About TVSS

TVSS is a mobile surgical practice, designed to provide excellent surgical care for your pet without disturbing the client-referring veterinarian relationship.

Our team performs a variety of orthopedic and soft tissue procedures in your animal hospital’s operating room. This allows for continuity of care as your veterinarian will be performing the post-op treatment on your pet. Our surgeons also perform follow-up care on selected procedures and are always available if concerns arise.

To learn more about us, and why we do what we do, please view our video.

The Best Care for your Best Friend

Our core values:

  • We are passionate about what we do- we are honored to do it and will strive to do the best job possible every day.

  • We will conduct ourselves in every interaction with the utmost level of integrity.

  • We will provide an exemplary customer experience – to deliver more than what is expected to our patients, owners and veterinarians.

  • We will work to have strong and long lasting relationships with our customers – we will strive to be part of each hospital’s team.

Team Members

Rebecca TudorDVM, DACVS
Dr. Rebecca Tudor graduated from the North Carolina State, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She completed an internship at the University of Georgia, and then returned to NCSU for her surgery residency.

She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. Dr. Tudor is one of five veterinary surgeons in the world who is double boarded in both small and large animal surgery. Dr. Tudor established founded Tarheel Veterinary Surgical Specialists with the purpose of delivering the surgical excellence and personal, compassionate service she would want for her own pets.

Dr. Tudor, her husband, son and daughter reside in Louisburg, NC. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, working out, reading and cheering on the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders.

Patrick LoftinDVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Dr. Patrick Loftin is a North Carolina native and graduated from the NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He completed an internship at Louisiana State University, and then completed his surgical residency and Master’s of Science at Kansas State University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.

Dr. Loftin is very excited to be back in Raleigh with his wife and sons. He loves being outdoors biking, hiking, and of course cheering on the Wolfpack!

Nicole Allen
Nicole AllenSenior Surgical Assistant
Nicole Allen is our senior surgical assistant who originally joined TVSS in 2012. Nicole took a brief hiatus in 2020 after having her daughter, but is now back with the team.

Nicole grew up in Massachusetts, and moved to North Carolina as a teenager. She spent several years in Charleston, SC before moving to Raleigh in 2012.

Nicole has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She has worked many aspect of the field, including emergency and general medicine, but has a true love of veterinary surgery and especially enjoys orthopedics.

Nicole has two dogs and a “stray” cat who found Nicole and her family a few years ago. When Nicole is not working at TVSS, she enjoys spending time with her family, that consists of her wife, Lynn and their daughter, Reagan. She loves everything about CrossFit, as she is a level one trainer. Her love of sports, especially the Red Sox and Patriots keep her attention when there’s time, as well as working in her yard.

Katelyn Hryc
Katelyn HrycSurgical Assistant
Katelyn is a veterinary assistant that graduated from Coastal Carolina University in August 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She has worked with animals since high school including a mixture of both small and large animals. Her ambitions in life include going to veterinary school then specializing in orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic surgery is her main interest, but she also has a fascination in nutrition, animal behavior, and exotic veterinary medicine!

Katelyn was born and raised on the coast of New Jersey. Currently she has two cats and two dogs, a Black Lab and a German Shepherd. She loves spending time at the beach, hiking with her dogs, playing sports, shopping, doing crafts and reading.

Caroline Kornegay
Caroline KornegaySurgical Assistant
Caroline is a veterinary assistant that graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bio-Science in December 2019. She has been working in the veterinary field since middle school in multiple practices including exotic, equine, and small animal medicine. Her goal is to continue her education at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in the near future. Caroline has a specific interest in specializing in surgery after vet school.

Caroline was born and raised in Raleigh. She grew up riding, competing, and caring for sport horses. In her free time she enjoys riding and competing with her horse, Adoration, aka Dori. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as conducting research with NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Josh Rohde
Josh RohdeSurgical Assistant
Josh comes to TVSS from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine where he worked as a veterinary assistant. He is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College working towards his goal of becoming a registered veterinary technician. With a strong interest in exotic veterinary medicine, he hopes to one day have the opportunity to work with a variety of exotic animals including his favorite – giraffes.

Josh grew up in North Carolina and currently resides in Raleigh with his two dogs, Sadie and Nevaeh, and cat Gary. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and gardening as well as spending time with his friends and family.

Jeff Wheless
Jeff WhelessDirector of Operations
Jeff is the Director of Operations for TVSS. He supports the TVSS surgery team’s conviction of delivering exemplary customer experience and handles the behind the scenes tasks that help TVSS run smoothly. Jeff has both a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s from NC State University. Jeff comes to TVSS after working 20 years in various industries and has vast experience in project management, process engineering, maintenance, and personnel management.

In his off hours, Jeff enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids, playing with his pack of three bulldogs and one Labrador, and agonizing over NC State athletics.