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Peter G. Fisher, DVM, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners - Exotic Companion Mammals

Peter G. Fisher, DVM, Diplomate

What am I passionate about?

For those who know me... I am a bit of a type A person; not necessarily a bad thing for a doctor to be a perfectionist. This probably explains my passion for providing exemplary service. Two things I love:

A couple of the little things that keep me passionate about veterinary medicine. Was my chosen profession a calling? I just like to say, "It's what I do."

Five Things Dr. Fisher Would Like You To Know About Him:

1. I admit my decision to stop eating meat in August 2016 came about more as a healthy life choice vs. a 'save the animals' soapbox. Now in my mid 60's, I have put a lifetime of eating meat behind me and not only feel better but also enjoy knowing that I am sparing those domestic farm animals with feathers or hooves.

2. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and much of my time off at home involves a knack for gardening and landscaping; preferably under a majestic sky with a cool breeze to heighten my senses. While on vacation my idea of a good time is getting up before dawn and catching the sun rise as I head for a solo hiking adventure--- just me, the wind and the vistas and sounds of nature.

3. As an international speaker on Exotic Companion Mammals I have been fortunate to travel to Russia, Germany and Austria and China. The best things about these opportunities is meeting and networking with my veterinary colleagues from around the world. As veterinarians we share a special bond that transcends language barriers and homeland politics.

4. I have no artistic talent whatsoever. However, art fascinates me, and I do have a great appreciation for the creative talent of others. I love the blend of colors and shadows and how varied strokes and lines create a person, animal or scene. Amazing! I try to visit art museums whenever I am on the road for either business or pleasure.

5. I don't watch much TV, but I do love to read. I may be crazy, but I get more pleasure reading about a TV show vs. actually sitting down and watching one. I like both fiction and nonfiction, but lately have leaned toward historic works; what happened, who was involved and the results as we know them. I like to be learning as I read but don't get me wrong, a well-written novel that takes me to places of fun and fantasy..... I dig that too.


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 he 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 his suburban community! After high school, he attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, receiving a BS in animal science in December 1975. Four years of doctorate education at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine followed; he graduated in the top 10% of his class in 1980. Upon graduation, he moved to Portsmouth, Virginia, at 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, Dr. Fisher opened Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, starting with the help of one receptionist and one assistant. His obvious love of animals, sincere compassion, and strong work ethic has helped Pet Care grow to a 7-doctor, 35+ 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 hospital’s seven talented doctors.

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