We deliver exceptional veterinary service to pets and their people with Caring Hearts and Capable Hands.
Our practice owner, Dr. Matt Pennell, has been providing compassionate medical care to Hickory area pets for over 11 years. We are a family oriented practice that provides comprehensive veterinary care and counseling with a goal of promoting the human-animal bond.
Our veterinary hospital provides care for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, small rodents, and reptiles. The practice was designed for patient, client, and staff comfort and is equipped for dentistry, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, in house diagnostics, digital radiography, and overnight hospitalization.
The Care We Give Is More Than Medical
At Startown Veterinary Hospital, our approach to veterinary care is different from many animal hospitals. Dr. Pennell and Dr. Barlow are dedicated to setting the standard of excellence in veterinary health care and client services, while focusing on the care of each pet. They develop individualized treatment plans based on each pet and pet owner's needs. Our highly trained nursing and office staff are gentle, patient, and kind. Be assured that we will always treat your pets as if they were our own. We believe that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
Dr. Pennell and Dr. Barlow consider themselves to be your second 'family doctor' and are committed to providing you and your pet with a very personal veterinary health care experience. This elevated level of care and attention allows you and your pet to develop a relationship with them built on trust, comfort, and confidence. Your experience in our hospital will be a very personal one.