Needham Animal Hospital

Needham Animal Hospital


Very good service
A loving caring group of professionals...
Thank you Dr. Thompson, and and your wonderful staff for taking care of Fish today, and helping him cross the rainbow bridge. Your care, compassion, and professionalism helped me tremendously during this sad time.
Lexi LOVES her Bather at Needham. And that’s saying a lot cause she’s stand-offish most times. We Love you all.
Lexi loves her Bather! They’re the Best at Needham!!
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thank you for always being good to our fur babies and treating them like your own!❤️

“How your vet sees euthanasia.....

So, you bring me this puppy - she kisses my face, devours the cookies I offer, and our friendship starts.

Several visits later, he starts to learn where all the cookie jars are in the clinic, and that lady in the white coat, well she’s okay....

Fast forward many visits later, now I am in love with your dog and your whole family because, well, you are just really really good people and I have not only watched that pup turn into a really sweet family member, but I got to watch the kids grow every year and be a very small part of your journey.

Remember that time she ate your teenage daughter’s thong underwear? 😝😝😝 yeah we all had a good laugh over that once surgery was done and she was recovered. Your daughter probably never forgave me for bagging that up and showing the whole fam-jam when they came to pick her up from the clinic.

So many adventures, so little time.....

And here we are, fifteen or so odd years later, having to say goodbye.

He’s got heart disease and I can’t fix it anymore. She’s got cancer and there is no cure. He has arthritis and the meds just aren’t working. I want her to live forever for you. I want that so badly it hurts. I feel like I have failed him and you when I have run out of options to keep them, and you, comfortable and happy.

So now it’s time, and I am supposed to be professional. Objective. I am the doctor. Calm. Cool. Collected. Always under control.

No way!!

I have known you and her for a third of my life, and most of my professional career.

But I keep it together. My superhuman amazing technicians have put the catheter in. My support staff from reception to assistants have done all the paperwork. Trust me they may not show it but their hearts are breaking for you. They have been there. They know. And they know you and care about you too.

And I have the needle in the pocket of my white coat. The same pocket that was always full of treats for him. I take a deep yoga breath and come into the room. Gotta stay strong now.......

She’s giving me that sweet look she always does, the one that is followed by puppy kisses and a glance at the cookie jar. But she is too weak now. She is ready. You are not. I am not. But this s**t has to happen because we love her too much to let her suffer.

She would keep going as long as we asked her too. But we can’t ask her to anymore. It’s not fair to her. I wish our human hearts could be so giving all the time. I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am. I wish I wish i wish I could find a way for them to live forever. But I don’t have those magical powers. I am just a vet.

So we kiss him back, not much left of his body that still works, but that old tail wags, just enough that I lose my s**t on the inside but I try not to cry. Gotta stay strong.

Her body relaxes, she is in your arms and your are sobbing. Another family has lost one of its most cherished members. I put my stethoscope to her heart to make sure it has stopped but she is held so tight to your chest that maybe that is your heart I hear pounding or maybe it’s mine and all the blood rushing through my ears as I try so so so hard not to turn into a blubbering mess.

Confirmed, he has passed. You lay him gently on the table and we hug tightly as you go to leave.

The door closes behind you and I don’t know if you hear this, but I sob hysterically into your pets ear. She is gone, he will be missed, and you have to face what I know will be one of the hardest parts of today.

Entering that house and they are not there to greet you.

Please know that I know how you feel. As you leave the clinic I just wish with every fibre of my being that you never had to face that. I wish they could live forever.

And please know, I am so grateful that I was a small part of your journey.

Love always, Your vet.”
Missing since June 2nd 2020
7 year old Gray tabby Spayed female from Murrayville Rd

Our goal is to provide comprehensive care to each of our patients, treating our clients and their pe

Operating as usual

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 10/02/2022

You are invited to join in our Daycare and Boarding's Halloween Photo Shoot! There is limited availability, so if you are interested please call our Daycare and Boarding Building to sign up! Here are some shots from last year!

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 09/12/2022

FOUND on Sunday 9/11 on Element Way in Wilmington. Looks to be a chihuahua mix. No collar/tags/microchip. Dog is currently safe at Needham Animal Hospital. Hoping to locate this dogs owners. Will require proof of ownership.


Congratulations Marley!

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 08/19/2022

Found dog: Found in Clearbrook neighborhood. He was with a yellow lab that ran off. Please contact Needham if you recognize this precious baby!

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 07/18/2022

Found on White St. at 7:50am. Please let us know if you know this sweet girl!

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 07/02/2022

Happy 4th of July! We had an amazing time with these fur babies on Friday! They did so good! They also enjoyed bubbles in the play yard, turkey dogs, and watermelon!

Thank you to staff member Courtney for setting up this amazing day, Christina Jean Photography for taking pet portraits, staff member Sarena for the artwork on the cards!


If you haven't already downloaded the VitusVet App, now is a great time to do it. With hurricane season starting June 1st, this app can be a tremendous help. It gives you access to your pets vaccination history, request refills on medications, and more. In a hurricane, things can happen quickly, and evacuations can be stressful. Last hurricane, our hospital staff was received hundreds of requests for vaccine histories and medication refills before owners left the area. The phones lines were difficult to get through and requests took time. Having this app is an easy way to be prepared! Please let us know if you have any questions by calling or texting our practice at (910)799-2970.


🙋🏼‍♀️🤗 Raise your hand if you’re as excited as we are!! 🙋🏼‍♀️🤗


Remember that here in North Carolina we see higher incidences of Heartworm Disease. Please keep your pets on year round prevention. April is Heartworm Prevention Awareness month! This means that you will save 10% off six and twelve packs of heartworm prevention! Please call to request your prescription today and we will let you know when it is ready.


You can still text the practice at 910-799-2970.


Delayed opening this Friday.

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 02/27/2022

We are a little behind in celebrating our employees of the month! Congratulations to our two employees, Grace and Tara for going above and beyond! We are so grateful to have both of them as part of our team!


Did you know that our very own Dr. Elliott belongs to the Cape Fear Orchid Society? One of her many talents is working with these amazingly beautiful flowers. Come join her for Big Bloomin' Orchid Day!


Due to inclement weather, our doggy daycare will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022.


Delayed Opening This Friday.


Phones & internet services are down. We will post when they are back up. If you have an immediate need text us at (910)799-2970.

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 12/20/2021

Needham Animal Hospital Christmas Pictures 2021!




Dear Valued Clients,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we will have a delayed opening THIS Friday November 12, 2021. We will open at 9AM that day.

As a convenience for our daycare patrons, daycare drop off service will be open from 7am until 7:45am and then will re-open at 9am. We will be closed for all other services including admissions for medical services, grooming, surgeries, and boarding until 9am. If you need to make special arrangements to drop off your pet prior to 9am please call (910) 799-2970 to set up these arrangements. Drop off services prior to 9 am will be arranged on an appointment basis between 7 and 7:30am only. There will be no medical appointments brior to 9 am.

If your dog is attending daycare and you drop off prior to 9am, your dog will be kenneled until 9 am when daycare will start.

We will be using this time for team enrichment. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding.

Photos from Needham Animal Hospital's post 10/28/2021

We had so much fun with all your amazing fur babies today!

We have a few to thank for wonderful day!!

Our amazing staff member Courtney for setting up this entire day!

Another amazing staff member Alix for keeping up with us and helping so much!

Coastal K-9 Bakery, Inc. for the holiday cookies!

Former staff member Keaton did our card artwork!

And our manager Christina for taking the portraits (Christina Jean Photography)!

And most of all, thank you to you all that shared your furbabies with us!

Costume pictures will be uploaded to instagram for voting soon!!


Due to daycare being fully reserved we will be taking walk ins from 10:30am until 4:30pm, simply call us when you’re in the parking lot.


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3720 Federal Park Drive
Wilmington, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 6pm
Tuesday 7am - 6pm
Wednesday 7am - 6pm
Thursday 7am - 6pm
Friday 7am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm

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