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Carah Petit Wheeler
Day Camp Coordinator & Kennel Manager
Animals have always been Carah’s greatest passion. For her, spending her days making sure pets are living the happiest, healthiest lives they possibly can is a dream come true! She’s been working with pets professionally for more than 15 years, and is proud to now serve as the Kennel Manager and Day-Camp Coordinator here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Carah grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Youngsville, North Carolina with her daughter in 2000. She first joined the world of veterinary care in 2005, and she’s been serving animals and their loving owners ever since! Carah feels fortunate that she’s been able to work in doggie daycares and boarding centers to help countless pets over the years—she couldn’t be happier to continue doing just that here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Away from work, Carah enjoys spending time with family, running and working out—she’s been involved in the fitness industry since she was 17 years old!—and giving her time to animal welfare causes. She works with the Southern States Mastiff Rescue group, an organization through which she’s rescued her own two dogs, Raina and Louise.
Tina was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived in the state all her life. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t adore the company of animals—they’ve been a consistent source of joy and amusement from day one. For Tina, helping pets to look and feel their best every single day is simply the ultimate reward! She’s Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital’s resident Pet Groomer.
Tina attended grooming school at the Atlantic Coast Academy of Animal Arts in Cary, North Carolina, graduating with her degree in late 1994. She’s been a certified All-Breed Professional Pet Groomer ever since! Tina has also completed an advanced Veterinary Dermatology Certification course and loves to help pets who need special attention in the skin department. She makes it her mission to stay up-to-date with the latest grooming trends, products, and equipment to help each and every one of her furry clients look their absolute best, and it’s her personal goal to help all animal visitors to the clinic feel comfortable, welcomed, and calm.
When she’s not at work, Tina enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams—she’s a die-hard fan of the Carolina Hurricanes, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Washington Redskins—and spending quality time with her friends, family, and pets. Along with her husband and three sons, Tina shares her life with a Labrador/Border Collie mix and a Carolina dog mix.
Andrea was involved with pet-sitting and doggy day camps at a young age, and always knew that she would love working hands-on with animals when she got a little older. She simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Andrea is a proud member of the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team and looks forward to helping more of the area’s pets stay happy and healthy.
Andrea has worked in veterinary medicine since 2015 and serves as a Veterinary Nurse here at the clinic. She enjoys meeting new pets and their loving owners every day, and she loves that no two shifts here at the hospital are ever quite the same—Andrea’s job always keeps her on her toes, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Away from the office, Andrea likes spending time with friends and family and giving her time to others. She even coaches a special-needs cheerleading squad! Andrea also loves to dote on her own animal companions at home. She has two rescued dogs: Gracie, a Cocker Spaniel, and a Chihuahua named Teagan.
Like many veterinary professionals, Brittany always had a soft spot for pets of all shapes and sizes. When it came time to choose a career path, one option stood out above all the rest: veterinary medicine. For Brittany, nothing beats getting to use her drive and dedication to help the earth’s creatures—and the people who care for them—feel their absolute best. She’s a Veterinary Technician with the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital family!
Brittany joined the world of veterinary medicine in the summer of 2016 and became a member of the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team that September. She never tires of getting to work alongside a passionate team of animal-lovers just like herself, and she loves to see new puppies and kittens on their first visits to the hospital. An added bonus for Brittany is that she gets to bring her own dogs to the clinic’s Day Camp when she comes to work!
When she’s not helping pets and animal parents here at the hospital, Brittany enjoys exploring the great outdoors, relaxing at the beach or the lake, visiting new places, and spending quality time with her family. At home, Brittany shares her life with several pets: Lilly the loving Pit Bull, a Husky mix named Sebastian, an orange tabby cat who goes by Mowgli, and a tuxedo cat named Zoey.
Day Camp Counselor, Kennel Attendant
Emily has always adored pets and is incredibly passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. What better way to do both, she thought, than by working in the world of animal care? That’s why Emily decided to join the veterinary profession. She gets to help animals and their owners on a daily basis as a Day Camp Counselor and Kennel Attendant with the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital family.
Emily joined the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team in December of 2016 and has been keeping the pets under the clinic’s care happy and comfortable ever since. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the clinic’s four-legged visitors on a personal level—she never gets tired of watching their adorable interactions with other campers!
Outside of work, Emily can be found spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes. She loves to attend games in-person whenever she gets the chance. At home, she has five dogs of her own: Bug the Border Collie mix; a German Shepherd/Husky mix named Comet; a hound mix who goes by Scarlett; Evey the Doberman mix; and Dusty, a Miniature Pinscher mix who is the resident lobby dog here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Kayla is from Youngsville, where she grew up with everything from dogs and cats to frogs and snakes. Her first dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Sadie, and the way that the local veterinarian took care of her made a permanent impression. Kayla knew that she wanted to help other people by helping their pets—that’s why she decided to join the world of veterinary medicine!
Kayla worked as a pet sitter for a time before taking the leap into veterinary care. She joined the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital family in June of 2020, and her favorite part of the job is getting to meet new pet owners and their adorable companions every single day. Kayla never gets tired of hearing fun pet stories and always loves to see the bonds between pets and owners up-close.
Kayla’s interests outside of animal care include baking, singing, and doting on her own pets at home. She has two furry friends: Alice, a Boxer who likes to think she’s a lap dog, and a Yorkipoo mix named Bentley who loves snuggling with Alice every chance he gets.
Lydia has always felt a calling to serve as a voice for those who can’t always speak up to tell us what’s wrong. For her, working in veterinary medicine is much more than just a job—she feels that it’s her personal obligation to give something back to the pets who have given her so much! Lydia is a proud member of the Veterinary Assistant team here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Lydia grew up on a large cattle farm in Rutherford County, North Carolina, where she was surrounded by the earth’s creatures from day one. She first heard about Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital through friends of hers, and it wasn’t long before she had set up a shadowing position here at the clinic. After shadowing for a few weeks, Lydia was offered a position in the hospital’s kennel operations—she served as a Kennel Assistant for two years before becoming a Veterinary Assistant.
Medically, Lydia enjoys internal medicine and the challenges it presents, and she’s also fond of critical care. Above all, she loves witnessing the intense bonds between pets and their owners, and loves doing all she can to help every visitor to the clinic feel welcomed and comfortable.
Lydia’s interests outside of work include interior decorating, horseback riding, exercising, and enjoying the great outdoors. At home, she has three pets: Alister, a snuggle-loving English Pointer mix, as well as a pair of feisty cats named Leeloo and Willow.