History of the Hospital
South Granville Animal Hospital was founded by Lynne Elliot DVM in Oct. 1985. Lynn was born and raised in Creedmoor. Diana Dudley DVM began working with Lynne starting on day one and then bought the practice in 1990.
Meet the Doctor
Diana Dudley DVM fell in love with North Carolina when she attended Duke University in the 1970s. Although she traveled periodically after graduation to places like Australia, New Zealand and all over Africa and Europe,she kept coming back to North Carolina. She then graduated from NCSU veterinary school. In 1990, she bought South Granville animal hospital and has worked there ever since.
She has proudly mentored and worked with over 15 employees who have gone on to graduate from NCSU vet school. In fact, many now own their own veterinary hospitals.
Specializing in small animal medicine and surgery, Dr. Dudley also enjoys working on Koi which are large, very colourful carp that many people keep in man made ponds near their homes. In fact, she successfully removed several tumors off a koi in the fall of 2010.
When not at work, Dr. Dudley enjoys skiing, working in her garden ( especially her irises) and blowing glass in her studio. She and her husband are also Beekeepers and koi hobbyists. They grow blueberries and grapes as well as many other edible fruit and vegetables. Dr. Dudley is very active in the community. She has been on the animal control advisory board for over 20 years, a member of South Granville Exchange club since 1990, president of Granville Beekeepers association for 12 years and Vice President of the Granville gardeners in 2016.
Angie Harris was born in Ashland, Kentucky in the late 1960s and moved with her family to La Crosse, Virginia in 1974. She graduated from Parkview Senior High and then attended Midlothian West College of Animal Science. Her degree was in animal science which led into a veterinary technician license . Since graduation, Angie has worked as a vet tech at several veterinary hospitals in the area. Three years ago, Angie joined the South Granville Animal Hospital team and moved to Franklin county to live closer to work.
Danielle Dauray-FarmerDanielle Dauray-Farmer joined the South Granville family in June of 2016. She began her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2013 right after she graduated from an accredited veterinary technical program in North Carolina. Danielle loves the fast-paced environment of being a technician and the diversity of tasks that are executed with every patient. She has always had a passionate mind-set for the importance and well-being of animals. Danielle has a particular interest in proper pet nutrition, pet behaviorism, and the critical challenges as a technician that come along with trauma cases. She is married to a car crazy husband where as long as he puts up with her crazy animal obsession, she puts up with his car obsession. They have been together for 9 years and together they have a beautiful daughter. Her hobbies outside of work include doing just about anything with her family and pets, horse-back riding, cooking new recipes, going to car shows, taking road trips and decorating her home whenever she can.
Alexis Salazar joined the South Granville family in April of 2017. She graduated from high school in 2016 where she later acquired her first veterinary job at an Emergency Hospital in Raleigh. Alexis has worked in the customer service field but would rather be working with animals. She loves creatures of all kinds and is striving to advance her knowledge in the veterinary field. She excels in animal restraint, blood draws and has a passion for surgery, radiology, and dentistry work. Alexis may be short in life (standing at only 4’11), however her determination, kindness, and gentle heart for the animals is enormous. She is a mother to a pot-belly pig named Etta-Mae who eats way too much and does not like the rain whatsoever. When Alexis is not working, you will probably find her binge-watching a series on Netflix, cuddling with Etta-Mae, or both!
Miriam Moenich joined South Granville Animal Hospital in October 2000. She originally began working in the veterinary field when she joined her family's practice at Cary street veterinary hospital and the Poodle Parlor in Richmond, Virginia. She started in the summers bathing dogs and cats and eventually moved to receptionist. Miriam always greets you with a smile regardless of whether you see her in person or on the phone.
Miriam is originally from Midlothian, Virginia and currently lived in Creedmoor with her husband, Steve, and two dogs, Heartford and Cricket. She has two children, Courtney and Harrison, and one grandchild, Paisley.
Veterinary Assistants / Kennel Assistants
Cayla Easter joined the South Granville family in July of 2016. In 2015, she graduated from an accredited veterinary program and attained her first job in Oxford. Since working here, Cayla has obtained a volume of knowledge which has inspired her to further her education in Veterinary Medicine. Cayla has a big heart and her desire for animals shines through her commitment every day. She is passionate about dentistry work, proper pet nutrition, and making pet owners feel content with the care they receive. Her compassionate smile and natural gift for understanding the condition of an animal’s health can relieve the pet owner of any worry in situations that can sometimes be considered difficult. She is a rescue mom to a loving beagle named Skittles as well as an impractical, absurd, senseless feline named Raye that she took in at only 3 days old and bottle fed. In her spare time, Cayla enjoys working out, going on hikes with Skittles, and spending time with her family.
Meredith Kestler joined our family in September in 2017. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has worked for numerous veterinarians among the years and has gained an extreme amount of knowledge making her a great asset to South Granville Animal Hospital. Meredith possesses a strong passion for customer service and likes making a positive difference every day. Her love, passion, and devotion for animals and their health is seen through her work daily. She is married to an amazing husband, together they have two wonderful children as well as two Labrador retrievers who make her head spin! In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Allyson Rose became part of our family in May of 2018. Allyson is originally from Roxboro, North Carolina. She has always had a soft spot for animals of all kinds since she was a little girl. Throughout her years growing up she has had pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards, etc. She has an extensive 4-year background of being a kennel assistant which makes her excel in proper kennel care for the animals and animal restraint. Allyson has an interest in learning new areas of the job by shadowing her co-workers in hopes and determination to advance her career in Veterinary Medicine by getting her Associates Degree online at Penn Foster University. She is engaged to a wonderful man named Clay and together they have a son named Luke. She also shares her home with her chihuahua named Pixie and a guinea pig named Wilber.
Heather Salmon became part of our family in May of 2018 as well. She started her career with animals back in 2005 where she was a kennel manager at a boarding facility. She then became a dog and cat groomer shortly after and does phenomenal work based on the clients’ preference. Her college background includes an Associate’s Degree in Medical Billing & Coding however she has always had a soft heart for animals growing up and knew that Veterinary Medicine was her career path in life. Heather has always been passionate about customer service and with her mostly up front, she will be one of the first smiling faces and joyful voice that you’ll come across walking into South Granville Animal Hospital. In her role at the clinic, your animal’s well-being and happiness are Heather’s main goals every day. Her perseverance at work shines through her daily and is eager to advance her knowledge and skills by learning the different types of jobs and responsibilities that SGAH has to offer. If you cannot find Heather at work, you can find her spending time with her family and pets which include her 2 dogs (Snow & Tank) as well as her 2 cats (Turbo & Ellie-Mae), going on long walks with her dogs, or fishing at her family’s pond.
Ralph is our hospital cat who has been with us for 15 years. He was brought in by a woman as a kitten where he underwent a traumatic event which caused him to lose both eyes. Often times when clients see Ralph wandering around they do not realize that he has no eyes based off of his color pattern. Ralph has recently become a grumpy old man and if you walk by him without saying hello to him, he might love bite your calf to let you know that you hurt his feelings. He does not enjoy nail trims but loves eating, sleeping, and throwing litter all over his cage.