Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Support staff of Lillington Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 910-893-2081 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Amy Allen


Dr. Amy Allen-Graves graduated from NCSU CVM in 1997. She received her BS in Animal Science at NCSU in 1993. She has lived in Lillington most of her life. She decided to be a veterinarian at age 6 and never wavered from this decision. She lives in Lillington with her children Kyle and Lily, her three Labradors Nala, Remi and Slate, and her cat Mama Kitty. She worked at Lillington Vet for 8 years as a technician and has been a staff veterinarian since 1998.

Dr. Julie Anzaldua


Dr. Julie Anzaldua graduated from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She grew up in Coats, NC and attended NC State from which she graduated in 2006 with a BS in Animal Science. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2012 with a MS in Animal Science. Her research there primarily focused on swine genetics and reproduction. Dr. Julie joined the staff at Lillington Veterinary Hospital in May of 2016.

Dr. Simone Lemieux


Dr. Simone Lemieux graduated from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2005. She has served as a small animal general practitioner in Wake County for twelve years. She has worked extensively with animal rescue groups and animal shelters in Wake and Durham counties. Dr. Simone enrolled in the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is now certified in small animal acupuncture and Tui-na. Dr. Simone continues her studies at the Chi Institute, pursuing certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy. Growing up, Dr. Simone’s family moved often throughout the western United Stated and Canada. After graduating from Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature. Calling Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina home, Dr. Simone lives with her husband, two boys, two dogs and one cat. When she is not working, Dr. Simone enjoys spending time with her family, baking and cooking, creating stained glass projects, swimming with a Masters Swim Team, competing in long distance open water swims and sprint distance triathlons.

Dr. Janet Batker

Hospital Director

I first became deeply interested in animals when our neighbor’s German Shepherd, Grenna gave birth to a large litter of puppies. I was thrilled (as were all of the children in the neighborhood) to play with them. From this experience I began to read about animals, especially horses. This focused my interest on riding; I used all of the money I earned babysitting on riding lessons! This eventually led to my membership on the Penn State Equestrian team.

One big influence in my decision to become a veterinarian was reading All Creatures Great and Small, and then watching the TV show. It seemed like being a veterinarian would be the best job in the world. Before starting vet school I groomed Standard bred, or Harness horses, for a couple of years, and then became a research assistant at Duke University Hospital. In time I became the first woman to graduate from NC State’s new College of Veterinary Medicine. Although at first I wanted to be a horse doctor, I found small animal medicine to be more challenging, so I completed an internship at the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine and then embarked on my career, first as an associate veterinarian, then as a practice owner. I have been at Lillington Veterinary Hospital for 21 years now and I love the small town atmosphere which allows us to build relationships with families and their pets.

Education: B.S. Penn State 1976, D.V.M. NC State University 1985 Family: Two children, Max and Hope, one dog, Briscoe, three grand-dogs, Gigi, Kira and Ares, three cats, Marlowe, Cam Newton and Mary Astor. Two fish, Puff Daddy and Nemo. Honors: Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Sigma Society, charter member The Society of Phi Zeta Accomplishments: Broadcaster for Life with Our Animals 103.1, Lillington Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, Co-author old Immunology journal articles, Publications chair NCVMA, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Reserve Regional Champion Hobbies: Woodworking and Stained Glass, Frank Lloyd Wright and Architecture Memberships: North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Dental Society, American Association of Feline Practitioners, TWA, NC Modernist Houses.