Our Staff

Welcome to Eastern Shore Animal 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.


Emily Worthy, DVM/Owner

Emily grew up in the Catskill Mountains in NY where she fell in love with all creatures from the cats at home to the cows at her friend’s dairy farms. Dr. Worthy earned her B.S. in Biology from Siena University in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in Forensics Science from National University in 2005. In 2012, Dr. Worthy earned her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.

After Living in 6 different states and visiting 6 different continents, Dr. Worthy knew she wanted to return to Northeastern NC to live and work near her family. She spent 5 years in small animal general practice in Chesapeake, VA before fulfilling her goal of practice ownership. In 2017, she partnered with The Vets Pets to purchase Eastern Shore Animal Hospital.

Dr. Worthy’s professional interests include dentistry, surgery, geriatric care, client education and leadership. When she is not wearing her scrubs, Dr. Worthy enjoys her time at home with her husband Jason, her children Olivia and Jack, her stepchildren Caroline and Jude, and all of their local cousins, Billy, Adlai, Stella, Lulu, Lily, Noah, Henry and Elise. The Worthy family pets currently include the cats: Geraldine, Sweet Dee, Charlie, Chompers, Fat Mac and Nelson and their two dogs: a crazy Beagle/Jack Russel mix named Indiana, and the sweetest little Chihuahua, Layla. Looking down on us from heaven and forever in our hearts, is the best dog ever, Coletrane, the yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix who crossed the Rainbow bridge at 15 years old in February of 2019.


John Harvey, DVM

Dr. Harvey grew up in Larchmont, NY where he enjoyed scouting, sports, singing, church fellowship, and working with all creatures great and small in any way possible. John earned his B.S. in Biology at St. Lawrence University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He earned his DVM in at NC State in 1990, while there he also performed disease surveillance in the Caribbean, Montserrat, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines. He has been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association for his work with Atlanta Center for Disease Control and Prevention. John has also been awarded the National Award in Veterinary Public Health. His professional commitment to “One Health” remains strong today.

Before settling in the Outer Banks with his wife, Annie, he previously worked in Roanoke Rapids, NC for 11 years and in Chesapeake, VA for 18 years. Dr. Harvey thanks divine inspiration for leading him here to Eastern Shore Animal Hospital. Outside of his professional activities John enjoys walks on the beach with wife and their Chi-weenie/ pug mix Butter bean. He also enjoys a range of outdoor activities and singing bass in the KHUMC church choir and the Outer Banks Choir. Dr. Harvey’s family consists of his two sons; Cal and Drew, his daughter Sarah, and his two grandchildren Daniel and Elizabeth who enrich his life immensely. Dr. Harvey is thankful for his relationships with his community; his clients, patients, and colleagues. These relationships continue to inspire his passion for providing compassionate care to all of our beloved animals, family members, and his commitment to faith, grace, and God.


Leigh Rigler, DVM

Dr. Rigler graduated from NC State in 2009 with a B.S in Science with pre-vet focus. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She worked in Elizabeth City, NC for 7 years before coming to Eastern Shore Animal Hospital. She also serves as the Veterinarian for the VA FEMA search and rescue canines. She particularly enjoys working with special needs pets, 3 of her own pets are special needs. Her family consists of her husband Jason, son Owen, 5 dogs; Addison, Callie, Aemon, Kanga, and Roo. She also has 4 cats; Boots, Tormund, Katniss, and Frodo. Outside of the hospital she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, to the movies, and horseback riding.


Brittany, Practice Manager

Brittany started working in Veterinary medicine in 2011 in Suffolk, VA. It was there when she decided to become a veterinary technician. Brittany graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with her Technician’s License in 2018 and became registered in NC that same year. Her passions are wildlife, exotic medicine, and client education. She lives in the Outer Banks with her husband Thomas and their rescued Great Pyrenees Jackson. In her spare time she enjoys reading Jane Austen, hiking and riding her beach cruiser bicycle.


Jessica, Veterinary Assistant

Jessica is a lifelong resident of Eastern NC and has been one of our assistants since 2003. She is passionate about client education and loves “absolutely everything” about being an assistant! In her time away from the hospital she enjoys lounging at the beach and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their pets; Taco the orange tabby, and Angel the yellow lab.


Sarah, Veterinary Assistant

Sarah has been working at Eastern Shore since 2014. She started as a kennel technician and is now a veterinary assistant. She is very passionate about working with animals. She enjoys traveling and hanging out with her family and fur babies, Lilly and Cleo in her time off.


Gaby, Veterinary Assistant

Gaby is our bilingual veterinary assistant and receptionist. As a valued staff member, she enjoys taking care of our clients and their pets. She has four rescued pit bulls; Cairo, Drax, Luna, and Tyson that fill her spare time outside of the hospital.


Nikki, Veterinary Assistant

Nikki has always loved animals but developed a passion for helping them while working at a shelter in Jacksonville, NC. Since moving to the area, she loves helping the community and their pets. She is currently taking online classes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. When not at work she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children and their French Bulldog Cami.


Kayla, Veterinary Assistant

Kayla is one of our veterinary assistants. Kayla is passionate about client education and working with hunting/bird dogs. She has been working as an assistant in NC for 10 years.  In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and gardening. She also LOVES coffee! She shares her home with her six dogs; Abby, Chief, Grace, Buh, Lexi, and Duck.


Stacie, Groomer

Stacie attended Nash Academy of Animal Arts in 1999 and has been grooming dogs and cats for the last 18 years. Grooming is her passion and she could not imagine doing anything else. Stacie owned a mobile grooming business in NJ called “Bubbles to Bows” before moving to NC in 2016 to be closer to her family.

She enjoys spending her free time with her cousin and her children, as well as the rest of her family. Stacie also enjoys reading, knitting, nature, and playing with her dog, Plexie, and cat, Niomia. During the summer, Stacie can be found enjoying her days off on the beach with family and friends.

She is so excited and looking forward to this new adventure with ESAH!


Alycia, Kennel Technician & Veterinary Assistant

Alycia is one of our kennel technicians/ veterinary assistants who loves working with animals and is passionate about making sure all pets feel at home here. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog Hunter to the park, and cuddling with her 5 cats; Paul, Tigger, Bob, Luna, and Cosmo.


Janine, Kennel Technician

Originally from Massillon, Ohio, she moved here with her family in 1996 and began volunteering at local animal shelters in 2003. She enjoys caring for the pets of our community as a kennel technician here at Eastern Shore Animal Hospital, a position she started in 2008. In her time away from the hospital she enjoys swimming, country music and spending time her rescued terrier mix, Scrappy.


Hanna, Kennel Technician

Our kennel technician Hanna is originally from Chesapeake, VA and has been a member of our team since 2016. Hanna aspires to become a Veterinarian and has enjoyed all the hands-on experience she has gained since joining our team. She is passionate about providing comfort and medical care to the pets of our community, and strives to learn something new every day. When not at work or school or she enjoys spending time with her family and hitting the beach.


Brittaney, Kennel Technician

Brittaney is one of our kennel technicians originally from Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Eastern NC . She loves “all things animals” and aspires to become a Veterinary Technician. In her free time she enjoys traveling, swimming, fishing, hiking, and learning new things. In the summer she loves to vacation on the Outer Banks.


Emma, Kennel Technician

Our kennel technician Emma is a Currituck resident and high school student. She loves that she gets to aid in animal care and learn animal husbandry while working here at ESAH. In her spare time she loves going to the beach, and watching Netflix with her pets; Thomas, Sadie and MoMo.


Angie, Receptionist

Our receptionist Angie has lived in Dare County for 35 years, though she says her heart is split between here and Tennessee. She is the mother to two grown children, 1 son and 1 daughter. She loves antiques, motorcycles and getting tattoos.


Brandy, Receptionist

Brandy grew up in Currituck County. She graduated from Bryant and Stratton, with an Associate’s degree. She then went on to ECSU for a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary education. Brandy has been married for 11 years and has 4 children, 3 grandchildren and one fur baby, named Leo. In her spare time Brandy enjoys going to the beach, scrapbooking, and hanging out with her family.