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.
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.
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!
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.