Dr. Sarah Smith grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her adventurous spirit took her to Farmville, Virginia where she practiced high quality medicine with a small town feel.. After working several years in rural practice she moved to Greenville North Carolina where she meet her husband which prompted yet another move to Raleigh. After practicing several years as an associate veterinarian Dr. Smith is excited to join the Roxboro community has the new owner of Woodsdale Animal Hospital.
Dr. Smith loves building relationships with pets and their owners. She prides herself in offering complete health care and taking the time to explain medical concerns to all clients. Always seeking a new challenge, Dr. Smith has spent additional time diversifying her skills in ultrasound, dentistry and surgery.
When she is not at the office, Dr. Smith enjoys exploring new restaurants and catching a show at DPAC. She is starting to reconnect with her artistic side. You might spot her at a wine and design.
We invite you to meet Dr. Smith at your next visit to Woodsdale Animal Hospital and welcome her to the family.
Dr. Karen Purcell was born and educated in Troy, NY. She obtained her Bachelor's in Biology Magna cum laude from Pace University, Pleasantville Campus. She then spent a year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working on a masters in molecular biology, as librarian at WRPI, the campus radio station, and in the box office at RPI Players. She graduated with the Class of '92 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, the only veterinary school in the United States with a theatre troupe.
Dr. Purcell has worked as an associate veterinarian in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and North Carolina. In 1996, she spent her spare time writing her first book, Essentials of Ferrets: A Guide for Practitioners for AAHA Press. After spending her entire life in the Northeast, she is adjusting to the move south. After 2 years helping out at Woodsdale Animal Hospital, she is now a permanent addition to our team.
Dr. Purcell currently lives with her husband Denis, 1 golden retriever and 4 cats. When she is not working with animals, she spends her time reading or running science fiction conventions.
Courtney J.Practice Manager
Courtney has been a member of the Woodsdale team since September of 2012. She has an interest in animal health and welfare across the board. She has had many experiences that have helped her gain knowledge in many different fields of animal health. She traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2015 to study exotic animals through the Eco-life organization. She is a recent NC State graduate with a B.S. degree in Poultry Science and minors in both Animal Science and Biological Sciences. Courtney is currently pursuing Veterinary School. She has a Beagle who she adopted after falling in love with her during her recovery at Woodsdale in 2013 as well as a Boxer. Outside of work and studies, she enjoys spending summer days outdoors and on the lake!
Tiffany joined our team because of her love of animals. She has been with us since September 2012 and enjoys keeping the pets happy and comfortable. She is originally from Texas and now lives on a farm in Rougemont with her husband and young son as well as their goats, chickens, horses, cats, and dogs.
Brittany C.Veterinary Assistant
Brittany C. joined our team in July 2014 after graduating from N.C. State with a degree in Animal Science. She is from Roxboro and loves animals. She currently shares her home with 7 cats. Brittany is a vital team member, and can be seen in all areas of the hospital, working as a Receptionist, Kennel Attendant and Veterinary Assistant.
Beverly has been with our practice since 2011. Beverly is one of our receptionists, and is also our Billing and Accounts Receivable Specialist. She keeps the front desk organized and running smoothly. She enjoys meeting new people and pets, and loves to make people laugh. There is never a dull moment when Beverly is here! She has a Dachshund named Otis, a cat named Walker, a granddaughter named Kinsley, and enjoys stock car racing and going to the beach.
Brittany W.Veterinary Assistant
Brittany W. joined our team as part of our Kennel staff in June 2015. Brittany graduated NC State University in 2017 with a degree in Animal Science. She is currently pursuing a Nursing degree. Brittany has 2 dogs and 5 cats. In her free time, Brittany enjoys selling Mary Kay Cosmetics, riding horses, and spending time with her friends.