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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. Keith Purcell

Dr. Keith Purcell

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Purcell’s first experience in animal care came at the ripe age of 10. When one of his father’s beagles developed an eye infection, young Dr. Purcell was given the responsibility of administering the local veterinarian’s treatment. At that moment, he discovered how satisfying it was to help an animal that couldn’t care for itself! For him, a career in veterinary medicine simply felt natural.

After earning his veterinary degree at the University of Georgia in 1984, Dr. Purcell took an Associate position at a small animal practice in Warner Robbins, Georgia. Three years later, he decided to move his family back to his hometown of Savannah. He and his wife, Tammie, opened Westside Animal Hospital in November of 1987 and have been practicing high-quality, client-focused veterinary medicine here ever since.

Medically, Dr. Purcell is fond of dermatology work for the continuous challenge it presents during every season of the year. He also enjoys orthopedic procedures and seeing a pet return to an active lifestyle because of his handiwork. Most of all, Dr. Purcell enjoys having conversations with loving pet owners in the exam rooms; hearing about other animal lovers’ experiences with their pets is his favorite part of the day!

When he has free time away from the clinic, Dr. Purcell enjoys gardening and landscaping around his home. He and Tammie enjoy an empty nest these days, residing in Richmond Hill.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France