Written by Bill Kopp | Photos by Anthony Harden
Veterinarians in Western North Carolina offer many varied services and deal with a wide range of animals. But what they all have in common is an extraordinary love for those animals and a desire to make their lives as full as possible.
Veterinarians are a breed apart. Dedicated to the well-being of domesticated animals, they have to be prepared to encounter the unexpected, as one Western North Carolina vet vividly recalls, of a recent patient visit: “Following a telephone call that started with, ‘We hear you’ll see anything,’ a rescue worker transporting a 680-pound tigress and her 300-pound cub showed up at our office for a health certificate.”
All in a day’s work for those dedicated professionals who look after the health of the region’s non-human creatures.
There are more than 175 veterinary practices in Western North Carolina. Many administer standard care to household pets, but quite a few—especially in agricultural areas—have practices that expand to (or even specialize in) care of farm animals, horses, and more exotic creatures. The range of services and procedures offered varies, and many veterinary practices provide care that goes beyond the range of Western medicine. No matter where one roams in the 18 counties of Western North Carolina, there are veterinary professionals ready to meet the health needs of our four-legged friends.
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