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Thank-you for considering the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic for your pets' healthcare needs. We look forward to helping you care for your pets! Our team specializes in the delivery of compassionate, evidence-based canine and feline general practice. Services include: preventive care, general medicine and surgery, veterinary dentistry, laboratory diagnosis, diagnostic imaging (x-ray and ultrasound) as well as pet bathing and grooming. Our AAHA-accredited facility makes use of the latest technology in a paper-light environment. This allows for seamless integration between our specialty partners, outside laboratory and, most importantly, our clients. Please feel free to contact us or to set up an appointment.

-Michael Bukowski DVM (Practice owner)

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Meet Our Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Tim Harmon DVM
    Veterinarian, Practice Owner-Junior Partner

    Tim Harmon is a Kansas native that has veterinary medicine in his blood. His love for animals started very early in his parent’s veterinary hospital where both his mom, Cathy and dad, Gary were veterinarians. Tim loved exploring the practice as a child, playing with his favorite clinic cat Peanut Butter and going on farm calls with his dad to check cattle and horses. In college Tim studied and received a Bachelors degree in German Literature and spent several years living and studying in Germany. In 2005 he received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary medicine. He has a strong focus in pain management and patient care.

    Tim lives with his wife Lindsey and daughter Amelia on a small farm where they raise chickens and geese. They have Great Pyrenees that work as livestock guardian dogs and a few house dogs and several lovely felines that keep life interesting indoors. Two horses grace their back pasture. He enjoys tinkering on his future airplane engine, reading and cooking. His current endeavor is to learn to bake the perfect pie.

  • Kathryn Nickerson DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr Nickerson is a graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  She has a life long love for animals having shared her childhood with cows, goats, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, and many fish. 

    She attended Bates College, where she was a three time All-American in track and field and cross-country. After graduating from veterinary school, she practiced in Alaska where she cultivated a soft spot for sled dogs. 

    Dr Nickerson has  special interests in dermatology, feline medicine, behavior and quality end-of-life care. 

    Currently, she owns the greatest senior Golden Retriever in the world, named Angus.  She cannot wait to get her next cat. She shares Angus with her husband and son. Together with her husband she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, canoeing, and Celtic music.

  • Michael Bukowski DVM
    Veterinarian, Practice Owner-Senior Partner

    For the better part of two decades, I have had the honor and privilege of being able to help the people of Sanford and Southern York County care for their pets. I strive to treat every client and patient with the due diligence and respect that I afford my own family and pets. I also expect nothing less from my staff.

    I enjoy all aspects of the general practice of veterinary medicine and surgery and find it most rewarding that being a veterinarian allows me to combine the great human invention of science with the great human virtue of compassion. I do my utmost to ensure that the procedures and therapies chosen for my patients are supported by the best available evidence and technology.

    I am a 1988 graduate of Colby College and a 1992 Graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. It was at Colby where I acquired my affection for the State of Maine and its people. Eager to return to the state I love, in June of 1992 I was hired to work at the DMVC as an associate veterinarian by Dr David Spahn and the late Dr William 'Jack' Holt. Under their tutelage I developed my strong work ethic and learned the art of veterinary medicine. In January of 1997, I became a partner and in December of 2011 acquired the practice and property outright, allowing Dr Spahn to enter a well-deserved semi-retirement.

    I reside in Portland, with my wife and our four children, three dogs: ( Dashiell, a Doberman, Truffles, a rescue terrier and Winnie, a Tea-cup poodle). We also enjoy the company of four cats Ginger, Triscuit, Queenie, and Oliver. When not working I enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing on Cliff Island in Casco Bay, snowboarding up at Sunday River, mountain biking or enjoying the many fine restaurants that Portland has to offer.

    Thanks again for considering the DMVC!

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I feel so grateful to have Down Maine care for our animals.. I truly believe they have the animals and owners best interest at heart.. Every time we come here I feel as though the doctors truly care about my animals."
    Nicole P.
  • "I can not tell you how much I appreciate all of the staff there from the girls at the front desk, the vet techs and right up to the veterinarians! I have had dogs with very serious medical conditions and i could not ask for more accommodating people!! They genuinely care deeply for you and your animals! Thanks for everything!! You are the best!!"
    Linda Johnston Owen H.

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Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:00 PM

Wednesday:

7:30 am-8:00 pm

Thursday:

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