About Us

Since the establishment of Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, our owner, Dr. Mitchell Spindel, has provided a vision of going above and beyond in order to keep the furred, feathered, and scaled loved ones of our community healthy and happy. Through more than 20 years of practice, Dr. Spindel continues to instill his vision, energy, and standard of excellence for veterinary medicine in all of his employees; ensuring your pets are in the best hands from the moment you walk through our doors.
At Animal Ark, we value our community and take every opportunity to contribute to it. Dr. Spindel volunteers with many local rescue organizations and our entire team supports many local, animal events here in Winston Salem. We also serve as a drop-off location for all injured wildlife.
Our hospital is stocked with the latest in veterinary equipment to aid in the treatment of pets. We have full in-house laboratory services, digital X-ray machines, color flow doppler ultrasound, CT scan, as well as a comprehensive surgical facility.
We provide microchipping, advanced dentistry, laser therapy, Acupuncture, and most recently became certified to provide Stem Cell and Monoclonal antibody therapy . We also offer boarding for our feline friends and exotic pets.

Our Doctors

Mitchell Spindel, DVM

Dr. Spindel earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1995. He practiced in Syracuse, New York for two years before he and his wife relocated to beautiful North Carolina. Although Dr. Spindel loves treating dogs and cats, he also has a passion for unusual pets like birds, reptiles, and small mammals. He’ll even care for injured birds of prey, wallabies, kinkajous, and an occasional Coati mundi.

Active in the Winston-Salem community, Dr. Spindel is the veterinarian for Kaleideum North Museum (formerly knows as Sci-Works) and Chairman of the Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation board. He was instrumental in helping to build the dog park at Tanglewood, as well as heavily involved with animal organizations such as the Forsyth Humane Society and Humane Solutions.  Dr. Spindel’s free time is spent planning his next construction project, mountain biking, practicing yoga, and spending time with his wife, four children, and a plethora of pets.

Beth Eubanks, DVM, CCRP

Dr. Eubanks is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. She attended NC State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Most of her veterinary career has been spent practicing in both Forsyth and Davie County. Recently, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and works in the “tugboat” building next door at Clemmons Animal Rehab and Therapy. Dr. Eubanks currently resides here in Clemmons with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and one cat. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

Rebecca Weaver, DVM

Dr. Weaver is home-grown right here in North Carolina. She attended NC State University for her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2002. Her specialties include regenerative stem cell medicine, ultrasonography, internal medicine, emergency/critical care, and exotic pets. Dr. Weaver is a single mom with an exceptional child. She and her son enjoy hiking, camping, bowling, and spending time with her large extended family. Dr. Weaver contributes to the Autism Society as well as volunteering time for county rabies clinics and local veterinary organizations.

Shannon Longenecker, DVM

Dr. Longenecker was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Toledo and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Go Bucks! After graduation, she worked at SylvaniaVET for 1 year in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Longenecker and her husband, Nathan, moved to Winston-Salem together in August 2017. She’s a certified Fear Free practitioner (a movement to reduce patient stress associated with veterinary visits) with other special interests in surgery and dentistry. Her hobbies include outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, and enjoys a good Netflix marathon. Becoming a veterinarian was her childhood dream and believes it’s as much of an honor to serve loved pets as it is to serve the people who love them.

Megan Burtnett, DVM

Dr. Burtnett was born and raised just south of St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Webster University and her DVM from University of Missouri. She met her fiance, Brendan, in vet school where they graduated in the same class, and now they’re planning their wedding for May 2020. Dr. Burtnett enjoys cycling, yoga, the occasional nap, and hiking with her two rescue pups, Kona and Penny. She’s a certified Fear Free practitioner (a movement to reduce patient stress associated with veterinary visits) with other special interests in surgery, ophthalmology, and trauma/wound care. Recently, Dr. Burtnett started helping with the Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation and FCAP (a feral cat spay/neuter and release program).

Joshua Warden, DVM

Dr. Warden was born in Omaha, Nebraska. After moving around the Oklahoma City area and the Chicago area, he’s been a resident of Clemmons, NC since 2001! His Bachelor of Science is in Animal Science, and he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from NC State. Dr. Warden has 6 snakes, 2 leopard geckos, 2 milk frogs, a box turtle, a cat named Owen, and a dog named Ash. In his free time, he does a fair amount of photography and hiking, but just enjoys being outdoors whenever possible. Dr. Warden occasionally volunteers with the Wildlife Resources Commission doing wildlife surveys, and we are so glad to have him aboard the Ark as our new exotic pet doctor!

Our Staff


Melissa Kleeberg

Veterinary Assistant

Rebecca Black

Veterinary Assistant

Mariah Butka


Landon Marshall

Veterinary Assistant

Lyndsie Elliott

Veterinary Assistant

Marieta Call


Wendy Emrich

Veterinary Assistant

Jeremy Biggs

Veterinary Assistant

Amy Corbett


Brandi Martin

Veterinary Assistant

Jessi Butler

Veterinary Assistant

Cecelia Miller

Veterinary Assistant

Darinka Mauldin

Veterinary Assistant

Beth Livesay


Allyssa Lehrer

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley Goode

Pharmacy Technician

Marsha Speer

Practice Manager

Ashley Teague

Hospital Manager

Sandy Wells

Administrative Assistant

Renee Bovender

Records Management

Linda Harbison

Records Management

Dawn Lynch

Accounts Manager

Amy Rothrock

Veterinary Assistant Manager

Tracy Fairbairn

Registered Veterinary Technician

Arielle Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Brooke Tate

Veterinary Assistant