Our Staff

We have a friendly staff and great veterinarians to meet the needs of all your furry family members. Providing them with the best health care is our mission, and doing so with compassion and the highest level of expertise is our goal each and every day.

Melanie PrestonMelanie Preston, DVM

Dr. Melanie Preston joined Knightdale Animal Hospital in November 2015. She developed a joy for animals at an early age growing up in rural Virginia where she helped her family work with their small cow-calf herd as well as a backyard chicken flock and the family dogs and cats. She moved to North Carolina to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Meredith College graduating in 2004. After working in RTP for several years, she returned to academics and earned her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2012. She has previously worked in rural mixed animal practice prior to moving back to the Triangle to be close to family and friends. Her special veterinary interests include preventative care and internal medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Preston enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, their dog, Tsul, and their three cats, Hope, Sal, and Hitch. She enjoys walking the greenways, reading, visits to the lake (jet skiing is the best!) and will even sneak a trip in to Virginia every now and again to go fishing with her dad.

Dr. ErtelMiranda Ertel, DVM

Miranda was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where she first started in the veterinary field as a Vet Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Canisius College and in 2006, moved to North Carolina to attend North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 and has been a hard working veterinarian ever since.

She shares her home with four loving dogs that she adopted from various NC County shelters while in Vet School and is fostering 2 American Bulldogs. Her horse made the long journey in 2006 with her from Buffalo in search of (and found) greener pastures. When not practicing veterinary medicine, she really enjoys horseback riding, spending time outside with her furry children, walking, hiking the mountains, paddle-boarding and socializing with fellow animal enthusiasts.

Laura, Practice Manager 

Laura recently moved to North Carolina from Pittsburgh, PA. She attended The Community College of Allegheny County for a business degree, then shortly after attended the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh, where she earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology and became a licensed vet tech. Since then, Laura has been an ‘ Emergency Vet Tech/Supervisor’ for seven years before starting to work with Vets Pets here in North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her two miniature dachshunds “Prince and Cinnamon”, spending time with family, and painting.

CindyCindy, Veterinary Assistant

Cindy has 3 grown children, 5 granddaughters, 3 cats and a tank full of fish. She has been working in the veterinary field for 35 years as an assistant and enjoys going to the beach, fishing and riding motorcycles with her husband in her spare time. Cindy is originally from New Jersey but has been in North Carolina for the past 11 years and loves it!

SimonSimon, Veterinary Assistant

Simon was born and grew up in Portsmouth, England. In England, Simon worked within the small animal field for 12 years and went on to study Animal Management at the University of Portsmouth, gaining a Bachelor of Science degree. Simon moved to the United States in 2013 after meeting his wife, Georgia, and shares a home with his two lovely cats, Steve and Lola. He enjoys watching football (soccer), his favorite team being Portsmouth FC, building Lego, reading and playing darts.

CheyenneCheyenne, Veterinary Assistant

Cheyenne is a 2015 Alumna from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Johnston County, NC. She currently attends North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is due to graduate with Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. She enjoyed playing fast pitch softball (even with Meredith College) and now plays slow pitch when she has the time. She looks forward to seeing your pets and helping to provide the best care possible all while learning the tricks of the trade.

CaseyCasey, Receptionist

Casey was born and raised in Wendell, NC and lives in Corinth holders with my husband and her two children. They have a dog named Teagan and 3 cats, Chloe, Biskit and Bagel. Also, she has a farm! Her farm holds a coup full of about 50 chickens. She enjoys relaxing, fishing, and spending quality time with her family.

Kary, Receptionist

Kary is a mother of three wonderful children and three fantastic fur babies. She has a dog named “Leo” and two cats “Sophie” and “K.C.”  Kary and her husband relocated our family to the Clayton, NC area in August 2015.  In October 2015 she joined the Vets Pets team at Knightdale Animal Hospital where she really enjoys being able to work with animals and people. She is a big kid at heart so spending time outside hiking, biking, or playing in the water is a fun day to her. Kary loves relaxing and hanging out with her husband Justin and ALL six of her children. Her home is like a zoo and she wouldn’t have it any other way.