providing the best care for your pets since 1980

Carteret Animal Hospital


Carteret Animal Hospital opened its doors in 1980 as the first veterinary clinic in the quiet little Crystal Coast town of Beaufort.  Over the years, much has changed, but our commitment to our clients and patients remains just as strong as ever.

Our patients include dogs, cats, and "pocket pets" such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and chinchillas.  We also offer treatment for reptilian patients such as snakes and various species of lizards, as well as limited services for birds.

We are a full service veterinary hospital providing examinations and vaccinations, diagnostic testing such as blood work and radiology, treatment for illness and injury, as well as surgery and dentistry.  We now offer boarding for your pets - furred, feathered and scaled - and basic grooming services such as baths, ear cleanings and nail trims.

We prefer taking a personal approach to veterinary medicine, and enjoy getting to know you and your pets as individuals.  Our scheduling philosophy allows ample time for you to express your concerns regarding your pet, and have all of your questions answered.  Our goal is to treat our clients as we would like to be treated, and to treat our clients' pets as though they were our own.  

Our clients and patients are at the heart of our practice and are the reason we are here.  At all times, you, and your animals, will be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.  

Being of service to YOU is the definition of our purpose and the mission of our practice.

Click here to meet our staff and here to meet the resident critters.

More About Us

What We Ask of You


Since most pets can't talk, you are our best source of information as to what is going on with them.  We understand that you may not know every little detail about your pet's illness - but please tell us what you DO know.  We aren't here to judge you - we're here to help the animals.


Any medication or other treatment prescribed is necessary for your pet's full recovery. Please follow any instructions and give all medications as directed by the veterinarian.  We understand that sometimes life gets in the way, but ask you to give it your best effort.


​If you're happy, and you know it, send your friends...  That is the most sincere compliment that you can give to us, and we have found it to be the BEST form of advertisement.  We work hard to make you happy and we appreciate your confidence and trust in us.

A friendly greeting.

We want you to feel at home in our facility. Help yourself to a cup of coffee or a cold drink and a snack at our hospitality station.


Genuine concern.

Every one of us is a pet-owner. We come to genuinely care for our patients, and will always  treat your pets like they are our own.


Professional service.

Our staff will provide the expert care that you expect and that your family deserves.

Twinkle and baby Houdini

What to Expect from Us