322 N. 25th St.
Second Place: Betty Baugh's Animal Clinic
Third Place: Tie: Cary Street Veterinary Hospital; Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, Carytown
Church Hill is a historic, tight-knit community, and those qualities spill over into a love of pets. It's a ready-made market for Nan Jack, owner of Church Hill Animal Hospital, and her associates, who also draw from beyond the neighborhood. She describes her 10-year-old center as "a kind of general practice" that goes into routine surgery and other advanced treatments at affordable prices. Church Hill sticks with basic, solid service (no boarding) that inspires loyalty. What makes it work, Jack says, is that "we enjoy what we do." Betty Baugh's clinic includes alternative treatments for pets. Cary Street Veterinary Hospital offers acupuncture and sophisticated dental care, and Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of Carytown has more than 30 years of experience caring for Richmond's animals.