5322 Patterson Ave.
Second Place: Nan Jack, Church Hill Animal Hospital
Third Place: Locke Taylor
Betty Baugh Harrison started her career in 1998 without a clinic, treating cats and dogs in clients' homes. "It was just her," practice manager Sharon Hubbard says. "The visiting vet all around Richmond." Harrison opened Betty Baugh's Animal Clinic on Patterson Avenue in 1999. Her practice offers advanced diagnostics, such as ultrasound, endoscopy and echocardiography, as well as alternative treatments, such as veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicines. But Harrison still visits clients' homes — a service invaluable to people with multiple animals and elderly pet owners who have trouble traveling. Nan Jack is beloved for her kind and sensible approach to pet care. She believes in preventive care and counsels clients to skip expensive tests that aren't necessary. And Locke Taylor is a veteran veterinarian whose clients praise his empathetic manner and incomparable experience.