Our Staff

Welcome to Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital! We are a full service veterinary medical facility that provides comprehensive companion animal healthcare. We believe in a partnership between you, our veterinarians, and your pet – a partnership designed to promote optimal health, comfort and longevity.

Our doctors are highly trained medical professionals who practice the science and art of medicine with compassion and understanding for each individual pet. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and preventive companion animal healthcare. Whether your pet has an ear infection or a life-threatening illness, we are here to help.


Dr. Hans BernardHans Bernhard, DVM

Dr. Bernhard is a Raleigh native and he has been a member of the Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital team since completing veterinary school at North Carolina State University in 2005. In 2018, he joined forces with NC based Vets Pets veterinary management group to become a managing partner at Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital. He has a deep passion for client, employee, and patient care. Away from the office, “Dr. B” loves spending time with his husband Mitch and their two children, Eva and Landon – often taking trips to the beach or traveling to visit the nearest baseball park to watch a game. During the winter, he enjoys traveling to the most majestic mountain he can find to go downhill skiing. His personal pets include dogs, Molly & Belle and cats, Myrtle & Stormy.

Dr. Aaron TolhurstAaron Tolhurst, DVM

Dr. Tolhurst is a 2012 graduate of the North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine, where he focused his studies in small animal medicine. His particular interests include preventive medicine and surgery. Prior to attending veterinary school, he received a BS degree in Biology in 2003 from Penn State Erie – The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He moved to North Carolina in 2008 and still misses the snowy Pennsylvania winters. When not at work, Dr. Tolhurst enjoys home improvement projects, relaxing outdoors, and spending time with his wife and their cat named Miles.

Dr. GessnerApril Gessner, DVM

Dr. April Gessner graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her clinical year at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Gessner is passionate about doing veterinary volunteer work in impoverished areas and has volunteered in several countries in Central America, South America, and Asia. While in veterinary school, she started an organization on the island of St. Kitts so that students could gain hands-on experience while also helping the less fortunate with their pets. She was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Ross University for her international volunteer work. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running, camping, and rock climbing. Dr. Gessner resides in Fuquay Varina with her husband (a veterinary radiologist), her amazing daughter, and three cats who she rescued while volunteering to help displaced shelter pets during Hurricane Florence.

AnnAnn Kranz, Practice Manager

Ann joins our team as our Practice Manager. She has over 20 years’ experience in the industry which include working in a hospital setting in Fayetteville, North Carolina and a sales position in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Apex with her husband Nick, their son J.T. and their dog Ceaser. In her spare time, her family enjoys traveling, camping and concerts. She recently received her MBA this past May from Fayetteville State University.

LexiLexi, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Lexi has always had a passion for animals growing up, and has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was six years old. She recently graduated with an Animal Science degree with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience from North Carolina State University. She hopes to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State in the near future. She joined our staff in October and is excited to gain more knowledge and experience about the career path she wishes to pursue.

FeliciaFelicia, Veterinary Assistant

Felicia began working for Holly Springs Vet in September of 2018. She is originally from Goldsboro, NC and a recent graduate of Miller-Motte College Veterinary Technology Program. She plans to take the VTNE in March, 2019 in order to become Registered. She is a proud mother of three and plans to become the mother to a fur baby in the near future.

JohnJohn, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in Holly Springs, John is a senior at North Carolina State University and will be graduating in the Fall of 2019 with a degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience. He hopes to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in the coming years and would like to focus on small animal medicine. John is also a passionate soccer fan and loves playing and watching the game in his free time, as well as spending time with his family and girlfriend, who is also studying to be a veterinarian.

PerryPerry, Receptionist

Perry completed high school in 2019. She has always wanted to be a vet and hopes to attend NCSU in order to get her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

AustinAustin, Kennel Manager

Austin, a recent high school graduate from Southern Wake Academy, was born in Orlando, Florida but was raised in Fuquay Varina, NC. He joined HSVH as part of the kennel staff in September of 2016. He has always had a love for animals ever since he can remember. Including taking care of any stray animal that is lucky enough to cross his path in his neighborhood. In his spare time, he loves to go out for a dinner and a movie. He also loves to spend a lot of time with his family and friends.