VCA Pets First Animal Hospital


  • Groomer

    Wendi S.

    Some people choose their careers. For others like Wendi, their career chooses them. Originally, Wendi relocated to Richmond as a pre-pharmacy student at VCU. After college and a number of years of retail experience, Wendi was introduced to the world of pet grooming. In 1995, Wendi helped to open The Dog House and began her career as a pet groomer. After eleven years of honing her grooming skills, Wendi struck out on her own, accepting a position at West End Animal Hospital. She added sister hospital Pets First part time in April of 2007, moving permanently to Pets First in July of that year. Wendi understands that she has two clients - the pet and their owner. She works to include both in her day to day routine. She has a particular fondness for grooming cats,  as well as one for dogs who might have been scared or viewed as difficult by a previous groomer.  With her gentle demeanor, Wendi puts your pet at ease during the grooming process. She shares her life outside of work with her Misfit Kitty Crew. When asked why: "I love my career because I can help animals feel better and look great, while making sure they are treated well."


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call one of the following emergency hospitals:  

Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (804)716-4700

Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (804)353-9000