Saying Goodbye

7 years ago I graduated from Ohio State Veterinary School ready to take on the world.  Armed with 4 years of education and eager to get started making my passion into a reality.  Little did I know my education was only the beginning of what a veterinarian needs to understand in order to excel in this profession.  As luck (or fate) would have it I ended up at Foster Animal Hospital. This family took in a young veterinarian and helped me grow into the doctor I am today. The doctors and staff provided guidance and direction on tough cases, as well as a much needed hug during trying times.  My friends here at Foster Animal Hospital saw me through two pregnancies and the stress of becoming a working mom.  My friends could always bring a smile to my face after a sleepless night or offer kind words during a trying phase of parenthood.  Foster Animal Hospital has been more than just a job.  This has been my family during one of the most formidable times of my life. This is why it’s so hard to say goodbye.   I tried to hold on to this wonderful hospital through my recent move, however the strain of the commute has become too much for my family.  Therefore, it’s with a heavy heart I must say goodbye to the coworkers who have become part of my family and my clients who have entrusted me with the care of their beloved pets.   I leave with cherished memories and lifelong friends.

Best Wishes

Brittany Novosad, DVM

Foster Animal Clinic – The Jewel of the Carolinas


My first seven years at Foster Animal Hospital were spent wearing a plethora of hats; that of an internist, general practitioner, surgeon, and so on, all within the walls of our original hospital location.  Then, one day last year, Steve Foster approached me to ask if I would like to experience a day at Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons (FAC). Having variation in my day to day routine is one of the aspects I love so much about being a Vet, but change can be scary.  Sure, I knew the clinic existed (somewhere down there), but its ins and outs were completely foreign to me. I had no idea what to expect and was therefore hesitant to accept.  That night I discussed the proposition with my family.  My then two year old son made a pretty compelling argument. “Mommy, you always tell me new things are fun!”  I was helpless before such sound logic.  It’s been nine months since my first day at FAC and I can honestly say my time down here has become a highlight of my week!

First thing you will notice at Foster Animal Clinic is the intimacy of our setting. Our ability to devote our undivided attention to you and your pet gives the clinic a unique experience.  The quiet atmosphere allows my patients to be more at ease during their visit. We are able to spend the time to learn the personalities of each patient and what techniques allow them to be more comfortable.

The location and size has been a huge asset for our busy clients. There is usually no wait time allowing for a smooth yet efficient appointment. Many clients take advantage of our drop off service and we get the benefit of having furry friends to play with all day! Having the support from Foster Animal Hospital just 5 miles down the road allows us to provide all the services of a large hospital while keeping the intimate feel of a neighborhood vet.

Approaching my first year practicing at Foster Animal Clinic I can say I have formed personal bonds with my clients, gotten to know little quirks about my patients, and have been able to grow as a veterinarian.  So if you haven’t experienced the family atmosphere at Foster Animal Clinic come by and stop in for a chat.  Like me, you may like what you see!

Brittany Novosad, DVM





At the Heart of it All

Pets hold a special place in our hearts, so let’s learn how to take better care of theirs.
Everyone has nervously watched as your veterinarian quietly listens to your pet’s heart. Some of us have even heard the dreaded phase “ Fido has a heart murmur.” When I uncovered a heart murmur in my own kitty Chance last year during his annual checkup, I had a moment of disbelief. I made Dr. Seals verify what I was hearing. When it comes to my own pets all my years of training go out the window and I became the nervous client waiting to hear the news. However, I hadn’t made a mistake and my baby was diagnosed with early heart disease. So what exactly is a heart murmur and what can we do to keep our pets healthy?

While stroke and heart attack are fairly uncommon in our four-legged friends, murmurs are frequently discovered. A heart murmur is an abnormal sound heard with a stethoscope. Instead of the distinct “Lub – Dub”, we hear a ”Lub – whoosh – Dub”. This extra sound indicates turbulent blood flow. Some of the causes include a leaky heart valve, thickened heart muscle, anemia, or an innocent murmur heard in puppies and kittens.
How do we find out the cause of the heart murmur? The three most common tests veterinarians run include a chest x-ray, echocardiogram, and blood pressure screen. The chest x-ray allows the veterinarian to evaluate heart size and the surrounding lung fields for potential fluid accumulation, a sign of congestive heart failure.

The echocardiogram allows us to visualize the inside of the heart including the heart valves, the four chambers and blood flow. All of us know why blood pressure is important.

While some murmurs are silent and will only be detected by your veterinarian, others present with symptoms such as a cough, exercise intolerance, or even collapsing episodes.
So how do we keep our pets heart healthy? The best way to prevent heart disease is by maintaining proper body weight for your pet, exercise your pet regularly, keep up with dental care, and take your pet in for a yearly checkup.

Brittany Novosad, DVM
(704) 786-0104

Foster Animal Hospital
Concord, NC 28027

Twas The Night Before Christmas- Foster Animal Hospital Style


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
All the dogs and cats were sleeping in the house.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Santa Paws soon would be there.

The pets were nestled all snug in the beds,
While visions of CET dental treats danced in their heads.
Healthy Advantage was the food that they craved,
If fed this, they promised Santa, they would behave.

When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a flash,
Hoping someone had turned over the trash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to the objects below.
When what to their wondering eyes should abound,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny deerhounds.

With a driver so cute it should be against the law,
I knew in a moment it must be Santa Paws.
More rapid than eagles his hounds they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name.

“Now Doctor Foster’s Steve and Tom, Now Seals, Now Ueleke and Dr. Plott!
On Doctor’s Novosad, Moser, and Lake and the lot!
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall,
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

So up to the house-top the deerhounds they flew,
With the sleigh full of goodies, and Santa Paws too!
With Trifexis, Comfortis and Iverheart in his sack,
Down the chimney came the leader of the pack.

The dogs hoped for Vectra 3D,
To keep them free of annoying fleas.
Revolution for cats is out of sight,
Treating them for heartworms, fleas and ear mites.

In our stockings went Preventive Care Plans good for a year,
To help keep us healthy and full of good cheer.
Plans that included a resort stay,
Where we could be cared for and be able to play.

Adaptil for dogs to decrease fear and anxiety,
And Feliway to calm cats and stop erroneous pee.
We knew that our owners had put these on our list,
Because these gave us both a big assist.

He did not bark, but went straight to his work,
And filled all our stockings then turned with a jerk.
Laying his paw aside of his nose,
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a bark,
And away they all flew like wings on a lark.
But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove off in stealth,
Happy Christmas to all and to all your pets we wish them Good Health.



Robin Moser, DVM

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Concord, NC 28027