Peter G. Fisher, DVM
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners - Exotic Companion Mammals
Peter G. Fisher grew up on Long Island where he graduated from Syosset high school in 1972. His fascination with animals started early in life and as a youngster had a variety of animal companions including: dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, homing pigeons, a turtle and a pet pig. The pig in particular was quite a sensation in this suburban community. After high school he attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science in December, 1975. Four years of doctorate education at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine followed where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in 1980. Upon graduation he moved to Portsmouth, Virginia upon the advice of two close college friends who already lived in the area. Four years of associate work at two area veterinary hospitals followed. In 1984 he opened Pet Care Veterinary Hospital starting with the help of one receptionist and one assistant. Dr. Fisher’s obvious love of animals, sincere compassion and strong work ethic has helped Pet Care to grow to a 5 doctor, 25 employee facility. His special interests include exotic animal medicine, cytology, surgery and educating clients and budding veterinarians. Senior veterinary students come from around the United States to spend several weeks of their senior year at Pet Care observing and learning from the hospitals five talented doctors.
Outside of the office Dr. Fisher enjoys the company of his wife, Alicelynne, two children, Emily and Adam, and a houseful of pets. He enjoys the outdoors and gardening, canoeing, hiking and back packing are avidly pursued when time allows. Dr. Fisher enjoys music and working out; preferably in combination.
Dr. Fisher’s passion for veterinary medicine has kept him active in the veterinary community where he served as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Tidewater Veterinary Academy (Hampton Roads continuing education organization) for over twelve years. As well, he is a an active writer on the subject of exotic mammals for various veterinary periodicals, and lectures on exotic animal health at national and international veterinary conferences. On the local scene he enjoys talking to dog, bird, rabbit and ferret clubs.