Dr. Cara Kluttz was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She attended Smith College, then graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation she moved south, bought a pair of Justin boots, acquired a drawl, and practiced large animal medicine and surgery for three years before entering small animal general practice. Over the subsequent years, she developed a strong interest in internal medicine and a love for intricate case work ups. She strives to learn something new each and every day. She finally found her niche when she discovered emergency medicine by joining Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic in 2013.
Dr. Kluttz lives in Salisbury with her husband and two sons. Her family also includes three dogs, seven cats, one horse, two goats, and an assortment of chickens. When she is not at the clinic, you might find her losing the battle against the insects in her vegetable garden or hiking the trails of North Carolina with Murphy, the Mountain Mutt.
Beth grew up an avid reader with beloved British veterinarian James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small topping a long list of cherished titles. She began working in animal hospitals during college and has a background in veterinary practice management. A Southern girl, she has an affinity for cornbread, mixed breed dogs, sunshine, and tomato sandwiches. Beth savors bluegrass, hiking, and tent camping. She appreciates good puns and dark humor. Fostering sick/injured animals and teaching others how to provide good medical care and appropriate socialization brings her joy.
Allyson developed an early interest in veterinary medicine, prompted by time spent on her grandparents’ farm. Through watching Animal Planet, she discovered her dream job—veterinary technician—and eventually attended Bel-Rea Institute in Denver, CO, graduating with an AAS in Animal Technology in 2000. Since then, she has gained experience in general practice, internal medicine, and emergency medicine, where she has found her calling. She enjoys the fact that each shift is different in ER medicine, and appreciates having the opportunity to help pets and their owners in times of stress. After over twenty years in the field, Allyson still enjoys learning new things, and she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. When she isn’t too busy spending time with her children (most often at one of their sporting events) and keeping up with their dog (a pit bull mix named Spartacus), Allyson likes to relax while knitting/crocheting.
An NC native, Jennifer was born in Concord and grew up in Charlotte. She entered the veterinary industry in 2001, and has found her place in emergency medicine – she loves being able to help new people and their pets every day. Especially fond of senior pets, Jennifer has a particular soft spot for old dogs with white faces. Jennifer currently lives on a therapeutic horse ranch with her best friend’s family, along with her two kids (Josh and Jayda), their cats (Franny and Fat Cat), and a free-range ferret (El Chapo). She enjoys Carnival cruises and all things horror, and is always up for a lake day or road trip with friends and family.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Steven moved down to NC in 2013. His career in veterinary medicine started in 2000 at a day practice, where he was so squeamish about surgery that he couldn’t even look into the surgery suite – until one day, he was brought in to assist with a bulldog c-section. After reviving a seemingly lifeless puppy, he knew he had found his calling. In 2002, he transitioned to emergency medicine and has never left. In his spare time, Steven enjoys travelling, cuddling his two cats, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Jess Hunter
Dr. Jess Hunter attended NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. She was drawn out of state to continue her education by completing a rotating internship in internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, New York, and a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas. After working primary emergency medicine in Dallas for six months, the bug for adventure motivated Dr. Hunter to relocate to Los Angeles, where she continued to work as a primary emergency veterinarian for the next seven and a half years. Many adventures later, Dr. Hunter felt it was time to be closer to family and familiarity. She moved to the Charlotte area in 2013 to pursue continuing opportunities in ER medicine. Here she found two excellent, like-minded emergency veterinarians, and the partnership that currently runs CEVC was formed in 2018. Dr. Hunter enjoys training in canine agility with her Moyen Malinois, Remy, leisure biking on the greenways with her husband and kiddos, and anything that involves algorithmic problem solving.
Cassi was born in Massachusetts, but spent much of her childhood moving around New England, Virginia, and Florida before her family finally settled in NC in 1998. After graduating high school, Cassi attended UNCC, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. In college, she met her now husband, and they settled down in their dream ‘cabin in the woods’. They have two delightful children, and in her free time Cassi is busy homeschooling them both, while also traveling to volleyball games for her daughter and wrangling her son out of the woods. As a family, they fit in as many beach and Disney trips as their schedule allows.
Cassi has been with CEVC for five years, and you can find her in the clinic most weekends and holidays. Once she realized her love for emergency veterinary medicine, she quickly settled in to her ER home, where she is a bright light of empathy, humor, and perpetually sassy hair. In addition to her work in the veterinary field, Cassi is passionate about car seat safety, and works part-time with an organization focused on injury prevention in children.
A veteran in veterinary medicine, Tonya started her career path in the early 90s, working for a rural small animal practice in Asheboro, NC. Since acquiring her Associate in Applied Science and passing her Veterinary Technician National Exam in 1996, she has thrived within the rush of fast-paced emergency medicine. However, she assisted with her first surgery well before entering the field professionally: at the age of twelve, Tonya assisted on a C-section for her grandmother’s Boston terrier. She developed a love for the breed, and now has her own line of Bostons which are titled in both conformation and performance. In addition to breeding, Tonya is also interested in training, and is a Certified Dog Trainer through GoodPup, an online dog training service where she works part-time. She also works with Better Pets Mobile in Rowan county, where she is able to give back to the community by assisting with low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Though she has many loves, Tonya’s heart belongs to her husband and son, who encourage and share in all her endeavors.
Lisa was born and raised in a small farming town in Amish country, Ohio. Whether she was at Mom’s house in town or on the family farm with Dad, there were always animals. From cats and dogs to horses and chickens, Lisa grew up knowing she needed to “play with animals” for a living. Thanks to a close family friend, and her dad, Lisa also got the gift of growing up on the backs of horses, her original passion.
Growing up, Lisa’s dad brought she and her sister to the Wilmington area to visit her aunt and uncle but also to soak up some sun, sand, and saltwater at the beach. Lisa always claimed she wanted to move to NC when she grew up. In 2003, that’s just what she did. She, however, missed the beach by about 200 miles west and found herself in Kannapolis.
After having a brief go at selling cars, she applied to a local veterinary clinic as a receptionist in 2004. Shortly after starting at the day practice, Lisa started picking up part-time hours at CEVC and eventually making that her full-time place of employment. Other than a two-year hiatus, CEVC has been “home” ever since.
Dr. Kay Dodson
Dr. Dodson blew into Charlotte from Louisiana behind Hurricane Hugo. She dissipated in Misenheimer, NC and attended Pfeiffer University where she earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry. Steered by global winds, she then earned her DVM from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 (right behind her partner Dr. Hunter). Rotating counterclockwise, Dr. Dodson returned to the Charlotte area as a general practitioner and locum veterinarian. It was in this rotation around the high pressure system Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic that Dr. Dodson found her energy.
As well as storm chasing, Dr. Dodson enjoys cooking and bargain shopping. Her country neighbor is Dr. Kluttz who inspired her to keep a flock of Silkie chickens. Dr. Dodson also has a school of Koi fish, a Poodle, a Doodle, and three cats.
Veterinary Technician Student
Amera is a current veterinary technician student through Purdue University. She has also recently became a certified Veterinary Cannabis Counselor (VCC) through the Veterinary Cannabis Academy. When she’s not working in the ER, Amera likes to dabble in large animal medicine as she used to raise and show Longhorn cattle.
If asked whether she likes her job, Emily will say no – she loves it! Her love of animals has kept her passionate since she began working in veterinary medicine at only fifteen years old. From small to large, she loves them all. When she’s not at work, she can often be found in the barn, with her two handsome horses, A.J. (geriatric), and Hotrod (full of attitude). Emily also has a beautiful Golden retriever, Montana (world’s best hugger), and a housecat, Carl (loves to snuggle under the covers). She considers her animals the loves of her life, and looks forward to seeing them at the end of every shift – they can make even her darkest days a little brighter. Emily has learned a lot from the animals in her life, and the most important lesson they’ve taught her is to stay humble and love every day.
Since childhood, Kerri has been obsessed with animals of all sorts. She grew up in NC and spent her summers in WV, where she could often be found climbing trees to stare at baby birds, hunting down bunny nests to see the tiny pile of hair moving, or even trying to let her dog Lily ‘run away to make puppies’ (much to her parents’ chagrin). In 2004, Kerri moved to Colorado and attended Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology to become a registered veterinary technician. Five years later, she returned to NC, and ever since she has worked in emergency medicine – where she focuses on getting pets safely home to their families. In addition to her work, Kerri breeds both Bernedoodles and Labradoodles, and enjoys traveling whenever she can.
Jessi Stokes is a Cabarrus County native who grew up in Kannapolis and Mount Pleasant. She and her husband currently reside in Kannapolis and have two dogs- a blue heeler and an Australian shepherd. She has been in the veterinary medical field for 13 years and has spent 4 of those years in emergency medicine. To decompress and occupy her free time she spends time with her cattle dog taking walks or taking naps. Their favorite place to explore is Pisgah National Forest. It is always her sincere hope that any patient or person that comes through CEVC feels like they were welcomed and received competent and empathetic care.
Dr. Felicia Dunn
Dr. Felicia Dunn attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She started practice at a small animal emergency clinic, then spent the next 10 years at mixed animal and small animal practices with occasional relief work at vaccination clinics, emergency clinics, and spay/neuter clinics. In 2016 she started a spay/neuter clinic business, and the following year she started working full time in small animal emergency medicine while continuing with spay/neuter clinic work. In 2020 she completed certification for veterinary medical acupuncture. Currently she works as a relief veterinarian, medical acupuncturist, and surgeon. Her hobbies include jogging with her dogs (or, on more relaxed days, sun basking with them) and the art of amigurumi.
Though not an NC native, Blythe has lived in North Carolina off and on for over half her life, and considers it her home. The experience of moving around a lot during childhood taught Blythe how to relate to people, and has helped her understand the different ways that people care for their animals. She knows that while all people and animals are unique individuals, if you take the time you can connect with them and help them where they are – and she utilizes this knowledge during every shift.
Blythe’s career with animals first began eleven years ago, when she started working with exotic birds; she eventually transitioned to small animal medicine, where she has found her passion. She loves solving puzzles, so figuring out the mystery of what a patient needs—especially when they can’t communicate what is wrong—is a thrill for her. After joining CEVC in 2018, Blythe found her niche. She loves having the opportunity to help new families and pets every day, and knows the importance of bringing quiet strength to people in the midst of turmoil.
When not at work, Blythe can be found spending time in her ‘family circus’, which includes her wonderful husband, Eric, their two adorable children, Blaise and Emma, and their two dogs and two cats. Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.
A native of Concord, Jason has always loved working in animal medicine. In high school, he began volunteering at a local animal hospital; as soon as he was old enough he started working at a day practice part time, where he remained for many years. During this time, he attended NC State University (GO PACK!), and while in school he also worked at another small animal clinic and an exotic animal farm. Jason ultimately found his home here at Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic, where he understands the importance of supporting clients during what is often a stressful experience. Depending on what is needed, he will serve as a shoulder to cry on, or a cheerleader for recovery – but always tries to be someone clients are comfortable approaching with their questions. Jason has one dog (Boone) and two cats (Gatsby and Lucy). He is a big fan of NC State Wolfpack everything, The Atlanta Braves (2021 World Series champions), the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Carolina Panthers. When he isn’t working, Jason loves going to sporting events, concerts, and theatre shows, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Stacy has been helping pets and their humans since 2005. Her top priority is providing compassionate care – she believes care without love is just a job, but a job performed with love and care is a passion. Stacy’s passion is ensuring that all pets and their people have access to top quality medicine along with the knowledge and understanding needed to make the best decisions possible.