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OUR VETERINARIANS


Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.

Dr. Kelly Harper

Dr. Kelly Harper

Founder, Veterinarian

Although Dr. Kelly Harper adored animals since her earliest days and constantly tried to rescue as many pets as she possibly could, she didn’t consider pursuing veterinary medicine until her college years. When she decided to pair her talent for helping animals stay healthy with her deep-rooted passion for bettering the lives of their loving owners, there was no turning back—Dr. Harper knew that she was destined to help others as a veterinarian! Now, she’s the proud owner and operator of Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.

Dr. Harper was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia in a family full of animal lovers. It was there that her veterinary journey stared—she signed up as a Kennel Attendant at a local hospital, and it wasn’t long before she was observing surgeries and helping out wherever she could. Dr. Harper then joined a mixed-animal practice in rural New Jersey, splitting her work hours between helping the veterinarian in the hospital and venturing out on farm calls to help livestock. Next, she explored the research side of the animal-care world when she signed on at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, working in the Department of Small Animal Surgery and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Dr. Harper earned her Bachelor’s degree in laboratory animal science from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in 1992, then continued onto veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her Doctorate in 1997. She worked in numerous multi-doctor animal practices in Ohio, New York, and North Carolina for the next 16 years. When the time came for an additional challenge in her career, Dr. Harper decided that she wanted to use her wealth of experience to make a difference in her own way—that’s when she decided to strike out on her own. Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital opened its doors for business in March of 2014, and Dr. Harper and her team have been helping the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since! 

As a vet, Dr. Harper loves the wide variety of patients and clients she gets to serve on a daily basis. Medically, she enjoys surgical procedures and dermatology work. Above all, she likes knowing that she’s able to make a lasting impact on the community’s families. 

Away from work, Dr. Harper enjoys attending her girls’ soccer tournaments, traveling, fishing, cheering on the Virginia Tech football team, and spending quality time with her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Brian, have two wonderful daughters named Rachael and Lauren, and the family also lives with several pets: Marley, a Labrador Retriever who is Brain’s duck-hunting partner; a mischievous Beagle who goes by Penny; and three cats named Chester, Sammy, and Persie.