Dr. Tony Ioppolo - Veterinarian
Dr. Tony Ioppolo knew he was going to be a veterinarian from a very early age.
Growing up on a small hobby farm in Louisiana, he got to experience firsthand what it felt like to save an animal's life. Those early experiences led him to Louisiana Tech University, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal Science, with a minor in Chemistry.
He then returned home to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University, earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Ioppolo began his intrepid career practicing at several large veterinary hospitals across the southeast, before deciding to settle down in Southern Pines in 2011.
After establishing a profound reputation as an associate veterinarian, he acquired Pinehurst Animal Hospital in 2018. His mission was driven by a commitment to his patients and clients, to offer quality and personalized medicine to every pet that walks in the door. Dr. Ioppolo's dream has always been to help as many pets as possible, thus the inception of Urgent Vets for Pets.
He is excited about the future of emergency medicine in a boutique setting. Dr. Ioppolo's clinical interests include soft tissue and lifesaving/emergency surgery, ultrasonography, dentistry, and client education. He says the most important part of veterinary medicine is the human-animal bond and says his favorite part of the job is "seeing people smile when their pet starts feeling better."
He is a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association, and is currently serving as the Moore County Animal Cruelty Investigator. He volunteers much of his free time controlling the pet population by spaying and neutering and shares his veterinary expertise with multiple rescue groups in the area.
Dr. Tony enjoys just about everything outdoors, especially fishing, hiking, watersports, horseback riding, and playing golf. He loves to travel with his family but makes his trips short so that he is never away from his three Rhodesian Ridgebacks for too long.