Dr. Jack Brown fulfilled his dream of opening an animal hospital where he grew up in North Carolina.
Northgate Animal Hospital was born from a dedication to serving pets and their people by bringing the finest veterinary medicine and surgical care to our community.


The Northgate family expanded to a second location in nearby Spring Lake under the name Manchester Animal Hospital.


We remodeled and expanded our Northgate location to become a state-of-the-art practice with advanced medical and surgical equipment.


Dr. Brown’s son, Dale, joined the practice. Dr. Dale brings additional talents to our practices, including advanced medical and surgical skills.


Dr. Jenny Rodriguez, a veterinary school classmate of Dr. Dale’s, joined our practices. Around the same time, our Manchester location moved to Highway 87, and a new facility was built, allowing us to dedicate more time and service to the people and pets in the community.


We added an animal rehabilitation clinic, pet retreat and aquatic center. With this expansion, we rebranded our facilities under one new name: Riverbark.


We continue to provide our community with expanded medical and surgical services as well as exciting new recreational opportunities for pets and their people.