Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital

336 East Durham Road
Cary, NC 27511


Our Staff


Alena and Lily


Alena joined the Animal Kingdom family in 1998 when she helped to open the hospital.  She is a long time resident of Cary, having moved here at the age of 13.  Alena attended West Cary Middle and Cary High School before heading off to North Carolina State where she earned a B.S. in Zoology.  She then chose a career as a Veterinary Technician and later joined Animal Kingdom.

She is happily married to her husband of 17 years and has 2 beautiful daughters.  She has several four legged babies including 9 cats and 1 dog.

In her spare time she enjoys loving on her babies both furred and un-furred, organic gardening, reading, cooking with her daughters, spending time with her husband and the never ending task of home improvement.


Julia and Noel


Julia joined the Animal Kingdom family in January 2017. She is from New Hampshire, but also spent a few years in California while her husband was in the military. Julia completed a Veterinary Assistant Specialist certificate program through Auburn University in the spring of  2016, and is planning to attend Durham Technical Institute in the fall to finish her transfer in science associates degree. She hopes to work towards a bachelors degree in zoology.

When she's not busy with work or school she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. Together her and her husband have three pets: Rascal, their tabby kitty, Frank their pug, and Sherman, their Sulcata tortoise.


 Alicia and Noel



Alicia has been a member of the Animal Kingdom family since August of 2013.  Prior to her work here, she volunteered for Noah's Landing in Coats for 8 years as a Zookeeper, Tour Guide, Camp Counselor and eventually Camp Director.

 Her heart is with exotic animals, especially rabbits. She has been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator specializing in Eastern Cottontail Rabbits for over 5 years.  Alicia currently lives in North Raleigh with her husband and parents but will soon be moving to Creedmoor to have enough land for a horse.  Together with her husband and parents they currently have 15 pets along with a varying number of wildlife at any given time.  

Her dogs are Hope and Wilson.  Her cats are Lily, Maia and Elsie.   Her rabbits are Adelina Mae, Remy, Carl, Cole and Clementine along with 3 non-releaseable wild rabbits Spinny, Blue and Quasimodo.  She also has a cockatoo named Sophie.



Courtney joined the Animal Kingdom family as a veterinary technician in 2014.  She moved to Wilmington, NC from the Ivory Coast, West Africa 6 years ago.  She is fluent in English and French.  After moving to North Carolina Courtney received her B.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and is attending North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue a D.V.M. degree in 2019.  Her interest in veterinary school will be companion and large animal medicine.

 In the small amount of free time remaining between studying and work she enjoys creating jewelry, decorating, listening to music and dancing.