Hello, I’m Dr. Michael Ward, the youngest of six children, born in southern New Jersey where I aspired to be a “Rodeo Star” and a veterinarian. Upon graduating from high school I moved to the Cowboy state of Wyoming to start college and to learn more about rodeo. After several bruises and broken bones I decided that I would rather study hard and admit animals to the hospital instead of them putting me in there. Then I moved to the “Big Sky” country of Montana to get serious about my veterinary studies at Montana State University. In 1994, an opportunity arose to transfer to North Carolina State University to complete my studies. I took it and I have never looked back. I met my lovely wife, Kathy, who is also a veterinarian, while attending NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and I graduated in 2000.
After graduation I moved to Johnston County and I worked as a mixed animal veterinarian for the next eight years. In May of 2008, my family of four including Kathy, Brier, Ellie and I, drove to Alaska. I was privileged to work for the summer with sled dogs, reindeer, bears and musk ox and also to enjoy the wonderful sights that Alaska has to offer. This adventure has allowed me and my wife to come closer to our goal of “50 by 50.” “50 by 50” means we want to travel to all 50 states by the time we are 50 years old. Feel free to come in and ask me which states we are missing!
Along with being a veterinarian I am the principle, maintenance coordinator and one of the custodians of our school. My wife does all of the schooling but I help with periodic discipline and I try to keep our school clean and running well. Home school is great for us and allows us to travel, learn and do field trips together as a family.
I enjoy participating in Boy Scout adventures with my son, and helping and watching my daughter ride our horse Duncan. Also, we all enjoy 4-H. My hobbies include traveling with my family, backyard farming (I call this “diesel therapy”) and the outdoors. My interest in chickens began as a child and I still proudly display the Cape May County 4-H Fair Best Egg Award which I won in 1986.
We purchased Johnston Animal Hospital in February 2009 from Dr. Booker, the founder and long-time great veterinarian of Johnston County. I am serious about preventative health care and I believe in open communication with my clients about their pets. I enjoy challenging and complicated surgeries and difficult medical cases. I have fun meeting new people and talking to long-time friends during their appointments. Stop by to say hello, get a tour and see some interesting “Rodeo Star” pictures.
One last thing… People always say, “You must have a lot of pets since you are a vet!” In our home we have a Boykin Spaniel named Chara, a black medium- haired kitty named Emberpaw and a collection of pocket pets and fish my children have obtained. On our farm we have a horse named Duncan, some cows, chickens, a periodic pig and a kennel of Foxhounds. Now you know what this vet has!
Hi, I’m Dr. Kathy Ward, Dr. Michael Ward’s wife and the inventory manager of Johnston Animal Hospital. I was born & raised in Northeastern North Carolina in the town of Ahoskie. My educational background includes an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College, a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from NC State & a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I have worked as a private practice veterinarian and as an anatomy professor at the veterinary school. These jobs were enjoyable, but my best career move was becoming a stay-at-home Mom when our son, Brier, was born. Brier and our daughter, Ellie, are true blessings from God! Our 4-legged child is a geriatric Lab Mix named Grace who was adopted from the shelter.
We are a homeschooling family. I love to teach! After enjoying several years of training as a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship, my favorite thing to teach is the Bible. Other hobbies I enjoy are traveling, reading, gardening, raising laying chickens & picture framing. I owned & operated my own frame shop, Tranquility Framing. In 2008 our family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. While Dr. Ward worked his summer vet job the kids & I did a hands-on unit study of AK. When Dr. Ward was off we drove, hiked & camped our way around the largest state in the US. It was a grand adventure! I am a firm believer in the saying, “If you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there.” I have several life goals. One of my goals is to have an organic beef farm. Another is to raise awareness of orphans and foster children. Also Dr. Ward & I share a goal of “50 by 50.” We want to travel to all 50 states by the time we are 50 years old. Currently he’s in the lead. Be sure to suggest to him that he plans a family trip to Rhode Island so I can catch up!
Dr. Potter is a native of East Tennessee, where he attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organic Chemistry. Upon graduation he was active duty service and achieving the rank of Major, Dr. Potter left the military and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2000 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. For the past 19 years Dr. Potter has held positions as Associate Veterinarian, Managing Veterinarian, and Relief Veterinarian in East Tennessee and in the Carolinas. Dr. Potter lives in Dunn, NC with his wife Mona and their two dogs. He has two adult children, a son Jesse and a daughter Nikki. He enjoys outdoor activities, fishing, motorcycling, the beach, and spending time with his family and pets.
Hello! My name is Ashley Worley. I am originally from Florida, but have lived most of my life in Johnston County, NC. My husband, Jake, and I currently live in Angier, NC with our Australian Cattle Dog named Hank. I have always had a passion for helping animals, so I decided to turn my passion into a career by becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.
I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Central Carolina Community College. In May 2010, I began an internship at Johnston Animal Hospital and joined the team full time later that year. I completed the national and state exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in February 2011. Preventative care, client education and dental health have become my favorite topics in veterinary medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy taking Hank for walks at a park, relaxing at the beach and attending concerts with my husband and friends.
Bilingual Team Member
Ryan – Technician Assistant
Hi. my name Ryan Allen. I joined the Johnston Animal Hospital Team October of 2017. I was born and raised just outside of Greenville, NC. I graduated in 2012 from NC State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. I enjoy things to do with nutrition, ecology and behavior when it comes to animals and always happy to learn new things on those subjects. I have worked with a variety on animal species in both veterinary and retail environments since graduating. I have also kept various species of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and fish over the years. I live in Raleigh with my son Harvey and girlfriend Kiera. We have 2 dogs (Ophelia and Frankie) and 1 cat (Savvy). We are members of the North Carolina Zoological Society and enjoy going to the different parks and also going for family walks around the Raleigh area.
Megan – Crossed Trained
Hi! My name is Megan. I joined Johnston Animal Hospital July 2018. I have a Siberian Husky named Ellie and a Siamese cat named Belle. I am currently attending Campbell University where I major in biology and minor in psychology. My dream is to get accepted to the veterinary program at NC State. In my free time, I enjoy going on runs, spending time with my family, and seeing the beautiful world that God has created. I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the Johnston Animal Hospital team. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
Nicole – Head of Client Care
Hello, my name is Nicole Collier. I originally joined the Johnston Animal Hospital team in 2009. I was born and raised in Johnston County. I am a 2004 graduate of North Johnston High School. After graduation, I attended Johnston Community College. I am a homebody, so I did not want to go too far from home. I married my childhood best friend in 2006. We have two beautiful boys named Karson and Lucas who we love dearly. We also have a golden doodle named Moose who thinks he is one of the kids. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to church and sitting on the beach.
Cindy – Client Care
Bilingual Team Member
Hello, my name is Cindy Macias. I joined Johnston Animal Hospital in December 2018. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but I grew up in Johnston county. I come from a large family with six siblings & have always loved our pets, especially our cats & dogs. I graduated from South Johnston High School in 2012 & I’m currently working towards my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration through Johnston Community College.
Lani – Animal Caretaker
Hey y’all! My name is Lani Medlin. I am a new member to the Johnston Animal Hospital as of May 2019. I could not be more excited! I have always had a huge spot in my heart for animals. I live in Smithfield with my two children. My daughter, who is 4 and my son, who is 2. We have a beautiful Australian Shepherd named, Zeena. I have had the amazing privilege for the past 4 years to be a full-time stay at home mama to my babies. While I was a stay at home mom I ran my own pet sitting service. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to start this new journey working with Johnston Animal Hospital. Any spare time I have I spend with my family.
John – Animal Caretaker
Hi, my name is John Fang. I joined the Johnston Animal Hospital Team in July of 2017. I’m very privileged to have the chance to do what I love and spend time getting to know each of the animals that comes into the hospital. I’m currently a student at NC State with the goal to attend State’s veterinary program after my undergraduate studies. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching my dog, Sunshine, new tricks, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with my family
Selena – Animal Caretaker
Bilingual Team Member
Hi, I am Selena. I am a part-time animal caretaker here at JAH. I am happy to be able to work with animals and provide them with the care they deserve and need. I am also eager to spend time with the fur babies that are brought to JAH and learn from the skills and experiences of the team. I have hopes of entering the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Central Carolina Community College and to become a veterinary technician. In my spare time I enjoy playing lots of volleyball, watching movies, or spending my time outdoors.
Alania – Animal Caretaker
Hey guys, I’m Alania and I am super excited to help you at Johnston Animal Hospital. I graduated from Neuse Charter School in 2018 and am currently majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Agricultural Business Management at NC State. Go Pack! After finishing Undergrad, my goal is to attend State’s vet school and specialize in large and small animal medicine. I am originally from West Virginia, but have been living in Smithfield, NC for most of my life. Some of my hobbies include cheering, disc golfing, quilting, and tumbling.