Dr. Strasser grew up in Ohio and New York as a youngster. He attended The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, and graduated in 1974. He moved immediately to North Carolina in the Charlotte area, where with 2 partners, he started and owned practices in Salisbury, Concord, Kannapolis, Mt. Pleasant, Lexington, and Davidson/Cornelius from 1974 to 1982.

After visiting friends in the Raleigh area, Dr. Strasser saw the potential growth and superior quality of living here, and moved to the Triangle in 1983 and founded the Kildaire Animal Medical Center in Cary. As the region grew, he created, with partners, three other practices: Town and Country Animal Care Center and Hospital (2 facilities), Gentle Care Animal Hospital, and Preston Animal Hospital. He continues his most ambitious project in building a new concept in 21st Century Veterinary Medicine, Carolina Ranch Animal Hospital and Resort.

Professionally, Dr. Strasser has a long standing interest in English Bulldog Medicine, Surgery, and Reproduction. He has bred, raised and shown his “Bullies” for years. A new interest in Veterinary stem cell research is a current involvement. He is the proud father of four college-graduated children: Veronica (UNC), Molly (Winthrop), Lauren (NCSU), and Brad (NCSU/Wake Tech). He has four wonderful Grandkids that he hopes will all be veterinarians someday. Dr. Strasser lives in Cary with his wife, Pam, and also has a slight love affair playing golf and fishing in Canada!

John Strasser

At A Glance


  • Co-owned Salisbury Animal Hospital and Cabarrus Animal Hospital for 10 years
  • over 44 years of veterinary experience.
  • Started 13 hospitals in his career
  • A guest lecturer at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine


  • Carolina Academy of Veteinary Medicine
  • V Foundation for Cancer Research


  • Four great kids (Veronica, Molly, Lauren, and Brad)
  • Four wonderful grandkids (Jared, Marissa, Magnus, Major)
  • One great wife, Pam.

Favorite authors:
Nelson DeMille and Lee Child

Favorite Quote:
“And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
Lee Ann Womack