Drs. Terrence Ferguson and Vernard Hodges of “Critter Fixers” Open Second Petsmart Veterinary Services Hospital in Warner Robins, Georgia

Warner Robins, Ga. (Oct. 5, 2023) – Co-Founders of “Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals,” Dr. Vernard Hodges, DVM and Dr. Terrence Ferguson, DVM, open their second PetSmart Veterinary Services (PVS) hospital in the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital’s hometown of Warner Robins, Ga. The new location is inside the local PetSmart store located at 2730 Watson Blvd. and is now accepting new pet patients.

Dr. Clarrissa Porter, DVM will serve as the location’s primary practicing veterinarian and part owner of the hospital. Dr. Porter began her career as a technician at Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital more than 20 years ago. Drs. Hodges and Ferguson have been great mentors to her, inspiring her to become a veterinarian.

“It has long been my mission to inspire the next generation of future veterinarians,” said Dr. Hodges.

“With PVS I am grateful to provide additional opportunities for veterinarians of color to take on leadership and ownership roles within the profession and their community.”

There will be a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. The community is invited to stop by to meet the local team of veterinarians and staff and learn more about the PVS offerings. The event will include:


  • A ribbon cutting ceremony with city mayor, LaRhonda Patrick
  • A reptile exhibit from rescue, Georgia Reptiles
  • Pet food samples and snacks for pet parents provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Branded PVS and partner pet product giveaways*
  • Free $10 PetSmart gift card for first 50 attendees*
  • Free pet dental evaluation for first 25 attendees*
  • Live DJ entertainment and red-carpet photo opportunities


“We’re excited to celebrate the opening of Dr. Hodges’ and Dr. Ferguson’s second PVS location,” said John Bork, senior vice president of vet health services at PVS. “Together with Dr. Porter, they are offering knowledgeable, compassionate veterinary care from a convenient PetSmart location that has all pet parent’s needs in one place. We look forward to our continued relationship with them and empowering veterinarians to own their own practice.”

The Warner Robins location will serve cats, dogs, and specialty pets, including rabbits, and offer services including preventative and critical care, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, dental cleanings, and more. For more information and to book a visit at the new Warner Robins PVS hospital, call 478-338-9660 or visit www.petsmart.com/petsmart-veterinary-services.

* All while supplies last


About PetSmart Veterinary Services

PetSmart Veterinary Services (PVS) is an independent business ownership model that provides a complete solution for veterinarians to open their own franchised practice. PVS hospitals and urgent care centers connect pet parents with local, trusted veterinarians with convenient veterinarian hospital locations within PetSmart stores. Franchise opportunities are available in the U.S. Veterinarians interested in learning about PVS or to find more information on PVS locations, visit www.pvsownership.com.

About PetSmart

PetSmart is the leading pet retailer offering products, services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so together they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities.

PetSmart operates more than 1,660 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. We provide a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption.

PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated over 10 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization.