SOURCE: Animal Hospital of Onslow County

December 06, 2011 09:30 ET

Jacksonville Veterinarians Provide Discounts on Veterinary Services for Military Families

JACKSONVILLE, NC--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - Veterinarians Dr. Dave Altman and Dr. Craig Cory, who run the Animal Hospital of Onslow County, can identify with the needs of military families and their pets. Each of the doctors has served as an Army veterinarian and understands the toll that frequent deployments, transfers and general uncertainty can take on pets and their families. Because of their own military experience, and the fact that they work so close to Camp Lejeune, they have designed military discounts for many veterinary services.

The animal clinic provides military discounts on office visits, vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention, spay and neuter services, and pet dental care. Members of the staff stressed that these preventative services are particularly important for military families and their pets because they prevent health problems that can complicate their lives down the road. Military families interested in the discount should visit the 'Special Offers' page on the website and are able to share the link with other military pet owners. To receive the discount, the pet owner is required to print the military discount from the website and bring it into the animal hospital.

Veterinarian Dr. Craig Cory says, "The last thing military families need when a family member is getting ready to deploy is for the dog to get a case of heart worm or have a litter of puppies. These things can be prevented! Keeping the family healthy includes the animal members of the family. We provide discounts for these services to military families to help reduce their stress levels and keep them ready for anything that comes up."

As a fully-staffed emergency vet in Jacksonville, the doctors handle any pet emergency that arises during office hours, and partners with another local facility that provides after-hours emergency services. The animal hospital also takes non-emergency urgent care cases, scheduled visits, as well as walk-ins. Because military life can be unpredictable, the staff here says they feel it is important to make the schedule as flexible as possible to handle the unexpected pet emergencies and situations that might arise that are unique to military life.

Veterinarian Dr. Altman says frequent moves and deployments are situations unique to military families that can cause a lot of stress for family members and their pets. When a military family receives orders to transfer overseas, there are typically veterinary health requirements and papers a family needs to bring in order to document the health of their pet. In some cases, pets need extra vaccines or tests, and the paperwork needs to be filled out within a short time window before the pet travels. The animal hospital makes a special effort to help families with the timing of appointments to cut down on the stress involved during these moves.

Dr. Altman continues, "Military families experience a lot of unpredictability in their lives, so pets play a special role in helping them cope and adjust. At the same time, military life can be hard for the pet, too, with lengthy deployments and frequent moves. We understand that from personal experience."

Families in the area who need vet services can visit the clinic's website at for more information about their services and military discounts.

Contact Information

  • Animal Hospital of Onslow County
    Jacksonville, NC