with a young son and has two cats and a horse at home. Dr. Amy enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and horseback riding.

Here is what our clients are saying about her:

  • “Dr. Amy is terrific. Fritz (our Westie rescue) had his physical and shots with Dr. Amy, and she was wonderful with him and us. A fantastic addition to the rest of the equally fantastic professionals at GACC.” – Kathie Yeagley
  • “We adore Dr. Amy!!! She truly helped us with our anxiety riddled Lizzie!!! Her patience with our frazzled nerves helped Lizzie’s family learn to help her!”- Shelley Brennan
  • “She was absolutely wonderful with my cat Briquette!”- Samantha Aube
  • “She’s amazing!!” – Sarah Morris Shampine
  • “That’s my girl Cookie!, who is boarding this week and also having her annual physical. She’s SO photogenic! I’m blessed to have such caring individuals look after my cats when I am traveling! And to see Dr. Amy’s smile while dealing with my egotistical Cookie, shows that she can handle ANY cat! GACC ROCKS!!!!!” – Paul Mattern
Dr. Maria Miller

Dr. Maria Miller

Veterinarian

Dr. Maria Miller joined the Gardner Animal Hospital team as a part-time Veterinarian in April 2014. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1997. Since graduation, Dr. Maria has enjoyed practicing high-quality medicine in a variety of clinical settings including general practice, 24-hour emergency and shelter medicine. Dr. Maria is highly regarded for her commitment to client education; clients find her to be kind and compassionate, approachable, very knowledgeable and often quite funny! Dr. Maria enjoys working with her geriatric patients and can usually be found sitting with them on the exam room floor. Dr. Maria also earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Western Kentucky University. Prior to her career in veterinary medicine, Maria worked as a high school music teacher and band director.

Dr. Maria lives in Chelmsford Massachusetts with her spouse, kitties Eve and Stuart, and black Lab mix, Summitt. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys music, cooking, puppy classes and college sports, especially women’s college basketball. Go Vols!!!

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Since 1988, the goal of the veterinarians and staff at Gardner Animal Care Center has been to assemble and maintain a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care.
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Our Address

73 Eaton Street
Gardner, MA 01440
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Our Hours

Mon,Wed,Fri: 7:30am – 7:00 pm
Tues, Thurs: 7:30 am – 8:00pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: Closed
Daycare opens at 6:30 am.

Contact Info

Call: 978-632-7110
Fax: 978-632-7354
Email: clientservices@gaccvet.com

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