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.


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.

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.

Janice, Groomer

Originally from Rochester, NY, Janice moved here briefly after 9/11. Being an Administrative Assistant for over twenty years, Janice has followed her passion and is now working with animals. She is ABC Certified and loves pampering the dogs she grooms/styles. In her spare time, she can be found at the barn with the love of her life, her horse, Drover. Teaching him tricks and riding the trails. She has had German Shepherds most of her life, but currently has one cat, Chessy. She loves spending time with family and friends, watching baseball and football, and horse shows.

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.