Our Veterinarians

VA Vets

The Staff at Poquoson Veterinary Hospital includes four veterinarians (DVMs), Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs), veterinary assistants, receptionists and kennel attendants. The teamwork of our staff is what allows us to provide veterinary care in an efficient and caring manner.

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Dr. Brittany B. Ashworth

Brittany B. Ashworth, DVM attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a B.A. in Biology. She then attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003. A native of Newport News, Dr. Ashworth returned to the area after graduating. She began working at Poquoson Veterinary Hospital in June 2003. Since childhood Dr. Ashworth wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and is now finally living out her dream. Everyday as a veterinarian brings new and exciting cases. She loves all the furry friends but also has a special interest for rabbit medicine. She also enjoys animal dentistry. Dr. Ashworth is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Outside of the office, Dr. Ashworth and her husband enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their dog kids. The Ashworth’s have two dogs: a golden/lab mix named Isabel and a miniature poodle named Barney.

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Dr. Matt Williams

Dr. Williams earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2010. Prior to veterinary school he earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying biology and completing research on coral reef ecology in the Caribbean. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Williams worked at a hospital with a high case load of exotic animals. He was also an avid hobbyist with a large array of reptiles, comprised mostly of lizards and semi-aquatic turtles, and a very sweet cockatiel named Claire. Aside from the daily challenges of general practice, Dr. Williams has professional interests in radiology, surgery and exotic medicine. He enjoys learning new things each day and putting them into action. Dr. Williams recently purchased a house in Poquoson for his two dogs to run around and has found that keeps him very busy cleaning up after their messes. He also enjoys learning about home improvement and repair. Dr. Williams enjoys a vast array of sports and anything that gets him outdoors, from fishing and target shooting to just mowing the lawn. He also enjoys taking small road trips around the coastal area as well as to visit friends and family.

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Dr. Pirhonen

As a Vermont native, Dr. Pirhonen attended the University of Vermont where she earned her B.S. in Biology and Animal Sciences. She received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Pirhonen completed a small animal internship at South Shore Animal Hospital in Massachusetts before moving to Virginia with her husband. She has always had a strong interest in animals of shapes and sizes. As a child she enjoyed hermit crabs, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits, parakeets, cockatiels, turtles, snakes, lizards, dogs, cats, horses, even a pet Holstein cow! Dr. Pirhonen continued to develop her special interest in exotic medicine, especially reptiles. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two human children, two dogs, bird and cornsnake.

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