Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened

- Anatole France

woman and dog

Pets are who we snuggle, exercise with, and tell our dreams to. And one of our dreams was to open a new kind of veterinary hospital- one that is locally owned, where we know our clients and patients and our team members feel the joy of our profession every day.

At COTA Veterinary, our passion for animal care runs deep. They are our heart and soul, and we know they are yours also. We’re dedicated to providing the kind of care that you and your pet deserve. We believe in taking the time to answer your questions and involve you in your pet's care every step of the way.

At our hospital, our owners, Dr. Alyssa N. Fenton and Dr. Susan Ries Valashinas, prioritize creating a positive and supportive work environment for our team members, who are the backbone of our hospital. We recognize that the veterinary field can be both fulfilling and demanding, and our goal is to establish an environment that is warm and inviting, where all individuals are respected and appreciated.

If you're looking for a warm, welcoming, and compassionate environment for your furry loved ones, we would be honored to have you visit us at COTA Veterinary, West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia!

Welcome to COTA Veterinary - where we believe in the Care Of The Animals!

Creating the Best Human-Animal Bond Possible


Cat and WomanWe are locally owned and operated by Dr. Alyssa N. Fenton and Dr. Susan Ries Valashinas.  We cater to how you want veterinary medicine to feel and look. You are an integral part of our team in making ALL decisions about your pet, and we promise to be transparent. We will provide a relaxing environment and offer various appointment options that suit you and your pet. And we will demonstrate empathy in all that we do.


Whether you call them your furry family member, best furry friend (BFF), or ‘who is a good boy’- They are our shared passion. Their health, safety, and well-being drive us to be our best. We will continue offering them the best care, striving for knowledge, and treating them as we treat our own.

Our Hospital

We are rethinking the vet visit experience for you and your beloved pet. Our hospital in Richmond is carefully crafted to be warm and welcoming, with plush seating, complimentary beverages, and yummy treats for your furry companion. We even have a specially designated room with fun climbing structures for our feline patients to play and relax. In addition, our exam rooms are designed to be unconventional and allow your pet to climb on comfortable furniture for some much-needed snuggles. Your satisfaction and the comfort of your pet are our top priorities. We were conveniently located on West Broad Street.   Please stop by, grab a beverage from our coffee bar, and see why we differ from other veterinary clinics.