Dr. Joni Shimp - Practice Owner
aDr. Joni Shimp has been in practice in Southeastern NC for almost two decades. She grew up in Minnesota, showing Arabian horses with her family. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and attended North Carolina State University. She graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and moved to Pender County to work as an Associate Veterinarian at Scotts Hill Animal Hospital.
In 2012, Dr. Joni founded Cape Fear Raptor Center to service the Southeastern region of NC's raptor population. Cape Fear Raptor Center has become a nationally recognized Rehabilitation Center, specializing in Bald Eagle rehabilitation and training. Raptors from the entire coast extending to the borders of VA and SC and westward to Fayetteville are brought to CFRC for advanced medical and surgical care. She works closely with local and regional rehabilitators to provide care for raptors, waterfowl, songbird, opossums, and other wildlife that need veterinary specific care. She also lectures on raptor medicine and surgery, avian biosecurity, and operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training techniques in Eagles and Osprey at veterinary conferences and with the USDA.
When she is not working, Dr. Joni spends time with her husband Scott, son, Justin and daughter, Sophia. She has competed on a National Level with Arabian Horses, German Shepherd Dogs in the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, and holds a Federal Falconry License. Her herd of feathered, furred, and scaled family members consist of two Dachshunds, two German Shepherds, an American Bulldog mix, French Bulldog, Corgi Mix, Beagle, Green Winged Macaw, Quaker Parrot, Congo African Grey, Umbrella Cockatoo, Harris' Hawk, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, 2 Minature Horses, an Emu named "Ethel", an American Kestrel, and finally, one Dragon... Bearded Dragon that is!
Dr. Carolyn Edson- Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Edson grew up in Greenville, NC, graduating summa cum laude from East Carolina University with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. Her strong passion for all creatures led her to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She worked as a veterinary technician for several years before attending NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduating in May 2017.
Dr. Edson loves to travel and during the winter of 2015 volunteered in Africa working with several different species with a rescue organization in Tanzania. She has also completed a shelter medicine externship in Asheville, NC and a Dental externship in Durham, NC. She has a special interest in animal behavior and surgery. Dr. Edson has worked in Ocean Isle Beach and Myrtle Beach, and is very excited about joining our family here at Rocky Point Animal Hospital!
During her free time, she enjoys the beach, traveling, and spending time with her significant other, Aaron, and her two rescue dogs, Bailey and Titus.