Our Staff

Dr. David Hudson, DVMDr. David Hudson, DVM A Union County native, Dr. Hudson began practicing veterinary medicine in his home town after college. He opened Sun Valley Animal Hospital in 1990 with a staff of two, in what used to be a rural area. He attended North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and then continued his education at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine , receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hudson and his wife, Gina have 2 children: Kali and Tate. His hobbies include biking, snow skiing, fishing, sailing and boating. At home he also has three wonderful furry children: Gracie Lou, a Shih Tzu Mix, Dixie, a mixed breed and Rilo, a chihuahua.
Dr. Patrick Barker, DVMDr. Patrick Barker, DVM Dr. Barker graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in 1998 and has been practicing with Sun Valley Animal Hospital since 1999. Prior to veterinary school, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. Dr. Barker grew up in Shelby, North Carolina, and currently resides in the Charlotte region with his wife, Kimberly, and his daughter Trudi. He has several dogs that live on the family farm. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and North Carolina Tarheels, partaking in the thrills of fantasy football, running, hiking, water sports, and traveling.
Dr. Heather Christenberry, DVMDr. Heather Christenberry, DVM Prior to graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in 2004, Dr. Christenberry earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Animal Science and Poultry Science from NCSU. Before arriving at Sun Valley Animal Hospital in June of 2009, she practiced both large and small animal medicine in Taylorsville NC. Dr. Christenberry is originally from Apex NC, and currently resides in Iredell County with her daughter and their chocolate labrador, Lucas.
DrBechardphoto-2Dr. Bechard, DVM Dr. Bechard is a Greensboro, NC native and attended Appalachian State University and UNC-Greensboro for undergraduate studies, earning and undergraduate degree in biology in 2006. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she was accepted into an internship program at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte and upon completion worked as an emergency veterinarian there for four years. She joined the team at Sun Valley Animal Hospital In May 2015. Dr. Bechard and her husband currently live in Wesley Chapel with their sons and dog. In her free time Dr. Bechard enjoys spending time with her family, listening to a variety of music, watching sports (especially the Tarheels!), traveling, reading, and being outdoors.
Technical Staff Dana Bonenberger, Jennifer Williams, Crystal Szabo (seated from left) Beverly Williams, Michele Oliver, Loretta Clontz (standing from left)
Reception StaffReception Staff Angie Campbell, Diane Engels, Becky Taylor (seated from left). Gina Hudson, Cami Ancrum, Lori Bond, Jennifer Williams (top from left)


If you’re looking for a Veteranarian, you can stop now.

You’ve just found the best! I have 4 cats, ages 7 – 18 years of age, and have been coming to SVAH since the early 2000’s. I have the highest regard for Drs. Hudson, Barker, Romero and Christenberry. My “babies” have seen each Doctor at one time or another. All are professional, friendly, thorough, informative and inspire confidence. Never have I ever felt pressured to pursue particular tests or therapies. I have always been given pertinent information and appropriate options. They provide exceptional services at affordable prices (especially important when you have multiple pets!).

Last but not least, let me say a few words about the staff. Equally as important as the Doctors, they are the first people you meet upon your arrival and the last upon your exit. They set the tone for your entire experience. No matter how good the practice may be, if you don’t feel welcome/comfortable, will you return? I think not. One thing I find truly impressive, is getting a follow-up phone call the next day inquiring about the welfare of my pet. (Even my “people” Drs’ office staff doesn’t do that).

A special Shout-Out to Diane, Lori and Becky whom I see most often! Always friendly, you can even “hear” the smile on the phone. Helpful, caring, kind and professional. A real pleasure doing business with them. Also not to be forgotten – all the techs, Beverly being one, they too provide exceptional service. I highly recommend SVAH…The very best in animal health-care!”

D. Woloszynek

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