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Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team.

Our Doctors

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.

Katrina Schimmel, D.V.M.

Dr. Katrina Schimmel is a native Minnesotan and graduated from the University of Minnesota with her DVM in 2007.  She spent time caring for pets in private practices in St Paul, MN from 2007 to 2015. She then moved with her family in the fall of 2015 and was a Medical Director for a corporate practice in Woodstock, IL until the summer of 2021 when her family relocated to New Bern.

She enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine especially preventative medicine, infectious diseases, and dentistry. She and her husband Nick have 3 children and 2 cats. Dr. Schimmel enjoys reading, going to sporting events and concerts and is looking forward to exploring everything that coastal North Carolina has to offer.

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