Animal Hospital at Brier Creek is led by owner Dr. Jennifer Goetz, who opened her hometown family business in 2007. AHBC is where pets are family, and everyone goes to great lengths to offer each pet the highest level of attention, compassion, and care.

We invite you to learn more about our story. And meet our mascots!

Ashley Brown
Practice Manager

Ashley is our fearless practice manager!

Ashley helps us succeed in all she does. Her dedication to AHBC inspires everyone: the team and pet parents alike. Her motto is, “Every job worth doing is worth doing well.”

Ashley grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with four sisters, two dogs, and a cat named Midnight. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Carolina in 2008. She has a background in hospitality and a passion for giving clients the best possible service and quality of care.

Ashley started at AHBC as a Client Relations Specialist in 2011. Three years later, she became our fearless practice manager. Her proudest moment came in 2016 when she helped Dr. Goetz and the hospital become AAHA-accredited—the highest achievable distinction bestowed by the American Animal Hospital Association for veterinary care in the country.

Ashley believes the best part of AHBC is our overall commitment to education, thoroughness, and cooperation. Supporting pet parents and pets is the best reward! To accomplish her goal of helping AHBC grow in our knowledge and continue building our impressive team, Ashley is taking online courses to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She hopes to earn this honor in early summer 2018.

Ashley and her husband live in Raleigh with their four children and two dogs. She enjoys visiting family and, most importantly, spending time with her children: going to museums, reading at the public library, and doing arts and crafts.

UP FRONT: Our Client Relations Specialists

Melissa P.

Melissa give Typhoon his weekly bath!

Melissa believes you don’t pick your dog—your dog picks you! She was born in Parma, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Photography. She previously worked as a news and portrait photographer.

As much as she liked taking pictures of humans, her heart was with taking care of animals. We were thrilled to welcome Melissa to the AHBC team in October 2015.

Melissa’s first job was at a farm sanctuary, where she looked after chickens, goats, sheep, horses, ducks, pigs, and rabbits. She and her fiancée, who is a vet student at North Carolina State University, are the proud parents of Jude, an AHBC rescue dog who was abandoned, emaciated, and covered in fleas, as well as two guinea pigs, a turtle, and three cats, one of whom Melissa adopted after her diligent bottle-feeding and love saved his life.

Melissa also happily gives Typhoon, our beloved mascot, his weekly bath, and takes all the adorable photos of our rescue kittens for Facebook. We think it’s the secret they get adopted so fast. She also likes to write mystery stories and enjoys hiking.

Percy V.

Percy is friends with everyone!

Percy loves working at AHBC because he meets and supports pet parents and pets on a daily basis. His spirit animal is the engaging otter.

The ultimate people person, Percy is definitely AHBC’s most popular—cheerful, chatty, and beloved by everyone who walks through our door. His huge heart is a huge part of AHBC’s success.

Percy grew up in Iowa and Illinois as the youngest of three sisters and one brother. His passion and talent for interacting with people led him to a career in retail management.

When he learned of an opening in customer relations at AHBC, Percy knew he could perfectly blend his love of people with his love of animals. He became an indispensable team member in December 2015.

The first love of Percy’s life was Sasha, a Siberian Husky who lived to be 13 years old. He lives in Wake Forest and co-parents Mickey, the incredible Chihuahua, with his best friend. He enjoys swimming, bowling…and eating! Percy may not cook, but he is an avid appreciator of food. His motto is to “live life to the fullest every day.”

VET NURSES: Committed to the Best Care

Terese G.

Terese happily hugs our mascot Rosie!

Terese was born and reared in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. She grew up with a Dachshund named Rocky and a cat named Mittens, plus a few special goldfish. Her spirit animal is the steadfast lion.

Terese is funny, sweet, quick with a smile—and the first person we go to when we bring our animals here. She’s a gentle leader who knows us all inside and out.

Terese moved to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Animal Science, Class of 2017! She started at AHBC as an assistant in July 2016 and later moved into vet nursing. She may one day become a certified veterinary technician.

Terese happily pet-sits for Dr. Goetz and her AHBC friends. She loves spending time with her family, human and furry, and is always willing to go above and beyond. Her favorite thing about working at AHBC is seeing sick animals recover. She loves teaching pet parents the best possible care to meet their fur baby’s unique needs.

Joni H.

Joni and Rocky were made for each other.

Joni is our hospital “mama bear”: always stocking the fridge with yogurt, string cheese, oatmeal, and mac-and-cheese. Her favorite thing about working at AHBC is the team, especially the spirit of cooperation and dedication. She believes work is better when you look forward to it!

Joni was born in Stovall, North Carolina. She grew up with a Rottweiler named Sally, a Basset Hound/Blue Tick mix named Mini-Me, and seven sisters—including her twin, Leslie Jo. Joni originally trained in people nursing at Vance Granville Community College before she discovered animal nursing is where it’s at.

Joni came to the field of veterinary care in 2012 and previously worked in a mobile veterinary clinic and as an Animal Control Officer in Franklin County. AHBC was thrilled to welcome her to our team in May 2017.

Joni lives in Henderson with her husband, Scott, four children, and dogs Allie, Rocky, Rosalee, Loki, Xena, and Kimbo. Kimbo is a famous AHBC rescue. With round-the-clock care we saved him from Parvo virus—it was love at first sight for Joni and Kimbo.

Joni also has two cats named Farrah and George…and she still looks after lots of neighborhood strays. She loves to read Nora Roberts romance books, and her all-time favorite book series is Harry Potter.

Joni’s motto is, “Sometimes you have to fall before you fly,” which is tattooed on her leg. She easily holds the AHBC record for most tattoos (16 and counting)—many of them names of her beloved pets. Her spirit animal is the honorable elephant.

ASSISTANTS: Our Pet Care Specialists

Anna B.

Anna loves books! And cats! Dogs are okay, too.

When Anna was born, in Greensboro, her parents had six cats…which now seems like a sign. Today she and her husband, Joshua, live in Durham with their beautiful feline family: Poindexter, Mortimer, Edith, Frances, Amelia, Seamus, Minerva, and Wynne.

She believes in Hemingway: “One cat just leads to another.” And the philosophy that “until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Six of Anna’s kitty misfits were sent to her as AHBC rescues. Some were sick, some anxious: all quirky. Anna’s motto is: “Every special diet is worth it.” Anna enjoys feeding cats, chasing cats, snuggling cats, taking care of cats, cleaning up after cats, buying things for cats, adding to her impressive collection of cat magnets, and cats.

The best day of the week at her house is claw-clipping day. She is her cats’ spirit animal.

Anna joined AHBC in June 2014. She is always willing to snuggle, or wrestle, a feline patient—and although she may be an avid cat lover, she does not discriminate. She is pleased to spoil all AHBC pets, even the canine ones.

Anna earned her undergraduate degree in Media Communication from the College of Charleston and her master’s in Journalism at Columbia University. She previously worked as a reporter, writer, and editor in New York City and lived in Brooklyn for many years. She runs her own content development and market research freelance firm—happily composing away with a rotating circus of cats in her lap.

Eric V.

Eric was born in Mesquite, Texas, and grew up with two older brothers and a host of Golden Retrievers. In 2013, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Campbell University. He lives in Raleigh with his dog, Bear.

Eric’s hobbies include bowling, passionately following the Chicago Cubs, tasting craft beer, and working with computers. After completing an esteemed boot camp program in web development and coding, Eric took on the role of AHBC’s computer manager—he keeps all our equipment updated and running smoothly.

Eric comes to work every day led by one mission: Help animals. His calm, steady presence makes him the rock of AHBC—you can always count on Eric. His spirit animal is the attentive eagle, or the classic, loyal Golden Retriever.


Kara K.

No dog or cat can resist this face!

Dogs and cats who come to see Kara can feel how much she loves them—she even talks to them throughout the entire groom. Her spirit animal is the protective tiger.

Kara grew up in Baltimore and started working with animals, as a bather and fluff dryer, when she was just 15 years old. She has more than 12 years experience grooming animals and joined the AHBC team in February 2017.

Kara loves the variety of the job. Every day—and every pet—at AHBC is different! Kara loves taking shelter animals and making them clean, and whole, again. She believes there is nothing more memorable and rewarding than turning a neglected, distressed animal into a happy, beautiful creature.

Learn more about how Kara’s grooming services.

Kara’s hobbies include running, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, bowling, and taking care of her Boxer, Sarge. She likes to cook and is definitely a foodie! Kara’s motto is, “In everything, do 100 percent.”