Roanoke Island Animal Clinic

107 Russell Twiford Road
Manteo, NC 27954


Welcome to Our wildlife dedication page

When we took the veterinary oath to treat sick animals or relieve their suffering, it became immediately apparent that this promise could not be limited to companion animals. We are blessed to live in an area with an abundance of some of the most beautiful and amazing creatures. From Bald Eagles to pelicans, to the Red Tailed Fox to dolphins to alligators, the list goes on and on. Because of this dedication to all animals in need, we have developed a reputation for caring for the wildlife here on the Outer Banks. Our clinic is committed to take in any wildlife animal that can reach our doors and render veterinary care at no cost. Donations to help defray the costs are welcome.

Dr. Grossman holds a juvenile Bald Eagle that injured its clavicle bone. The bird was released weeks after brought to the clinic.  
Vet Tech Katie Stewart and Rehabber Lou Browning position an adult Bald Eagle to help determine the cause of the birds' illness. The beautiful bird ingested lead which was making him sick. 
The wildlife get here anyway they can. Veterinary assistant Mariel shows off a seagull that arrived in a Fed Ex box.
Sarah holds a 5 foot alligator that was brought to the clinic after getting caught in some sort of grease. The gator was bathed, treated, and released.
roanoke island animal clinic Dr Grossman Dr. G just finishes splinting the fractured wing of a Trumpeter Swan
roanoke island animal clinic wildlife Head Tech Melissa Cooper gently holds a 4 weeks old Bobcat. This kitten was the lone survivor of a bear attack after its mother was accidentally killed when she was hit by a car. 
Dr Grossman roanoke island animal clinic Dr. Grossman checking out the wings of a young Osprey. 
Roanoke island animal clinic Vet and groomer assistant Jessica Tomlinson shares a "laugh" with a young grackle we raised from a featherless baby. The bird is set to be released soon. 
Jackie holds a very active Green Sea Turtle. These turtles get accidentally blown outside the warm Gulf current and into colder waters where they get "Cold Stunned". In their stunned state, they drift right up onto our local beaches and brought to our clinic by volunteers and wildlife employees.  After some gentle warming and symptomatic care, these guys are released back into the warm Gulf.
ronoke island animal clinicDr Grossman roanoke island animal clinic This 3-4 month old Black Bear was chased up a tree by some dogs in Mann's Harbor. A concerned local captured the bear and brought him into our clinic.  Katie S gently holds the cuddly cub.  The next day, this baby was released to the NC Wildlife commission who will make sure he gets to the correct rehabber and finally safely released.  Still being a child at heart, Dr G couldn't give up the opportunity to hold this marvelous work of nature either.
Red Tail Hawk at the roanoke Island animal ClinicDr Grossman and Red Tail Hawk  This Red Tail Hawk came in to the clinic 1/19/10  and is already at a raptor center rehabilitating a broken toe.
loggerhead sea turtles at the roanoke Island animal clinic  Things can get interesting at the clinic when big Loggerheads decide they're feeling better and can move about. These two got caught outside the warm Gulf Stream and made it to our clinic for triage then a trip back out to the gulf. (1/18/10)
roanoke island animal clinic wildlife work loggerheads These loggerheads were part of a group of 30 that became stranded on Ocracoke the weekend of 2/8/10. It took volunteers from N.E.S.T (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles), the Marine Mammal Strandings volunteers, and several North and South Carolina aquariums to save the turtles. Here they "wait" their turn to get weighed so they can be properly dosed with their medication.
roanoke island animal clinic wildlife Star, gently holds a Trumpeter Swan that arrived with a sprained elbow joint. With a few weeks rest this magnificent bird will be released back to the Pea Island Refuge from where it was found.     
Duck treated at roanoke Island animal Clinic  This handsome white Peking Duck has become a member of the family at the Ferry Dock in Hatteras. He became very ill and was diagnosed and treated for lung worms.
Woodpecker rescued and treated at the roanoke Island animal clinic

This beautiful Red Necked Woodpecker was brought to our clinic and  was treated for trauma.

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Shannon, our future veterinarian student volunteer, loves cradling this Sea Gull for treatment as she rests at the clinic for a few days prior to release.   

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Melissa, our practice manage and LVT, holds a Great Horned Owl after its broken wing gets splinted. The owl was sent to a wildlife rehabilitator to heal and be released after it can safely fly again.                

roanokei island animal clinic wildlife Red Wolvesred wolves wildlife roanoke island animal clinic

Being the veterinarians for the Return To the Wild Red Wolf Project located on Alligator River Refuge, sometimes makes for some cool and unusual tasks. Dr Braney begins the surgery to place a radio tracking transducer into a young wolf's abdomen. With the transducer in place, the Wildlife Specialists can track and monitor the wolf's movements. The better we understand them the more we can help support and increase their population. Dr Barney prepares to lower the transducer into the abdomen.

And finally, the transducer is correctly placed.

Dr Burkart Roanoke Island animal Clinic wildlife

Dr. Burkart assesses a Barred Owl's injuries as it rests on her gloved arm. Veterinary assistant Hilda Bayliss stands by.  X-Rays revealed the great bird of prey had a broken wrist. The wrist was splinted and referred to a wildlife rehabilitator in hopes it will one day soon be released.

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Hilda uses a firm but gentle hand as an injured pelican gets ready for transport to wildlife rehabber Lou Browning.

Tabitha can't help but cuddle a newly born fawn. The fawn was found with its sibling both of which headed to a local rehabber licensed to raise deer. 

Vet assistant extraordinaire Mariel Grossman gently holds a baby Great Horned Owl The owl was brought to us after found alone in Wanchese. The owl had some superficial injuries.This beautiful creature will be treated and sent to Lou Browning, our local rehabber, who hopefully will get it back into the wild. 

Vet tech Katie S. tickles the neck of a slider whose shell we just fixed. The shell was fractured and was epoxied. Antibiotics were administered along with pain relief and the turtle was later released in the area where it was found.

Veterinary Technician Katie Stewart performs a dental on "Bert", one of the River Otters at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Bert had an abscessed tooth that was treated by Dr Burkart prior to the dental.