Wide Variety of Services

We know that you don't always know the right terms to look for when trying to find care for your animal, especially when it's an emergency. Feel free to examine our service offerings below, but don't be discouraged if you don't see what you're looking for. Give us a call any time and our trained and professional staff will be right there to help you understand what your animal needs.

Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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Dr. Amy Jordan

About Dr. Amy Jordan

Amy grew up in a small farming community near the Outer Banks. After graduating from Manteo High School she went to NC State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science in 1998. She went on to Vet School at NC State where she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Then in April of 2006 she decided the time was right to start her own practice with the intention of providing quality medicine and service to the community.

Hours of Operation Changes

By |February 1st, 2019|

There are always challenges in running a business; but, when
it to comes to running a veterinary practice, the challenges come with names
and emotions.  I wanted to take a moment
to explain our rationale for the hours of operation changes instead of just an
announcement to the change.  There were
many aspects to take in to consideration for this decision.  It is important to me that you are aware that
it was not taken lightly. 

Our original intent in providing later hours was to provide
appointment times to clients that were more convenient and to lessen the
pressure and craziness during the day. 
We have been providing […]

Euthanasia

By |January 2nd, 2019|

This is not a happy topic to discuss.  It is an even unhappier thing to have to experience.  However, when it comes to our pets and even
livestock, this is sometimes a necessary and humane decision.  When an animal has a terminal disease and
their quality of life is poor with no real hope of improvement, often the
decision is made to end suffering.  In
other instances, the cost of treatment is too great, or the risk of bad outcome
is overwhelming and does not warrant putting the animal through the procedure
to try for good outcome.  In the case of
livestock, the procedure or treatment […]

Dr. Yowell’s Non-Social Life

By |January 2nd, 2019|

I am writing this article for Dr. Yowell this month for
reasons that will become apparent very soon, but a little background on Dr.
Yowell first.  Dr. Yowell joined us last
year and as many of you agree, we are thrilled beyond measure to have her.  She offers a new perspective and years of
experience to Bear Creek.  It is a
running joke between Dr. Yowell and Dr. Cloninger that one is the past and one
is the future….I wont say which is which. 
However, Dr. Yowell was faced with a little bit of a culture shock when
coming to Bear Creek.  Our practice is
mostly paperless.  Electronic
everything.  […]

Pot Bellied Pigs

By |November 2nd, 2018|

Yes, we treat pet pigs!  As a matter of fact, we see pig patients almost every day. When someone says pet pigs, that used to be synonymous with the Vietnamese Pot Bellied pig but that is not a true statement today.  We see a diverse group of domesticated swine.  We still see a large number of pot bellied porcines but we also see Yucatan, KuneKune, Russian, and pet raised domestic commercial breeds.  If it is a pet pig, then we will see it.  We do not however, provide veterinary services to commercially raised hogs.  The reason for this differentiation […]

Goat Nutrition

By |August 2nd, 2018|

Goat nutrition is nothing like the old cartoons of goats eating tin cans and napkins.

Goats can be low maintenance;

but, we often put them in a situation that is alien to them and is much like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This article is not intended to be a detailed narration on how to balance a ration.  It is, however, a brief generalization on how goats fair best with one specific nutritional guideline…. goats are browsers, not grazers.  They can be very picky on occasion.   

In their natural habitat, goats roam over distances and climb to areas difficult to […]

How to Reduce Stress at the Vet

By |May 1st, 2018|

When it comes to taking your pet to the vet, there is a degree of stress that can be involved.  For most people, this is a once a year event and the thought of taking their cat or dog anywhere is stressful.  This is because their pets are not used to going anywhere other than outside to go to the bathroom.  Of course, that stress increases when the pet is sick or injured.

We want your visit to be as stress free as possible, if possible.  We see all different kinds of animals and all different personalities as well.  So, […]

Things I am NOT

By |March 17th, 2018|

 

As I was driving down the road between field/house calls this past week, it occurred to me that many people seem to be operating under a misconception about my qualifications these days.  I thought it best to be sure to clear up any confusion regarding this issue.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a mind reader, magician, clairvoyant, time traveler, financial lender or omnipresent/omnipotent deity and I cannot make everyone happy all the time.

I am however, a veterinarian, mother, wife, friend, practice owner, pet lover and owner.  I drive around from home to home, seeing appointments, hopefully as on […]

Renovations and Expansions Oh My!

By |January 9th, 2018|

Here we grow again……
I have expanded the clinic twice already, but in smaller ways.  It always seems that we expand just enough to account for the current overgrowth and not for future growth.  It takes very little time for us to realize we have already outgrown our current boundaries.  With the amazing growth we have experienced in the small animal sector, we desperately need more space to accommodate the demand for new clients and daily case load we are experiencing on a consistent basis.  As much as I would love to have waved a magic wand to make it […]

Winter Livestock Nutrition

By |January 1st, 2018|

Colder temperatures change the nutritional needs of livestock; specifically, for the purposes of this article I am speaking of horses, cattle, goats and sheep. Some of the generalities also may apply to pigs and chickens but I am not grouping them into this article.
The importance of good hay
Winter brings colder temperatures, but that also usually means poorer pasture quality and the feeding of alternative forages like hay. Feeding hay sounds like a pretty standard task, but as most farmers can attest, finding good hay and storing it can be a challenge. Good hay can be expensive and sometimes hard […]

Failure as part of the process…

By |January 15th, 2016|

It is easy to write about the successes and sweet cuddly warm and fuzzies, but much more difficult to write about the harsh and unflattering scrutiny of our failures. At this practice we strive for perfection and quality customer service but we are made up of individuals that are human just like you.
I do not find any mistake acceptable. Unfortunately, I admit that they are unavoidable….eventually. When mistakes occur, we learn from them and reinforce the weak areas. We buckle down and pledge to rise to the challenge.

As a veterinarian, I worry that my clients will lose faith in […]