2018 FinestWelcome to Startown Veterinary Hospital

Your Veterinarian in Newton,NC
Call us at (828) 464-3067

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (828) 464-3067!

If you live in Newton or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. 


We deliver exceptional veterinary service to pets and their people with Caring Hearts and Capable Hands.  

Startown Veterinary Hospital is a family oriented practice that provides comprehensive veterinary care and counseling with a goal of promoting the human-animal bond. Startown Veterinary Hospital provides medical, dental, surgical, preventive, critical, and emergency care. 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.

Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (828) 464-3067 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Newton veterinarian office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Newton pet owners.

At Startown Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Matt Pennell
Newton Veterinarian | Startown Veterinary Hospital | (828) 464-3067

2421 W Nc 10 Hwy
Newton, NC 28658

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  • Hailey
    Clinic Comforter

    Hailey is a Chantilly. Hailey enjoys sitting on your lap while you are waiting to see the doctor and has been known to join you in the exam room. She also assists with the check in and check out processes and supervises our client care specialist.

  • Ariana
    Clinic Princess

    Ariana is an Exotic Shorthair. Ariana takes her job very seriously and she is always happy to let you admire her beauty. She closely supervises the nurses when they are taking care of feline and/or surgery patients.

  • Karen
    Patient Care Coordinator

    Karen joined our practice in 2018.

  • Robyn
    Veterinary Nurse

    Robyn joined our practice in 2017.

  • Ashley
    Client Care Specialist

    Ashley joined our practice in 2017. Her love for animals began at a very young age, bringing home wounded or stray kittens, ducklings, and even baby squirrels to nurse back to health. She started in the veterinary profession in 2006. She and her husband have two fur children, a 13 year old chihuahua named Honey and a 2 year old Icelandic Sheepdog named Barkley.

  • Jessica
    Veterinary Nurse

    Jessica joined our practice in 2014. She started working with animals at the age of 19. She has 2 dogs: a chihuahua and a chihuahua mix and 2 cats: a torti and a lynx point.

  • Jenna
    Veterinary Nurse & Client Care Specialist

    Jenna joined our practice in 2012. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2006. She has 1 dog: a Beagle mix and 1 cat: a white Domestic Longhair. She loves all dogs and cats, babies to seniors and big to small.  When not working, she likes to watch movies with her kids.

  • Michelle
    Veterinary Nurse

    Michelle also helped us open the practice in 2011. She started working with pets in 2006. She has 2 dogs: a German Shepherd mix and a 3 legged Mutt, and 3 senior cats. She loves all pets, especially the senior citizens. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and son and is an avid outdoor enthusiast that enjoys hiking and photography in our local mountains. 

  • Mandy
    Office Manager

    Mandy helped us open the practice in 2011. She has had many roles in our practice including veterinary nurse and patient care coordinator. She has a background in the human nursing field. She loves all animals, big and small, especially those with smooshed faces. She has 3 dogs: 2 boxers, and a malti-poo.

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  • Beth Pennell
    RVT, RN
    Practice Manager

    Beth began her career in the veterinary profession working in the kennel of a veterinary clinic while in high school. She spent her summers volunteering at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. She graduated from Gaston College in 1999 and received her license to practice as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

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  • Dr.
    Brad Barlow

    Dr. Brad Barlow has been working in the veterinary medical field for almost 30 years. He was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and completed his BS degrees in animal science and biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 1993. He received his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1999.

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  • Dr.
    Matt Pennell
    Veterinarian, Owner

    Dr. Matt Pennell has over 24 years of experience in the veterinary profession. He started working at a veterinary clinic when he was 16 years old, walking dogs after school. He obtained his undergraduate at UNCG, and then journeyed to Ross University of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts for 3 years.

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Thank you for taking such amazing care of my dog, Baby, today! She has never been good with strangers and was totally comfortable with Robyn and Dr. Barlow. You have a wonderful gift and it shows with your work; I am grateful!"
    Amber H.
  • "Dr. Matt and the staff of Startown Veterinary Hospital are the only people I trust to take care of Norman. They go all the way when it comes to taking care of your animals. Very friendly and they interact very well with your pet before they even do treatment."
    Donna A.
  • "They were great,,very professional,,first time there we took all three of our dogs,,they treated them like family..I was very happy..we finally found a vet that we trust..."
    Frankie R.

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Startown Veterinary Hospital


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8:30 am-1:00 pm


7:30 am-12:00 pm

1:30 pm-5:00 pm


7:30 am-12:00 pm

1:30 pm-5:00 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm