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Capital Blvd Animal Hospital and Pet Inn

We are proud to provide a wide range of high-quality services for dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
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Mission Statement

At Capital Blvd Animal Hospital, we strive to offer services that are stress-free for pets at prices that are stress-free for owners. We believe in providing an open, honest, and welcoming environment in which we can help pet parents take control of their companions’ health so they can spend many happy years together.

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Our Team

Our veterinarians provide all of the services your pets need.
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Dr. Babu Gonipeta

DVM, Chief Veterinarian
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Dr. Dianne Saladino

DVM
Dr. Saladino grew up in the suburbs of Long Island with a passion for working with animals of every shape and size. She and her four siblings were raised with many dogs, and from an early age, her dream was to become a veterinarian. While earning her Associate’s degree in veterinary science at SUNY Farmingdale, she trained canines for the disabled.

Since then, life has taken Dr. Saladino on many different paths. She moved to Arkansas to work in the poultry industry. Her time there included operating Chicken Bristle Farm where she trained and boarded horses and raised cattle, goats, and chickens. It was also a haven for many rescue llamas, dogs, and cats. During this time, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arkansas (Go Razorbacks!).

Her continued desire to become a veterinarian brought her to Raleigh. At North Carolina State University she earned her veterinary degree (Go Wolfpack!). Happily, Raleigh has become her forever home. Since graduation, she has been practicing as a small animal clinician. Her special interests are in behavior, pain management, senior and palliative care, and all things feline.

Dr. Saladino understands the deep connection people have with their beloved pets. The human- animal bond is precious. She emphasizes this bond and practices ‘wholistic’ medicine. She defines this as incorporating the pet’s behavior, environment, training, pain level, stage of life, and medical status whenever she devises a treatment plan.

Outside of the hospital, she adores spending time with her senior dog, Blueberry, and her many cats. She loves running on trails, riding horses and dancing. She is active in her church, works with seniors, and supports our veterans. The way to her heart is eating out and cooking with friends!
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Kayla Robinson

Chief Operations Manager
Kayla has been an integral part of our team since she graduated from Anderson University in 2018. She has gained experience with us in just about every role other than veterinarian and is happy to apply that knowledge to her current administrative position. As an aspiring veterinarian, she has always carried a passion for animal health and welfare, and that is evident in her compassionate care towards our patients and their humans alike. When she is not doing vet-related work, you can find her traveling, curled up with a new book, or exploring nature with her camera in hand.
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Sarah Clingenpeel

Administrative Director
Hi there! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior at NC State University with double majors in Animal Science and Applied Nutrition. I’ve lived with animals my entire life and have always had a special place in my heart for them. I love my job, which gives me the opportunity to not only meet new people and pets but also help fur babies stay happy and healthy with their families.

My favorite things to do outside of work include spending time with my pets, hiking with my dogs, and taking part in any other activities that I can include them in.
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Melani Tucci

Regional Manager
Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Melani. Acting as Walnut Street Animal Hospital's Practice Manager, she uses her organizational skills to maintain smooth operations in a very busy work environment. Whether that involves helping answer phones as a receptionist, filling in as an assistant, or supervising client communications, she is always ready for what the day has to throw at her. Melani is a North Carolina native and has been with the company since 2019 and loved every minute of it. She is happily married to her husband, Stephen, and they share their home with two adorable kiddos: a very spoiled German Shepherd named Piper and an almost-just-as-spoiled toddler named Grayson. Melani is currently working toward two degrees and plans to continue her career at Walnut Street Animal Hospital for as long as they’ll have her. When she’s not at work taking care of you and your fur babies, you can find Melani with a paintbrush or a book in her hands, watching FRIENDS reruns, handling her photography business, or spending time with her family.
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Ryan Gray

CSR
Ryan is a new member to the team, with experience in the veterinary field and customer service. Originally from Washington, DC, Ryan moved down to the state of North Carolina when he was 9 with his mother, who is an active voice and advocate for American Pit Bull rescues across the nation. Originally, he studied Veterinary Medicine at NCSU, but he eventually wants to go back to school to study radiology. In his free time, Ryan enjoys exploring new and local food places, enjoying netflix at home and hanging out with friends. 
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Brenda Lovic

Veterinary Assistant
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Estefania Sandoval

Veterinary Assistant
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Robin Cooke

Veterinary Assistant
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Loving Care to Pets &
Family in Raleigh

Capital Blvd Animal Hospital & Pet Inn provides wellness exams, senior pet care, dentistry, surgeries, spay & neuter, dermatology & more for pets in Raleigh, Garner, Knightdale, and Wake Forest.
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