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Deanna Purvis

Dr. Deanna Purvis
Veterinary Specialist
Integrative Medicine
Dr. Deanna Purvis

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care

Dr. Deanna Purvis was born in Vancouver, Washington. Despite her west coast beginnings, she spent many formative years in Pittsburgh, making it feel like home. She received her BS in Biology from Penn State University in 1983 and is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She continued at the University of Pennsylvania for her internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following her internship, she completed two years of residency training in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee. During her surgical residency, she realized her passion for care of the critically ill patients. She shifted her focus and was accepted into the residency training program in Emergency and Critical Care at the Animal Emergency Center (Milwaukee, WI). Dr. Purvis earned Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 1994.

Since 1994, Dr. Purvis has directed emergency and critical care departments in Portland, Oregon; Springfield, VA; and was a consultant for the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital in Asheville North Carolina. She and two colleagues founded the California Animal Referral & Emergency Hospital in July of 2003 – establishing Santa Barbara California's first veterinary specialty hospital.

She enjoys working with referring veterinarians and clients to aid in their understanding of critical disease processes and life threatening emergencies. Her clinical interests include treatment of the geriatric patient/pain management; septic/SIRS patients; and those requiring immediate surgical intervention. She completed training and was certified to perform veterinary acupuncture in2005. Since then, she has enjoyed combining eastern and western medical approaches to provide optimal patient care and comfort.

Dr. Purvis is married and shares her home with three dogs, Kali-a Golden Retriever; Mack-a Staffordshire Terrier/Lab Mix from Long Island; and Deuce-a Smooth Coated Fox Terrier/Chihuahua mix rescued from California. In addition to her love of animals, she's an avid student of eastern philosophies, meditation and enjoys gardening and hiking. 

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Integrative Medicine

The holistic approach to veterinary medicine is excellent for preventive care and health optimization, as well as treatment of chronic conditions. Holistic modalities, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, are used to balance the “whole” animal, so that your friend can heal and maintain the highest possible quality of life. What makes holistic treatments different from more traditional care is that they are customized to the whole pet, not just to the disease.

The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle and minimally invasive. During appointments, we focus on the patient’s well-being and stress reduction. As part of ongoing treatment or a general wellness plan, our holistic specialists provide the following services:

  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • HomeopathyNutritional counseling
  • Chiropractic treatments

We work with clients to teach them how to help their companion animal maintain good health.

Holistic medicine can be used to address most conditions, including the following:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and hip/elbow dysplasia'
  • Rehabilitation after an injury or a surgery
  • Chronic degenerative diseases
  • CancerAllergies
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • AsthmaGastro-intestinal problems, such as irritable bowel disorder
  • Kidney, liver and other organ failures
  • PancreatitisDepressed immune system function
  • Behavioral issues, such as fear and aggression
  • Anxiety, insomnia and stress
  • Skin allergies and other dermatologic conditions
VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center

223 Siebert Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Main: 412-364-5353

Fax: 412-364-5374

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Sun: Temporarily Closed

Other Hours:

Urgent care and emergency services available for VCA Northview clients daily. Please call ahead for emergency service availability.

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