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Meet the friendly staff at Animal Hospital of Statesville!

  • DR. JOSEPH CHARLES COONEY
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Cooney was born and raised in Alabama. He attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) where he received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and ultimately, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He practiced for a short time in Hickory, NC, from 1991 to 1995. He began working at the Animal Hospital of Statesville in September of 1995. Dr. Cooney became a partner in 1998 when Dr. Dave Parks retired. He became sole owner in 2004. He’s followed his vision of becoming the most highly regarded veterinary hospital in the area by improving and remodeling our facility, hiring skilled doctors and technicians and employing the most up-to-date techniques and constantly striving to meet the high standards he set for AHS.

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  • DR. ASHLY LA ROCHE
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. LaRoche was born in Kankakee, IL and grew up throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. She attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and later attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois, where she met and married her husband, Paul. After moving to Michigan, Ashly practiced mixed-animal medicine for ten years before moving to North Carolina in June, 2007. They moved here to enjoy the warmer weather and, as she states, to “join the wonderful, supportive staff of the animal Hospital of Statesville”.

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  • DR. NICHOLA HIX GAITHER
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Gaither was born and raised on a farm in Iredell County. Pre-college, she worked as a Veterinary Nurse at AHS, until she was accepted at NC State University. There, she pursued her Bachelor of Science in 2001 and went on to vet school where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Lucky for us, she decided to return home after graduation, and joined our staff as one of our veterinarians. She is a rather quiet-spoken (though, not always), gentle person, and she is wonderful to work with. Devoted to family, she and husband, Thad, have 2 children – daughter Carson, and son Graham. Dr. Gaither spends a lot of time outdoors with her family and several pets. Hiking is one of her favorite pastimes. She also takes playing volleyball rather seriously, and we fight over her to be on whatever team WE are on!

  • DR. KRISTIN CHRISTY
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Christy was born in North Carolina, and grew up in Salisbury. She graduated from West Rowan High School and then attended veterinary school at NC State, where she earned her DVM in 2005. She’s married to Chad and they now live out in the country in Iredell County. They have 3 dogs and 1 cat. Dr. Christy enjoys working on her farm, and the couple makes goat milk soap (and newer addition, goat cheese) with the help of their pet goats. They also have chickens. She was so excited when her chicks hatched, she could hardly stand it! She and Chad like to backpack, camp, work with the family business and spend lots of time with their family and friends. Dr. Christy and Dr. Gaither graduated together from NC State. Kristin stayed to work in Cary, NC for 7 years, then moved back to Salisbury to work for 3 years, before settling in this area to work in Statesville.

  • ANGELA
    (Medical Staff)
    VETERINARY NURSE - VETERINARY NURSE DIRECTOR

    Angela is a NC native – she grew up in Union Grove. She’s the great organizer and supervisor of all the veterinary technicians here at AHS. From schedules to ordering supplies and pharmaceuticals, Angela does it all. She’s also a great veterinary nurse with great compassion for animals. Angela just always knows what to do. She’s been with AHS since 1994 and her position as a Veterinary Nurse transitioned into Veterinary Nurse Supervisor in 2004.

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  • DIANE
    (Medical Staff)
    REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

    Diane wins the longevity award in our Veterinary Technician “department”. She has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician at AHS since 1986. Originally from Ohio, she grew up in North Carolina. After attending Alexander Central High School, she went on to graduate with honors from Central Carolina Technical College. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Science. Diane was a member of the Alpha Theta Tau Honor Society. She’s renowned as our “Parasite Queen”, and is an excellent cytology “reader”. Diane has a daughter, Jessica. Diane claims she has “too many” pets – 2 dogs (Stella and Ripley) 5 house cats ( Simba, Hope, Pandora, Nugget and Kricket) and 2 horses (Chief and Ginger).

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  • KYLE
    (Medical Staff)
    VETERINARY NURSE, SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER

    Kyle was born in Dallas, TX, but grew up in Upper St. Clair, PA where she graduated from high school. She attended college at Maryville College in Maryville, TN, majoring in Sign Language Interpreting, but later transferred to the University of Tennessee, where she majored in Deaf Education. Kyle has 2 sons, Mark and Dan, and 3 stepsons, Jodie, Derek and Shane. She is married to Roger and they live very happily in the countryside near Albemarle, NC. Kyle and Roger have lots of cats – too many to name (but they all HAVE names!). She is teased about being the Crazy Cat Lady at work. Her inside cats are Marlin, Purrkins, Fiona, Mouse, Pixie, Flash and Willow. Her white German Shepherd, Cailin, goes just about everywhere she goes, including fishing, camping and photographing.

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  • MELISSA
    (Medical Staff)
    REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

    Melissa is a local, through and through! She was born and raised in Harmony, NC. She and her husband, John, now live in Statesville, and have 2 cats (named Dejavu and Sheldon) as well as 2 dogs, Jackson and Keelie. Melissa started at AHS in 2005 as a Technician Assistant. She, too, left to attend Gaston Technical College, and returned to work here as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008, after graduation. Melissa enjoys reading, doing puzzles, quilting, dancing and watching movies. She loves to sing (at work AND at home) and knows all the words to just about every song. She also plays the piano. Melissa’s mom raised Lhasa Apso puppies, but Melissa didn’t decide to become an RVT until working at Pet Pros in the local mall. After that experience, she knew that working with animals was what she was meant to do. Special Fact: Melissa LOVES comedian Jeff Dunham, and can do great imitations of his characters….

  • JESSICA
    (Medical Staff)
    REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

    Jesse was born in Hickory, NC, but has also lived in Charleston, SC and Northern Virginia before coming back to the Carolinas. She lives with her fiance, Marty, in Conover. Jesse and Marty have 3 Australian Cattle Dogs (Sadie, Smoke & Blue), a Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Gus, a cat named Zena and 2 horses. An outdoor girl, Jesse loves horseback riding. She loves to read, hike, camp and hang out with her dogs outside. Jesse started as a Kennel Technician in 2007 and was also an intern during her college years at Gaston College. After earning her Associate in Applied Science, Jesse continued in full-time employment here as an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician). Jesse is known for saying what’s on her mind and what sometimes comes out is hilarious! She has a great sense of humor and is a hard worker!

  • DENA
    (Medical Staff)
    VETERINARY NURSE

    Dena was born and raised in Punta Gorda, FL. She graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Edison College, where she earned her Associate of Arts in Psychology. She came to work at AHS in 2009 as a Veterinary Nurse after having prior experience in the field in Florida. Dena has 3 dogs (Tohopka, Astlyr and Honovie – affectionately nicknamed “Beast”), 2 cats (Frankie & J.J.) and 3 horses – Sam, Shadow and Shaker. Another one of our horse lovers here at AHS, she loves to spend time trail riding with her horses. She also loves to hike.

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  • LAUREN
    (Medical Staff)
    REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

    Lauren is a local girl – a Troutman native, who attended South Iredell High School. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, having graduated with her Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology. She is another college intern who we recruited to be part of our team after her graduation in 2012. Lauren says she loves it at AHS. She says she has always loved taking care of animals. “Getting to take care of each and every animal and THEIR caregivers….There could not BE a better job!” Lauren exudes enthusiasm and energy. She’ll do anything for anyone. While she loves animals, she definitely is also very much a people person. There are many clients (and staff members) willing to adopt her, if her parents don’t want her anymore (which is highly unlikely). Lauren’s first “child” is her Golden Retriever, Mattie Lou, who is spoiled rotten! She and husband, Kyle, recently adopted Cabela - a Golden Doodle puppy. She and Mattie Lou have become fast friends. Lauren’s nickname here is “Squirrel” for her ability to change thought processes rapidly, if you know what we mean!

  • LYDIA
    (Medical Staff)
    REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

    A North Carolina native, Lydia was born and raised in Hickory. She attended Gaston College and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Medical Technology degree. Lydia did her internship with us while she was in college. We liked her so much, we invited her to come back as a Registered Veterinary Technician on a more permanent basis, and she accepted! Lydia is sometimes a little quieter than the rest of us, but she has her rowdy times, as well. She’s always ready to help, and calm, cool and collected! Lydia enjoys traveling and vacations. She’s a great baker, and has brought many “goodies” in for us to taste test – they never last very long! She has a nice voice when she sings around the clinic, and she knows the words to all the songs! Family and friends are important to her. She and husband Michael have 3 spoiled pets - dogs Molly and Rambler, and their cat, Kyodi.

  • PAIGE
    (Medical Staff)
    VETERINARY NURSE

    Paige is a North Carolina native, born in Winston-Salem. She grew up in Mount Airy, NC and graduated from North Surry High School. Paige is a recent graduate of the Gaston College Veterinary Technology program. As an intern at AHS, we realized she’d be a great asset to our technician team, and she was hired in 2014, shortly after finishing the Gaston College program. Page has 3 horses and 1 dog. She’s a barrel racer, and enjoys any outdoor sport. Friends and family are very important to her, and spending time with them is a priority. Paige brings a laid-back personality and a great work ethic to the team at AHS, and we’re happy to have her as part of our work “family”. Little-known-fact: She can talk really fast like the disclaimers at the end of radio ads! REALLY fast!

  • AMANDA (Medical Staff)
    VETERINARY ASSISTANT

    Amanda was born in Wilkes County, NC, but grew up in Statesville. She graduated from North Iredell High School in 2017. She did an internship with us for North Iredell High School's CTE Veterinary Assistant Program and worked out so well, she was offered a job. Luckily, she loved it here and accepted. Amanda is currently in the AVMA Accredited Colby community college online program to become a Veterinary Technician. Her pets consist of 2 dogs - a Shetland Sheepdog named Asher, and a Boxer named Ares. Though she doesn't like to live in the spotlight, she does like to sing and 'wiggle' dance to the music in the treatment area! We hear she is a good cook (She says she doesn't like to cook), but she has yet to bring in any evidence so we can evaluate her cooking skills - hint, hint....

  • LAURA
    (Client Services)
    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

    Laura was born and raised in Statesville, NC, where she graduated from Statesville Senior High School. She has a daughter, Brandi, and one grandson, Brycyn, for whom she has a very big, soft spot in her heart. Her Boxer, Kendra, rounds out her family. Laura started with the Animal Hospital of Statesville in February of 1986 as a Client Services Representative. In 2001, she was promoted to Business Administrator. In 2002 and 2003, she attended the Levels 1 and 2 AAHA Veterinary Management courses at Webster Veterinary University in Charlotte, NC. When Laura was 19, she was searching for a job that she enjoyed. Her mother knew the owners of AHS at that time.

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  • JADA
    (Client Services)
    CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

    Jada grew up in Troutman, NC and graduated from South Iredell High School. She now lives in Statesville with her husband, Erik, and their 3 children, Briana, Steven and Wesley. Their pets include 2 dogs (Chopper and Hannah), and a cat (Missy). Jada started with the Animal Hospital of Statesville in June of 1998. At that time, she was a Kennel Assistant, but later became the Kennel Manager. In March of 2002, Jada went back to school to receive her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) degree. She continued to work part-time as a Client Services Representative. Jada returned to her full-time position in January of 2004 and was promoted to Client Services Director. Jada is a dynamo – very active in organizing the local Bark for Life, and active also in her church and other community outreach events. Family is of utmost importance to her, and she spends as much time as possible involved with her children’s activities and spending time with her husband. Small but mighty – That’s our Jada!

  • HANNAH
    (Client Services)
    CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    Born and raised in Statesville, Hannah graduated from West Iredell High School. Hannah’s immediate family consists of her son, Billy, as well an Australian Shepherd named (Bella), a Terrier mix named Lucy, 3 cats (Gemma, Granny and Wilson) and a hamster named Buddy. She joined our staff as a Client Services Representative in the summer of 2013. She is a piece of work – always energetic, fearless, very “girly”, and quirky-funny! She’s been a great addition to our team with her prior experience and her bubbly personality. Hannah loves spending time with her son, working in the yard and playing with her furbabies. She enjoys riding four-wheelers and riding horses. She knows all the lines to movies…..amazing!

  • ELLY
    (Client Services)
    CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    Elly was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up in Statesville, NC. She graduated from North Iredell High School, where she concentrated on her interest in Art. (She painted all the little cats and dogs in our lobby!) Elly attended Penn Foster College, where she earned her Veterinary Assisting diploma and Teacher Aide Diploma. Elly lives with her dogs Sam and Siouxie and a herd of beef cattle. Elly is our “Jack of all trades”. She worked as a Kennel Technician and cross-trained as a Veterinary Nurse. She’s now on to Client Services Representative. Her varied experiences since starting with us in 2007 make her invaluable. Elly is generally quiet, but sometimes surprises us with periods of orneriness. She is an appreciated “clean freak”, and is super-motivated and organized! Elly is a quiet whirlwind!

  • CAROL
    (Client Services)
    CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    Carol is another “outsider” – born in Oak Park, IL, but growing up in Rolling Meadows, IL. She graduated from Forest View High School. She and husband Bill, have been married over 37 years and they have one son, Matt. They recently added a spoiled granddaughter to their family group! Carol and Bill also have a Miniature Pinscher (affectionately and more precisely known around here as “Land Shark”) Rudy. Carol loves to cook and share recipes, which we eagerly await! She’s always watching “The Chew” on TV during her lunch break. She’s also an avid reader. Everyone loves Carol. She has a vicious, fun sense of humor – you just never know what’s going to come out of her mouth! She’s a treat and a treasure! Carol has been at AHS since 2007 and says she loves working with animals. We’ve been led to believe that we, as staff members, are also in the “animals” category….

  • ABBIE
    (Client Services)
    CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    Abby is a local girl – born in Statesville and grew up in Olin. She attended high school at Gethsemane Christian Academy and after graduation, she took one semester at Mitchell Community College before going on to work at Asmo where she learned line keeping. Abbie has jumped right into life at AHS – working both as a receptionist and as a kennel technician. Abby has one pet - a male bearded dragon named Zeus. Though she only has one pet herself, she loves seeing, playing and learning about all kinds of animals, especially reptiles. She came to the Animal Hospital of Statesville to put her love for animals to work, caring for them. In her spare time, Abby likes to paint, hike, spend time with her family, hang out at the Renaissance Festival and learn about species of reptiles. She says she's a very happy person and loves to laugh and make other people smile!

  • BETHY
    (Pet Resort & Spa Staff)
    GUEST SERVICES MANAGER

    Bethy was born and raised in Statesville, NC. She attended North Iredell High School and graduated in 2008. She has 5 Corgis (Bootsie, Cinch, Dixie, Leroy and Rowdy), one Australian Shepherd (Blue), 2 cats (Bullet and Gauge)and 2 horses (Concho and Pacman). In her time away from work, Bethy is usually in the barn. She loves to be outdoors and participates in rodeos, where her favorite event is breakaway roping. Bethy is also a trained human hair stylist, and has performed her magic on several staff members, as well as being one of our chief groomers of pets in our Spa! She manages our Pet Spa and Resort facility. Bethy likes working here because she enjoys being with people and animals.

  • KRISTIN
    (Pet Resort & Spa Staff)
    GUEST SERVICES TECHNICIAN

    Kristin was born and raised in Statesville and graduated from North Iredell High School. She studied basic grooming for dogs, so she was a natural to join our kennel technician staff. Kristin lives on a farm and has as family 5 dogs (Tank, Turbo, Tutu, Bullet & Lilly), 1 goat (Boots), 1 horse (Trinity) and 1 donkey (Jack), so she knows her way around critters! Life on a farm suits her to a tee – riding horses, farming, fishing and hunting. She pursued employment at AHS as a natural extension of her life on their farm. She cares for her farm animals, so it was an easy and comfortable transition to care for the dogs and cats in our boarding facility and spa. Kristin recently took on the responsibility of being one of our chief groomers – making dogs and cats beautiful again!

  • NOLA (Pet Resort & Spa Staff)
    GUEST SERVICES TECHNICIAN

    Nola was North Carolina born and raised. She was born in Sparta, NC, but was primarily raised in Cleveland and attended West Rowan High School. She was raised on a dairy farm and showed cows. She moved around a lot - California, Texas, Pennsylvania, etc., before ending up back here in North Carolina. Hired as a kennel Technician, Nola is a hard worker and brings a sunny outlook and a great sense of humor to work every day! She is a quick learner, too. Nola is the widowed mother of 2 children, Elizabeth and Devin. They have 3 pets - 2 dogs, Mazie and Jack, and a goat named Bunny. For 17 years, Nola traveled with her husband, Steve, for his job as a contractor. She still enjoys traveling in her spare time and also is a crafter, making Swarovski crystal jewelry. Interesting factoids - She LOVES Starbucks' Very Berry Hibiscus (whatever THAT is!) and is very picky about her sushi - only eats it with soy paper. She will drive the distance to get her favorite sushi!

  • IVY (Pet Resort & Spa Staff)
    GUEST SERVICES TECHNICIAN

    Born in Boone, NC, Ivy lived in Avery county until she was in the 4th grade and then she moved to Statesville. She graduated from North Iredell High School in 2013 and is currently attending Mitchell Community College. She is hoping to continue her education even further and wants to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician. Ivy has a German Shepherd named Walker and a Husky named Mia. She loves crafting, drawing and spending time with her family. Ivy has a quick and vicious sense of humor. Apparently, she has an obsession with turtles and 'sugar' skulls. She loves animals and is looking forward to showing her passion for animals in her work as a Kennel Technician. Little known fact - Her mom said she snorts when she laughs!

  • OPIE
    HOSPITAL MASCOT

    Opie is our three-legged, orange clinic cat. Opie was destined to be here. One of our clients saw him being thrown from a car, and picked him up and brought him here to be checked out. Little did she know that our clinic cat, Chase, had to be put to sleep that very same day. The technicians saw it as a “sign” that Opie was meant to stay here and “work” for us. Opie likes to sleep under our clean clinic towels and will try to find surgical suture material to ingest. He’s very good at that, too, having already had an operation to remove suture material from his insides. He also likes to steal empty laboratory specimen tubes and run off with them.

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Clinic Hours

Monday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Pet Resort Hours

Monday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed