Dr. Richard Hawkins

Dr. Richard Hawkins founded Colony Park Animal Hospital in 1984. Following graduation from NCSU with a degree in Zoology, Dr. Hawkins attended Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and completed his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He practiced in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to his hometown of Durham to open Colony Park Animal Hospital. He is also the co-owner of Suite Paws Pet Resort in Durham.

Dr. Hawkins is the 2017 North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Distinguished Veterinary Award recipient. He is a past president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, past chairman and member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, past president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation Board, and was a founding member of the North Carolina State University Board of Visitors.  He has served on various local nonprofit boards and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Dognition. He is married to Trena Griffith-Hawkins and has one daughter, Cameron. He also has two cavaliers, one cat and three chickens.

Dr. Susanne Hughes
Associate Veterinarian

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
Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Alison Klaitman joined Colony Park in 2004 after graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has strong interests in behavior, dentistry and internal medicine. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, two daughters, three dogs and two cats. She enjoys dog sports such as agility and dock diving as well as running and triathlons.

Dr. Joyce McKinney
Associate Veterinarian

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 including the Animal Protection Society of Durham and Rotary International. Dr. McKinney lives with her husband, Matt, her daughter, Amelia, and an assortment of pets. In her spare time, she enjoys doing volunteer work and spending time with her family.

Dr. Erin Tom
Associate Veterinarian

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 and a three legged poodle, two cats, five finches and eight chickens! In her spare time she enjoys Zumba classes, horseback riding, and hiking in the woods with her dogs.