DR. OONA GAYLE
Owner and Lead Veterinarian
I was born in Jamaica and resided there until about the age of 9. I lived with my Great Aunt and her family at that time. She had 7 dogs, 1 cat, rabbits, chickens, fish and turtles. My Aunt said I had a great love of animals even then. After moving to N.C. to live with my Parents, I informed them that I wanted to be an Animal Doctor. My goal towards being a Veterinarian started in high school. I graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1991 with honors. I graduated from Tuskegee University School (now College) of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.
After graduation, I did not feel ready to face the “real world” so I stayed in Tuskegee and completed a Small Animal Internship for 1 year. With that experience under my belt, I joined Pet Smart Veterinary Hospital and stayed through the transitions to Vet Smart and currently Banfield. After doing Corporate Medicine, I chose to experience Private Practice, so I left Banfield THE Pet Hospital.
To change things up a bit, I left Private Practice and joined the government under the FSIS division and trained to be a Public Health Veterinarian. As a PHV, I was over the ladies and gentlemen of Meat Inspections and toured different plants as I was needed. After just several months of traveling, I realized I missed my interactions with pets. So back to Private Practice I went. In approximately 2009, I left Private Practice and became a Relief Veterinarian. With that, I was able to choose my own hours, travel to different Veterinary Facilities and learn different views and ideas. Then I realized I wanted to own my own place! After a false start and the recession, I finally found Highland Mills and received the “yes” from the Landlord to build and open NODA Animal Hospital. I still do relief work, but it is great to have a “home base”.
I have 1 cat: “Stache” (a very handsome tuxedo)
Sarah Gathings - Vet Assistant
"Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sarah has loved animals her
entire life. She grew up with cats, a dog, hamsters, and toads. In her spare
time, she likes to watch movies, sew, and paint. Sarah is taking steps to
complete her vet tech degree online. She lives with her two cats, Spike and
Big Daddy - Resident Cat
"Big Daddy is our resident guard cat. At approximately 8 years old, he left
his life as a rough and tumble street cat to join the NODA Animal Hospital
family. He can be found sleeping in his 'cave' or greeting clients with his
curious gaze. You could say that he has adjusted to the ways of a spoiled
indoor cat quite well. "