Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Laura Kucera, D.V.M.

Dr. Laura Kucera is from Washington, North Carolina. Dr. Kucera attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kucera has practiced veterinary medicine at LaCroix Veterinary Hospital in Wilmington, NC and Banfield Animal Hospital of Morehead City. She joined the professional staff of the Havelock Animal Hospital in 2010. Dr. Kucera’s professional interests include all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Given a day off, Dr. Kucera enjoys outdoor activities including: surfing, kayaking, golfing, hiking, skateboarding, etc. She spends the majority of her free time with her husband Scott, her two boys and her canine family, Summer (Australian Cattle Dog mixed breed) and Bingo (Cairn Terrier mixed breed).

Feby Cash Truskey, D.V.M.

Dr. Feby “Libby” Cash Truskey is a native of Wilson, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. After completing her fourth clinical year at North Carolina State University, she earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine with highest honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Before coming to the Havelock Animal Hospital, Dr. Truskey practiced at Arendell Animal Hospital in Morehead City, at Animal Care Center of New Bern, and at the Emergency Pet Hospital in Havelock.

Dr. Truskey’s professional interests include advanced soft tissue surgery techniques, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, and chronic disease management for senior pets.

Dr. Truskey and her husband, Marcus, have two children, and pets – 2 dogs: Reggie and Maverick, and 3 cats: Engine, Gracie, and O.C. She enjoys gardening, cooking, exercising, and spending time with her family at the beach.

Larry Paul, Jr. D.V.M.

Dr. Larry Paul was raised in the Adams Creek area of Havelock, Craven County. He attended college at North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine with high honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in Auburn Alabama.

Dr. Paul returned to eastern North Carolina and the Havelock Animal Hospital in the early 1980’s. Dr. Paul’s professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and the management of diabetes.

He and his wife of 34 years, Nancy, have four children, and 4 grandchildren. His interests include working on his farm, boating, shooting sports, and riding his bike. Dr. Paul and Nancy’s current favorite breed is the West Highland Terrier after the many wonderful years they spent with their little fur-girl, Heather.

Kenneth Tapley, D.V.M.

Dr. Kenneth Tapley grew up in Lowell, Michigan. He earned his undergraduate degree by attending Calvin College, Grand Rapids and then Michigan State University at East Lansing, Michigan. He then went on to graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.

Dr. Tapley practiced first in Lakeland, Florida before moving to the Charlotte, N.C. area and starting his own practice, Waxhaw Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Tapley practiced there for 27 years, finally selling his practice and moving to eastern N.C. He joined the Havelock Animal Hospital team of doctors in 2006. Dr. Tapley’s professional interests include general medicine and surgery with an interest in cranial cruciate repair.

Dr. Tapley’s personal interests include gardening, fishing, boating and hunting. He and his wife of 45 years, BJ, have two children, and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Tapley and BJ have their hands full looking after their German Shorthaired Retriever, Drake and their terrier rescue, Emmy.