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Our Doctors

Dr. Mary Purvis, DVM  

Owner, Lead Clinician

Dr. Mary Purvis was raised on a horse farm in Mechanicsburg, PA and has had a life-long love for animals of all kinds.

She graduated from Gettysburg College in 1991 with a BS in Biology and has a DVM from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School where she graduated with honors in 1999.

She worked as a mixed animal practitioner in OK for six years before specializing in high-volume spay/neuter surgeries. She worked with the Oklahoma Humane Society for 10 years performing over 80,000 surgical sterilizations for rescued adoption and privately owned animals.

Dr. Purvis transitioned to PA in 2017 with her husband Bucky and daughter Emma. She acquired Hempfield Animal Hospital from Dr. Edkin in 2021. 

As a competent and thorough professional with a genuine  compassion for animals, she views every pet as a beloved family member and treats each one with the utmost in quality care. 

She feels it is her calling in life to help God’s creatures and to help maintain the human-animal bond that exists between her patients and their owners.


Dr. William Edkin, VMD  

Founder, Associate Clinician

Dr. William Edkin was born and raised in Lebanon, PA.  After graduating from high school, he was accepted to an Ivy League college, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and majored in biology.

After graduation he obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.

Dr. Edkin worked at two different practices in Ocean City, MD and Salisbury, MD prior to establishing the Hempfield Animal Hospital in Lancaster in 1989.

Emma Purvis

Vet Tech II, Owner-In-Training

After homeschooling with Dr. Purvis in Oklahoma, Emma started high school at the Janus School, transitioning to Eastern York HS and graduating with honors in 2021. 

She is currently attending YTI to become a certified veterinary technician. She plans to continue training toward her veterinary degree as well as learning the unique skillsets necessary to own a private practice.


Emma lives with her family in Wrightsville where they own two rescued chihuahuas, Pixie & Coco, and a rescued cockatiel, Stewie.


Meet The Team

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