VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital

John Houghton, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Georgia


Dr. Houghton grew up on the coast of Maine on his father's dairy farm. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his veterinary degree at The University of Georgia. After veterinary school, he did an internship at Texas A&M University, advancing his knowledge, experience, skills, and helping to teach veterinary students in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. Upon completion of his internship, he moved to Charlotte and worked as an overnight ER doctor for 2 years prior to joining the Stoney Creek team in 2011. Dr. Houghton has a special interest in orthopedics, surgery, and emergency medicine. Some of the advanced surgeries he performs include: extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCL/ACL), medial patella luxation surgery (MPL), simple bone fracture repair, femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO), perineal urethrostomy (PU), scrotal urethrostomy, cherry eye surgery, enucleation, stenotic nares surgery, cystotomy, intestinal enterotomies, or intestinal resection and anastamosis for foreign bodies, gastropexy to treat or prevent GDV, and mass removals. Dr. Houghton has an excited puppy named Jasmine and a tolerant cat, Ruby. In his free time Dr. Houghton and his wife Amanda (also a veterinarian) like to run, spend time on Lake Norman, travel, hike, or visit with friends and family.


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 during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.