Erik M. Clary, DVM, MS, MA (Bioethics)

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Dr. Clary received his DVM and Master of Science (ruminant nutrition) 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, receiving Master of Arts degrees in Bioethics (Trinity International University) and Christian Ethics (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary). Dr. Clary presently serves on the NCVMA Animal Welfare Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics.   


 Dr. Clary was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary  Surgeons following successful completion of an intensive certification process. Through a unique opportunity with  Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Clary has also obtained advanced experience in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and thoracoscopic techniques. Dr. Clary has authored numerous clinical and scientific publications. In 1996, Dr. Clary 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 (and Patients)


9 year old, female-spayed Mixbreed


6 year old, female-spayed Mixbreed


3.5 year old, female-spayed, Domestic Shorthair


10 month 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 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, 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. Thankfully, she has no more cranial cruciate ligaments to rupture. 


Muffin is a beautiful tortoise-shell cat that we adopted from a local veterinary clinic who saw as an easy target! Muffin was a lively kitten and has matured into a very pleasant creature. Though still playful, she is a bit reserved and wary of the new addition (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 "Percy." 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 in his favorite place perched atop the kitchen cabinets.




Hunter and Josie, along with a beat-up Honda Prelude 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 these two pets...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. 






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