About Quartet

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Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital is the new home of three existing referral practices – Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary, Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice, and Veterinary Rehabilitation & Pain Management Hospital. These locally-owned practices have long believed that the referral practice is just one component of excellent care for patients. The full spectrum of care involves close collaboration among the referral practice, the primary care veterinarian, and our mutual clients; all working in concert to achieve the best outcomes for the patients. Our practices provide tailored education for clients and prompt communication with referring veterinarians.

While our commitment to serving our patients, clients, and referring veterinarians has not changed, our practices have grown over the years. We have just completed construction on our new larger hospital to accommodate this growth. Although our businesses remain independently owned, we will operate under a single hospital name, demonstrating our coordinated team approach to patient care at Quartet. Our surgical patients benefit from 24/7 emergency staffing and in-house rehabilitation services; the rehabilitation patients benefit from 24/7 care when needed and joint evaluations between rehabilitation & surgery; and the emergency patients benefit from access to surgical services on an emergency basis or via next day consultation, as needed. When your pet needs advanced care, trust that the veterinary team best suited to provide that care is ready. The cooperation of our practices sets our referral hospital apart, for the benefit of all patients.

We don’t just provide a service, we serve and it shows in the:

  • Personalized service we provide in every aspect of our referring veterinary partnerships
  • Advanced treatments and therapies we provide to patients
  • Compassion and kindness we demonstrate to pet owners and their pets

Our Practices

Jack Gallagher
Jack GallagherOwner of Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice
Jennifer Jones Shults
Jennifer Jones ShultsOwner of Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary and Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management Hospital


Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice

VSRP was founded in 1994 by Dr. C.W. “Bill” Betts, an orthopedic surgeon at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Jack Gallagher moved to NC to work with Dr. Betts (his former surgery professor) in 2003 and subsequently took over the “reins of ownership” from him in 2005.  Their shared vision of a unique private surgical specialty practice where each patient and client are treated with individual care & attention continues through to this day.  VSRP will move into its new, larger facility, Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in fall 2016.  Although our bricks and mortar requirements have expanded as our business has grown, our personality remains the same.  Our professional staff is a family of pet lovers whose mission is to provide the highest quality veterinary surgery and consulting services to our referring veterinarians, their clients, and pets.  To that end, Dr. Gallagher feels privileged to work alongside two highly experienced & talented veterinary surgeons, Dr. Willard “Bud” Keller and Dr. James “Buck” Clark.

Veterinary Rehabilitation & Pain Management Hospital

Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management was founded my Dr. Jennifer Shults after 3 years of full-time emergency practice. She founded the practice while continuing to work at AECC part-time. This practice is a veterinary rehabilitation practice focused on applying physical rehabilitation techniques and pain management to canine and feline patients who have physical limitations due to injury, neurologic disease, surgery, or chronic pain.

Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary

AECC was founded in 1996 as a collaborative effort between multiple practice owners in the Cary area to provide after-hours care for their patients. Dr. Jennifer Jones Shults returned to NC to work at AECC in 2010. She subsequently purchased AECC from the previous ownership group in 2014, believing that owners going through an emergency with their pet deserve the same special care and attention they receive at their primary veterinarian. AECC has expanded to provide 24/7 hospitalization care, with referral services during the day.