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Colony Park Animal Hospital is proud to offer medical and dental care, grooming, boarding, emergency care and other veterinary services to patients in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Cary, Raleigh, Apex and other areas throughout the Triangle.





Dr. Richard Hawkins, Practice Owner

Dr. Richard Hawkins founded Colony Park Animal Hospital in 1984. He graduated from NCSU in 1976 with a degree in Zoology, then from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He started practice in Baltimore, Maryland and returned to North Carolina to start Colony Park. Dr. Hawkins is currently Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. He is a past president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and North Carolina Veterinary Foundation Board. He is also a past president of the Triangle Veterinary Medical Association and has been involved with several local nonprofit boards. Dr. Hawkins also serves on the board of advisers at Dognition. You can find out more information about Dognition at He is married to Trena Griffith-Hawkins and has a daughter, Cameron, two dogs and a cat.

Dr. Susanne Hughes

Dr. Susanne Hughes joined Colony Park Animal Hospital after graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She brings special interests and skills to CPAH, including BAER hearing testing, PennHIP radiography and canine reproductive services. Dr. Hughes is a former breeder and exhibitor of dalmatians. She is currently active in conformation exhibition and lure coursing with her whippets. You can visit her website here:

Dr. Alison Klaitman

Dr. Alison Klaitman, a native of New England, joined Colony Park in 2004 after graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include behavior, dentistry and internal medicine. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, two daughters and a variety of pets. She is involved with agility with her dogs and is an avid runner.

Dr. Joyce McKinney

Dr. Joyce McKinney, a native of Tennessee, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. McKinney has a strong interest in dermatology, dentistry and internal medicine. She is active in various community organizations and serves in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as a youth mentor. Dr. McKinney lives with her husband, Matt, her daughter, Amelia, and an assortment of pets. In her spare time, she enjoys doing volunteer work, baking, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Erin Tom

Dr. Tom, a native of Ontario, Canada, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. She also has a master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare, specializing in pain assessment. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, son and daughter, two large mutts, three cats, five finches and six chickens! In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and hiking in the woods.