Erik M. Clary, DVM, PhD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Dr. Clary received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University in 1991. After finishing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia, Dr. Clary went on to complete a small animal surgical residency program at North Carolina State University, obtaining advanced training in general, orthopedic, and neurosurgical techniques. More recently, Dr. Clary has pursued formal studies in ethics resulting in MA-Bioethics (2009) and PhD (2015) degrees. His dissertational research dealt with end-of-life treatment decisions in human patients diagnosed as being in the persistent vegetative state.  Dr. Clary's recent lectures and academic paper presentations address issues in both veterinary and human medical ethics. As another outlet for his work in bioethics, Dr. Clary serves as a research fellow in the Center for Faith and Culture in Wake Forest, NC.   


Following completion of his residency and an intensive certification process, Dr. Clary was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary  Surgeons in 1997. The year prior, he founded Carolina Veterinary Surgical Service with a novel concept of bringing the specialist to the patient. As a member of your veterinarianís healthcare team, Dr. Clary brings his training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible care for your pet.


Statement of Ethical Position


Dr. Clary comments on his Pets


12 year old, female-spayed Mixbreed


10 year old, female-spayed Mixbreed


7 month old Poodle


6.5 year old, female-spayed, Domestic Shorthair


3 year old, male-neutered, Domestic Shorthair


We remember . . .


Bugz is a cute, high-strung little dog that we fostered for a couple of years pending resolution of litigation pertaining to her previous circumstance. She stands as the sole exception among our pets in that it was Dr. Clary, and not Mrs. Clary, who brought her home.  

Bugz has two great pleasures in life: 1) to ride in the car with Mrs. Clary; and 2) to bark at me (Dr. Clary).  Regarding the latter, she serves as a constant reminder of the need for gratitude in this life, particularly towards God who loved human beings enough to die for them (John 3:16), even those who bark at Him (i.e., all of us).


Polly was found on the side of the road by Mrs. Clary, who seems to have a knack for finding strays. Polly's  breeding is a matter of intense discussion. She loves to fetch the tennis ball. Her lightening speed and tendency to "stop on a dime," however, caught up with her as she ruptured the cranial cruciate ligament in her left knee, prompting TPLO surgery. Here is a picture of Polly recovering in her crate (I empathize greatly with owners when I recommend for their pet strict crate confinement: it is much work, but critical to minimizing complications following orthopedic surgery). 

Polly recovered very well from her TPLO surgery and went back to chasing imaginary squirrels (we let Bugz out first to chase the real ones away). 

As is all too common, Polly subsequently ruptured the same ligament in her other knee 3 months after being released from crate confinement. After TPLO on the second side, Polly is again back to normal. 


Tasha (aka "Itty Bitty") is a rescue from a rescue. . . Her mother, "Tippy", a small poodle, was received at a local shelter with a chronic fracture in one of her limbs that was causing severe deformity and dysfunction; rescued by a veterinary clinic that we frequently serve, she became our patient for the hindlimb issue. Several weeks after surgery, it was noted that Tippy's abdomen was increasing in girth - x-rays revealed three puppies inside. Mrs. Clary is quite fond of poodles, so, I figured at bare minimum a 50% poodle would fit the bill. At this stage, Tasha appears purebred; Mrs. Clary is elated. Tasha is very energetic and loves to run laps in the backyard.     



Muffin is a beautiful tortoise-shell cat that we adopted from a local veterinary clinic who saw us as an easy target! Muffin was a lively kitten and has matured into a very pleasant creature - quiet, reserved, and wary of the other cat (see the next column).



Yet another clinic we visited saw us coming in promoting a kitten in need of adoption. I was in no position to say "No" as both Mrs. Clary and our daughter whose birthday it was were touting the wonderful qualities of this kitten. And they were correct. "Percy" is a handful at times -  in a playful way and also in the need to keep the bread locked up in the pantry - he loves to chew/tear holes in the bread bag!  In the picture above, he is  lounging in the cat tower (contrasting with Muffin's very dignified pose).




Hunter and Josie, along with a beat-up Honda sedan comprised the dowry when I married my wife.  While we have little positive to say about the car, we could go on and on about all the wonderful qualities possessed by Hunter and Josie...we miss them both... 





Sally was rescued as a puppy by Mrs. Clary after being abandoned at a local emergency clinic with parvoviral enteritis. A pampered pet, she lived to be 14 years of age. Among our fondest memories of Sally are the "pony" rides she gave our infant daughter, who called her "La-La"




Bear was our daughter's first pet, acquired after she read a book about hamsters and their management and then promised to care accordingly. Bear was a gentle, curious creature who loved all of the attention she gave him.  He lived to be 3 years of age -  longer than most and courtesy, I believe, of all of the great care she gave him. 



Grover was hamster #2 and lived to be 2.5 years old. My daughter worked no less hard to care for, and train Grover than Bear, and it showed - a gentle and social creature that never bit a soul. 







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