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Chowan Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Edenton, NC since 1941. The professional and courteous staff at Chowan Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for the counties of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, including Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Grandy, Southern Shores, and Corolla. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Chowan Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Elizabeth City, Martin, Tyrrell, Northampton and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Chowan Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

If you live in Hertford, Elizabeth City, Gates, or Perquimans county and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets, look no further. Dr. Ford, Dr. Howell, and Dr. Duruman are NC licensed veterinarians, treating all types of dogs and cats. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Chowan Animal Hospital performs treatments on pet emergency cases as well as pets who are in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our doctors have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Edenton veterinarians.

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 ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. Our veterinarian office is very easy to get to, if you are in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, including Nags Head, Kitty hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Grandy, Southern Shores, and Corolla areas, check out the map below!

Christian Ford, DVM

Ruston Howell, DVM

Kelley Duruman, DVM

Chowan Animal Hospital

1515 Paradise Road
Edenton, NC 27932

Office Hours

Edenton Office


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 AM- 12:00pm

Doctor Appts Select Saturdays



Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Ruston Howell, DVM
    Veterinarian, Practice owner(s)

    Dr. Ruston Howell has been with Chowan Animal Hospital since September of 2000. He graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He was elected to the Society of Phi Zeta in his junior year honoring veterinary medical students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. After graduating, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Coral Springs, Florida. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Veterinary Medical Associations.

  • Dr.
    Christian Ford, DVM
    Veterinarian, Practice owner(s)

    Dr. Ford has been with Chowan Animal Hospital since his graduation from NCSU-CVM in 2000. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Veterinary Medical Associations and volunteers with HSUS Veterinary Field Services at spay and neuter clinics on Native American reservation. Dr. Ford also provides veterinary services to the Red Wolf Project at the Alligator Wildlife Preserve.

  • Dr.
    Kelley Duruman, DVM

    Kelley Duruman joined Chowan Animal Hospital in October of 2009. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has practiced in Richmond, VA and Wilmington, NC.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Wonderful staff and doctors caring for our many family pets over the last 38 years. Professional yet personal service that is very much appreciated."
    Jane M.
  • "Best Vet, very caring people!"
    Sandra H.
  • "They take such good care of all 3 of my dogs. The best in the area in my opinion."
    Robert S.
  • "My dog has boarded at the "Pet Paradise" facility twice now. We've been able to check in on him via the web cam... he's been happy, well-fed... no complaints."
    David W.
  • "Always caring comforting competent."
    Liz C.
  • "They are very sweet & very friendly & excellent customer service my baby loved them"
    Gina B.

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