Morehead Animal Hospital

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176 NC Highway 24
Morehead City, NC 28557

Driving Directions

(252) 726-0181


  • Hours:
  • M - Th: 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri: 7:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Sat & Sun: CLOSED
  • After Hours: 252-444-1399

Morehead Animal Hospital provides services for cats and dogs. The practice has been at its current location since 1992, and is staffed by David R. Bird, D.V.M.,an associate veterinarian  Katie Willis,D.V.M., two licensed veterinary technicians, and a support staff who use their extensive knowledge and skills to address client concerns and pet needs. Dr. Bird has provided veterinary care for clients and their pets at Morehead Animal Hospital for over 38 years.


Morehead Animal Hospital is committed to providing exceptional, compassionate care and uncompromising service to clients and their pets.


Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Morehead Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Morehead Animal Hospital Services

  • Diagnostic Services (on-site laboratory and outside reference laboratory)
  • Class IV Laser Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Extensive Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery
  • Dental Care
  • Dental Digital Radiography
  • Telemedicine Imaging Consultation
  • Digital Radiology (X-rays)
  • Vaccinations
  • Senior Care
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Royal Canin Prescription Diets
  • Weight Management and Counseling
  • Wellness Exams
  • Boarding
  • Bathing

Morehead Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Dr. David R. Bird

Dr. David R. Bird earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He began Morehead Animal Hospital in 1975. He was a single practitioner until January 2012. Dr. Bird has a special interest in dermatology and now travels extensively lecturing as a Key opinion leader with a major pharmaceutical company. He enjoys all areas of practice but has a particular enthusiasm for diseases of the ear, dentistry, digital radiology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.

He is married to Kelly, who works along side him in the practice. He is the proud father of three children and new grandfather to Cecelia Anne. His daughter Kristen is also a Dr. Bird with her PhD in Clinical Psychology. His twin sons are John, who is our practice manager at Morehead Animal Hospital and Ryan, who is General Manager at Kencraft Boats and is married to Spencer Brunson who is a Clinical Research Associate at Chiltern International.

Dr. Bird enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking, taxidermy and a variety of other outdoor hobbies especially cliff diving in Hawaii.
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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dermatology, Orthopedics, Dentistry, Internal medicine and Surgery

Jessica Clements

Jessica comes to us new in the veterinary field.  She has successfully completed the Veterinary Assistant  program at Carteret Community College.  Her desire is to make veterinary medicine a career.  She plans  to pursue a Veterinary Medical Technician degree and become licensed.  Jessica maintains our kennel facility and assists our doctors during exams.   She is married to Will and mom to Sasha, a Cocker Spaniel and Tipper, a Chihuahua. They are new home owners and all that it entails.

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Carteret Community College

Kelly W. Bird

Kelly is married to Dr. Bird and has been with Morehead Animal Hospital since 1992.  As a licensed Veterinary Medical Technician she enjoys all aspects of the practice but has a special interest in cytology, dentistry, and surgical assisting.  Her job descriptions have changed dramatically over the years and she is now enjoying more hands on with animals and less time book keeping. She has fallen head over heels in love with her first granddaughter and being a "Lolly" to Cecelia Anne Bird!

Kelly enjoys gardening, boating and all things Apple but especially loves tagging along with Dr. Bird on his speaking engagements when she can!  She travels with a medical mission team as often as she can through out Asia.  Kelly also graduated from Liberty University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Christian Counseling. Dr. Bird and Kelly have a house full of pets with 4 dogs (2 Jack Russells, an English Pointer and a constantly wet Labrador Retriever); Ha'Lia, Hattie, Saffy, and Otter including a cat named Beep Beep!

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Veterinary Medical Technician

Dentistry, Surgical Assisting and Monitoring