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Client Relations’ Specialists:


Kara Keesling

Head Client Relations Specialist


Stephanie Clark


Veterinary Assistants: Our Pet Care Specialists


Christina Bean

Head Veterinary Assistant

Bebe eagerly awaits her bestie, Christina.

Christina grew up in Cameron, North Carolina, with two dogs, Boo Boo Bear and ABC, a cat named Pirate Eyes, and a bunny called Blue. She knew she wanted to work in the vet field when she was 8 years old. She finished at the top of her animal science class in high school.

Before she joined AHBC in July 2018, Christina had only one day of experience volunteering at a vet hospital. She took to the work like a duck to water! Thorough, dedicated, responsible, meticulous, and thoughtful, Christina always puts patient care first and impresses the team with her commitment every day. She’s a soft-spoken leader who loves learning new things and embracing every challenge. As she picks up even more skills and knowledge, she continues to grow as a person and animal lover.

The best thing about working at AHBC for Christina is making animals feel better. She says, “It gives me a real sense of purpose and satisfaction.” When a little rescue cat came in with a broken jaw and arm after falling from a three-story balcony, Christina was instrumental in nursing her back to health. She worried every night if the cat would make it. That cat is now our second hospital cat, Bebe! And Bebe loves no one more than Christina.

Christina lives in Franklinton with her husband, his parents, and a cat named Rosy, who recently got her first check-up at AHBC. She likes to read and crochet, and plans to adopt as many cats as possible one day. Her spirit animal is the loyal, protective, intelligent wolf.


Debbie Thompson

Link and Mama Girl take the sun.

Debbie grew up in upstate New York with many dogs and cats. Her family is deeply rooted in law enforcement and taught her the values of hard work and integrity, as well as to love what you do. That’s why she works at AHBC. Debbie joined our team in October 2018.

For years Debbie was a loyal pet parent at our hospital. She adopted a rescue tabby cat from us and named him Brier. Recently she adopted a dog, Mama Girl, from the Granville County Animal Shelter, where she volunteers every week. After much patience and gentle encouragement from Debbie, Mama Girl gets along great with her other pooch, Link.

When she’s not busy feeding and sheltering her community cats, Debbie loves to run and hike. Rain or shine, not a day goes by for Debbie without running! She brings her running shoes to work almost day.

Debbie earned her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. Last year she retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the rank of Lieutenant. No one, and we mean no one, messes with Debbie! Yet she is one of the kindest, most generous and caring people you’ll ever meet. Debbie gets excited with every new thing she learns and every animal and pet parent she helps. Her spirit animal is the strong, courageous lion.


Kalin Jones


Veterinary Nurses: Committed to the Best Care


Gabrielle Green

Head Veterinary Nurse

Corona and Gabby are queen bees.

When Gabby was 5 years old, her mom bought her a toy veterinary kit. One day she saw a limping duck, so she used the tiny model syringe to squirt dissolved baby aspirin on a piece of bread to offer the injured bird. That was the day she started telling everyone she was going to be a veterinarian.

Gabby grew up in the Hudson Valley, about two hours north of New York City, with an American Eskimo named Sierra. She lived to be 14 years old, and Gabby still finds her fur in her clothes. Sierra was smart and sassy—proof dogs really do match their people.

Gabby’s spirit animal is the independent, adaptable octopus. After earning her pre-vet degree with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2018, and armed with years of undergrad experience in both farm and small animal medicine, Gabby struck out for North Carolina to pursue her singular dream. Her plan is to establish residency and apply to the esteemed NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine, alma mater of our founder and owner, Dr. Goetz.

“Working at AHBC is incredibly rewarding,” Gabby says. Her favorite part is the passionate team that pushes her to greater heights. And she loves sending rescue animals to forever homes. Within weeks of joining AHBC in October 2018, Gabby adopted an AHBC rescue kitten, Bud, to play second fiddle to her alpha-girl cat, Corona.

Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, drawing, playing piano, belly dancing, and cuddling her cats. Her life’s motto is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”


Sue Metta


Computers, Cleaning, Gardening:


Nick Bean


Veterinarian and Practice Owner:


Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Dr. Goetz bear-hugs Rosie while Celeste bear-hugs Blizzard!

Dr. Jennifer Goetz started working in the veterinary field in high school as a kennel technician and loved every minute of it. She has had a profound love of animals her whole life. Dr. Goetz lives in Pittsboro with her two humans, six dogs, and eight cats.

Her adopted fur babies include our amazing AHBC mascots: Typhoon, beloved 20-year-old clinic cat and regal leader, and honorary office manager, Rosie the wonderful Pekinese.

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