Dr. Jay Hreiz

Dr. Hreiz has been practicing at Ebenezer Animal Hospital since 2008.  In 2013, Dr. Hreiz and April Splawn (hospital administrator) became the new owners of EAH.  In the spring of 2019 Dr. Hreiz opened Queen City Animal Hospital, a sister clinic to EAH in the Belmont neighborhood near uptown Charlotte.  Dr. Hreiz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and received his BS in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University in 2004.  He bleeds blue and white and enjoys traveling back to his alma mater in Happy Valley!  Dr. Hreiz is licensed in both North and South Carolina to practice veterinary medicine and is a certified Fear Free veterinary professional.  He is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina in 2008 after veterinary school.  Dr. Hreiz became interested in veterinary medicine when he was a young boy and had a large number of exotic pets including reptiles, amphibians, birds, rodents, and rabbits.  He recognized as a kid that there were few veterinarians interested in seeing these unique pets.  His interests as a veterinarian include exotic animal medicine (rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and birds), soft tissue surgery, and pet wellness and prevention.  He became a licensed judge under the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2002 and has judged shows across the United States and several foreign countries including Japan.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling the world, running, exploring the world of wine, and spending time with friends and family.  His home is occupied by two retired racing Greyhounds, Ella and Ollie, and a domestic shorthair cat, Dax.

Why do you like working at EAH?: “My staff is superb. They bring energy to the practice and can maintain a sense of humor even on the most stressful days. My clients are fantastic. They are attentive, dedicated, and loyal to their beloved pets. My patients are the reason I practice veterinary medicine. Their well being is my top priority.”

Dr. Maria Belu

Dr. Belu is the most recent addition to the Ebenezer family, joining the hospital in March 2019. She earned a BS at Cleveland State University and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 with a DVM. After graduating from OSU, Dr. Belu pursued a public health residency, received an MPH and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine in 2018. She spent her residency working primarily in Ethiopia training veterinarians on humane dog handling and conducting dog rabies mass vaccination campaigns in order to protect both the dogs and the surrounding community from this deadly disease. Originally from Romania, she has lived in both Canada and America, and her extensive traveling made her passionate about the welfare of animals around the world. Maria enjoys hiking, reading, painting, and traveling around the world. She has an interest in exotics, welfare, behavior, and international veterinary medicine. She currently has two guinea pigs, named Tina and Louise, and hopes to adopt a greyhound in the near future.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Ebenezer Animal Hospital thus far. The staff have made me feel so welcome and the clients have all been very warm. It’s been a pleasure seeing both domestic and exotic pets and I feel extremely privileged that every day I not only get to share my knowledge but get to learn something new from both the people I work with and the clients that walk through the door.”