Dr Mary Burkart and Dr Mark Grossman
Dr Grossman grew up in Baltimore Maryland and has felt a special connection with animals ever since he can recall. His father was a biology teacher and greatly influenced his love for science and all living things. After obtaining his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, he was denied entrance into vet school citing he did not have enough animal experience. It was then that he became a Zoo keeper at the Baltimore Zoo. Two years later, he was accepted to the Virginia Maryland Regional college of Veterinary Medicine
Dr Burkart grew up in New Jersey and first became a licensed veterinary technician before wanting to become a veterinarian. She was denied access her first attempt because she needed more class work. She finished her pre-requisite classes and then was accepted to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr Burkart and Dr Grossman met in 1984 during their first year at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. They have either worked together or attended school together ever since. After graduating vet school, they both attended the University of Georgia and attained their Master's degrees - Dr Burkart in Medical Microbiology and Dr Grossman in Toxicology. Upon graduating UGA, and with their family now growing with the expected birth of boy and girl twins, they began their first small animal veterinary position at the Sunset Animal Hospital in Columbia South Carolina. After 2 years there, while on vacation to the Outer Banks, they found a small hole-in-the-wall clinic that was for sale on Roanoke Island. Taking a risk to live in a region they loved, they purchased the clinic and moved their now family of 6 here to the Outer Banks in 1992. At that time, the then Airdraie Animal Hospital became the Roanoke Island Animal Clinic..
And as they say "the rest is history! . With pure dedication, long hours, and a deep love for their profession and this community, this small 700 square foot clinic became the 4,500 square foot full service facility they enjoy today.
During this time Dr Grossman became the veterinarian for the Return to the Wild Red Wolf project on the Alligator River Refuge. With their 4 children growing up here, they developed a true love for this community of wonderful folk along with the amazing scenery and array of wildlife on the Outer Banks. Ever since their first Thanksgiving here when they had to rescue and and treat a 125 pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle, they realized that along with the pets, there is also a great need to provide veterinary care for the local wildlife. Since then they have opened their doors and treated literally hundreds of Sea Turtles and thousands more of the wildlife that make these fragile barrier islands their home.
Dr Grossman is also a consultant and editor in the toxicology and dermatology boards of VIN - the Veterinary Information Network. VIN has become the single greatest source of knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine. It is now over 43,000 veterinarians strong around the world. These vets communicate on line to keep up with current medicine and to help each other with difficult cases.
It is with great compassion and deep commitment that both Dr Burkart and Dr Grossman feel that no sick or injured animal on the Outer Banks, ever be denied access to quality veterinary care.