Our Team

Phillip Lanzi, DVM

Veterinarian – Practice Owner

Dr. Phillip Lanzi attended the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1981. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1987. He is a member of AAHA as well as the well managed practice group, a unique collaboration of high quality small animal practice owners focused and dedicated to practicing gold standard medicine in a successfully managed practice. His special interests include laser surgery, radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats, and small animal ear disease.

His hobbies include all water sports, snow skiing, tennis, and spending time with his wife, Jamie and their two kids, Caitlin and Trevor. They share their home with a Golden Retriever, Chance, a Jack Russell Terrier, Spencer, 3 cats, Lulu, Frankie, and Gizzie and a Gerbil, Ollie.

Our Veterinarians

Kim Smith, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Kim Smith graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Previous to that she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at UNCW. Kim enjoys both internal medicine and general surgery. Kim and her husband, Adam, have lived throughout the country but have moved back to Wilmington to stay. Kim’s favorite hobby is horseback riding and she has competed successfully in eventing for many years with her three horses, Mr. Knight, Louie & Conn. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs (Petunia, Floyd and Gale), and anything water related.

Gina Scarzella, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Gina Scarzella graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA in 2005. She then took the opportunity to live on Grand Cayman island and graduated from St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors, concerts and playing with her dog Penny. Gina grew up in Wilmington, NC and is excited to be back working with the team at College Road!

Erin Culpepper, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Erin Culpepper grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She also spent some time at UNCW as an undergraduate, and is excited to be back in Wilmington as a veterinarian. Dr. Culpepper enjoys both feline and exotic animal medicine, and has completed specialized veterinary training with Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, as well as exotic animal internships with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Outside of work, Dr. Culpepper enjoys yoga, snow skiing and spending time with her husband and their 3 cats – Chester, Skittlez, and Mr. Miyagi.

Allie Keresman, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Allie Keresman grew up in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She attended the University of Delaware for her undergraduate studies and earned a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, with distinction, in 2016. Her areas of interest include general surgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. In her free time Dr. Keresman enjoys going to the beach with her husband and her dog Nikita, riding her horse Plum, cooking, and painting. She also has three cats, Rey, Monty and Dohle.

Office Managers

Elise E.

Practice Manager

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Elise Eisel has been a valued member of the College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospital family since 2008. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years, gaining experience in all areas of a veterinary practice. She began her career as a Veterinary Assistant, and quickly worked her way up to Assistant Supervisor. We are proud to now call her our Practice Manager. She passionately believes in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care in a compassionate environment that provides exceptional client service and education. Elise shares her home in Wilmington with her 4 cats (Lily, Weezer, Henry & Gus), Malibu (a rescue dog) and Sophia (a rescued pug).

Sarah G.

Office Manager

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Sarah moved to North Carolina from southern California in 2007, and has since fallen in love with Wilmington. She has been working in the veterinary field for almost 10 years. Sarah has been drawn to animals since she was a young girl, and helping clients and their animal companions is her true passion. Being the Office Manager allows her to do what she loves on a daily basis. Sarah shares her home with her wife Steph and their five kitties; Walli, Clover, Penelope, Curtis and Carter, all rescued while working at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital.

Casey D.

Asst. Office Manager

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Casey is a native of Wilmington and started at College Road Animal Hospital as a Kennel Assistant in 2007. Her exceptional client communication skills were soon noticed and she became a Receptionist in 2008. Casey has recently graduated from UNCW with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Forensics. She is starting off 2014 celebrating her recent engagement to her boyfriend of 7 1/2 years and hopes to explore future options for a career with her degree. Casey shares her home with her two dogs, Pepper, and Hooker and her newest addition, who runs the show Schmidt the cat.

Angela W.

Office Manager

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Angela West is a Wilmington, NC native. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1998. Her experience ranges from Client Care Specialist, Veterinary Assistant, Supervisor, to now our Office Manager. Angela first started at College Road Animal Hospital in 2001. After a brief hiatus to explore alternate career options, her love of animals and caring demeanor brought her back to College Road Animal Hospital in 2008. Angela shares her home with her two Pit Bull mixes, Walter and Aubrey.

Supervisors

College Road Animal Hospital

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

Taylor W.

Veterinary Assistant Supervisor

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Taylor was born and raised in Wilmington. She has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs and horses. She spends her free time with her two kids and her dog Beauty.

Kim

Client Care Specialist Supervisor

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Kim started working at College Road Animal Hospital in February of 2017.  Kim began working at a veterinary clinic when she was in high school and quickly knew this was the career field for her.  She is a licensed veterinary technician but enjoys all aspects of the veterinary medical practice, including client care.  Kim lives with her family, as well as her sweet old mixed breed dog, Pixie, and her cat, Monkey.  She enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family and friends.

Julia

Veterinary Assistant Supervisor

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Julia, a Carolina Beach native, came home to the island after studying Biology at East Carolina University. She has loved working in veterinary medicine for many years and has been a Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team member since 2014. Julia has a passion for patient care and is working towards her goal of becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician. She loves spending time with her German Shepard mix, Georgia, and her family and friends.

Ariel

Client Care Specialist Supervisor

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Ariel is a native to Wilmington, NC. She has been a part of the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team since 2014. Ariel started as a Client Care Specialist and then transitioned to Client Care Specialist Supervisor. You can find her at the front desk with a welcoming smile. Ariel has a passion for animals and values the relationships that we build with clients and their animals. Ariel shares her home with her husband, three cats (Stinky, Hot Tub and Smeely), and a chow mix named Hamby.

Inventory Managers

Emily B.

Inventory Manager

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Hi, my name is Emily. I have been part of the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team for the past 2 years. Since I was a child, I have had a deep love for animals. Over the past 7 years I have worked in animal hospitals and several pet stores until finding my “home” here at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital. I share my home with my dog Belle and my 2 sweet kitties, Sammy and Sebastian. I truly look forward to seeing you and your fluffy friend at your next visit.

Kim U.

Inventory Manager

College Road Animal Hospital

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Kim is a Wilmington native who started working as a Kennel Tech/Vet Tech in high school. She quickly fell in love with working with animals and for the last 20 years she has been working for various animal hospitals in town. Kim joined the CRAH team in 2017 as a Client Care Specialist, quickly transitioned into the Urgent Care Supervisor and is now our Inventory Manager. When not at work you may find Kim at the beach, on the boat or in a kayak cruising our intracoastal waterway. She also enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, playing her guitar, and enjoys snuggle time with her fur babies. Kim lives with her beloved dog Oakley and her sweet kitty Google, who she adopted from our very own rescue CRAH’s Paws. You can usually find Kim at our front desk ready to greet you with a smile and assist you with your pets needs.

Veterinary Assistants

Taylor P.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Taylor Penwarden attended Western Carolina University and in 2016 graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. Taylor used to volunteer at Buffalo Beals Zoo in Maiden, NC where she found her passion working with animals. Moving to Wilmington in 2017 Taylor decided to work in veterinary medicine and eventually wants to pursue obtaining a DVM license. In the mean time Taylor spends her time on the beach, boating and hiking with her two dogs Willow and Kai.

Sadie R.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Sadie is originally from Colorado, but grew up in North Carolina. Her passion for animals started as soon as she could walk. Sadie shares her home with her 2 dogs (Jack and Nyla), 2 cats (Jessie and Milkshake) and a guinea pig (Pig Pig). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her furbabies, catching up on her crime show Netflix binges or spending time with friends & family.

Lauren H.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Lauren has lived in Wilmington for over 15 years and joined the College Road Animal Hospital team in December 2017. She has always had a love for animals and hopes to continue in the veterinary field, eventually expanding into equine medicine. Lauren has been riding and training horses for the past 20 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors, snuggling with her fur babies and spending quality time with family.

Sarah H.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Sarah has known Wilmington as her home her entire life. She joined the team at College Road Animal Hospital in April of 2018 where she quickly fell in love with Veterinary medicine. She is currently going to school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Sarah shares her home with a menagerie of fur, scales and feathers. In her free time she enjoys pottery, trips outdoors with her dogs and binging TV shows while cuddled up on the couch with her four-legged family members.

Lacey R.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Lacey has worked at College Road Animal Hospital since July 2010 working as both a client care specialist and veterinarian assistant. Lacey is originally from Oneonta, NY and has lived in Wilmington since she was 7 years old. She shares her home with four cats and her loving husband. In her free time she enjoys baking and attending concerts.

Sydney B.

Veterinary Assistant

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Sydney joined the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team in June 2016. She is originally from Wilson, NC but moved to Wilmington in 2012. She has always had a passion for animals, especially horses and larger dogs. Sydney currently fosters for a local German Shepherd rescue, and enjoys rehabilitating and re-homing animals in need. She does not have any dogs of her own just yet, but is looking forward to changing that!

Hannah P.

Veterinary Assistant

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Hannah moved to Wilmington after graduating from college in Maryland in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Biology. She joined the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team in August of 2017, and has loved every minute of it. She has always loved animals of every shape and size. She shares her home with her cats, Zane and Finn, and her dog, Juno. When she’s not at work she loves kayaking, hiking and reading.

Morgan S.

Veterinary Assistant

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Morgan, originally from Asheville, North Carolina, moved to Wilmington in 2016 to attend UNCW. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Marine Biology and has been working as a veterinary technician ever since. She joined the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team in July 2019. She shares her home with her rescue dog, Beaker, and in her free time she enjoys taking him for walks on the beach and playing lots of fetch. 

Heather D.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Heather joined the CRAH Team in December of 2019 and works as a Vet. Tech Assistant concentrating on animal health and assisting the medical team. She holds a Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Brunswick Community College and an Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Heather loves working with animals and is Fear Free Certified and is the team member others call to assist with difficult animals. Heather has a special place in her heart that makes sure your pet is happy, calm, and well cared for during their visit. 
 
When not at CRAH, Heather loves painting, woodworking, kayaking, hiking, and spending a lot of time with her family. Heather and her wife Kirstie love to spend time outdoors and traveling. They have a son named Blake and 4 fur-babies – Bella the old Porky (Pug- Yorkie), Ava the high-energy black Shepard-Pit mix, Xena the calm laid back Golden Lab-Shepard and a very vocal tortie cat named Tink-Tink.

Ingrid S.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Ingrid is a Wilmington, NC native. After graduating high school early with an associates degree she moved to Charlotte, but made sure to come back in the summer for the beach and to visit family and friends. During her time in the Queen city she committed to volunteering and doing pet sitting. She worked with animals, learning their behaviors and emotions and truly enjoys their companionship. Ingrid has always been inspired by her Uncle’s success and hard work as a Veterinarian. While visiting home in 2019, she finally made the decision to pursue a position at College Road Animal Hospital to continue her education in veterinary medicine. While everyday at the hospital is a blast, Ingrid spends her free time cooking, playing, taking naps with her silly pitbull, Baloo, and being in the ocean!

Cara S.

Veterinary Assistant

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Cara moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW and graduated in 2017 with a bachelors in Anthropology and minors in Biology and Forensics. After graduation she returned to Illinois but soon realized her true home was on the coast. She knew that working with animals all day would bring her so much joy, so she started working at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital in September 2019. After a long day, Cara loves cuddling up with her dog, Indigo and her cat, Cinder (a CRAH’s Paws rescue).

Marley D.

Veterinary Assistant

College Road Animal Hospital

Client Care Specialists

Anna L.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

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Anna is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and recently joined the College Road team in June 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Criminology from UNCW. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running, kayaking, playing video games and relaxing at home with her boyfriend. She shares her home with her German Shepherd, Max and torti cat Tiki.

Emma C.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

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Emma joined the College Road Animal Hospital team in August of 2017. She started working in the veterinary field right out of high school and hasn’t looked back! She hopes to go back to school to become a registered veterinary technician. In her free time Emma can be found on the beach with her family and pups, Pork Chop and Milo, spending time with her one year old daughter Lila, or relaxing at home with her kitties, Pickles and Sage. You can find Emma up front waiting for doggie smooches!

Courtney M.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

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Courtney originally hails from Canada! She recently immigrated in December of 2016, and joined the College Road Animal Hospital team this past August. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in 2012 from her native country with a major in Classics and a minor in English, as well as a certificate in veterinary assisting in 2015. When she is not working, Courtney likes to spend time exploring the beach community or taking in some of the sights in scenic downtown Wilmington. She also enjoys reading, exercising, or spending time with her husband either staying active or relaxing at home with their fur babies. Courtney shares her home with her cat Prim, and a 3 year old Husky/Border Collie mix named Loki.

Alexandra O.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

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Alexandra joined the College Road Animal Hospital family in August of 2017. She moved to Wilmington in 1993 but left shortly after to attend Norwich University Military College of Vermont. She returned to the Port City in 2000. Growing up, Alexandra always had a love of all animals. She grew up alongside dogs, rabbits, ducks, geese and even had a sparrow. In her spare time she enjoys the beach, fantasy sports and rooting for Washington D.C. sports teams. Alexandra shares her home with her husband, 5 & 6 year old sons, Finn and Jack, and two cats, Aslan and Sugaree.

Jade G.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

Ashton N.

Client Care Specialist

College Road Animal Hospital

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Ashton Andrews has been with College Road Animal Hospital since 2008 when she moved to Wilmington from New England to pursue a Master’s degree at UNCW, from which she graduated in 2012. Ashton’s love of animals began at a very young age when her mother bred Bengal cats, Chinese Shar-Pei’s and Afghan Hounds. She was also raised in a house with a menagerie of animals including goats, parrots, ferrets and fish. Ashton lives in Wilmington with her husband Trevor, and young son, Rowan, along with her two English Bull terriers, Vintage and Stella, and her two cats, Betti Page and Sage.

Jessica M.

Client Care Specialist

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Jessica relocated to Wilmington from Long Island, NY in early 2017. Jessica started working as a receptionist at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital in December 2017. She has a passion for animals and loves helping pets and their owners. Jessica shares her home with two cats, James and Tuna.

Nicolette C.

Client Care Specialist

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

Kayla P.

Client Care Specialist

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Kayla relocated from Fayetteville, N.C. in 2019 to be with her boyfriend Robert and her two huskies Neptune and Odin. Kayla has a soft spot for huskies. Her goal is to be able to pet all of them. In her spare time you can find her riding trails in her jeep or on the beach somewhere getting sunburned. Kayla’s favorite thing about coming to work is being able to pet all the different animals.

Kailey B.

Client Care Specialist

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Kailey has lived in Carolina Beach for six years and recently joined the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team. She has always had a strong love for animals and grew up with a lot of them throughout the years. Kailey plans to join the Veterinary Technician program in the near future in order to work towards her degree. She has a huge soft spot for exotics and actually shares her home with two Ferrets, Oogie and Zero, two Leopard Geckos, Daksun and Danen, as well as her two cats Lennox and Moomie. 

Kennel Attendants

Christina C.

Kennel Attendant

College Road Animal Hospital

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Christina joined College Road Animal Hospital in June 2019. Born and raised in Wilmington there was always a cat and dog or two in her family’s home. She currently shares her home with her daughter and a 10 year old Pitbull named Max who loves to show off his rope toy when friends and family visit.

Our Furbabies

In Memory Of

Cheerios

College Road Animal Hospital

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Cheerios used to belong to the founder of College Road Animal Hospital, Dr. Weedon, and became a permanent resident after falling ill for several months. He was considered the technicians mascot for 16 years, and we still debate to this day whether he was better known for his snaggle-tooth or his love of chicken treats. Regardless, he will forever be in our hearts.

In Memory Of

George

College Road Animal Hospital

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George held the title as the “Bad Boy” of College Road Animal Hospital for almost 17 years. He seemed to always get himself into trouble by breaking into bags of cat food and knocking clients belongings off of the reception counter. With his cute face and sweet personality, we could never stay mad at him for long. He was a very special part of our family and will forever hold a place in each of our hearts.

Office Cat

Ichabod Crane-Kee

College Road Animal Hospital

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Ichabod Crane-Kee is considered the College Road Animal Hospital President. As his name might suggest, he can be quite a drama king. You can catch him roaming the office causing mischief and mayhem, or napping wherever he pleases.

In Memory Of

Maui

College Road Animal Hospital

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Maui came to College Road Animal Hospital when he was a wee kitten and we all just fell in love with him. We could not stand the thought of adopting him out so we kept him for ourselves. He was a roly poly sweetheart that loved to spend hours napping on the front counter. He was known as the official greeter to the clients and was always happy to get a pet or scratch behind his ears.

Peruvian Guinea Pig

Cornelius Pumpernickel

College Road Animal Hospital

In Memory Of

Ralphie

College Road Animal Hospital

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Ralphie was our very own Christmas miracle. He came to live at College Road Animal Hospital on December 23, 2015. It was always “One for him, one for you” anytime you got a snack. You could usually find him on his incredibly comfortable bed in the management office. We cherish all the memories and could never forget Ralphie roll time, and how he selectively shared his sugars with those he deemed worthy. Although he is no longer with us, the memories of how much he enjoyed the last years of his life will remain in all of our hearts forever. We’ll all meet again over the Rainbow Bridge.

In Memory Of

Arthur Pants

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Arthur Pants was more of a behind the scenes kind of guy. Although he was a three- legged kitty this never limited his ability to run around the hospital directing the rest of the staff. He was always pretty happy with his job here, even with the staffs incessant dance antics. You see his biggest “pet” peeve was whenever anyone danced in front of him! Something about dancing made him a very unhappy boy. So if there had to be dancing then he would take his 3 legs elsewhere. Arthur Pants will always hold a very special place in all of our hearts.

In Memory Of

Samie

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Hey, the name’s Samie. I am a very important member of the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital team. I used to stay upstairs where the food and beds are and enjoy time to myself. But after a much needed talk from my manager, I realize how important it is for me to help out around here. I really enjoy being at the front desk where I make an excellent paper weight and morale booster. If you see me, feel free to say hello and give me a pat; I could use the break from all of my hard work.

Office Cat

Calvin

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Calvin is the baby of Carolina Beach Animal Hospital. He has been “helping out” at the office since 2013. Calvin’s hobbies include, but are not limited to: Intimidating visiting cats, getting “stuck” in the pharmacy, then demanding to be rescued, sleeping in his memory foam bed, and ripping into and eating our merchandise. Feel free to pet him when you come in, he will let you….then he will go back to ignoring you.

In Memory Of

Henrie

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

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Henri was our house gerbil. He always loved burrowing in his shredded paper, and chewing on cardboard. Henri was really hard to catch, and we’ll all miss his love bite reward, anytime we would catch him. We love and miss his adorable face so much!

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Flexible Appointments

We understand that our clients have busy lives, so we do our best to be as accommodating as possible by offering flexible hours, weekend availability, and online appointment scheduling. To schedule an appointment for your furry friend, head over to our appointments page or contact our office directly.

Shop Online

Online Shop & Pharmacy

Our online shop has everything that you need to keep your pet healthy after a visit to the vet. From prescriptions and preventatives to diets and compound medications, you’ll find it all here! We also offer free expedited shipping with no minimum purchase, so you don’t need to worry about waiting around for your pets’ medications to arrive.

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