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Phone: (609) 698-2141 Fax: (609) 698-2729

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we say goodbye to our patriarch Dr. Steve Wurst who passed away November 16th after a difficult battle with mesothelioma. Words can not express our sorrow. We are all very grateful for everything he has given us and the community. He was a great man, a legend, and he will truly be missed.

You may view his obituary here:

Stephen Wurst, VMD Obituary

Practice Philosophy

The Barnegat Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary hospital.  It is our goal to provide the highest quality veterinary medical care to our community. We strive to keep the cost of quality health care for your pets affordable. Today, our commitment has grown with ten veterinarians and a full support staff including an office manager to better provide for our patients’ & clients’ needs. Our Barnegat Animal Clinic team is dedicated to a long and healthy life for your pet. We will provide the quality of care and service you and your pet deserve through preventative care, optimum treatment, continuing education, a modern facility and client communication. The B.A.C. has been a family run business since its creation in 1984 by Dr. Wurst. Here at Barnegat Animal Clinic all our patients are treated like family!

Telephone Calls

Most client questions can be answered by the receptionists. Those that cannot will be relayed to the doctors. If you need to speak with a doctor regarding a non-emergency, your name will be taken and a doctor will return your call at their earliest convenience.

Office Hours

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.



Wednesday, December 24th

8 a.m.  – 3 p.m.

Thursday, December 25th CLOSED

Wednesday, December 31st

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 1st



Surgery & Admissions

Surgical Prep. and Procedure


Surgery admissions begin shortly after the hospital opens. All surgery patients must be admitted into the hospital by a doctor unless special arrangements have been previously made. During your pets admission, the doctor will meet with you to discuss your pets surgery, answer any of your questions, examine your pets condition, and provide you with an approximate discharge time. If your schedule does not allow you extra time in the morning, admissions can be scheduled the evening before surgery. Withhold food after midnight the evening prior to surgery. Water may be given freely. Please call post surgery to check on your pet and to verify discharge time. Arriving for patient discharge without calling will lead to delays as instruction sheets and medications must be prepared. If your pet is remaining in the hospital overnight, please wait until after 10:00a.m. before calling to check on your pet’s condition. More than one person calling for an update on a patient’s condition can lead to confusion and loss of important time that can be spent on critical care. Call as often as you would like, but please elect one spokesperson per family. We are sorry, but we DO NOT bill. Payment is required at time of service. We accept cash, checks (with driver’s license), debit cards, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit credit cards. Written estimates are available for routine and non-routine procedures. If there is a question or problem with the written estimate and/or meeting the financial obligation, please advise the doctor BEFORE services are rendered. A 50% deposit prior to the procedure is required on all non-routine procedures. Full payment is required on all procedures upon the discharge of your pet.
Current News

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter

Looking for a new friend?  Consider Adopting!  Visit Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter website or Facebook page for some wonderful animals available for adoption.

FRIENDS of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible charity, that was founded in 1990. We are an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the health and welfare of Ocean County, N.J. cats, kittens and dogs.

Now accepting

American Express and Care Credit!!

Visit the Care Credit website to apply for your own line of credit.