Meet Our Staff

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James Lupton, DVM

Dr. Lupton grew up in Wilson and first started working at Wilson Veterinary Hospital in 2004, after high school. He graduated from NC State University with a degree in Animal Science, then attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, he joined the veterinary team at Wilson Vet, later becoming part owner in 2021. Dr. Lupton enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine that strengthens the humananimal bond, but especially the puppies. James and his wife, Kristin, have a son (Bradley) and a daughter (Natalie). They also have two dogs, Scarlett and Gray (Go Bucks!),as well as two cats, Cheddar and Digit. In his free time, he enjoys running, woodworking, and occasionally playing video games.

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Carrie Raymond, DVM

Dr. Raymond was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. She attended the College of William and Mary on a basketball scholarship and then continued her journey south to attend the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2003 and has been with Wilson Veterinary Hospital ever since. Her interests include internal medicine, behavior, and dermatology. Carrie and her husband, John, got married in 2000. They have 2 children, a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Hailey. They also have a dog, Copper, and a cat, Shadow. When not at work, Dr. Raymond enjoys reading, spending time outdoors with her family, and doing escape rooms.

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Renae Wohlers, DVM

Dr. Wohlers grew up in Minnesota. She attended undergraduate school at NC State University and graduated from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She joined the team at Wilson Veterinary Hospital after graduation and has been here ever since. Her areas of interest include ultrasonography, dermatology, animal behavior, and cardiology. Dr. Wohlers feels fortunate to indulge in her love of animals with her chosen profession. Renae met her husband, Derek, while serving as a Captain in the US Army. They share their home with their Newfiedoodle, Freya, and their 3 rescue cats, Allie Cat, Pixie, and Viking. Her hobbies include singing, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Katherine Leah Holmes, DVM

Dr. Holmes was born and raised in Smithfield, NC. She attended UNC-Wilmington, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, then moved on to the NC State College of Veterinary medicine, graduating in 2018. Dr. Holmes joined the veterinary team at Wilson Veterinary Hospital in 2023, bringing experience from the previous hospitals she has worked at. Her special interests include anesthesia and surgery, geriatric medicine, and interacting with clients to build lasting relationships.Leah has one dog, Lulu, and two young, spunky kitties, Polly and Bee-Bee. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and spends as much time at the beach as she can!

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Whitney Burton, DVM

Dr. Burton spent her younger days in Tennessee but has lived most of her life in northeastern NC. She earned her Animal Science undergraduate degree from NC State University in 2011 and continued on to the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2011. Dr. Burton specialized in swine medicine for 12 years before joining the veterinary team at Wilson Veterinary Hospital in 2023. Her special interests include preventative medicine, behavior and senior pet care.Whitney and her husband, Brian, have 2 daughters, Layla and Maggie. They also have 2 dogs, Sally and Marla, and a cat, Dottie. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys reading, kayaking, pub trivia and beach days!

Wilson Veterinary Hospital

4741 Lake Wilson Rd
Elm City, NC 27822
Phone: (252) 291-5270
Fax: (252) 291-6076
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Hospital Hours

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

After-Hours Emergency Services

Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital

5702 Grover Lane 
Sims, NC 27880
(252) 991-6560

Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care

1007 Tandal Pl, Knightdale, NC 27545
(919) 266-9852