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River Road Animal Hospital Staff

At River Road Animal Hospital, you’ll find a dedicated, compassionate team of veterinary professionals eager to serve you and your pet. We strive to nurture the bond between you and your pet. Our goal is healthy, happy pets and our passion is providing the highest quality veterinary care through education, treatment, and prevention. We believe that the best owners are informed owners, and we will take the time to educate you on everything from the basics of bringing a new pet home to your family, to the details of your pet’s specific condition.

Brad attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he studied Biology and Psychology. Before coming to River Road Animal Hospital in 2007, Brad worked in laboratory medicine and pharmacology research and as wine bar manager for Landfall Country Club. He is experienced with dogs, cats, exotics and wildlife. He lives with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup Loki, aka “The Pig Dog”.

Jessica Ambrose – Head Receptionist

Jessica started with RRAH in 2011 and is originally from Livingston, NJ but has lived in NC since 1999. She graduated from Grooming School in 2007 and worked in Raleigh, NC as a certified Pet Stylist gaining valuable experience in animal handling and restraint. In her spare time she likes to spend time at the beach with her parents who have been Oak Island residents since 2010. Her family includes her husband Richard, and her little stray dog she just adopted named Gypsy.

Mike works part time helping Dr. T. with the business end of RRAH. He is a graduate of the United State Air Force Academy and still serves part time with the Air Force Reserves as an A-10 Instructor Pilot. He helps with the clinic animals including Seth and Neuth – our two African Sulcatta spurred tortoises, and his favorite (the only pets that earn their own keep ) our chickens Ginger, Zelda, Henny Penny, & Clucky.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Melanie has been living in North Carolina with her grandmother since 2005. She attended high school as a member of the first-ever enrolling class of Brunswick County Early College High School and graduated from BCECHS with her diploma in 2011 and also from Brunswick Community College with an Associate in Arts in 2011. She’s volunteered at River Road since 2008, and is now an official member of our staff in since June 2011. Melanie is now attending UNC Wilmington as an undergraduate double-majoring in Spanish and English, with the hopes of pursuing a Master’s degree in linguistics. Although she will be living and studying full-time in Wilmington, don’t be surprised if you see her around the clinic from time to time!

Mary Ellen Rogers – Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter

Although Mary Ellen is not technically on staff, she IS one of the family. Mary Ellen has been operating Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter on Oak Island, NC since 2007. After moving to North Carolina in 2003 she realized that there was no rehabilitation center for local shorebirds that swallow fish hooks, get tangled in nets, or are otherwise injured or orphaned. Local animal control and turtle rescue volunteers encouraged her to care for these injured birds. After volunteering at the SC Center for Birds of Prey and the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter to gain experience, Mary Ellen obtained the appropriate State and Federal permits to open Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. We are proud to be associated with Sea Biscuit and Dr. Travis is glad to donate as much of her supplies, services, and expertise as she can to support this extremely worthwhile local non-profit organization.