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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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NEW COVID POLICIES (August 7, 2021)

By |August 7th, 2021|

A note from the Hospital Administrator:

Due to the sudden rise in COVID cases here in Stanly County, now classified as the Delta Variant which is 6x more contagious and cause more severe symptoms which often lead to hospitalization in the most common cases, Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital is in the process of enforcing new policies to ensure the safety of our staff and clients so that we can allow our doors to remain open and provide you with service during this time while also maintaining a healthy environment.  These processes may take effect as early as Monday morning, and […]

TO ALL OF OUR CLIENTS

By |July 1st, 2021|

Hello Bear Creek Family!

2020/2021 has provided Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital with many challenges in scheduling as well as  staffing.  Every single patient and client is very special to us, therefore we felt it was necessary to write to each of you and keep you updated on various issues and solutions we are experiencing on a day to day basis.  BCVH has prided itself in the relationships we have built over the last 15+ years and we will continue to work to earn the trust you have placed in us.  That means face to face conversations and decision making. 

During a […]

#TFTVT Volume Nine: Summer Calvings

By |July 1st, 2021|

Working as a large animal veterinarian in the summer has its challenges.  Much like other jobs that are outside, the weather plays a huge factor in how you do your job.  In this case, not only your comfort or ability comes into play, but the animals’ as well.  Heat stress and heat exhaustion can be deadly to livestock and horses.  Cattle are overly sensitive to this in most cases, and you often have to schedule appointments for them early in the morning to avoid causing undue stress or even death.  Most cattle producers in the south avoid breeding their […]

#TFTVT Volume Ten: “Emergencies” I have been called out on…just two for now

By |July 1st, 2021|

“Puncture wound” on a horse:  I had a client call in a panic and demanding that I come out right away for her pony that appeared to have a puncture wound on the top of her rump.  Anything other than “I am on my way” was going to be unacceptable.  When I arrived on the farm, the owner directed me to the pony and pointed out the puncture wound.   The pony is very fluffy, as most ponies are during the cooler months so there was a decent hair coat present.  I see the abnormal hair that was stuck together […]

Dear Bear Creek Family

By |April 1st, 2021|

I am writing to inform you that I will be resigning from my role as an associate veterinarian at Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital as of May 31st, 2021.

If you did not already know, Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital is the first clinic I have worked at since graduating from veterinary school in 2017.  I initially moved to this area and started to gain experience practicing as a mixed animal veterinarian, but quickly found my niche working in the hospital with cats and dogs. I have learned so much during my time here, and I am so thankful for the past 4 […]

#TFTVT Volume Eight: What’s all the CLUCK About?

By |April 1st, 2021|

When I worked on large animals, we also took care of
chickens, ducks, and other fowl. 
Essentially pet, meat, and egg laying birds that might be used for human
consumption.  It really does fall well
into the livestock category.  The demand
was actually quite high.  The pet bird
vets didn’t really want to do it and most other average large animal vets
didn’t either.  They had no place to
turn.  From a regulatory standpoint,
large animal/livestock veterinarians are better trained and equipped to handle
issues involving these birds, especially from a food safety perspective.  There are health certifications and lots of
paperwork that can be involved in making sure disease […]

Should I get my pet Spayed or Neutered and if so, at what age?

By |April 1st, 2021|

This is a much debated and frequently asked question.  It is also with many possible answers.  Honestly, there are many factors that go into
this decision and there is no one absolute answer.  I will, however, discuss some factors and
reasons why one should do so and when.

Let me start by saying the age at which it is recommended
that an animal be spayed or neutered is a case-by-case evaluation of
environment, breed, purpose of use, and disease prevention.  All these factors go into a sort of risk
assessment analysis and we come up with a recommendation. 

There are many opinions about this topic […]

#TFTVT Volume Seven: Understandings and Connections

By |January 1st, 2021|

There are animals that we meet that are deemed special.   For whatever reason you seem to have a
connection or an understanding that others may not have.   Often, for me, that seems to be the ones
that no one else understands.   Most
people see them as misbehaved or difficult.

There have been several over the years that really stand out
to me.  Since this is a Tales From the Vet
Truck, I will highlight one encountered in my large animal career. 

I had the pleasure to serve as veterinarian to many talented
horses and wonderful owners.  One such
horse was a Tennessee Walking horse named, Susie.  […]

#TFTVT Volume Six: Help Me Help You!

By |October 1st, 2020|

Help me help you!

This is probably one of my favorite stories to tell about doing large animal medicine in the field. 

I do not remember the exact time of year this incidence occurred, but it was cold.  This happened when it was just me and one employee. I recall that we were bundled up in many layers and insulated coveralls.  They keep you warm but do not allow for quick and agile movements.  It was likely late fall or winter as it was also calving season. Literally that was it.  We rode around in the truck together and answered […]

#TFTVT Volume Five: Close Calls Part Two

By |July 1st, 2020|

An “Oh Shit Moment”

When in the course of performing my duties as a large animal
veterinarian, there have been many times that I have been injured.  Fortunately, none have been too serious.  By the Grace of God, I am certain most
instances I have walked away unscathed when I should have in all likelihood
been trampled or ground into the dirt like a very ripe tomato. 

There is one particular situation that I recall quite
vividly that I would like to make the subject of this tale.  It involves working a group of cattle.  This was, by all definitions, a fairly
ordinary group of […]