David W. Highsmith, Doctor of Veterinary MedicinePractice Owner
Dr. Highsmith grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended N.C.State University at Raleigh as an undergraduate. Since there was no veterinary school in North Carolina at that time, he attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, graduating in 1975.
Returning to the Raleigh area upon graduation, he went to work as a staff veterinarian in Garner, NC where he had worked as a kennel assistant while attending undergraduate school.
After 10 years as an employed veterinarian, Dr. Highsmith moved to Wilmington, NC in 1985, where, after a year, he purchased an existing veterinary practice known as Hardison Animal Hospital. Changing the name to Highsmith Animal Hospital, the practice has continued to thrive and grow along with the city of Wilmington.
Dr. Highsmith now employs a staff of 4 veterinarians, 5 certified veterinary technicians, a professional groomer, and 10 other receptionists and assistants.
After several years of planning and design, in December of 2008 Dr. Highsmith broke ground on a new building for his veterinary practice and relocated to the new facility in August of 2009. With the new and larger space, the clinic is able to continue to provide the best of veterinary services for all our patients and clients.
Dr. Jennifer Anderson, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. Anderson grew up in the Richlands, NC area and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her undergraduate degree. After working for a short time in the private field, she applied to and was accepted at N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2002. Upon graduation, she joined the staff at Highsmith Animal Hospital where she has honed her skills in diagnostic veterinary medicine.
Dr. Meghan Tayloe, DVM
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. Molly Reger, DVMDr. Reger received her bachelor's of science at UNC Asheville and then graduated from NCSU CVM in May 2023. She enjoys surgery, building relationships with clients, and animals of all shapes & sizes. She has a special place in her heart for marine mammals and exotics. She loves going to the beach, fishing, playing tennis and lacrosse, bike riding, and of course having her own 2 dogs "Cosm" and "Scully". She is so excited to start her new journey with the Highsmith AH family!
- Years in Practice:
- Jun 27, 2023
Rebecca Boney- Office Manager
Rebecca has been part of the Highsmith team since 2011. She is originally from Winston- Salem, NC. Rebecca aka Becca started work in the veterinary field in 1993, graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 1997 with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. Prior to Veterinary Medicine she attended Brevard College in the beautiful NC mountains.
In 2002 she moved to Wilmington, NC and has worked in a few practices in town, while continuing to volunteer with The Turtle Hospital in Topsail, NC, The Serpentarium here in Wilmington, and The NC Aquarium. 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 team members. We have several pre-vet students that come and go and being part of their journey is amazing. Rebecca also volunteers with the Domestic Violence women’s shelter, The Rape Crisis Center and giving back to the community.
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. She has moved over into the Management side of veterinary medicine here at Highsmith AH.
Kim - Receptionist
Kim . 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!
Courtney- Licensed Vet Tech (RVT)
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- Veterinary Assistant
Anna 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
Jessica- RVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician)Jessica was born and raised here in Wilmington NC. Ever since she was a kid, she loved to help animals and knew she wanted to work with them. She graduated from the CFCC Veterinary Technician program earning her associates degree in veterinary medical technology in 2021. She has a passion for all animals especially dogs and horses. In her free time she enjoys drawing, spending time with her family, traveling, and listening to music. She is looking forward to starting her career at Highsmith and getting to know the awesome clients and pets.
Clara- ReceptionistClara moved to Wilmington in 2019 to work on her middle grades MAT at UNC-Wilmington after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. However, during Covid, she found she needed a change. She has always loved being around animals and currently has two cats: “Lionel” and “Bagel”. Most of her free time is spent getting snuggles from them, but she also enjoys reading, writing fiction, and playing the piano. She is excited about this new chapter in her life and ready to share some snuggles with more patients at Highsmith.
Renee- Veterinary Assistant
Olivia- Veterinary Assistant
Olivia was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. When she was little she always knew she wanted to work with animals and help them. She graduated from CFCC in 2021 with an associate’s degree in Arts. She now attends Appalachian State to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She has 2 dogs “Reese” and “Miller”. During her free time she enjoys going to the beach, traveling and hanging out with her friends. She is excited to meet all the sweet patients here at Highsmith Animal Hospital and learn more!!
Hollis-Veterinary AssistantHollis is from Hendersonville, North Carolina and came to Wilmington in 2021. She is a junior at UNCW obtaining a degree in biology, pre vet. She is an intern who is eager to learn and gain experience in the field, in hopes of one day going to graduate school and becoming a veterinarian. She has a cat named Juliet, with her hometown best friend having Romeo. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cuddling with Juliet of course, tennis, laying out in the sun, and cooking. She excited about her new journey with Highsmith AH.
Nicole- Veterinary Assistant
Nicole was born in St. Augustine Florida and later moved to Hickory NC in 2016. It was then that she began her passion for animals. Her family began a farm where they raised and took care of cows, horses, goats, chickens and more. Nicole rodeoed for about 4 years as a hobby. She began working in veterinary medicine in 2020. In August of 2023 she moved here to Wilmington as a transfer student to UNCW. She is in school for Marine Biology. She is excited to join Highsmith Animal Hospital for her next journey!!
John- Veterinary AssistantJohn grew up in rural Ohio before moving to NC in 2014. As a groomer he has seen many sick animals and all he wished for was how he could help them. Now, senior at UNCW, he hopes to attend vet school soon after graduation. In his free time, he loves being active outdoors and spending time with loved ones. He is excited to move into Veterinary Medicine and Join the Highsmith family!
Katie is originally from New Jersey where she started her animal journey, it began with working with dogs and training them from simple potty training up to more complex commands and service training. She moved to North Carolina in 2022 with her boyfriend where she has spent time working with various animals from house hold pets to more exotic animals. However in a change of pace she found herself wanting to slow down and she found herself attracted to the small town feel of Highsmith Animal Hospital! In her free time she enjoys going on walks and drives in nature with her cat “Maisy” and boyfriend Jeremy. She also loves movies, light reading and plants!
- Years in Practice:
- Oct 04, 2023
Lizzey moved to Wilmington in 2014 from Ohio. She has always had a huge heart for animals. In 2016 she adopted a senior cat with chronic kidney disease,” Errol” and he changed her life for the better. In 2017 Errol was diagnosed with diabetes and Lizzey stepped up to be his full-time nurse by monitoring his glucose and giving him insulin morning and night. When Errol passed away in 2018, Lizzey wanted to honor Errol’s life by helping other pet owners with their sick pets, making sure they can give them the best life possible. She has enjoyed meeting all the adorable patients here at Highsmith AH.
Lizzey spends her free time drawing, painting, or working on other random arts and crafts projects. She lives with her 3 spoiled cats, “Connor”,” Charles”, and “Nymphadora”.
- Years in Practice:
- Feb 07, 2024