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Banfield Pet Hospital® - Cary

Banfield Pet Hospital® - Cary

2430 Walnut Street | Cary, NC 27518

Call 919-576-1533
Monday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Early Morning Drop-Off Service
  • Optimum Wellness Plans®
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Vaccinations

A great local veterinarian loves your pet (almost) as much as you do by providing the best preventive pet health care. From nose-to-tail veterinary medical exams to vaccinations, microchipping, dental care and surgery, you’ll find the vet your pet deserves at your neighborhood Banfield Pet Hospital®. We’re committed to partnering with you to ensure your pet’s long-term health and happiness, and your peace of mind with:

• 900+ hospitals with convenient evening and weekend hours
• Optimum Wellness Plans® for affordable and comprehensive year-round care
• Online access to your pet's medical records with membership
• And so much more!

Banfield is here to take the best possible care of your furry family members. We hope to meet you and your pet soon!

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Karina Ballester, DVM
Karina Ballester, DVM

Dr. Karina Ballester is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is a native Spanish speaker. She graduated with Honors from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and moved to our area to pursue a Post Doctoral Fellowship at North Carolina State University while cuncurrently Finishing a Master of Public Health at The University of Minnesotta and working part time at Banfield Pet Hospital. After finishing her studies, Dr. Ballester decided that the bond we humans form with our pets is what she's passionate about and decided to stay full time at our hospital and later became our Chief of Staff. Dr. Ballester is a skilled small animal surgeon and is an avid advocate of preventive care and nutrition. She enjoys engaging in the development of our associate doctors and technical staff. Dr. Ballester and her spouse Walter have an adorable Pitbull/Beagle mix named India, whom is the hospital mascot and staff favorite; a male tabby cat named Che, everyone's favorite cat; and a new female Pitbull puppy named Carmen, the leader of the gang. When not at the hospital, Dr. Ballester enjoys traveling, exercise, and good food.

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Robert Bakal, DVM
Robert Bakal, DVM

Dr. Robert Bakal is originally from New York but has spent most of his life in Raleigh, NC. He is a graduate of NC State where he double majored in Biological Sciences and Zoology. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 1996 and a Master?s degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences in 1998. After finishing his studies, Dr. Bakalwent to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Veterinary Medical Officer with responsibilities for the Southeastern United States. Dr. Bakal went on to become the National Animal Health Coordinator for the entire U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a position he held for 3 years. After leaving civil service Dr. Bakal spent some time working in laboratory animal medicine, research, and emergency medicine. Dr. Bakal has an extremely broad knowledge base and enjoys the challenges of practicing medicine. He is particularly interested in exotic animal medicine. When not caring for pets at Banfield, Dr. Bakal enjoys spending time with his 10 year old daughter: fishing, geocaching, and playing with their pets (a 2 year old Pit Bull, Labrador mix named Keystone, a 7 year old Guinea Pig named Splinter, and 2 Corn Snakes). Dr. Bakal also spends time working at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and keeping Marine Aquaria.

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Christina Hampton, DVM
Christina Hampton, DVM

Dr. Christina Hampton is originally from upstate New York, but has also lived in the high desert of Boise, ID, the beautiful and olympic Salt Lake City, UT, and most recently the coastal city of Virginia Beach, VA. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA in 2009, graduating in the top 10% of her class. Dr. Hampton, her husband, two young children and four rescue cats recently moved to the Triangle area for its beauty and family atmosphere; and also to support her husband's love of NC State athletics- Go Pack! Dr. Hampton spends her time off at home with her family; she enjoys cooking, dangling things in front of her cats (Cadillac, Orange, Potter and Baby Buster) and watching the football. Her family is wanting to add a dog into the mix-as soon as the kids are old enough to help out. Dr. Hampton has been with Banfield for 6 years. She is also a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA and AAFP.

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