Meet Our Doctors

  • Richard Hawkes
    Head Veterinarian

    Dr. Richard Hawkes is a 1996 honors graduate from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He moved to North Carolina in 1997 and spent 3 years working in Winston-Salem before moving to practice in Goldsboro.

    Dr. Hawkes purchased Arendell Animal Hospital on February 2, 2007, achieving his lifetime goal of owning/operating a veterinary hospital. He hopes to provide the great compassion and quality of service people have come to expect from Arendell Animal Hospital, and he always enjoys meeting the many great clients.

    Dr. Hawkes was an avid hockey player in Canada, but now prefers to spend his spare time playing golf. He and his wife also enjoy spending time at the beach. Dr. Hawkes is married to DeAnne, a Registered Nurse who has given up her nursing career to assist with managing the practice. Together they have a myriad of spoiled pets. They are members of St. Egbert Catholic Community Church in Morehead City.

  • Dale Paley
    D.V.M. DABVP
    Relief Veterinarian

    Dr. Dale Paley is a 1990 Graduate of Atlantic Veterinary College at the University Of Prince Edward Island. Before Receiving her DVM, Dr. Paley Graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in animal science. From there Dr. Paley became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1995. Dr. Paley also sat on the board of American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) from 2005-2014. 

    Some of Dr. Paley's keen interests in Veterinary medicine are Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, and Dermatology. 

    Dr. Paley has two Golden retrievers named Dexter and Andy. When Dr. Paley is not practicing medicine she enjoys Fitness, Running, and Traveling.

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Our Regular Schedule


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


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Boarding drop off or pick up is between 8-9am or 5-6pm on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

We always do everything we can to see you in a timely manner and make your appointments times convenient.