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Mission Statement

We will provide the highest quality of compassionate and ethical care for our patients. We will develop collaborative patient treatment plans which meet or exceed our clients' expectations, thereby earning and retaining our clients' trust. We will maintain a compassionate and knowledgeable staff focused on client education, preventative care and open communication, to create a business culture that promotes long-term doctor-patient-client relationships, professional growth, legal responsibility, honesty and financial security.

History of Harrisonburg Animal Hospital

Harrisonburg Animal Hospital was formed in the 1950s, and since has been the longest running small animal veterinarian in Harrisonburg.  The hospital has been in its current location since 1996.  Dr. Ward, the current owner, purchased the practice from her mentor, Dr. Terry Jessen.  He owned the practice from 1998 until 2016, when he retired.  Dr. Jessen and his staff left a legacy of treating their clients like family members, and we strive to continue that mission.  

We are proud of our affiliation with the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association (IVPA), a group of independently owned small veterinary clinics across the USA.  Supporting the local economy is such an important part of who we are, and what we support. 

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