Melvin C. Haddad, Medical Director

Dr. Haddad was born and raised in North Carolina. He was the son of Lebanese immigrants. He attended Clemson College and then graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation he entered the Army Veterinary Corps, and received special training as a food inspector. As a captain he served in Vietnam and was the Veterinarian for the 25th Division. He was responsible for food safety, the care and treatment of the scout and security dogs, as well as the combat tracker dog team. Dr. Haddad was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Medic Badge for treating wounded G.I's under hostile conditions, when no other medical personnel were available.

Dr. Haddad moved to Boston in 1969 where he met and married Mayrose Kelliher. He worked for Dr. Bruce in Dedham and then at Holbrook Animal Hospital before opening his own veterinary practice in Brockton in 1975. Dr. and Mrs. Haddad raised two sons, and worked side by side growing the Veterinary Clinic into a successful practice that has served the community for over 30 years. In 1995 Mrs. Haddad passed away after a short battle with breast cancer. Mrs. Haddad's contributions to the practice continue to be missed.

In April 2001, Dr. Haddad remarried. His wife Pam is a retired elementary school teacher. They share their home with two Golden Retrievers named Rebel and Macy. They have three grandchildren, who are filling their days with love and lots of fun.

Dr. Haddad recently attended a memorial dedication for the tracker dogs who served in Vietnam. At the emotional service Dr. Haddad was reunited with two dog handlers who saved his life during a ground attack in Vietnam. To this day, Dr. Haddad continues to support the tracker dogs, and donates cooling vests, goggles and other expensive equipment to ensure that they have the best care available while serving in war.

There are days now when Dr. Haddad┬Ł thinks about retirement and looks forward to spending his days on the golf course, but for now he remains committed to his patients, clients, and staff.

Melvin C. Haddad

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