VCA Seaside Animal Hospital

Ernest Ward, Jr., DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Georgia


Dr Ernest Ward, Jr., is a 1993 graduate of the University of Georgia. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author. He has appeared on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, CNN and is a frequent contributor to the Rachel Ray Show.

He lives in the area with his beautiful wife and 2 lovely daughters. He is also the father of a beautiful feline named Itty Bitty, a beach pup named Sandy and a scruffy bundle of terrier love named Harry.

When Dr. Ward is not speaking, writing or practicing veterinary medicine you can find him competing in iron man triathalons, other endurance sports, paddle boarding or surfing.

" I am an advocate for pets and the people who love them helping speak for those who can't speak for themselves."


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 910-579-5550. If it is after hours, please contact:

VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital- 843-903-1900

4808 Hwy. 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Animal Emergency Clinic of Wilmington - 910-791-7387
5333 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403