Roanoke Island Animal Clinic

107 Russell Twiford Road
Manteo, NC 27954


Dr Mary Burkart and Dr Mark GrossmanDr 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.

Dr Sara Beth Belton roanoke island animal clinic

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 Roanoke island animal clinic

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.


Dr blythe Layng Roanoke island animal clinic

Dr blythe roanoke island animal clinic


We are so proud to welcome our 5th veterinarian to our practice. Elliot Grossman came to the Outer Banks when he was only 4 years old and has surely made it his home! After trying his hand at fishing Elliot decided to follow in his parents footsteps and become a veterinarian. A 2017 Ross Graduate he finished his final year at NC state.  Elliot has excellent diagnostic and surgical strengths! And with his sense of humor he has already become a positive force in our practice. OK OK, I might be a little biased as I'm his dad. (-: