About Pine Valley Animal Hospital

Serving the Wilmington, NC area, Pine Valley Animal Hospital has been committed to providing pets and pet owners with superior veterinary care for over 30 years. A family-owned practice, we see you and your pets as part of our family, and we aim to provide the very best care possible in our top-notch facility. Our highly trained veterinarians, technicians and staff look forward to ensuring you and your pet an exceptional experience at every visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice

Meet Dr. Tarter
Meet Dr. Lantzer
Meet the Staff
There is no higher praise we can receive than the testimonials of our clients and friends, both the four-legged and two-legged kind.

What Our Customers Say…

“Everyone at Pine Valley Animal puts a smile on my face whether our visits have to do with sickness or health. They are all caring, considerate, and loving – I am happy and feel such comfort when bringing my furry family members there.”

Ashley M. Bird,

“Wonderful doctors and staff. My dog loves her visits to PVAH! I am so thankful for the compassionate care that these professionals have provided for my pets throughout the years.”

Cathy Campbell Ferguson

“I have been going to PVAH literally for decades. The doctors and staff are nothing short of extraordinary. They are extremely knowledgeable and care about their patients and pet parents alike. They have gone the extra mile for me and my pets and the rescues I often bring in right at closing time…”

Sharon Harmon,

“We would never take our furry kids anywhere else; it’s that simple.”

Sue Gallagher,

“Thank you guys so much. I always have a great experience at your clinic. The Doctors, Vet Techs., and office staff are always courteous, knowledgeable, and professional…”

Chad, Kelsey & Sweat Pea,

About Dr. Jessica Tarter

Dr. Jessica Tarter is originally from eastern Pennsylvania, and moved 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 her down time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, daughter Cora and son Finn!, They love the water, staying active outside, or socializing with friends. Dr. Tarter has a very busy fun life keeping up with her children’s activities and a houseful of dogs and cats!

About Dr. Jennifer Lantzer

Big news! Introducing Dr. Jennifer Lantzer, our newest addition at Pine Valley Animal Hospital! Dr. Lantzer, an experienced and passionate veterinarian, is now a full-time member of our amazing staff. Her vast knowledge and love for animals make her a perfect fit for our team. She excels at building strong connections with pets and their humans, ensuring every visit is a positive experience.

Let’s welcome Dr. Jennifer Lantzer to our Pine Valley Animal Hospital family! Don’t forget to say hello and introduce your fur babies on your next visit. We can’t wait to see the amazing things she’ll accomplish with us!

Full bio coming soon.

About our Practice Manager Dannielle

Dannielle has been with Pine Valley Animal Hospital since Oct 2011, starting as a receptionist, she has now moved up to Practice Manager. Dannielle started her career in the veterinary field at The Cat Clinic of Cary, but her love of animals really started as a child on her grandparents’ farm. Dannielle is mom to 3 human children and 2 cats, Stevie and Alexis named after Schitt’s Creek. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to see family in South Dakota and Texas and playing poker.

Meet The Hospital Staff


Veterinary Assistant

Sarah is probably a familiar face to many of you as she has worked at PVAH since 2002, She has a surgical technology degree and two decades of experience working in many aspects of veterinary care. She is the proud mother of her son, her two dogs Pickles and Luci-Fur and her cat Dory. In her free time, she enjoys biking with her dogs, going on adventures and video games with her son, music venues with her husband, as well as reading and painting. Sarah has a remarkable ability to calm even the most anxious dogs and cats.


Veterinary Assistant

Kristine, or Hobo as she has recently been named here, was born in VA Beach, VA. Kristine has a degree in surgical technology, but learned that she preferred animal medicine. Kristine worked for 10 years in Animal Emergency so nothing will faze her! She is one of those people who always has a huge smile on her face, is happy to work and never sits still! Kristine has a passion for animal behavior and modification. She’s married and on her weekends off can be found volunteering for her husband’s non profit , public archaeology corporation. Kristine and her husband have 11 cats, 4 dogs, 5 sugar glider , and a red foot tortoise who is in love with her flock of free range chickens! ( We get some great eggs here!) In her spare time Hobo likes to do yard work, and hopes to get back in to horseback riding as she was trained through 4th level dressage.


Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant




Client Care Specialist


Client Care Specialist