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. He’s been a member of the Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital team since completing veterinary school at North Carolina State University in 2005. He has a deep passion for patient care and a particular professional interest in internal medicine, dermatology, and endocrinology. Away from the office, “Dr. B” loves spending time with his family – often taking trips to the beach or traveling to visit the nearest baseball park to watch a game. During the winter, you may find him out West skiing down a black diamond run. His children, Eva & Landon can occasionally be seen at the office helping him check in on patients. His personal pet is a cat, Myrtle.

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.

BeckyBecky, Practice Manager/Veterinary Technician

Becky was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida, and moved to Fuquay-Varina, NC in 1988 with her family.  She joined the HSVH family in 2013 as the Patient Care Coordinator and became the friendly voice and familiar face that you often heard or saw.  She was given the opportunity to move over as a Veterinary Technician and eventually added Practice Manager to her role.  She always has had a love for animals from the very first pet she could remember, Bennie, at the age of two. MANY pets later, she now shares her home with her loving husband, Colin, of almost 20 years. Two excitable dachshunds (Suzie, and Pepper) and three playful cats (Georgia Honey, Parker, and Salem). In her private time, Becky enjoys traveling with her husband, relaxing with a good book or spending quality time hanging out with friends and family.


Becky is a lifetime North Carolina native and has been with HSVH since 2013, but at HSVH she is known as BC! She is a recently Registered Veterinary Technician, and graduated with honors from Central Carolina Community college with a degree, in Veterinary Medical Technology. BC has a rambunctious Japanese Bobtail, Monroe, as well as two dogs named Bart and Rusty. When she is not at work, kayaking and traveling are some of her favorite things to do.

Olivia, RVT

Olivia moved to Raleigh from Naples, Florida. She Studied Business Management and Veterinary Technology and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician with the state of North Carolina. She is passionate about animal welfare. She was a surgical technician at Duke University and taught medical residences a mechanism of new surgery techniques.

Olivia also worked on the first ever human hand transplant team with Dr. Linda Cendales. In her free time she loves to run and go on new adventures with her two wonderful kids. She is grateful for all the knowledge she has learned from past jobs and can’t wait to bring that knowledge to our patients here at HSVH.

Chris, Veterinary Assistant

Chris was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. After high school he lived in New Hampshire and Maryland. Chris started volunteering at the Durham County Animal Shelter in high school and continued volunteering at shelters and working in kennels wherever he went. He worked as a veterinary assistant at an emergency clinic in Maryland, as well as North Carolina.  It was then he knew he wanted to work with animals.

Chris moved back to North Carolina in 2013 to attend school and be closer to family. He currently lives in Chapel Hill with a very large dog named Daedra and 3 cats named Emily, Katie and Zoey. In his off time he enjoys reading, building computers and trail riding with his horse Rohan.

Ana, Veterinary Assistant

Ana was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. While living there she worked as a Senior MSC Supervisor and also volunteered for three years at The New York Aquarium’s Animal Department for 3 years starting in 1998.  In 2011, she and her family moved to Fuquay-Varina. Before coming to HSVH, Ana was a substitute teacher with Wake County Schools. When not at work, Ana enjoys spending time with her two children (Danielle & Zack), three cats (Mater, Jasmine & Stevie), dog (Daisy) and her husband, Jeff, of 22 years.

LexiLexi, Patient Care Coordinator

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

Emily, Groomer

A North Carolina native, born and raised in Apex, is our newest member to the HSVH family/team.  She has always had a love for animals from a very young age.  So much so, she began grooming six years ago in Holly Springs, and has brought her knowledge and know how here for your pleasure.

She married the love of her life, Russell, and moved to Hawaii where she continued to pursue her love of grooming for three years.  In her spare time, Emily enjoys the lake/beach, camping, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Kristyn, Receptionist

Originally from Wisconsin, Kristyn moved to NC in 2002 and never looked back. She was given the opportunity to join HSVH in February 2017, from Banfield. She has had a lifetime of passion for animals and has worked in the veterinary field for many years.

Kristyn graduated from Hodges University with an Associates in Business Administration. Her love for helping people and their pets is one of the many reasons why she loves working here at HSVH. In her spare time, Kristyn enjoys traveling to the beach or the mountains – whichever strikes her fancy, bird watching, and spending time with her family, which includes two dogs (Ares & Tesla), three cats (Ares, Jayd, & Zodiak), and a fish.

Austin, Kennel Technician

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.