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Veterinary Staff Of Highsmith Animal Hospital

Highsmith Animal Hospital

Dr. David W. Highsmith
Owner and Manager

Years in practice:  27
Education: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Highsmith was born and grew up in Raleigh, N.C., where he attended NC State University as an undergraduate. Since there was no veterinary college in North Carolina at that time, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1975. Moving back to the Raleigh area, he practiced in a small animal practice for 10 years. In 1985 he moved to Wilmington to work at Hardison Animal Hospital. Two years later, he purchased the practice, renamed it Highsmith Animal Hospital, and has continued to expand and improve the practice since. In 2009 he relocated the practice to a new physical facility built to his specifications.

Dr. Melody C. Speck
Veterinarian

Years in practice: 22
Education: NC State University at Raleigh
N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Speck was born in the local Wilmington area and attended NC State University for her undergraduate education. She was admitted to the NC 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.

Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Veterinarian

Years in practice: 10
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Anderson grew up in the Richlands, N.C., 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 NC 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.

Dr. Meghan Tayloe
Veterinarian

Years in practice: 12
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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 NC 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, N.C., 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.

Highsmith Animal Hospital

3335 Wrightsville Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 799-5587
Email: highanhosp@earthlink.net
Business Hours:
Mon - Fri: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sat: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun: Closed

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