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Important Updates from Friendship Animal Hospital Concerning COVID-19 (updated 5/25/2020)

To our valued clients:

Friendship Animal Hospital would like to assure you that the health and safety of our team members, pet owners and community members is and has always been a top priority. As COVID-19 continues to have a great impact on the US and communities surrounding us, we would like to inform you of some changes we are making in an effort to be more accommodating and proactive:

  • Concierge Service ONLY!! - We are still open to aid your fur-babies during this difficult and confusing time. However, you will not be able to enter the hospital, but we are still open and will come out to your vehicle. This applies to all appointments, surgeries, drop off appointments, and any boarding drop offs. Clients will need to call Friendship Animal Hospital once they arrive, be checked in over the phone, and their pet will be brought inside by a FAH staff member. All discussions with the veterinarian & payments will take place via phone. We ask that clients remain in their vehicles at all times, so as to limit person-to-person contact. We have also instructed our employees to maintain the recommended safe, 6 foot distance from pet owners as best they can. Please don’t be offended when they ask you to remain in your vehicle or step back from your window to talk to you. For more info, give us a call – 704-889-7387 (PETS)
  • Why are we still social distancing?? - Like many local businesses, Friendship Animal Hospital employs a small staff.  We are, quite simply, unable to withstand an outbreak of illness amongst our employees and still stay open to serve our furry friends and their families.  You rely on us to be there when your four-legged loved ones need emergency care and routine vaccinations.  That's why we are still wearing masks and doing our check-ins at the curb, we want to continue to be there for you.  We can only stay strong if we work together.  And by working together, we can keep your fur-babies and our staff healthy. 
  • You may be experiencing longer than normal waiting times or limited availability as we allow our staff to also remain home if they are feeling unwell or to tend to children that are now out of schools. If we have limited staff here when we are open, we ask for extra patience as we try to perform the same high-quality medicine with fewer employees.

We want to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as best we can. We also ask for your cooperation: please do not come in for an appointment or stop by to pick up medication or food if you are feeling unwell.

Thank you,

Dr. Panuska and Staff at Friendship Animal Hospital

Dr. Panuska and wife

Who We Are
A few words about us...

There’s nothing quite like those wet, slobbery kisses or that deep, throaty purr to welcome you home after a long day. Sharing your life with a companion animal is more than just owning a pet. It’s opening your heart and welcoming that furry guy or gal to become a part of your family.

At Friendship Animal Hospital, we recognize the special connection you share with your pet. That’s because we too are animal lovers. Veterinary medicine is more than just a job for us. It’s our passion and what drives us to always go above and beyond in everything we do.

From the moment you step through our door you’ll experience the difference. Warm greetings, a comfortable atmosphere and plenty of extra cuddles are par for the course around here!

If you’re looking for an experienced, compassionate animal health care provider in the Pineville or South Charlotte area, you’ve come to the right place. Call or stop by today!

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  • Dr.
    Rich Panuska
    Owner, Veterinarian

    Dr. Panuska grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where he first began volunteering at the local small-animal clinic. He would remain at that practice for nine years, gaining hands-on experience throughout his high-school years and his undergraduate career at Virginia Tech. Next, Dr. Panuska volunteered with a local emergency clinic and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician, working in both small-animal and emergency clinic settings, before heading to the Caribbean to study animal medicine at Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

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  • Amanda Amanda
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    After serving her country as a member of the United States Army, Amanda attended a few colleges in search of a career she would be happy with. When she saw a commercial on television advertising a program in veterinary technology, she knew instantly that she wanted to help animals as a Veterinary Technician! Amanda hasn’t looked back since—she’s now a proud member of the Friendship Animal Hospital family.

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  • Amber
    Assistant, Kennel Assistant

    Amber has wanted to work in the healthcare field for as long as she can remember. She’s also had many opportunities throughout life to help animals. For Amber, combining her passion for pet care and her fascination with the world of medicine simply makes sense! She’s proud to serve the area’s pets as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Assistant with the Friendship Animal Hospital team.

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  • Audrey
    Kennel Technician

    Audrey grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her parents, sister, and the constant company of the family pets. She would frequently bring home stray animals she encountered, and her mother was always willing to help return them to full health and find them loving homes. Audrey knew early on that a career spent caring for pets was the perfect path for her!

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  • Emily
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    Emily was a teenager when her family cat fell ill—her experiences made her realize that she wanted to help others through difficult times with their own pets. What better way to do that than by serving as a veterinary professional? Emily uses her skillset and innate compassion for animals every day as a member of Friendship Animal Hospital’s talented care team.

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  • Heather

    Heather had a variety of pets while growing up in Charlotte; she cared for everything from dogs and guinea pigs to fish and hermit crabs. She never tired of visiting the zoo and poring over her collection of books about different animal species. Heather always knew that a career spent tending to animals was the perfect fit for her—she decided to dive headfirst into the veterinary world, and hasn’t looked back since!

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  • Tracy

    Tracy is originally from Syracuse, New York, where pets were a constant in her household growing up. She was especially inspired by her grandfather, who always helped feed wild birds and stray pets. For Tracy, helping to care for pets professionally simply made sense! She’s thrilled to satisfy a lifelong dream of hers by caring for the area’s pet owners and animal companions here at Friendship Animal Hospital.

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