Karrie’s entire family has a background in human healthcare, so she’s been exposed to the medical field since she was young. She’s also had another lifelong passion: the world of animal care. For Karrie, a career in veterinary medicine is the perfect combination of her fascination with the medical field and her adoration of animals!
Karrie is from Concord, North Carolina, and started working here at Small Animal Medicine and Surgery when she was still a high school student in 2007. After serving at another clinic for a number of years, she returned in 2013 and is thrilled to continue caring for the area’s pets as a member of the hospital team. As a Veterinary Assistant, Karrie particularly enjoys making sure all visiting pets are comfortable and forming lasting bonds with their loving owners.
When she has free time, Karrie enjoys sport shooting and has even collected a few trophies for her marksmanship. She lives with her loving husband and three pets of her own: Skittles, a cat who acts like a dog; a Chihuahua named Riley who is terrified of Skittles; and an energetic Puggle named Scooby.
Gina always enjoyed watching the interaction between the staff and animals at her local vet’s office, and dreamed of one day providing that level of compassionate service, comfort, and reassurance to pet owners herself. Gina is fortunate enough to do just that—she’s been a part of the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery family for over 10 years!
Originally from Rockwell, North Carolina, Gina worked in customer service, accounting, and data entry before deciding to follow her dream of working in veterinary medicine. She joined the clinic team in January of 2005 after applying for an assistant position, and was quickly cross-trained in the kennel. Gina fell in love with her kennel work, and now serves as the Kennel Supervisor! She’s particularly fond of greeting pets and owners when they visit the clinic, as well as seeing how excited pets get when their owners come to pick them up.
Outside of work, Gina is a passionate baker and loves bringing in birthday goodies for her coworkers. Having been pet parents to another Rottweiler, Gina and her significant other, Tim, share their lives with their newest Rottweiler and playful bundle of joy, Cara!
Katlyn has owned pets all her life, and she’s never taken for granted the true value that our animal companions provide. Katlyn is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as one of the clinic’s front-desk receptionists.
Originally from Florida, Katlyn moved to Salisbury with her family at a young age and has been here ever since. She joined the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery team in the summer of 2016, and is thrilled to begin her journey in pet care right here at the clinic. Katlyn particularly likes meeting the area’s pet owners on a daily basis and getting to interact one-on-one with their beloved companions. She’s also fond of learning something new nearly every day.
Katlyn and her husband, Josh, have two loveable black Labradors at home: Essie, a Lab puppy who loves chewing up socks; and Ansley, who never fails to find a stick when she’s spending time outdoors. In her free time, Katlyn loves going drag-racing, eating, traveling, and going to the beach.
Thanks to improper lighting and diet, Vern suffered from metabolic bone disease and a fractured leg in his previous home. Fortunately, he overcame these painful ailments and is now basking in the glory of his very important position here at Small Animal Medicine and Surgery!
Vern has been with Dr. Kirk since 2011. His branch management skills are second to none! A graduate of Jungle University, Vern’s interests include sunbathing, leaves, and green energy.
Eclipse is a graduate of the Pheeline School of Hard Knocks, and is proud to have been a member of the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery family for 12 years. He currently serves as Welcoming Committee Chairman.
Eclipse and his sister, Luna, were abandoned at Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in the fall of 2003 during a lunar eclipse. Although Luna left us several years ago after battling a long illness, Eclipse proudly continues his daily duties as Chairman and Official Greeter for every pet that comes to board here at the hospital.
Sophie comes to us from deep in the Amazon (Okay, she was actually born in Florida, but she is a Yellow Nape Amazon parrot). She spent her first few years in Virginia, where she first “worked” for Dr. Kirk as Entertainment Committee Chairbird. Sophie was a natural at this position, but felt that she needed to broaden her skills. She took on the challenge of the Complaint Department Director at SAMS in June 2017. It’s a good thing that SAMS doesn’t receive very many complaints, because Sophie is much better at talking than listening, and her rendition of “Wheels on the Bus” sure won’t resolve anyone’s complaints!
“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”
– Pam Brown