Animal Care Veterinary Hospitals‘s staff is filled with highly trained and experienced animal lovers who care deeply about their jobs. Everyone makes it a goal to learn everything they can about the field they love in order to give our patients the highest level of care.

Our team is also kind. The members treat each patient, whether healthy or sick, with plenty of love and attention. They educate owners on the importance of preventative care to keep their pets healthy, while doing everything they can to help when their pets are not feeling well.

If you would like to speak to one of our staff, feel free to contact us today.


Our Veterinarians


Arthur S. McMillan, Jr., DVM/Owner

Dr. McMillan is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He holds a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Animal Science. Dr. McMillan practiced veterinary medicine in Washington, NC before moving back to his family farm in Pitt County and opening Animal Care Veterinary Hospital in 1993.


Ross Shaffer, DVM

Dr. Shaffer graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree in Dairy Science. He then graduated with honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He practiced for 27 years in Tarboro and now provides relief veterinary services. He enjoys outdoor activities of all kind.


Christian Proietto, DVM

Dr. Christian Proietto graduated with a B.S degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut. He completed his veterinary studies at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2012. His veterinary interest include surgery and internal medicine. He is an avid musician, playing 5 instruments, with primary interest in the guitar.


Lu Olson, DVM

Dr. Olson (formerly known as Dr. Macnider) is a graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is interested in working with dogs, cats, and exotic animals. When she is not spending time with her family and pets, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and relaxing with a good book.


Tyler Hodinka, DVM

Dr. Hodinka joined Animal Care in July 2013. Dr. Hodkina graduated from The University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. He is very eager to start a relationship with our clients and their pets.


Jenny Larson, DVM

Dr. Jenny Larson started her veterinary school journey at S. George’s University on the Caribbean island of Grenada. She then transferred to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her veterinary degree in 2012. She practiced veterinary medicine in the Chicago area, where she grew up, before moving to Greenville to join the Animal Care family. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, geriatric care and exotics. Dr. Larson and her husband, Kevin, currently have one toddler son and have another baby on the way. During her free time she enjoys spending time at the aquarium and beach with her family, visiting her parents in Wilmington, cheering for the Panthers and ECU Pirates (and of course always da Bears and da Blackhawks!).
She is enjoying living in Greenville and she is always passionate about helping you with your pet’s healthcare needs!


Our Staff: Office & Reception


Rebecca McDonald, Hospital Administrator

Rebecca is the Hospital Administrator for Animal Care, Animal Care East and Animal Care Of Greenville. Rebecca enjoys spending her time with her family and traveling. She has 4 beautiful granddaughters named Olivia, Alaina, Morgan, and Taylor, and 2 handsome grandsons named Levi and Dylan. Her normal working hours are Monday through Thursday from 7am to 6pm.

Please feel free to call her with any questions or concerns or e-mail her.


Lynette Harris, Practice Manager

Lynette’s career started with Animal Care in 2004. She graduated ECU with a BS in Sociology. During her spare time she likes to take a long ride on a Harley to the beach where she can enjoy the salty sea air. While at the beach she likes to relax and read. Lynette currently has 2 dogs named Willow and Stella and two cats Chewie & Daisy.


Amanda Stamper, Assistant Practice Manager

Originally from Lumberton, NC, Amanda moved to Greenville in 2003. She has been with the practice since 2006 and has a great passion for taking care of animals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her hustband, Mark, and son, Taylor. Amanda currently has dogs and cats.


Jan Barker, Receptionist

Jan has been a receptionist at Animal Care East since 2001. She currently has 6 cats, 2 dogs and 2 ferretts. During her spare time she enjoys spending her days with her husband Jeff.


Amanda Edwards, Receptionist

Amanda started working for Animal Care in 2013. She is the main receptionist at our location on 14th Street, Animal Care of Greenville. In addition to being a receptionist, she also manages our Facebook page. When she’s not at Animal Care, you can find her leading one of her Zumba or BodyPump classes, or spending time with her husband, Tavian, and their daughter and son. She recently graduated from Full Sail University with her B.S. in Entertainment Business Management.


Andrea Figueroa, Receptionist

Andrea joined Animal Care July 2012. She is fluent in Spanish and is here to help assist when needed. Her out going personality and her passion for animals is why Andrea is such a valued employee.


Billie James, Receptionist

Bio coming soon!


Samantha Riegel, Receptionist

Samantha graduated from Beddingfield High School and went on to join the Army National Guard. After 6 years of service she decided to spend her time raising her daughter Olivia. She likes to work in the graden, listen to music and travel.


Aleks Taylor, Receptionist

Aleks is a receptionist with Animal Care and has been since 2012. She enjoys working alongside her mom, Chris. Together. She is currently in a happy relationship and she loves cheesecake. She enjoys watching Netflix, being artsy, and writing poetry. She doesn’t have children, unless you count the ones with 4 legs and fur. Aleks and her mom have big heart when it comes to animals! They have rescued many cats and now provide a loving home for them! With her sincere love for animals, Aleks makes a great asset to the Animal Care family.


Chris Taylor, Receptionst/Food Coordinator

Chris started her third career with us in March 2006. After ten years in the Army and a seven year stint at a defense law firm, she decided to turn her energy toward her dream of working with animals. She is married and has a daughter, who also works with Animal Care, as well as a son. In the Taylor household, there are a wide array of furr babies who have all found their way to them. In her free time she likes to tend to her garden, read, or watch her favorite television show, which is currently NCIS.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
– Albert Einstein


Rachell Taylor, Receptionist

Rachell started working with Animal Care in 2014. She loves animals and her enthusiasm and happiness are contagious. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her furr-babies. She has two dogs named Gus and Salem and three cats named Charlie, Felix, and Fiona.


Kelly Young, Receptionist

Bio coming soon!


Emily Zerbe, Receptionist

Bio coming soon!


Karla Martinez: Receptionist


Chesley Lawrence: Receptionist & In house patient care


Tara McNeil: Receptionist


Our Staff: Veterinary Services


Crystal James, Registered Veterinary Technician/Head Technician Manager

Crystal joined Animal Care in December of 2008. She earned her degree from San Juan College as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Crystal enjoys spending quality time with her four children. She owns a boxer named Trinity and a Boston Terrier named Pickles.


Karen Hoggard, Registered Veterinary Technician

Karen joined Animal Care in July of 2011. She has recently graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Karen enjoys movies and spending time with her family and friends.


Belesa Thompson: Veterinary Technician


Glorimar Mejia: Veterinary Technician


Brittany Carter, Veterinary Assistant

Brittany joined the Animal Care team in June of 2013. Brittany and her fiance, Jason, have 2 dogs, Browning and Ruger. She enjoys getting outside in her free time, especially in the fall. During her free time you can find her reading, spending time with her family, or enjoying a bowl of her favorite cereal, Fruit Loops. She is currently attending San Juan College in hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.


Leslie Godley, Veterinary Assistant

After graduating from D.H. Conley, Leslie received a certificate as a Veterinary Assistant. From there she has grown over the last 9 years at Animal Care and is now one of our top technicians. Leslie is married to Jason and they have 2 beautiful children. Currently she has 2 boxers named Sarge and Ginger. During her free time Leslie enjoys all outdoor activities.


Emilee Heath, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Blair Hopkins, Veterinary Assistant

Blair Hopkins joined Animal Care Veterinary Hospital in January 2013. Blair graduated from Beddingfield High School and is planning to attend San Juan college to earn her R.V.T license.


DeeDee Iannacone, Veterinary Assistant

DeeDee Iannacone graduated from Hunt High School and currently lives in Lucama. She enjoys spending time with her sons Dylan & Jay. DeeDee plans to attend Veterinary Technican school.


Diana Renteria, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Heather Norville, Veterinary Assistant

Heather has been with Animal Care since 2001. Heather enjoys spending time with her precious daughters.


Brittanie Keel: Veterinary Assistant


Our Staff: In-House Patient Care


Lee James, Maintenance Supervisor

Bio coming soon!


Kelly Legg: Maintenance


Suzanne Cin, Kennel Staff

Bio coming soon!


Brittany Pittman: In house patient Care


Tina Mitchell, Groomer

Tina graduated in 1988 from Apple Valley High School. She has been a professional groomer for six years and enjoys spending time with her family and pets. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, swimming and reading.