Cape Charles Area Finally Gets a Vet

Dr. Nathan Higgins with a young patient.

Dr. Higgins with a young patient.


October 6, 2014

There are two questions that I generally get when I meet someone new. It’s either, “Do you have family here?” or “What brought you to the Eastern Shore?”

The first one is easy; no, we don’t have family here. The second is much more complicated and multi-faceted. From the moment we stepped on the Shore in April 2013, we found the contrast to our usual hustle and bustle to be so refreshing. Northampton County was filled with unobstructed charm along with caring people who took the time to get to know us.

We saw an exciting small town community that was growing steadily while keeping a safe, family atmosphere. But we were astounded to hear that there was no veterinary clinic in the county, and to learn how far people were traveling for pet care.


After only a few visits to Cape Charles, my wife Wendy and I knew this is where we were being called to be. Our children were at the perfect age, and Wendy could write from home, so we decided to chase our dream to the water.

I’m looking forward to the opening of my new clinic in Cape Charles and can’t wait to be of service to the community. Most people think the vet is just there to give shots, but vaccinations are only a small part of my job. We will be a full service hospital, able to perform surgeries, x-rays, and provide medical care for sick patients.

My primary goal is to keep your pet healthy. I’m a firm believer in preventive medicine and educating clients about the needs of their pets. Veterinarians have the unique opportunity to treat their patients from the time they are newborns to the time of their passing. We are invested in our patients and their families for life.

Cape Charles Animal Hospital is making house calls until the hospital opens soon in the Food Lion shopping center. I can be reached at 757-695-8378, on Facebook, or through

Dr. Nathan Higgins and his wife, Wendy, live with their two children, Autumn and Cayden, in Eastville. They moved to the area in June from Gainesville, Virginia. Dr. Higgins received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech in 2006. He practiced and owned a veterinary hospital in Manassas, Virginia, for the past eight years. When he’s not working he likes to read about history, spend time with his wife, take his kids to the beach, and go fishing.



8 Responses to “Cape Charles Area Finally Gets a Vet”

  1. Estelle Murphy on October 6th, 2014 8:03 am

    Welcome Dr. Higgins! So glad to have you in town. Mobile is wonderful also. Good luck to you and your family.

  2. Evelyn Pinili on October 6th, 2014 11:33 am

    Welcome to Cape Charles Dr. Higgins! Hopefully once you open your clinic, Charly our Yorkie can meet you, even though she loves her doctor now!

  3. Roxane Ward on October 6th, 2014 12:40 pm

    Welcome to the Shore Dr. Higgins and family! We wish you much success! Will you be offering grooming services as well?

  4. Nancy Dalinsky on October 6th, 2014 4:31 pm

    Our Pet Peeve and Chia enjoyed Dr. Higgins’ home visit and rated him 2 paws up!

  5. Carrie Mossman on October 6th, 2014 7:22 pm

    But Smokey misses you in [Northern] Virginia!

  6. Sheree & Glen Turk on October 6th, 2014 7:35 pm

    Welcome Higgens family! Can’t wait for your office to open! Hope you like rotties :-)

  7. Beth Sova on October 7th, 2014 6:59 am

    So glad you are opening your clinic in Cape Charles! Eastern Shore pets and their owners are feeling better!

  8. Danny Sirk on October 19th, 2014 9:31 pm

    Ellie wants you back in Manassas! The people of Cape Charles are not only getting an excellent vet, they are also getting a caring, compasionate young man with honesty and integrity. Hope you find time to fish!