Dr. Jay Hreiz
Dr. Hreiz is the owner of Queen City Animal Hospital and could not be happier to bring quality veterinary care to the Belmont neighborhood and surrounding communities in Charlotte! He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and received his BS in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University in 2004. He bleeds blue and white and enjoys traveling back to his alma mater in Happy Valley! Dr. Hreiz is a co-owner of Ebenezer Animal Hospital, an AAHA accredited small animal and exotic veterinary hospital in Rock Hill, SC since 2013. He has been working at Ebenezer Animal Hospital since 2008. Jay is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina in 2008 after veterinary school. Dr. Hreiz became interested in veterinary medicine when he was a young boy and had a large number of exotic pets including reptiles, amphibians, birds, rodents, and rabbits. He recognized as a kid that there were few veterinarians interested in seeing these unique pets. His interests as a veterinarian include exotic animal medicine (rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and birds), soft tissue surgery, and pet wellness and prevention. He became a licensed judge under the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2002 and has judged shows across the United States and several foreign countries including Japan. In his spare time he enjoys traveling the world, running, exploring the world of wine, and spending time with friends and family. He and his husband Mike are residents of the Plaza Midwood neighborhood since 2013. They have three fur babies: Two retired racing Greyhounds (aka couch potatoes) Ella and Ollie and a handsome black Domestic shorthair cat, Dax.
Fun Fact: Why does Dr. Hreiz have a VMD after his name instead of a DVM? DVM stands for “Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.” VMD stands for “Veterinariae Medicinis Doctoris” which is Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Latin. The University of Pennsylvania is the only veterinary school that awards their degree in Latin. If you ever see a “VMD” after a veterinarian’s name, you know they graduated from Penn’s vet school!
Dr. April Stephens
Dr. Stephens is excited to join the Queen City Animal Hospital team! She received her DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (at Virginia Tech) in 2010 and her B.S. in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in 2003. She has traveled to India and Mexico to donate her time toward animal health for those less fortunate. She is also currently the District 5 representative for the board of directors for the SC association of veterinarians.
Prior to Veterinary school, Dr. Stephens trained a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence and worked as a veterinary technician in Bucks County, PA. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and most other activities that are in the great outdoors. She has loved animals all her life and gets special enjoyment out of adventuring with her rock-climbing dogs “Colby” and "Eclipse”.
“I am excited about the future of Queen City Animal Hospital, and am proud to be a member of QCAH's outstanding animal care team."
Dr. Lauren Cline
Dr. Cline moved to Charlotte, NC following her graduation from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. War Eagle! She and her husband, Charlie, are originally from Columbia, South Carolina, but they are proud to say their blood runs orange. Dr. Cline graduated from Clemson University in 2011 with a BS degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Go Tigers! Dr. Cline has enjoyed living in Charlotte for the past 3 years and is excited to be a part of the Queen City Animal Hospital team. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, dermatology, and emergency & critical care. Veterinary medicine has been a life-long childhood dream for Dr. Cline. With an ever changing and growing field, she looks forward to each day as an opportunity to be challenged, learn something new, and continue to grow in her career. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Cline enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and brushing up on her photography skills. She and her husband share their home with 2 rescued mutts, Remy and River, and 2 rescued kitties, Bella and Gizmo.
Fun fact: During her undergraduate career at Clemson University, Dr. Cline worked as the marketing director for a major production company bringing entertainment to Clemson, SC. She’s had the privilege of meeting and working with several different musicians, comedians, and other artists! Learning and working the ins and outs of the concert industry was an amazing experience and something she will never forget!
“I’m excited to be a part of the wonderful team here at QCAH. I look forward to building lasting relationships with all of our clients and their beloved pets.”
April Splawn, JD
April is a 2001 graduate from Winthrop University (BA) and received her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004. Professional affiliations include the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She is an avid animal rescuer and works with several local rescue groups. At home she enjoys the company of the her wife, Brooke, their five rescued pit bulls, Cameron, Pickles, Josephine, Dublin, and Fisher; their cats, Blink, Figaro, and Maggie; and their rabbit, Andy.
“I started working in veterinary medicine while attending law school and found my true passion in the veterinary world. It’s so rewarding to come to work everyday with the goal of providing a happier, healthier life for our patients and the families that love them.”
Brooke Bickelhaupt-Splawn, LVT
Brooke is excited to join Team QCAH!
She obtained her BS in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2000 from Winthrop University. After a short stint in the advertising field, she followed her passion for animals and returned to Winthrop to obtain her BS in Biology/Chemistry in 2004 with the goal to work in veterinary medicine. Brooke worked as a veterinary assistant for 13 years, and then elected to earn her associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015 to become a licensed veterinary technician.
She has had the privilege of working in amazing specialty and general practice animal hospitals in the Charlotte area since 2002, and is excited to join Queen City Animal Hospital! Because of her background in marketing, Brooke is excited to also be able to help QCAH grow in our community.
The hospital is close to home for Brooke and her wife, April (also a QCAH Team Member) - as they live nearby in the Villa Heights Neighborhood. They are joined by their five rescued pit bulls (Cameron, Pickles, Josephine, Dublin, and FIsher), their three rescued kitties (Blink, Figaro, and Maggie), and their rescued rabbit (Andy).
Stacey is excited to join the QCAH family and help provide compassionate care for the pets in and around Charlotte! She graduated from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2012 and previously earned her BA in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2010. Stacey mainly has a background in specialty medicine (anesthesia, oncology, and ophthalmology) and is looking forward to shifting gears to more general care and healthy lifestyle focuses with QCAH.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking at the whitewater center, local concerts, cooking (not baking!) and relaxing with her husband, Matt and their 4 rescued dogs Dixie, Kaia, Tripp, and Eva and their cat Savannah. She is also a diehard Carolina Panthers fan so you may see her in black and blue scrubs during football season!
“It is so exciting to be a part of the Queen City and Belmont community! I am looking forward to building wonderful relationships with our new clients and their furry family members!”
Mel is so excited to be apart of the QCAH team! She graduated in 2015 from University of North Carolina Charlotte (Go Niners) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology! She started her career in 2015 in Emergency as an overnight emergency vet assistant. She decided she wanted a slower pace and to focus on client relationships and the administrative side of Veterinary Medicine and is thrilled to be a part of starting our new practice.
At home She has a Goofy Golden doodle puppy named Harper Jackson. He’s working on his Instagram fame so be sure to follow him @thatdoodharperj. He likes to come to work with Mel on occasion and model so be on the lookout for QCAH shout outs. In her free time enjoys being outdoors, traveling, listening to live music, and exploring all the new things to do in and around Charlotte."
Macey is super excited to be diving back into the veterinary world with QCAH. Macey is originally from Kings Creek, SC. Shr ran off to join the Navy straight out of high school in 2009. She served as a hospital corpsman, providing medical coverage in Virginia, Florida, and Okinawa, Japan. Macey moved to Colorado in 2014 after being honorably discharged from her 5 year Navy tour, where she attended college to obtain her degree in Environmental Studies. There she found a part-job as a veterinary technician assistant in the emergency department for Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists. Due to “life” happening she moved back home to the Carolinas and is now obtaining her degree in Business Management. She has career goals of ultimately becoming a Veterinary Technician with the guidance of QCAH. She and her boyfriend live in Concord with plans to adopt a furr-baby in the months to come.