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Conveniently located in Cary, North Carolina, we provide a wide range of high-quality veterinary care services for dogs and cats throughout the region, including Raleigh, Apex, and Holly Springs.

Mission Statement

At Walnut Street Animal Hospital, we believe in providing high-quality veterinary services for dogs and cats at affordable prices. We love our patients like members of our own families, and their owners love our fair rates.
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Our Team

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Dr. Sunil Kakarla

DVM, Ph.D., Owner
Dr. Sunil Kakarla, an experienced and compassionate veterinarian in Cary, NC, grew up in India. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in India, he practiced as a companion animal veterinarian for five years in a metropolitan city in India. He moved to the United States in 2005 with a passion for practicing high-quality veterinary medicine in an advanced setting. During that process, he pursued his MS and Ph.D. in a renowned lab at Marshall University in West Virginia.

As a graduate student, Dr. Kakarla performed cutting-edge research and had several high impact publications to his credit. While pursuing graduate studies, he simultaneously completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) in 2010. Soon after this accomplishment, he began volunteering at several local animal hospitals. He completed his clinical experience program and obtained his license to practice in the US the same year.
In 2011, after graduating with a doctoral degree, he joined a small animal practice in Durham/RTP where he established a huge clientele and treated about 6000 to 7000 pets per year.

With his continued passion to provide the best quality veterinary care, he joined the state-of-the-art Walnut Street Animal Hospital in June 2016. As a veterinarian in the RTP area of NC, he strongly believes in quality care for pets and in being available to his patients when needed.

Sunil Kakarla is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in dermatology and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency medicine. Dr. Kakarla is married and has a son and a daughter. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, including his 1-year-old Golden-Doodle, Brownie, and a 4-year-old Poodle, Milky. He enjoys serving his community by actively helping rescue groups and shelter pets, and in his free time, he plays volleyball.
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Dr. Victoria Hopson

DVM
Dr. Hopson is a native of North Carolina and is originally from Chapel Hill. Before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she proudly served her country as a member of the US Army, the US Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard.

She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University, majoring in Biology with minors in both Spanish and General Chemistry. Dr. Hopson is a graduate of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has been working as a small animal clinician for the past 12 years. During that time, she developed a very large and loyal client base.
She has a special interest in feline medicine and is ecstatic to be a part of the Walnut Street Animal Hospital team. She and her husband are proud parents to a son, a daughter, and a very opinionated Pit Bull named Diamond.

Alyssa Haller

Regional Manager
Hi there! My name is Alyssa Haller, and I am currently the Regional Manager for Walnut Street Animal Hospital, Capital Blvd Animal Hospital, and Best Care Animal Hospital. I have been working with this company since 2017 and started out as a volunteer, then slowly worked my way up to become the Regional Manager. I have always had a passion for medicine and was raised with animals, so I figured becoming a veterinarian was the route for me. As I worked with this company over the past few years, I have taken more of a liking to the management side of the veterinary field. I very much love where I work, the team I am lucky to work with, and the community we strive to provide care for.

I am also in school to further my education in the management field, so if I am not in the office I am most likely working on school assignments. I also enjoy painting and spending time with family, friends, and my new fur baby, Jax who, I adopted through one of Capital’s Spay/Neuter clinics.

Kayla Robinsons

Regional Finance Manager
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Caitlin Keane

Vet Tech
Hey there! My name is Caitie and I have been working as a veterinary technician at Walnut Street Animal Hospital since July of 2019. I grew up right here in North Carolina and spent my childhood playing and working on various farms. I have three rescue fur babies: Dutchess, a thirteen-year-old pit bull mix, Indigo, a one-year-old blue heeler, and Apache, a ten-year-old paint horse. I am currently in college, and my lifelong dream is to go to NC State Vet School to become a veterinarian.

When I am not doing school work, I love going on adventures, like hiking and riding with all of my animals. I care about every pet that comes through our hospital just as much as I care about my own, and I look forward to treating, loving, and supporting each and every one’s unique needs.

Mary Clark Worthington

Vet Tech
Hi! My name is Mary Clarke (MC), and I'm a student at NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine studying to be a mixed animal Veterinarian. I've been with Walnut Street Animal Hospital for almost a year. I primarily work with our surgery patients and have been cross-trained to help out in the exam rooms.

Outside of work, I love playing Ultimate Frisbee, which I have been doing for seven years to stay active. Though I don't have any pets of my own, I enjoy fostering kittens for Wake County Animal Center.

McKenna Willoughby

Vet Tech
Hi! My name is McKenna, and I have been a veterinary technician at WSAH since August 2018. I graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Animal Science, and I hope to eventually go to veterinary school.

While I love all animals, I am a major cat lover and have two of my own (Juniper and Paprika). Outside of work, I love hiking, rock climbing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with my cats.

Brittany Bell

Vet Tech
Hey, y’all! My name is Brittany Bell, and I’ve been with the hospital for a little over a month. I am currently going to school to earn my degree and hopefully become an RVT.

My husband, Josh, and I moved here after he got stationed at Fort Bragg, and we live here with our four fur kids: Two dogs (Duke and Koda) and two cats (Copper and Gigi). In our free time, we love going hiking, swimming, and hanging out on the beach. We also enjoy lazy days on the couch watching movies, especially when it’s cold out. Taking care of animals is a huge passion for me, and I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful hospital!

Muhammad Haddad

CSR/Assistant
Melani has been with our company since August of 2019 and has a very apparent love for the animals we work with. Melani and her fiance have their own baby at home: a two-year-old German Shepherd Mix named Piper Jane. They often enjoy hikes together, playing fetch with a tennis ball or simply working on some of Piper's tricks. In her downtime, Melani enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, or reading a good book. Melani is currently in school to earn her license as a Veterinary Technician and plans to be with us here at Walnut Street for a very long time!

Kayla Franz

CSR
I am a CSR for Walnut Street Animal Hospital. I own a dog named Ellie and two cats named Miyagi and Jib. I have always loved caring for animals ever since I was little and my mother got me my very first pet, a guinea pig. From there, my love for animals has only blossomed. I am from Maryland, and growing up, I did a lot with horses and would even compete competitively in barrel racing. I am always outdoors with my pup and she always knows how to put a smile on my face. A treat is the easiest way to put a smile on hers!

Sarah Clingenpeel

Vet Tech
Hi there! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior at NC State University with double majors in Animal Science and Applied Nutrition. I’ve lived with animals my entire life and have always had a special place in my heart for them. I love my job, which gives me the opportunity to not only meet new people and pets but also help fur babies stay happy and healthy with their families.

My favorite things to do outside of work include spending time with my pets, hiking with my dogs, and taking part in any other activities that I can include them in.

Cierra Gould

Vet Tech
Cierra is a proud Chicagoan who relocated to the Triangle area two years ago and joined the amazing Walnut Street team as a technician in January of 2019. She appreciates how earnestly a dog can look you right in the soul, and respects the authority of cats. There's only so much she'd rather be doing than learning about and caring for animals. Her other passions include art, coffee, and singing 80's ballads to her goofy cat, Stevie Nicks, who just so happens to be really into that sort of thing.

Mackenzie Foster

Vet Tech
I moved to Raleigh to attend NC State University in August 2019, and I began working at Walnut Street Animal Hospital the same month! I have two hound mixes, Sophie and Zelda. Sophie and I’s favorite thing to do is go hiking, while Zelda prefers Netflix and lots of attention! Animals have always held a huge part of my heart and I could not imagine a life without them! Since I started working at the hospital, I have developed a strong passion for caring for animals. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful, compassionate hospital!

Lucy Dombrowski

Surgery Technician
I have been in the veterinary business for 35+ years. I graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1982 as a New York State Licensed Technician and moved to North Carolina in 2008. I worked at Banfield until 2016, then started working with Walnut Street when it opened in the summer of 2016. I am happily married (since Aug. 1995) and we have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a guinea pig. In my spare time I enjoy reading, needle crafts, and gardening.

Melani Scheppele

Melani has been with our company since August of 2019 and has a very apparent love for the animals we work with. Melani and her fiance have their own baby at home: a two-year-old German Shepherd Mix named Piper Jane. They often enjoy hikes together, playing fetch with a tennis ball or simply working on some of Piper's tricks. In her downtime, Melani enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, or reading a good book. Melani is currently in school to earn her license as a Veterinary Technician and plans to be with us here at Walnut Street for a very long time!
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Veterinarian in Cary

Walnut Street Animal Hospital provides top-of-the-line veterinary services for dogs and cats in Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Holly Springs, and the surrounding areas.