Vanessa Hawkins


Vanessa Hawkins DVM - East Padden Animal HospitalBorn in Manhattan, Dr. Hawkins was raised in Sea Cliff, New York on the north shore of Long Island with an incredible amount of animals: a ferret, a tortoise, a box turtle, a chinchilla, a rabbit, a boa constrictor, a hedgehog, a Cairn Terrier; ducks, two guinea pigs, mice, lizards and parakeets. She also had two cats, Katie and Tabitha, who lived with her for 18 and 18.5 years through undergrad at Cornell, veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and her move out to Oregon after graduating in 2008. While her conventional schooling finished then, Dr. Hawkins has attended some sort of continued education every year since, including the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society training in Portland, OR in 2012.

Dr. Hawkins’ favorite part about veterinary medicine is that every day is different and meaningful, because she gets to connect with people and their pets. She enjoys offering a down-to-earth approach to veterinary care, especially within her special interests of animal behavior and surgery.

Both a dog and a cat person, Dr. Hawkins enjoys training and doing activities with her and her wife Janelle’s four dogs, but also being at home with their multiple rescue cats and working on “catification” projects for them. Beyond the more typical house pets, though, Dr. Hawkins and her wife also have two chinchillas. A few of Dr. Hawkins other hobbies include hiking, reading, going to concerts, traveling and gardening, and she has a certain soft spot for chocolate and pizza.