At The Family Pet Hospital, whether your young pet is having its first examination or your senior companion needs a thorough work up, you can be assured that your pet is receiving stellar veterinary care, in a family-oriented atmosphere.  Our veterinary doctors at The Family Pet Hospital are a close-knit team dedicated to high quality dog, cat, and exotic animal services.

Dr. Cristina Valas

Founder, Veterinarian
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 (21) and Natasha (18), son Justin (15), 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 (w)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.

Dr. Richard Duckett

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Duckett was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in northern New Jersey. He then spent eight years in Virginia at James Madison University where he received dual bachelor degrees in Biology and Psychology and a masters degree in Biology. After a short stay in Massachusetts teaching High School Biology, he relocated to Lisbon, Portugal where he spent 10 years teaching at the American International School of Lisbon. Leaving Portugal, he returned to Massachusetts and attended Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1998 with his doctorate degree. Dr. Duckett has been practicing veterinary medicine in Massachusetts for 18 years and his interests include internal medicine, geriatrics and dentistry, with a special interest in feline medicine. When away from the hospital, his interests include sports, travel, and reading. He and his wife live in Westborough with their two collegiate children and their excellent cat, Spoticus.

Our Family Promise

We Promise that when you entrust your pet to our care, we will...

Highest Care

Do our best to provide compassionate, progressive, and high quality care.


Give you honest medical advice on the best approach to diagnosing, treating, and maintaining your family pet’s health and quality of life.


Communicate with you and treat you and your pet with the utmost kindness and respect.

Family Oriented

Make you and your pet feel “at home” like a part of our family.

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