Meet The Team Caring For Your Pets

Our team combines expertise, passion, and a genuine love for animals to deliver exceptional care to every patient.

Our Dedicated Doctors

Dr. Carin Beene


Dr. Carin Beene has been working in the veterinary field for over ten years, from general practice to specialty centers and now emergency medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at Marshall University – Go Herd!

She attended North Carolina State University for veterinary school where she was president of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association.

After vet school, she and her husband moved to Swansboro with their 2 dogs and cat Fitzgerald. Since then, Dr. Beene has added a rescue Pomeranian to her household, fallen in love with island hopping, and renovated her home top to bottom. 

Dr. Jade Reppenhagen


Dr. Jade Reppenhagen was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT) from Florida State University (go Noles!) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Florida.

Dr. Rep enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but her primary interests reside in emergency medicine and preventative care. Outside of work, Dr. Rep enjoys spending time in and the water, running, and traveling.

She lives in the area with her fiancé, two dogs (Mako and Mahi), cat (Ollie) and Sulcata tortoise (Carl). 

Dr. Jennifer Tonkin


Dr. Jennifer Tonkin grew up in the hills of West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, and moved to Blacksburg, VA, to attend veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. 

After moving back to West Virginia and working at a small animal and exotics hospital for one year, she decided to move closer to the beach and ended up in New Bern, North Carolina. 

She now lives in New Bern at her “mini farm,” which includes four cats, two dogs, two ducks, two red-eared sliders, and one chinchilla.

Dr. Tonkin’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and feline medicine and surgery. She also enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients that range from dogs and cats to rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, and reptiles/amphibians to pot-bellied pigs and pygmy goats.

Her personal interests include gardening, reading, kayaking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.


Robert Guttroff


Dr Guttroff grew up in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he received a BS in Animal Sciences. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also worked as a graduate research assistant in reproductive toxicology during the four years he was enrolled.

He entered private practice in a mixed animal hospital in central Pennsylvania, where he became a partner.  His duties there included dairy cattle production medicine, small animal medicine and surgery, and equine medicine. In 2012, he moved to eastern North Carolina and worked in small animal general practice for several years.

He and his future business partner, Dr Welsh, saw a local need for high quality small animal emergency services. In 2019, after several years of planning and building, they opened Swansboro Animal Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center. He has further developed a career long interest in small animal orthopedic surgery, and now spends much of his time offering these services.

He and his wife of 32 years, Carolyn, live locally with their dogs, cats, and horses. Outside of veterinary medicine, he enjoys outdoor activities, and building and restoration projects.