Our Team

Elizabeth Whalen, DVM, MPH


Dr. Elizabeth “Lisa” Whalen joined the Gates County Animal Clinic in December of 2021 as the new owner. She graduated Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Public Health focusing in Veterinary Public Health in 2012. She has diverse experiences from Ohio, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

She started relief work to enjoy traveling and experiencing the diversity of different practices. She enjoys the wide open spaces of the Midwest, but was drawn back to the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina. She enjoys the trails with her horses, Cirrus and Sally. Her cats, Enya, Seri, and Sassi, keep her grounded.

Wendy Boyce, DVM


Dr. Boyce was born and raised right here in Gates County where she graduated from Gates County Highschool in 1988. She then went on to attend North Carolina State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

After graduating, Dr. Boyce worked in the swine industry for a few years. She returned to NCSU-VTH and completed a 2-year farm animal residency program. Following that, Dr. Boyce worked in large animal medicine for a few years before she changes over to small animal medicine/surgery.

She has been practicing small animal medicine since 2005 and has been with Gates County Animal Clinic since 2015.

Peggy Johnston


A native of Scotland County,  NC , Dr. Johnston graduated from  North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Animal Science.  She earned her DMV degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Johnston has two sons, Neill and Patrick. She retired in 2022.

Susan Dunlow, RVT

Susan is a registered veterinary technician at Gates County Animal Clinic. She graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 1988.

Susan was born & raised in Bertie county and has worked in small animal clinics throughout the years. She has always loved working with training her own dogs and in 2012, she got her dog training certification through Penn Foster.

Her passion in life is her Great Danes. She has had the breed for over 25 years and has enjoyed breeding, training and showing them in confirmation to produce multiple champions over the years.

Susan is currently working part-time at Gates County Animal Clinic and has been here since 2015. She now offers puppy training, socialization and behavior modification classes here at the clinic.