Highsmith Animal Hospital

Highsmith Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Wilmington, NC. Our goal is to help you keep your pet healthy and happy so that you can share that special bond for many years to come. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. We pledge to you to stay current on the newest techniques and products available. But the most important point for your pet is the knowledge that each pet and owner is different and special. There is no one size fits all, so with your input we can determine which is the best care for your pet. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Highsmith Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Our Mission
Our pledge to our patients and clients is to always provide the best possible veterinary health care in a totally compassionate and understanding manner.
 
The outside of our veterinary hospital in Wilmington, NC
  • 3335 Wrightsville Avenue
  • Wilmington,NC 28403
  • Phone: (910) 799-5587
  • Fax: (910) 799-8545
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  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Dr's Hrs: 8:15am - 11:30am
  • & 2:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Dr's Hrs: 8:15am - 11:30am
  • Sun: Closed
  • David W. Highsmith

    David W. Highsmith, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Practice Owner
    Dr. Highsmith grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended N.C.State University at Raleigh as an undergraduate. Since there was no veterinary school in North Carolina at that time, he attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, graduating in 1975.

    Returning to the Raleigh area upon graduation, he went to work as a staff veterinarian in Garner, NC where he had worked as a kennel assistant while attending undergraduate school.

    After 10 years as an employed veterinarian, Dr. Highsmith moved to Wilmington, NC in 1985, where, after a year, he purchased an existing veterinary practice known as Hardison Animal Hospital. Changing the name to Highsmith Animal Hospital, the practice has continued to thrive and grow along with the city of Wilmington.

    Dr. Highsmith now employs a staff of 3 veterinarians, 2 certified veterinary technicians, a professional groomer, and 7 other receptionists and assistants.

    After several years of planning and design, in December of 2008 Dr. Highsmith broke ground on a new building for his veterinary practice and relocated to the new facility in August of 2009. With the new and larger space, the clinic is able to continue to provide the best of veterinary services for all our patients and clients.
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    Dr. Melody Speck, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Speck was born in the local Wilmington area and attended NC State University for her undergraduate education. She was admitted to the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1990. Fresh out of veterinary school she joined the staff of Highsmith Animal Hospital where she has used her knowledge and experience to care for the pets of our clients and further the bonds between people and pets.
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    Dr. Jennifer Anderson, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Anderson grew up in the Richlands, NC area and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her undergraduate degree. After working for a short time in the private field, she applied to and was accepted at N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2002. Upon graduation, she joined the staff at Highsmith Animal Hospital where she has honed her skills in diagnostic veterinary medicine.
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    Dr. Meghan Tayloe, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Tayloe grew up in the area of North Carolina fondly referred to as Little Washington. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her undergraduate degree. She then attended the N.C. State University College of Veterinary medicine and graduated in the year 2000. After graduation she practiced for 7 years at Hillsborough Veterinary Clinic until moving to Wilmington, NC in 2007. In the winter of 2007 she joined the veterinary staff here at Highsmith Animal Hospital where she enjoys all aspects of practice from surgery, diagnostics, and working with clients to improve the health and well being of their special pets.