Our Mission at Hope Animal Hospital is to offer state of the art, quality veterinary services with a personal touch for you and your pet.

Our commitment to you, our client, is to provide your pet with the same compassionate and professional medical care we would provide for our own pets. We will work to provide the necessary information and resources to help you make an educated decision about your pet’s health. We want you to understand your pet’s health problems and feel comfortable with choosing their treatment options.

Our commitment to your pet is to educate you as the pet owner, about the care your pet needs to keep them healthy and to prevent health problems that may affect them in the future. We will care for, and treat your pet in a loving manner while making every effort to ease any pain or suffering. We promise to provide your pet with the warm and compassionate care they deserve.

The word “Hope” means several things to us… but for you and your pet, we want it to mean hope for a healthy life and hope for quality of life.

About Our Practice

Hope Animal Hospital was established in June 2009 by Dr. Deanna Moseley Lawrence, a 1999 graduate of NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. It was named in honor of her beloved 3-legged Labrador Retriever, “Hope”. Located in Shelby, NC, we are a full service small animal hospital. 

Dr. Deanna Moseley Lawrence, DVM
Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 21

Education: 
North Carolina State University, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

“Dr. Dee” opened Hope Animal Hospital in June 2009.  She has called Cleveland County home since moving here in June 2000.  As an associate at Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital until 2006 and as the sole proprietor of Moseley Mobile Veterinary Care from 2006 until 2009, Dr. Lawrence has served the county and grown to love its residents and their pets.  She currently is a member of the Cleveland County Public Health Board, President of Hope’s Chest Inc., and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.

Dr. Lawrence currently lives in Fallston, NC with her wonderful husband Mike and has two beautiful stepdaughters, Pam and Riley, a son-in-law, Eric, AND 3 grandchildren, Ayden, Kaylee, and Jase.  They also have a house FULL of dogs (aka “The Misfit Gang”).

Family and friends, along with her commitment to Hope Animal Hospital and her non-profit, Hope’s Chest, add to the blessings that God has given her over the years.  Her love for animals is based on knowing that they are truly God’s creation and it is our job to love and care for them.

Interests:
Camping, fishing, ATV trail riding, travelling and embarking on “new adventures” with her family. 

Dr. Jason Habel, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 19

Education:  
North Carolina State University, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Originally from Ohio, Dr. Habel has called North Carolina home since moving here in 1986.  He received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!!) before attending Veterinary School at NC State University.  He has worked as an associate veterinarian in Charlotte and Gastonia before coming to Hope Animal Hospital in 2019.

Dr. Habel lives in Kings Mountain with his wife Zennie and three children, Ansley, Chance, and Elliot.  They share their home with a crazy (now lazy) pug Taz and their three-legged cat Lizzy.

Interests: 
Anything outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, obstacle course racing and family game time.

Erin Sikes
Registered Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice:  20

Education: 
Gaston College Veterinary Technician Program, AAS

Interests: 
Gardening, reading, spending time with her family and pets.

Erin grew up in Lincoln County, North Carolina. After graduating from Gaston College in 2000, she began working as a veterinary technician at Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital. In March of 2009, Erin started working for Dr. Lawrence during the construction of Hope Animal Hospital 2009.  And the rest is history :).

Erin and her son Ashton live in Cleveland County along with their many fur-babies.

Amanda Carpenter
Registered Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice:  20

Education: 
Gaston College Veterinary Technician Program, AAS.  Trained in Medical Transcription, Clemson University. Certified in Cattle/Herd Artificial Insemination.

Interests: 
Spending time with family, travelling to junior shows and fairs with Cheyenne and Savannah and Dakota showing their cows – something both Amanda and Justin grew up doing.

Amanda grew up in Lattimore in Cleveland County on a family-owned farm where she still lives. She is married to her husband Justin and together they have three beautiful daughters who are the light of their life – Cheyenne, Savannah and Dakota. Together they own Diamond C Cattle Company. It is never boring on their farm where they raise registered Hereford cattle. They also have chickens, ducks and of course dogs and cats along with anything else Cheyenne, Savannah, or Dakota convince them to get.

Amanda joined Hope Animal Hospital in January 2011.

Kristen Hurdt
Veterinary Technician (State Accreditation Pending)

Kristen grew up in the Navy bouncing from town to town. She now calls Shelby home.  She lives with her husband Joseph and their fur children Gabby the best puppy ever and their 2 cats Aero and Stryker

Kristen graduated with her BS in Animal Science from NCSU in 2013 and is currently pursuing her Registered Veterinary Technician certification.  She has worked in many veterinary hospitals over the years while in school and once she came back to Cleveland County.  She joined Hope Animal Hospital in November 2014 as a receptionist but has since become part of our veterinary technician team.  She has lots of experience as well as a heart of gold that she gives 100% of to her patients at Hope Animal Hospital.  Kristen is also a board member and active volunteer for Hope’s Chest, Inc. since 2018.

Years in Practice: 12

Education:

Penn Foster Veterinary Technology Program — Completed Program/Pending State Accreditation

North Carolina State University, BS Animal Science and Cooperative Extension Education with a Minor in Marketing in 2013, CCC, Associates in Liberal Arts in Sign Language and Biology.

Interests:

Travelling and going on new adventures whenever possible, hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, kayaking, and being crew chief for husband’s hot air balloon Suncatcher when Mother Nature permits.

Paige Osborne
Registered Veterinary Technician

Years In Practice:  6

Education:
Gaston College Veterinary Technology Program, AAS in 2017

Paige joined Hope Animal Hospital in 2020.  She has been in the veterinary field since 2015.  She lives with her husband and their 2 dogs: Comet and Ellie.  She enjoys travelling and riding her horses.  When she is not at work, you will catch her teaching fitness classes.  She is excited to be a part of our team and can’t wait to meet all of our clients and their pets.

Interests: 

Riding horses, teaching fitness and travelling. 

Anita Weaver
Client Service Representative

Years In Practice: 21

Education: 
The “School of Hard Knocks”

Interests: 
Spending time with family and friends, taking care of her mother, gardening, giving/caring for others

Anita is a loving follower of Christ. She has been married to the love of her life, Jimmy, since 2005. She has 3 human children, sons – James and A.J., and a stepdaughter – Keri, along with her dog Bridgett. She inherited her love for animals from her father, who passed away in November 2014. She absolutely loves animals for they love one unconditionally.

Anita has worked in the veterinary field for many years. She worked at Cottonwood Animal Hospital for 6 years with Dr. Lawrence as a veterinary assistant.  In 2006, she became the shelter manager for the Cleveland County Humane Society and helped care for the animals at their shelter.  In July 2009, Anita became a part of the team at Hope Animal Hospital, first as a veterinary assistant and now as a client service representative. 

Brittany Lesmeister
Client Service Representative

Years In Practice: 3

Brittany moved to Cleveland County from Chicago, IL when she was 10 years old.  Her love for animals started at a young age.  This passion helped steer her into a career where she could help care for them.  She started as a client of Hope Animal Hospital with her “herd” of fur-babies and is now a part of our team.  She loves helping people and helping care for their pets.  

Ellie “The Princess”
Special Office Helper

Years in Practice:
10

Interests:

Hiding in her cat condo, being an introvert, eating, sleeping, meowing for her treats, being “The Queen” 🙂

Ups “The Joker”
Special Office Helper

Years in Practice:
11

Interests:
Commanding attention at all times, begging for treats, holding down the fort and being the boss of everyone at Hope Animal Hospital.  He also likes to teach the “newbies” that come thru Hope’s Chest how to be a true cat.