Get to Know PPEAH

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Get to know Paws, Purrs & Exotics Animal Hospital!

Hello, and thank you for your interest in our practice! We are happy to introduce ourselves and share a little bit about our history, our philosophy and our staff. Please give us a call if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

Our History

Drs. Nia Perkins and Elton Vyfhuis had a dream, to open an amazing small animal practice that provided care for not only cats and dogs, but pocket pets, birds, and exotics. Paws, Purrs & Exotics Animal Hospital opened its doors in the summer of 2009 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Our Vision

To build a bond of trust with every client, and to be the veterinary advocate for all pets we care for.

Our Mission

paw print To help pet owners make sound medical decisions.
paw print To keep our doctors and staff up-to-date on the latest standards of care, and to provide a toolbox of valuable resources for pet owners.
paw print To strengthen the human-pet bond by ensuring the health and well being of our patients, and engage in open communication with their owners.

PPEAH Core Values

paw print We will always practice ethical medicine.
paw print We will have respect for all people and animals.
paw print We will be empathetic to our clients and patients’ needs.
paw print We will act in a professional manner at all times.
paw print We will hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
paw print We will work to keep our hospital clean, inside and out.
paw print We will strive to be effective communicators and active listeners.
paw print We promise to stay true to our values. Call us on it if we don’t!