Highsmith Animal Hospital
Our pledge to our patients and clients is to always provide the best possible veterinary health care in a totally compassionate and understanding manner.
Dr. Tayloe grew up in the area of North Carolina fondly referred to as Little Washington. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She then attended the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2000. After graduation she practiced for 7 years at Hillsborough Veterinary Clinic until moving to Wilmington, NC in 2007. In the winter of 2007 she joined the veterinary staff at Highsmith Animal Hospital where she enjoys all aspects of practice from surgery and medical diagnostics, geriatric patient care and working with clients to improve the health and well being of their special pets. She is a founder of Coastal Pet Hospice, offering mobile pet hospice consultation and pet euthanasia services.
Dr. DiPiero grew up in New Bern, NC and attended UNCW for his undergraduate degree. He discovered his passion for veterinary medicine while volunteering with the humane society. Dr. DiPiero is a graduate of the NC State University College of Veterinary medicine. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with special interest in surgery and dentistry. His personal goal is to provide the highest level of compassionate care to all of his patients and ensure that all of his clients feel respected and heard. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys surfing, running, and reading.
Rebecca has been part of the Highsmith team since 2011. Rebecca aka Becca started work in the
veterinary field in 1993, graduated from Central Carolina Community College here in NC in 1997 with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. After graduating from
Vet Tech School she moved to Lake Norman, NC and was exposed to 4 years of
specialty medicine: ophthalmology, surgery, exotics,
behavior, and reproduction medicine, among many other crazy things.
In 2002 she moved to Wilmington, NC and has worked in a
few practices town. She
enjoys volunteer work and keeping things green. She also enjoys teaching the
new students that come in new to Highsmith and watching them grow into amazing
In 2018, after being in the trenches for 25 years,
Rebecca started looking for a change. She has teamed up with Dr. Highsmith as Practice Manager and is very excited about the future and helping the
family continue to grow. This is her work family and she is very passionate in
what she does. Helping the clients and their patients is what she has always
loved doing. Now, learning the ropes from Dr. Highsmith, and helping him, there is so much knowledge and experience to learn.
So, with his guidance she can approach this from a whole new aspect hope to
make a difference in the future of Highsmith.
not working, Becca enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their
friends. Traveling, going to concerts, cooking and running obstacle races. They have one French Bulldog rescue named Louie.
Kim C. left the corporate world to persue a more fulfilling career working with animals. She started working at Highsmith Animal Hospital over 20 years ago and has been caretaker for over 15 dogs and cats. She currently lives with two Siamese (Pickles Marie and Chili Bean) and two Toy Poodles (Raisin And Peanut). Kim enjoys music, reading and a wide range of physical activities including yoga and running. She is rarely seen without her faithful companion Raisin.
Sue moved to ILM from Smith Mountain Lake, Va. In the fall of 2010. She had worked in real estate and property management for 24 years and was ready for something new.
Her daughter and her family live near the water and it was important to me to live here too. She is originally born in Michigan on Lake Erie.In early 2011 She walked into Highsmith Animal Hospital. While waiting for Dr.Speck, Guppy one of the hospital cats jumped into her lap then climbed into her purse. She knew right then she wanted to be part of this family. The clients and their pets are awesome. There is not a day that goes by that one of the animals doesn’t teach me something about kindness, trust and unconditional love. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her 3 grandchildren, reading, going to the beach and enjoying life!
Her motto: Treat people the way you want to be treated!
JoHannah came to us in 2017 after just moving to Wilmington from Virginia looking for new life experiences. She started working with animals at the ripe age of 16. She was a kennel assistant/team leader at an animal hospital in Virginia for 5 years, and began petsitting whilst there and has been doing that since 2009. Currently, she doesn’t have any pets but she would like to eventually have a house full of them. She is studying to be a music teacher and went to school for theatre and voice. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, hiking, and visiting different breweries.
Courtney graduated from Bergen Community College in 2012 from the Veterinary Technology program. She moved to Wilmington in 2014 and joined the Highsmith family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Kiara and her cats Ella and Doctor Muffin McStuffins.
Anna G. grew up in Phoenix Arizona and moved here in March 2007, after graduating from Phoenix College with an AA in Theatre.
After being in the restaurant business for 10+ years, she found a brand new start at Highsmith Animal Hospital in Feb 2017. Starting in the kennel, she has now worked her way up to vet tech asst. Getting to share her love of animals with so many people and pets is the best part of this new chapter at Highsmith.
She is also involved in the local theatre scene and other shenanigans within the city of Wilmington!
At home she has the loving support of her husband Jake and her two furry babies Murphy and Marshmallow
Meg’s love for animals had a clandestine beginning in her early years of playing with wild animals in the forests of the Midwest and smuggling stray kittens into her closet. In the early 90’s she scored a job as a kennel attendant and a dog/cat bather. After moving to NC in 1994 for college, she landed a job at Highsmith Animal Hospital as groomer apprentice. She later became head groomer in 1996. Ever since then, she has specialized in “special needs” customers and becoming friends with all animals. She has also worked several volunteer jobs involving both deer and horses!
She is currently owned by four rescue animals: 10yr old canine “Lt. Dan”, 4yr old feline “The General”, 3yr old canine “Tiffany” and 1yr old “Maude Agnes”.
Matt is just an ordinary guy with an extraordinary love for all sorts of critters. He studied Theatre and Psychology at UNCW, which gives him the ability to read minds and wait tables efficiently. He has two dogs back in Charlotte, Perseus and Rosalina, who are beautiful monsters that he loves dearly. Matt is honored to be keeping our local pets happy and healthy. He someday hopes to own exactly two dogs and a cat, and maybe a spider. Matt is excited to join the Highsmith family so he can continue to share his love and care for pets.
Samantha AKA “Sam” moved to Wilmington at the end of 2011 and decided to call this place her home. Originally from Texas, she lived on a dairy farm as a child and her family owned a miniature horse and a few goats. At a young age she knew she wanted to help animals in need. She is currently in the Veterinary Technician program at Cape Fear Community College hoping to expand her knowledge of veterinary medicine. she would like to work with large and/or exotic animals eventually. She has 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a chinchilla. In her free time, she likes to play video games, listen to music, and hang out with her friends. She is excited to start her new journey in the veterinary world and meet all the precious animals!
Felicia moved to Wilmington, NC fall of 2020. To continue her passion of working in the veterinary field. Ever since she was a young girl, Felicia has enjoyed animals. She has worked at several different jobs in the animal world, from being a veterinary assistant, pet sitting, and helping pets working at a friend’s pet grocery store. She doesn't have any pets currently but is hoping to have 2 dogs in the future. When not working, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family. She is excited for the new opportunity at Highsmith Animal Hospital.
Heather just recently moved to Wilmington from Virginia for a new adventure in 2021. In Virginia, she worked as a kennel manager at a dog kennel and training facility. Her passion has always been to work in the animal field no matter what she is doing. She enjoys working with all kinds of animals. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two dogs, Luna and Nova, and exploring new places. She is excited to join her new family at Highsmith, start her new adventure and get to know all the 4-legged critters here at Highsmith AH.