Dr. Vicki Soares has had the desire to take care of animals since she was 6 years old. Growing up on a farm exposed her to the life and death of animals causing her to develop an appreciation for the special bond between animals and people. It has been her life goal to keep that bond strong. Practicing good veterinary medicine includes helping people learn how care for their pets which ensures longer, healthier lives.
Dr. Soares graduated from Michigan State University with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
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.
Tabitha joined our practice in February 2013. She has worked in Veterinary Medicine for over 15 years, and has a strong passion for animal welfare. She is currently enrolled in San Juan College to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has strong interests in anesthesiology, surgery, radiology, and wildlife medicine, and is always striving to increase her knowledge and skills in the veterinary field. Tabitha is the OSHA Safety Officer and Radiology Coordinator for Woodsdale. Tabitha lives on a farm in Leasburg with her husband and 2 young sons, as well as her German Shepherd Remi, and cat Red.
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.