Drs. Rachel Harter and Christopher Brunner founded New Fairfield Animal Hospital in 2008.

Christopher Brunner, VMD

Dr. Christopher Brunner earned a B.S. in Animal Bioscience with a minor in Microbiology and honors in Veterinary Medicine from the Pennsylvania State University. He later earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After moving to Connecticut, Dr. Brunner spent a short time as the attending veterinarian for the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society before joining the staff of Brookfield Animal Hospital, where he quickly developed a local following. His professional interests include preventative medicine and minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy and other endoscopic techniques.  He is an active member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and is accredited by the USDA to sign international health certificates.

Dr. Brunner lives in New Milford with his wife Andrea, daughters Katelyn and Leah, miniature dachshund Riley, and Aussie/beagle mix Gus. He enjoys following baseball, reading, writing, and spending time with his family.


Rachel Harter, DVM

Dr. Rachel Harter is a graduate of Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and began her career at Seneca Animal Hospital outside of Buffalo, NY, a six-doctor growing practice which introduced her to managing heavy case-loads and also helped her build strong diagnostic and surgical skills. It was also there that she developed a particular interest in client education, leading new-owner puppy training classes and writing an “Ask the Vet” column for the Buffalo News. Dr. Harter spent  7 years practicing at Brookfield Animal Hospital in Brookfield, CT where she was able to experience the operation of a smaller practice within a smaller town, which she greatly enjoyed. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Dr. Harter lives in Danbury with her husband Adam, her three children, Bryce, Hayley & Sienna and her four dogs, Sydney, Crystal, Chloe & Dunkin.  In her spare time, Dr. Harter enjoys traveling, skiing, and being involved with her childrens’ various activities.


clough.jpg Lauren Clough, DVM

Dr. Lauren Clough joined New Fairfield Animal Hospital in February of 2013. Dr. Clough earned a B.S. in Biology from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz and her doctorate from St. George’s University, completing her clinical training at the University of Georgia. Dr. Clough is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and has a strong interest in surgery, including both orthopedics and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Clough lives in Westchester, NY, with her family and her cat Zoie. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys seeking new restaurants to try, traveling, and - more recently - taking Zumba classes, which she loves.