Our Team

Chris Kelly

Dr. Chris Kelly Veterinarian

Fear Free Certified

Dr. Chris’s interest in veterinary medicine and surgery was sparked by a visit to his childhood pet’s veterinarian. He was intrigued by a display case that contained a collection of household items that had been surgically removed from pets’ intestinal tracts. That, along with his love for pets and wildlife, set his career path in motion. Dr. Chris attended the State University of New York at Delhi where he obtained an associate degree in veterinary science. He then practiced as a registered veterinary technician while he obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science at NC State University. Finally, he obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. This is also where he met his wife, Dr. Jennifer Kelly, while standing in line to purchase textbooks during orientation. Drs. Chris and Jennifer now own Companion Animal Hospital of Wakefield and look forward to continuing Dr. Metz’s legacy.

Dr. Chris has now been in the veterinary profession for over 20 years and continues to enjoy helping people give their pets longer, healthier lives. He enjoys many aspects of the profession including preventive care, internal medicine, and surgery. He has a special passion for advanced training in dental care and oral surgery. Above all, Dr. Chris takes the most pleasure in interacting with pets and seeing the impact they have on their owners’ lives. He takes great pride in educating clients to provide their pets with exceptional care and guiding them toward a brighter future. Dr. Chris is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian to help provide an even more pleasant veterinary experience to his clients and their pets.

When Dr. Chris isn’t working, you’ll likely find him mountain biking or in the garage, working on his bikes for the next ride. He also takes pleasure in hiking, camping, and watching the birds at the backyard feeders with his wife and their five cats.

Learn more about our other team members:

Jennifer Kelly

Dr. Jennifer Kelly


Samantha Albrecht

Dr. Samantha Albrecht


Janet Wahlmeier

Janet W.

Practice Manager

Linda Evans



Meghan Green

Meghan G.


Samantha Sterner

Samantha S.


Zack Owens



Beau Blevins


Veterinary Nurse

Denise Rohr


Veterinary Nurse

Jannett Vences

Jannett V.

Veterinary Nurse

Jenna Janke


Veterinary Nurse

Jocelyn Rodriguez


Veterinary Nurse

Kate Pritchett


Veterinary Nurse

Megan Wencel

Megan W.

Veterinary Nurse

Annie Garcia


Kennel Manager

Janet Naylor

Janet N.

Daycamp Supervisor

Kayla Lindsey


Kennel Tech

Raelin Tippett


Kennel Tech

Sequoria Adams


Kennel Tech