About

Neuse River Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve Wendell, NC and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.

We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at (919) 365-9001 . Thank you!
Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-5:30PM

Our Team

Get to know us!

Dr. Connie Jones – Owner

Dr. Connie Jones graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989. She practiced in California and Missouri before settling in North Carolina. Dr. Jones joined Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in February 2007 practicing in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Jones purchased the small animal practice from Dr. Jim Meyer and Dr. Bob Meyer in June 2010. She has over 34 years of experience in veterinarian care as well as owning and running a veterinary hospital.

Dr. Jones lives in Wendell with her husband, Sam, and son, Spencer. For enjoyment, Dr. Jones raises, shows and participates in field work with her many Jack Russell Terriers.

Dr. Karina Ballester

Dr. Karina Ballester grew up surrounded by beloved family dogs and cats in Puerto Rico which sparked her interest in small animal veterinary medicine. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota and from North Carolina State University.

She brings to our team over 14 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian. Dr. Ballester enjoys internal medicine, senior pet care, dentistry, and being able to help new generations of veterinarians develop additional skills and build confidence in their practice. But mostly loves being able to build trusting, caring life-long relationships with pets and their families.

Dr. Ballester lives in Raleigh North Carolina with her husband Walter. They have 4 pets: “India” (a lovable senior female basset hound mix), “Carmen” (an energetic female pit bull terrier who is full of wiggles and kisses), “Rosa Linda” (a very opinionated, but also extremely loving 2-year-old female chihuahua), and “Pito Pío” (whose official name is Che but he has had many nicknames throughout the years and this is his family’s current favorite name for him) an extremely clingy and lovable male, grey tabby cat.

During their free time, Dr. Ballester and her husband enjoy traveling, especially exploring new cultures and cuisines. They have been known to travel just to try exotic foods. They also enjoy working out together and she loves to paint. Dr. Ballester is looking forward to meeting you and helping you keep your pets healthy!

Kim Murray – Hospital Administrator

Kim brings over 20 years of managerial experience with her. She joined Neuse River in 2006. When Dr. Connie Jones purchased Neuse River in 2010 Kim was delighted to continue to work with Dr. Connie. Kim enjoys working with our doctors and staff to ensure your companion animal and you receive complete and courteous care. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact Kim she will be happy to assist you kim@neuserivervets.com.
For pleasure and enjoyment Kim loves spending time with her family and taking trips to the beach.

Pawsitively Happy: What Our Clients Have to Say!

Dr. Connie is a very compassionate, kind, and extremely knowledgeable veterinarian. We drive an hour for all our visits and it is well worth it, I would not take my dog anywhere else.

Susan C.

Pawsitively Happy: What Our Clients Have to Say!

I drive all the way from SC to go to this vet. Everyone is so personable and friendly. They don’t take advantage of you and only do what is absolutely necessary. They are always really quick and I tend to talk to others outside while I wait. I have been taking my dogs here for years and I absolutely love this vet. I can’t wait for the new addition to open up.

Ms. Best

Pawsitively Happy: What Our Clients Have to Say!

If you want excellent care for your fur family members, Dr. Connie is the best vet I know. She has taken care of my pets for years. You will get excellent care for your pets here.

William F.