Exotic Veterinary Care

Pets come in so many shapes, sizes, breeds, and species. At The Family Pet Hospital, we know that exotic pets, such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and other small mammals make excellent companions and so we happily welcome them to our hospital. While these creatures make great companions, we understand that they also require their own special kind of veterinary care in order to remain happy and healthy. Dr. Valas and The Family Pet Hospital strive to give them the highest standard of exotic veterinary care, all in a welcoming family environment.

Exotic Pets Welcome


From rabbits to rodents, our veterinarian, Dr. Valas provides a variety of care and services that is unique to each species. The Family Pet Hospital happily welcomes a wide variety of non-traditional pets:

Small Mammals: Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and ferrets

Our Promise


Exotic pets have many special needs and are notorious for hiding early disease symptoms. We strongly advise routine wellness exams and health consultations to detect early problems or to stop problems before they start. We discuss your pet’s health with you to help you make informed decisions. All of our patients are treated as part of our family with genuine kindness and concern. Dr. Valas and The Family Pet Hospital is passionate about providing the best healthcare possible to exotic animals.

Exotic Services at The Family Pet Hospital

Routine Care

  • Wellness examinations
  • Diagnositc examinations
  • Husbandry care and diet consulting
  • Behavioral care consulting
  • Grooming (e.g., nail trims)

Advanced Care

  • Radiology (x-rays)
  • Bloodwork and fecal analysis
  • Dentistry (rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small mammals)
  • Elective surgery spay and castration
  • Soft tissue surgery (rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats)

Surgical & Other Services

Surgical spay and neuter and other soft tissue surgeries (rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats), and dentistry (rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals).

Dr. Valas

Veterinarian, Hospital Owner

Dr. Valas was born in Madrid, Spain and is the oldest of six children. The whole family moved to the United Kingdom when she was 11 and moved again to the United States when she was 17.

She got her BA at Manhattanville College in purchase New York and her DVM From Tufts School of Veterinary School in Grafton, Massachusetts. So if you couldn’t figure out her accent that is why – it is a Spanish/queen’s English/New York/Massachusetts accent!!!!!

Before attending veterinary schools she worked as a veterinary technician at Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital in Valhalla New York and then as a radiology technician and surgery technician at South Shore Veterinary Hospital, a large multi-doctor practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Dr. Valas is married to Rory Valas, a franchisee law attorney in Boston. She presently lives in Ashland (just 5 minutes from the practice) with Rory and their large brood: two daughters, Cassandra and Natasha, son Justin, the best dogs ever, Valentino (Golden retriever and champion bird dog), Lobo (9 month old rescue Husky who loves pulling Rory on his skis in the reservoir)  and the sweetest Persian cats, George and Sadie.

Her main interest and passion is to increase a family pet’s longevity and well being by utilizing a holistic, integrative approach to health so as to maximize comfort and minimize drugs and surgery whenever possible. Her practice is not a holistic practice but she will use western herbs and nutritional products as well as progressive modalities such as cold laser and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation when these will improve the outcome and decrease the length to recovery and pain of her patients.

Aside from the stellar veterinary care she provides her cat and dog patients, Dr. Valas also cares for small mammals, such as hampsters, guinea pigs, rats and rabbits.

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