Dr. Deborah McArthur-Wicks
Dr. Wicks is the owner and main Veterinarian of the practice. She graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and has been in private practice since. She opened Surf City Pet Hospital in 2002 after 2 years as an emergency vet. Dr. Wicks has a son, Travis, who attended Topsail High School and will be starting classes at Coast Community College in the fall. Dr. Wicks has 5 cats at home and 9 cats at the clinic. She also has 2 dogs – a very smart and well behaved Sheltie Mix and a brain-less Black Lab (any takers???)(just kidding.) She also founded and runs Purrfect Pet Adoptions through the clinic.
Dr. Eliza Ruffner
A Wilmington native, Dr. Eliza Ruffner graduated from N.C. State in 2006 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Spanish. She then moved to Washington, D.C. for one year to work, where she decided that she should pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. She returned to Raleigh for two more years to obtain a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Genetics. Dr. Ruffner received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in May of 2013 and was fortunate enough to be able to return to Wilmington to practice. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her dog Ramsey and her cat Milo, horseback riding, reading, traveling and relaxing. She looks forward to meeting your pets and treating them as if they were her own!
Jessica (Pate) King
Jessica is our Office Manager / Vet Assistant. She has lives in this area all of her life with her family. Jessica has work with us since May 2002 when we opened. She currently lives in Sneads Ferry with her Husband Kris and her 2 dogs Riley and Atlas, 3 Goats, 2 bunnies and 2 turkeys and 5 chickens. Jessica loves her job very much and will treat your pets like they were her own.
Ashleigh was born in Wilmington and raised in Holly Ridge. She moved to Hampstead in 2012 were she currently lives with 3 snobby cats and 1 VERY HYPER dog who she adores. She started working at Surf City Pet Hospital in October of 2007 and is currently one of our full time receptionists. She loves her job and loves seeing and greeting the pets and owners that come in to our practice.
Ashley is our “floater” as she does a little bit of everything, Reception / Kennel / Vet Assistant. She has been with us since late October of 2007, and lives in Rocky Point with her husband Jeff, daughter Kathryn. They have 1 dog and 4 cats. She helps us bottle feed our orphaned kittens and always has a good time at work.
Renee’ has been working with us since July 2011 as a Kennel Tech / Receptionists. She has lived in the Hampstead / Holly Ridge area most of her life. She currently resides in Hampstead with her Fiancé Rick Lafreniere and their 4 year old daughter Harlie. Renee’ has a son named Jason who lives in Oregon with his fiancé Carly and their daughter Aurora, she also has a daughter named Christin who lives in Hampstead. Renee’ has 2 cats, 3 dogs and multiple farm animals and loves animals very much. She helps take care of our bottle fed babies also.
Dionne is our most recent staff addition. She is also a part time Kennel Tech. She lives in Hampstead with her two daughters, and her husband Mike. Her third daughter lives in Wilmington and works as a groomer. The love of animals obviously runs in the family! She has a soft spot for Pitbulls and has rescued all 6 of hers.