Meet Our Team

Dr. Renee Fahrenholz, DVM


Dr. Fahrenholz is a general practitioner who grew up in Western Michigan. She spent a lot of her childhood working with a family member who owns a mixed animal practice in Indiana.

Dr. Fahrenholz has been working in veterinary medicine since she was in high school, where she worked in a clinic part-time, aside from being a student. She then graduated high school and went to college to receive her bachelor's degree in Feed Science from Kansas State University, graduating with honors. In 2012 she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. She then later joined the GVH team in 2013. She is an active member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

When asked what her favorite part of the job is, stated that she enjoys the variety that she sees daily and that she can educate those about the importance of preventative and wellness care for pets.

While at home, Dr. Fahrenholz enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a rabbit. She can also be found spending her time coaching youth soccer, or at home in her garden.

Her favorite sports team is the Kansas City Chiefs. She enjoys listening to O.A.R. and Incubus.

Dr. Graham Smith, DVM


Dr. Graham Smith grew up in and around Houston, Texas. His wife, Priscilla, and he met in a chemistry class at his Mississippi College (MC) undergraduate school. After completing his bachelor’s degree at MC, he worked in Cumming, GA as a veterinary technician before moving back to Mississippi to complete his DVM at Mississippi State University.

While at Mississippi State University, he was put through their rigorous 2 and 2 program, which is designed to give new graduates leadership experience after graduation. During his final year of school, he took a variety of advanced rotations, including advanced surgery, dentistry, gastroenterology, cytology, and exotic animal medicine. His focus areas are small animal medicine and surgery, dentistry, cytology, geriatric care, and exotic animal medicine (small mammals, reptiles, and avian).

He looks forward to bringing his veterinary medicine practice to Goldsboro. During his off hours, he can usually be found outdoors or working on small projects. He and his wife have three dogs: Thor, Senta, and Georgia. They also have a cat, Baby Cakes, and two sulcate tortoises, Albert and Daisy. They are looking forward to exploring North Carolina and growing to know Wayne County and those who call it home.

Norma R

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Norma says that our clients and their pets are very special and that she enjoys the many bonds she has been able to form over her many years at our animal hospital.

She joined the Goldsboro Veterinary Hospital team in December of 1995, but began her career in animal care in 1986. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mt. Olive College and an Associate's degree in Animal Science from Central Carolina Community College.

At home, Norma has a pig named Charlotte (pictured with her), a quarter horse named Harley, a rabbit named Snow and four cats named Phill, Casey, Wrangler, and Tater. She enjoys water sports, boating, horseback riding, scrapbooking and jewelry making.

Kyra T

Office Manager, Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist

Kyra is from Pink Hill, NC and is currently serving as our Office Manager. Kyra joined the GVH team in September of 2018.

Before joining the team, Kyra first began working in the healthcare system where she became a CNA, and then later gained passion to become a Paramedic, having grown up in a first responder home. Before officially beginning that journey she started volunteering and later working in shelter medicine at the Lenoir County SPCA as an animal caretaker. After exposure to the worsening condition of stray animals, she was driven to switch gears completely from both human medicine and shelter medicine and decided preventative care was the place for her. Kyra began working at GVH shortly thereafter as a kennel attendant and has since continued to work within different positions in the hospital. Kyra is currently a student at San Juan College to further pursue her career in veterinary medicine in hopes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Aside from becoming an RVT, Kyra’s goals are to build a house in a rural area and to start a generational farm.

While not at work Kyra may be seen shopping, enjoying a nap with her dogs, or spending time with her family and fiancé. Her favorite sports teams are NCSU and the Denver Broncos. Her favorite song is 'Amarillo by Morning' by George Strait.

Heather H

Lead Receptionist

Heather H joined the staff at Goldsboro Veterinary Hospital in December 2015. As a receptionist, she’s responsible for greeting clients, answering phones, scheduling appointments and checking clients in and out.

Heather is honest and determined, and her favorite part of the job is interacting with the hospital’s clients and their pets. She also holds an Associate degree in Medical Office Administration from Johnson Community College.

“I’ve always had a love for animals and I enjoy observing and learning from my coworkers,” Heather says.

At home, Heather has a Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix named Bella, a mix breed dog named Rascal, a cat named Bash, and quite a few chickens. She enjoys baking, thrift store shopping, spending time with her husband and children and playing with her animals.

Heathers favorite song is 'God Gave Me You' by Blake Shelton.

Angel M

Kennel Manager, Veterinary Receptionist

Angel came to us from Fayetteville, NC and is currently serving as our Kennel Manager. Angel joined the GVH team in September of 2021.

Angel has been working in veterinary medicine since 2017. Before joining the GVH family, she worked at and managed several other boarding facilities. When asked why she decided to work in veterinary medicine, Angel answered with “my pets are too expensive”. Because of this, Angel has a drive and passion for maximizing every pet’s boarding experience to ensure that the client is getting the absolute most for their cost. Angel hopes to one day open her own boarding facility while also opening a dachshund sanctuary as she is commonly known at GVH as “The Dachshund Lady”.

While not at work, Angel enjoys spending time with her husband, son, 2 dachshunds, and 3 cats. She also enjoys spending time reading and rewatching Grey’s Anatomy.

Angels favorite song is ‘Mario Kart Love Song’.

Bethany H

Kennel Attendant, Veterinary Assistant

Bethany came to us from Mount Olive, NC and is currently serving as a Kennel Attendant and Technician Assistant. Bethany joined the GVH team in May of 2021.

Bethany is a small town, family-oriented girl. She has been working in veterinary medicine for 3 years now. Bethany gained interest in working in the field at a young age as she dreamed of being able to help advocate for pets and pet owners. Bethany’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is connecting with patients and their owners as she continues building relationships with them. She is currently enrolled at Wayne Community College to finish her degree in Animal Science. From there she hopes to apply for vet school. While not at work, Bethany enjoys spending time with her dogs, reading, and gardening.

Her favorite sports team is the Carolina Tarheels.

Bethany’s favorite song is ‘The Crow and The Butterfly’ by Shinedown.

Kayla J

Technician Assistant

Kayla is from Pennsylvania but grew up in North Carolina. She later left North Carolina to move to Florida but has since moved back. She is new to the GVH team as of 2024.

Kayla has been working in veterinary medicine for 16 years. She started her career as a kennel attendant and worked her way up from there. Kayla’s favorite part about being in the field is having the ability to help animals while also educating pet owners on preventative care. Over the time that she has been in the industry she has significantly grown her skills and knowledge and has aa passion for continuing to grow within the field. She hopes to one day put roots down and have a small homestead where she would like to start a family, and to go back to school and potentially start her own business.

While not at work, Kayla enjoys spending time with her spouse of 6 years, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 5 chickens. She has a passion for being outdoors and enjoys gardening, camping, kayaking, and off roading. She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes.

Her favorite sports teams are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NCSU.

Her favorite song is ‘I Just Want to Dance with You’ by George Strait.

Sarah Y

Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Mary Taylor J

Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!