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About Us

At Topsail Animal Hospital, we provide comprehensive health care for your pet.  We operate with two full-time veterinarians and one part-time veterinarian.  We have a small staff, with very little you are likely to see a familiar face every time that you visit our clinic.  Our staff is knowledgeable and can often answer many of the questions that you may have, but if you need to speak to a veterinarian, you may leave a message with our staff, and your phone call will be returned promptly.


Dr. Mitchell K. Barnes, Veterinarian

Mitch Barnes is a graduate of the University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979 and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1984.  He is an avid surfer, kayaker and races Hobie Cats with his wife, Ann.  Dr. Barnes Built this practice in 1985  and has been an active member of the community ever since.  He and Ann share their home with a very active Boykin Spaniel, Santee, and a mischievious parrot named Captain.  Dr. Barnes has a special interest in client education and preventative medicine, particularly in regards to public health.



Dr. Maria Sorg, Veterinarian

Maria Sorg is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 with a BA in Chemistry with Honors.  She completed her undergraduate studies while playing soccer at UNCW.  She received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2002.  Dr. Sorg was born in Wilmington, and began working at Topsail Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in 1991.  She and her husband, Mike, make their home in Hampstead along with their two children, two dogs, and 3 cats.  Dr. Sorg is especially interested in preventative care and caring for the geriatric patient.



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Dr. Jared James, Veterinarian

Dr. James graduated from UNCW in 2014 with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Chemistry. He received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Jared grew up on Topsail Island and enjoys golfing, surfing, paddle boarding, fishing and anything else that can be done on the water. He and his fiance, Katie, reside in Hampstead with their 3 dogs and cat. Dr. James has particular interests in preventative care, surgery, and dentistry. 




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Rachel Miller, Veterinary Assistant   

This is Rachel! Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Wilmington since 2018 and has been with Topsail Animal Hospital since 2019. She has 2 rescue cats - Flynn and Biscuit, and a rescue golden mix - Rosie. While she loves all of the patients she sees, working with senior four-legged friends is her favorite! Other than her job, Rachel’s favorite past times include reading, going to the beach, and traveling!



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Taylor Holden, Veterinary Assistant

Taylor comes from California and has been working with us since 2017. She has one dog named Penca that she and her husband, Steve, rescued from Costa Rica. She has always loved caring for animals and especially enjoys snuggling new puppies that come in for their first visits.



Mikal Burke, Veterinary Technician

This is Mikal! She was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended Veterinary Assisting school at Coastal Carolina CC. Mikal has been on the TAH team since 2019. She enjoys assisting with surgeries specifically dental procedures. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her rescued babies; Lucius, Hagrid, and Jafar. She will be sure to give your pets all the hugs and kisses.


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Isabelle Martin, Veterinary Assistant 

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Haley Angelou, Veterinary Assistant 

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Samantha Eaton, Veterinary Assistant 

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Michael Frame, Veterinary Assistant 

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Camryn Pasquel, Reception 

This is Camryn! Her favorite part of her job is seeing all the new puppies come in for their vaccination appointments and having the privilege of watching them grow between each appointment.


Camryn, pictured with her personal pups, has had dogs all her life. In her spare time, she loves participating in dog sports with her babies such as agility/dock diving and even conformation. Camryn also loves traveling and exploring new places, along with the color pink, and strawberry ice cream! She looks forward to meeting you and your four-legged family member!

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Renee Parker, Reception 

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Teresa Simmons, Reception 

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