During this uncertain time, we would like to reassure you that our goal at Dumfries Animal Hospital is to remain open and continue to provide veterinary care for your beloved pets. We are doing what we can to help keep you, our staff and our community safe. In response to the recent recommendations of the CDC, WHO and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), we are making some additional changes that will stay in affect as long as the recommendations are in place.


*** All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier ***


*** We ask that anyone showing signs of illness remain at home***


Current COVID hospital protocol:


When you arrive at the hospital, please park in a numbered spot and give us a call. If you are here for a scheduled doctor’s appointment, we will get you checked in and allow one masked person in the appointment with your pet. The option to remain curbside is also still available. All technician appointments, boarding, grooming, and surgical procedures will remain curbside at this time to limit the number of people in the lobby. Thank you for your cooperation and we will keep you updated with any changes.


We appreciate your understanding & flexibility while we navigate this dynamic and ever-changing situation. The wellness of you, your pets and our staff is our number one priority.


We will continue to keep our clients updated via email and Facebook 


Please do not hesitate to call (703) 221-1880) or email ( with any questions or concerns.

We are happy to announce that we now offer assistance with many of our services through the convenience of text message.

Please text one of the following words to 703-221-1880:

Surgery” to schedule surgical procedures

Boarding” to schedule a boarding reservation

Refill” for medication or food refills



Persis Chittenden, DVM

Dr. Persis Chittenden of Dumfries Animal Hospital - Dumfries Virginia

Dr. Chittenden grew up in Clifton, Virginia. She attended NOVA and received an AAS in Veterinary Medicine, and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 1985. 

She worked as an assistant, then an LVT from 1984 to 1988. Dr. Chittenden then went back to college and proceeded to attain her BS from the University of West Florida in 1990. 

She earned her DVM degree from the University of Missouri in 1994. After graduation in 1994, Dr. Chittenden joined the team at Dumfries Animal Hospital. Her areas of interest are internal medicine and wellness.