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Dr. Rachel Purvis

Dr. Rachel Purvis

Locum Veterinarian

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Katie Richardson

Dr. Katie Richardson

Locum Veterinarian

Dr. Katie Richardson has always wanted to serve as a voice for those who can’t necessarily speak for themselves. Being an advocate for the well-being of pets is simply something she was born to do. That’s why she decided to become a veterinarian and make a direct impact on as many families as she possibly could. Dr. Richardson is proud to do just that as a member of the Peterborough West Animal Hospital team!

Dr. Richardson is from Cobourg, Ontario, and grew up riding horses and owning all sorts of pets at home. She was only in high school when she started volunteering at vet clinics around Peterborough. Dr. Richardson relocated to Scotland to study zoology at St. Andrews University, traveling throughout Europe and abroad during her four years of undergraduate coursework—she even worked with wildlife veterinarians in South African safari parks! Next, she attended the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland and discovered her love for companion animal medicine during her final year.

After becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Richardson decided to move to Florida, where she began working at a clinic in Boca Raton. After three rewarding years there, she relocated again back to Canada to be with her fiancé. That was in the fall of 2020, and it wasn’t long before Dr. Richardson had signed on here at Peterborough West Animal Hospital. She couldn’t be happier with her choice!

Medically, Dr. Richardson is fond of dermatology and internal medicine work, and she’s recently taken a stronger interest in feline medicine. Above all, she likes providing the best possible care to her patients and making an impact on the lives of the community’s families every day.

Outside of work, Dr. Richardson likes working out, running, traveling, and spending time with her family and pets. She and her fiancé live with two cats: Willow Rose, a snowshoe Siamese who Dr. Richardson adopted upon moving to Florida; and a Tuxedo kitten named Jax who insists on being around people all day long.

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