Halifax Veterinary Service

259 Plymouth Street
Halifax, MA 02338



About Us

Halifax Veterinary Service is a mixed animal practice established in 1983 by Dr. Keith Hopkins. Our patients include dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, and small pets. We have a full-service small animal hospital offering general surgery, full dentals, laboratory diagnostics, digital radiography, ultrasound, and routine outpatient services.

Our large animal services include farm calls for horses and farm animals. We are able to provide digital radiography, endoscopy, and ultrasound services to our equine patients along with routine vaccinations and preventive health programs. We also work with area specialists for referrals.


Dr. Keith Hopkins, D.V.M.

Certified from the Board of Registration & Veterinary Medicine since 1979 for Massachusetts

Dr. Hopkins is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Hopkins has been involved with many aspects of veterinary medicine. He started his career doing equine racetrack and farm work. Dr. Hopkins practiced in a small animal, equine practice in Amesbury, Mass. He then served as the director of The Animal Rescue League of Boston Clinic. He came to Halifax in 1983 and started Halifax Veterinary Service, servicing small and large animals.  He works closely in his practice with his long-time employees as well as two of his children.  In his spare time, enjoys riding his horse, walking his dogs and spending time with his family. Dr. Hopkins is involved in community affairs serving as a youth baseball and basketball coach along with serving as Chairman of the Halifax Master Plan Committee.


Erin Oakham, D.V.M.

Certified from the Board of Registration & Veterinary Medicine since 2002 for Massachusetts

Dr. Oakham is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and enjoys seeing many different species and working up challenging medical cases.  Dr. Oakham grew up in Carver and lives on the South Shore with her husband and a variety of animals.  In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, spending time with her family, and running on the cranberry bogs with her two rescue dogs.


Caleb Birdwell, D.V.M. 

Certified from the Board of Registration & Veterinary Medicine since 2018 for Massachusetts

Dr. Birdwell is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did his clinical training at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Birdwell grew up on a ranch in north Texas. While in veterinary school he lived on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis, where he met his wife, Dr. Leeza Birdwell. After graduation, he moved to Massachusetts to join the staff here at Halifax Veterinary Service. Dr. Birdwell loves to see all species, especially pigs. In his spare time, he enjoys country western dancing, riding four-wheelers, hunting, fishing, and taking his 3 dogs for hikes.


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