The doctors at CFAC are supported in their patient care by a caring, professional veterinary technician team who is dedicated to your pet’s needs. Our hospital is further complemented by our practice manager, office manager and a reception staff who strive to make your visit to our hospital a positive experience. Rest assured that you and your pet will receive professional and personalized care throughout your visit.


Dr. Melvin Howard

dr howardDr. Melvin Howard is a 1989 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Howard moved to Wilmington, NC where he owned Atlantic Animal Hospital until 2010. After spending a year traveling, studying and relaxing, he realized that he missed practicing veterinary medicine very much; so in January 2012, he joined the team of Carolina Forest Animal Clinic. Dr. Howard shares his home with a number of pets including cats, dogs, parrots, turtles, fish, tortoises, geese and chickens. In addition to spending time with his pets, he enjoys gardening, reading, gaming and exploring technology.


Dr. Deidra Shuck-Lee

dr shuck-leeDr. Shuck-Lee is a 1996 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to a DVM, she holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology from Auburn University, a doctorate degree in virology from the University of Virginia, and a certificate in aquaculture and fish health from the University of Florida. Dr. Shuck-Lee is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and has experience with small and exotic animal practice. She is a AAFP Certified Feline Friendly Veterinarian. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. Shuck-Lee has lived in many locations with her family as an officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Now retired from service, she resides in Hampstead with her husband Robert, son Joshua, and a menagerie of pets including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, budgies, many reptiles, and amphibians. She enjoys gardening, music, photography, yoga, kayaking, and swimming.


Staff Members


Yvette- Receptionist


Kylie- Vet Assistant


Katie- Vet Assistant