Dr Mary Burkart and Dr Mark GrossmanDr Mark Grossman
Dr Grossman and Dr Burkart met at Virginia Tech in their first year of veterinary school in 1984. After graduating from veterinary school they both pursued Master's Degrees at the University of Georgia. Dr Burkart in Medical Microbiology and Dr Grossman in toxicology. Upon receiving their Master's Degrees, they began their careers in clinical veterinary medicine working in a small animal practice in Columbia SC.
During a vacation to the Outer Banks, they found a small "hole-in-the-wall" 650 sq ft clinic that was for sale on Roanoke Island. Taking a risk to live in a region they had always loved, they purchased the clinic in 1992 and moved their now family of 6 here to the Outer Banks. 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, in 1995, this small 650 square foot clinic became the 4,500 square foot full service facility they enjoy today.
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 treat a 125 pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle, they realized that along with pets, there is also a great need to provide veterinary care for the local wildlife. Both Dr Burkart and Dr Grossman feel that no sick or injured animal on the Outer Banks, ever be denied access to veterinary care. 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 60,000 veterinarians strong around the world. These vets communicate on line to keep up with current medicine and to help each other with difficult cases.
Dr Grossman also enjoys being the veterinarian for the 'Return to the Wild' Red Wolf project on the Alligator River Refuge.
Dr Sara Beth Belton
Dr. Sara Beth Belton grew up in Washington, North Carolina. She attended Peace College and North Carolina State University, where she graduated with a degree in Animal Science. She then traveled to the island of St Kitts to attend veterinary school. After spending three years on St Kitts she returned to Raleigh to finish her final year and her clinical rotations at North Carolina State University. Her husband, Joey, is the captain on a private fishing vessel docked at Pirates Cove. They have 2 children, Smith and Finley, and two dogs, Rivers and and a Frenchie named Stella.
Dr Sara Beth is our "Senior" associate - our "rock" with a heart of gold. She has proven to be a fantastic veterinarian, team player and friend.
Dr Blythe Hayes
Hailing from Georgia, Dr. Hayes (Left) is an incredible veterinarian that perfectly completes our team. She has been nothing short of a pleasure to have at our practice. With a light heart and warm smile, Blythe has proven to be an excellent veterinary surgeon and diagnostician. It has been our pleasure and good fortune to find her and welcome this Georgia gal to our team.
Blythe received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. After college, she worked as a wildlife biologist researching avian diseases. Next she worked for several years as a veterinary technician in Atlanta and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a vet. Blythe graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotations at Auburn University. She is thrilled to now be living on the Outer Banks and takes advantage of all the outdoor activities available here. Blythe shares her house with two kitties, Ting Ting and Roadie, and her adopted lab, Buddy.
Dr Hayes and her husband Sean also have a beautiful girl named Erin.