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Our Veterinarians

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

Dr. Ralph Pratt

Dr. Ralph Pratt

Veterinarian, Practice Owner

Ralph Pratt grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was always interested in science, especially zoology. While working on his master’s in Zoology at the University of Rhode Island, he realized he wanted the broader perspective of veterinary medicine. After getting his master’s, he was accepted to the Tufts University of School of Veterinary Medicine. Now he is a Veterinarian and the Co-Owner (along with his wife, Dr. Amy Pratt) of West Greenwich Animal Hospital!

Dr. Pratt enjoys surgery and dentistry, because they allow him to use a particular skill to solve a problem and see immediate results.

Ralph’s older brother is a fisheries biologist and his older sister is a college professor of biology. Ralph lives with his wife Amy—he says a good way to get something done is to tell his wife she can’t do it! They have a son, Christopher, who is a graduate of Marlboro College, and 2 golden retrievers named Hayley and Tommy.

Outside of work Dr. Pratt likes to be outside or around the house fixing something. He and his wife recently remodeled their home, doing most of the work entirely by themselves!


Dr. Amy Pratt

Dr. Amy Pratt

Veterinarian, Practice Owner

Amy Pratt spent her childhood summers in Greene, Rhode Island, on her grandmother’s farm. It was there that her love of animals blossomed—she bottle-fed orphaned kittens, rode ponies, cared for orphaned baby birds, and spent time with all manner of pets. She discovered that she really enjoyed figuring out problems and helping pets. Now she gets to do that every day as a Veterinarian and the Owner of West Greenwich Animal Hospital!

Amy went to the University of Rhode Island as an Animal Science major. By her junior year, she was seriously considering veterinary school. She eventually went to Tufts University near Boston, her hometown, to receive her DVM. In 1995, Dr. Pratt and her husband Ralph opened West Greenwich Animal Hospital.

As a veterinarian professional, Dr. Pratt likes helping families understand anatomy, physiology, health, and sickness. She likes breaking down problems in order to solve them successfully.

Amy lives with her husband and business partner, Dr. Ralph Pratt, who consistently amazes her with his ability to focus and retain complex details. Their son Christopher is caring and mature beyond his years. The family dog, Lucy, likes to steal banana peels and eat whole bananas if she can get her paws on them! The Pratts have three cats as well: Tooie, Thistle, and Dottie.

In her spare time, Dr. Pratt likes to spend time outdoors, either in the woods or around their home building or fixing something.


Dr. Betsy Richmond

Dr. Betsy Richmond

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Betsy Richmond remembers exactly where she was when she decided to become a veterinarian—sitting on the dirt runway of a tiny airport in Borneo, having just left a tropical rainforest study of orangutans. She realized she didn’t want to become a tropical rainforest ecologist and instead preferred the carpeting and bathroom tile of civilization!

Dr. Richmond was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She attended the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine to receive her DVM, working on the weekends at a zoo, a racetrack, and an animal hospital. She’s worked as a veterinary professional for over 11 years and now serves your pets daily as a Veterinarian at West Greenwich Animal Hospital. Ask her to tell the story of the Bengal tiger cub she once treated at 3 o’clock in the morning!

As a veterinarian, Betsy particularly enjoys working with large canines, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, and geriatric medicine. She likes providing clients with both medicinal and emotional support for hospice care.

At home, Dr. Richmond lives with her husband, two daughters, Peri (who is off to college!) and Bailey, and their Italian Spinone, Walden. Dr. Richmond’s goals for the future include raising happy, healthy, productive children, doing her best as a veterinarian and mother, and keeping her home clean. When time permits, Betsy likes young adult literature and natural science non-fiction.


Dr. Laura Brannigan

Dr. Laura Brannigan

Associate Veterinarian

After graduating college with a business degree and working in the sales field, Laura Brannigan realized she wasn’t completely fulfilled. She decided to go back to school to become a veterinarian, and her journey led her all the way to her current position as Associate Veterinarian at West Greenwich Animal Hospital!

Born in a small New Hampshire town, Laura moved to Colorado and attended Colorado State University to receive her DVM degree. She moved back East, starting her career in Maine but relocating to Rhode Island few months later. She’s worked as a veterinary professional in Rhode Island since 1997.

Dr. Brannigan’s favorite aspect of her job is the long-term relationships that she is fortunate enough to develop with the pets she sees, as well as their owners. She loves the science but also enjoys the hugs and kisses she gets every day!

Laura lives with her husband, their son, their dog and two cats. Laura’s son Thomas is currently in college! Their cats, Smitty and Ubu, are both orange cats that found their way into Laura’s family, and Cooper is a Border collie mix who enjoys barking constantly.

In her spare time, Dr. Brannigan likes to run and has competed in over 100 running events including triathlons! She even likes to bring Cooper along when race directors allow it.


Dr. Amy L. Hopper

Dr. Amy L. Hopper

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amy L. Hopper is a lifelong pet owner herself, and she knows firsthand how intrinsic and invaluable our animal companions are to our lives. Being able to nurture and strengthen those bonds for others is a dream come true. She’s proud to serve as an Associate Veterinarian here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital!

Dr. Hopper received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee. In total, she’s been practicing veterinary medicine for 28 rewarding years! She’s worked all over New England and was happy to return to her roots here in Rhode Island as a part of the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family. 

In her spare time, Dr. Hopper loves spending time by the ocean, sailing with her husband, and doting on her own animal companions at home. She has three dogs—Ranson the Yellow Labrador, a mixed-breed pup named Koala, and a rescue named Sam—as well as a loveable orange tabby cat named Thor. 


Dr. Tia Meneses

Dr. Tia Meneses

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Tia Meneses’ journey with animals began at age 15, when she got a job at the Potter League animal shelter. Today, as an Associate Vet at West Greenwich Animal Hospital, Dr. Tia loves helping clients through all stages of their pets’ lives, from puppy appointments to geriatric care. She has a particular soft spot for toy breed dogs and wants to help them live the pampered, healthy lives that they deserve!

Dr. Tia attended the University of Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science. During that time, she worked on several local farms. She then worked as a veterinary technician for several years before applying to vet school and attending the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI, Canada.

In vet school, Dr. Tia treated a dachshund who herniated a disc and was paralyzed in his hind end. He needed surgery and had to be hospitalized for a week. They formed a very special bond during his stay and Dr. Tia was able to give his parents the reassurance that he was very well cared for. He eventually regained full function of his back legs!

Professionally, Dr. Tia enjoys dermatology because it is one of the only organs that you can actually see and appreciate clinical resolution. She also enjoys behavior because it is challenging and multi factorial, but makes such a big difference to clients and pets’ quality of life.

Dr. Tia shares her home with a dog named “Screwie Roo,” a very quirky Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who loves music and singing along to John Legend songs. In her spare time, she enjoys art, music and science (of course!). She loves being outside in nature, spending time at the beach, vacationing and exploring. She also has a special affinity for anything European.


Dr. Katee LoMonaco

Dr. Katee LoMonaco

Associate Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!