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Meet Our Team!

We’ve been serving this amazing community since the 1960s, and we’ve only just begun.

Get To Know Our Team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.

Veterinarians

Dr. Curry

Dr. Melissa Curry

Managing Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Curry was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and wanted to become a veterinarian since she was a young girl. At 14, she began working with a few different veterinarians in Greensboro, and her dreams began to come true.

She graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BA at the top of her class, summa cum laude, in 1992. She then went on to graduate from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine at the top of her class and again summa cum laude in 1996.

Dr. Curry practiced in Charlotte, NC, for four years in a small animal and exotic practice and then relocated to Florida in 1999. She practiced in the Tampa Bay Area for 21 years and won multiple awards for Medical Director of the Year before returning to her home state of NC in 2021 with her family.

Dr. Curry grew up visiting the Hendersonville / Brevard area as a child as well as throughout her adult life, and relocating to this area was another dream come true.

Dr. Curry enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in dentistry, surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology. With over 27 years in general practice, she has learned that the best quality patient care all starts with a thorough physical exam of the patient and excellent communication with our clients.

Dr. Curry spends her free time with three cats, one dog, and six beautiful backyard chickens. She enjoys taking art classes at the local community college when she is not hiking or kayaking.

Dr. Todd Blair

Dr. Todd Blair

Veterinarian

Dr. Blair is a native of Western North Carolina and a 2001 graduate of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced in Wilson, NC, and Gettysburg, PA, before moving to Hendersonville. He earned a B.S. in biology from the University of NC Chapel Hill before entering veterinary school.

He is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He is married to his wonderful wife, Shannan; they have three sons and a daughter and hope to grow as a family in Hendersonville. They share their home with their dog, Ruger, and cats, Charlotte and Priscilla, and a bearded dragon, Steve.

Dr. Eli Layman

Dr. Eli Layman

Veterinarian

Dr. Eli Layman grew up in Denver, North Carolina, and moved to the area after falling in love with Hendersonville on vacation. Since childhood, she has always known that she wanted to become a veterinarian and attended North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

At North Carolina State University, she graduated Cum Laude and was on the National Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Zoology in 2002. In 2003, she graduated at the top of her class with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. She then went on to complete her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2007 with an additional certification in Laser Surgery.

While practicing medicine in North Carolina, she spent the next several years honing her skills in internal medicine and surgery, working with a wide variety of dogs and cats in various stages of health. During this time, she also broadened her expertise in a variety of exotic pets, including small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

While Dr. Layman enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she holds special interests and expertise in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, preventive medicine, and behavior issues. She also has a keen understanding of the necessity for nurturing the human-animal bond through open communication and enjoys sharing this knowledge with her patients and their owners.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Layman enjoys spending time with her husband and their young son, a cat named Briggs, and a cattle dog named Banjo. Her favorite activities include biking, hiking, and relaxing next to a snuggly cat with a good book.

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Dr. Don Zehr

Founder

Dr. Zehr is a 1990 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He did undergraduate work at Eastern Mennonite University for two years, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Avian Science at the University of Florida in 1984.

In Baton Rouge, Dr. Zehr did two years of Master’s research developing vaccines and bacterins before entering veterinary school in 1986.

Dr. Zehr and his wife, Heidi, moved to Hendersonville in 1990 and bought this hospital in 1994. He loves the variety of general practice and especially enjoys surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, and dermatology.

Dr. Zehr is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Zehr and his wife, Heidi, have been married for over 35 years and have three great kids: one Wolfpack graduate, one UNC Tarheel graduate, and one Erskine Flying Fleet graduate. They have two dogs, Winston and Woody, and a cat named Jenga. They enjoy tennis, kayaking, fishing, and traveling.

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Dr. Lara Anderson-Bailey

Veterinarian

Dr. Lara Anderson-Bailey grew up in Franklin, NC and dreamed of becoming a small animal veterinarian since she was 7 years old. By 9 years old, she knew she would attend NC State University for her education – where she graduated in 2008 with two degrees in Zoology and Biological Sciences and as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

After graduation, Dr. Lara enjoyed practicing in Upstate SC for almost 10 years but longed to return to the beauty and community of Western NC. She has lived in Hendersonville for over 8 years and is excited to join the Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital team! She looks forward to serving her friends/neighbors and giving back to the amazing town that she calls home.

Dr. Lara loves all aspects of small animal medicine and has a particular passion for challenging internal medicine cases in dogs/cats and “nervous-at-the-vet” feline patients. She also has an interest in hospice and end-of-life care – Dr. Lara knows that aging in our pets can be difficult but she strives to support her clients with care and compassion to ensure their pets are taken care of with grace and love.

When she’s not loving on her patients, Dr. Lara enjoys snuggling her two Golden Retrievers (Milly and Betty), her little geriatric Cairn terrier mix (Molly), and her silly black cat (Betelgeuse, a.k.a. “Beetle”). She loves to garden and try out new recipes/cooking techniques. She also enjoys playing board games and making music with her mechanical engineer husband (Josh).

Staff

Amy

Amy

Practice Manager

Amy joined the team after supervising in the public school system for seven years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University in May of 1997 and previously worked for Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in 2003/2004.

Amy is excited to be back in the veterinary field and enjoys working with such a great team of veterinarians and staff. She shares her home with her husband, two children, and two dogs, Piper and Snoop.

Christine

Christine

Client Service Representative

Christine has been with Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital since 1997. She thinks the best part of her job is being able to work closely with clients and being able to thoroughly understand their concerns about their pets.

During her years at Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital, she has been able to watch pets grow from six weeks to their senior years. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and her dogs, Rocco and Shadow.

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Kourtney

Client Service Representative

Kourtney has been with Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital for almost 14 years. She really enjoys helping and interacting with clients and getting to see our patients grow through the years.

In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors working in her yard. She shares her home with her husband, son, two dogs (Thomas and Loki), and two cats (Freya and Evie).

Isabella

Isabella

Registered Veterinary Technician

Isabella has been in the veterinary field for four years. She is a graduate of the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Asheville Buncombe Technical College and recently became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has now worked in veterinary medicine for two years.

She enjoys providing quality patient care and being involved in surgical and dental procedures. She enjoys fostering animals, cooking, gardening, and hanging out with friends and family in her free time. She has two cats, Odom and Versace.

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Emily

Technician Assistant

Emily has been working with veterinarians for over three years. She has always been passionate about animals and medicine. She worked as a paramedic prior to joining the veterinary industry, so she feels blessed to have found something that combines two of her loves! She enjoys running, hiking, golf, and spending time with her family and friends. She is a self-proclaimed “gym rat!” Emily has the sweetest pit bull mix named Bayonet.

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Maddie

Technician Assistant

Maddie came to Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital with over 12 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She is an amazing caregiver and has been through very fast-paced and extensive training in this field. Her skills and concern for our patients are superb. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and creating art.

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Emmett

Technician Assistant

Emmett has worked in general and emergency veterinary medicine for over three years and will soon be on the path to earning his Registered Veterinary Technician license. His calm demeanor is a great quality to have when dealing with situations that can be stressful for our patients. He loves helping animals and learning something new every day. He has a cat named Peaches, and when he isn’t at work, you will likely find him in the gym or hiking the mountains of WNC.

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Katie

Assistant/Kennel Assistant

Katie joined the Hendersonville Veterinary team in May of 2024. She has experience working with labor and delivery of puppies, and she is certified in Phlebotomy. She enjoys meeting new clients and getting to know them while helping their pets. She also loves that she is constantly learning new things and says there is never a dull moment around here. She shares her home with her amazing parents, her Quaker parrot, 2 dogs, and her Lo Siklie Bantam Chickens. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, gardening, dog training/grooming and spending time with her boyfriend.