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Why you and your pet should choose Pine Valley Animal Hospital:

Opened in 1988, Pine Valley Animal Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art care for your pets at a reasonable and competitive cost. A family owned practice, Pine Valley Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Wilmington locals who will treat you and your pet like family. You will find our facility to be a warm, welcoming, and immaculately clean environment in which you and your pet will be comfortable and relaxed. Our highly trained veternarians, technicians, and staff look forward to welcoming you to our practice on each and every visit.


Our veternarians:

Dr. Kenneth E. Layton graduated with honors from Louisiana State University in 1996 where he was a graduate inductee of Phi Zeta—the honor society of veterinary medicine. Prior to enrolling in LSU, Dr. Layton served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1985 to 1989 before receiving an Honorable Discharge. Ken's been affiliated with Pine Valley since 2002. He purchased the practice in February 2008.

Possessing a lifelong passion for the medical field and to work with animals, Dr. Layton strives to make your experience at our Veterinary Hospital as practical and comfortable as possible while providing the highest quality medical care available. This passion is the driving force behind everything that occurs at Pine Valley. It's the reason why Pine Valley owns the latest high-tech equipment. It's the reason why Pine Valley's not corporate-owned. It's the reason why our staff and clients have stuck with us since 1988.

For more information on Dr. Layton, please see our staff page.

Dr. Jessica Tarter​ 

Dr. Jessica Tarter is originally from eastern Pennsylvania, and moved down to North Carolina to complete a degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 2005. She returned to NC State, and obtained her DVM degree from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Tarter became an associate at a small animal private practice in Raleigh, and remained there until moving to Wilmington to begin working for Pine Valley Animal Hospital in July 2019.

In her down time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Cora, whether on the water, staying active outside, or socializing with friends. They are excited for the arrival of their second child due in August 2019! Their house is full with 2 crazy cats, Olive and Puddy, and 2 dogs, Betty June and Cash. Jessica is looking forward to becoming a full time associate at PVAH after her maternity leave. 

For more information please see our staff page.





Pine Valley Animal Hospital

Pine Valley Animal Hospital is a local family owned hospital. Our primary goal is to give you and your pets the very best care possible. Our experienced doctors and staff strive to provide timely, state-of-the-art veterinary services with reasonable fees and outstanding customer service.