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Animal House Veterinary Hospital opened its doors for business in late November, 2009 as a new grass roots veterinary hospital in Southeastern Burke County, NC. The hospital was founded by Dr. E.J. Kennedy after several years of working at a variety of small animal practices in Tennessee and North Carolina. Dr. Kennedy also served on the emergency staff and later as the Medical Director for Emergency Operations at a 24-hour emergency and referral practice in Hickory, NC from 2002 until 2007. Dr Kennedy graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June, 2000. He returned to school to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Veterinarian in 1996 after a 13-year career as a Control Systems Engineer and Engineering Services Manager at a large, multi-national engineering firm.
Dr. Kennedy integrated the best design features and operating procedures he encountered while working at various veterinary hospitals during his years of practice before making the transition to private practice ownership. Animal House Veterinary Hospital operates on the fundamental principal that every patient we serve will be treated with the same level of care and attention that any one of our employees would want for their own personal pets. Compassionate care for every single patient we serve is the essence of our practice philosophy. Animal House Veterinary Hospital utilizes a wide variety of sophisticated diagnostic tools including digital radiography and a comprehensive array of in-house laboratory equipment while remaining absolutely focused on the human-animal bond that is at the very core of the loving relationships we form with our animal companions. We recognize that many individuals consider their pets to be family members and we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients in a safe, welcoming, and fear-free environment at all times.
Make-A-Wish makes wishes come true!!!
As many of you know, the Make-A-Wish foundation works to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. When we were presented with the opportunity to help the Make-A-Wish foundation grant Ms. Madison’s wish to receive a puppy, we were more than happy to help! Madison received a French bulldog puppy originally named Chubby - she later decided to change his name to Duke since she loves Duke mayonnaise. Dr. Kennedy agreed to donate the needed vaccinations, de-worming treatments, neuter surgery at the appropriate age, as well as a microchip thru Animal House. With the help of multiple vendors, we also received donations for items such as food, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, shampoos, ear cleaners, and any needed diagnostics for the first year. Please keep this family in your prayers – as we all know, sickness can take a toll on any family but our hearts break for this family as they deal with the everyday expenses, emotions, and stresses that come with having a sick child. We are so glad that we were able to help & would like to send a special thanks to all of our vendors that donated towards this cause. We hope that Madison and her new friend “Duke” can have a long and happy life together!