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Our Doctors

Craven Animal Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care.


We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. We also work closely with local practices when special diagnostic procedures are required. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray capabilities, a closely supervised hospitalization area, and indoor boarding kennels with outdoor walking areas.

At Craven Animal Hospital we strive to offer not only sound advice but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing you the enjoyment of your companion for a maximum number of years. Our job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn't feeling well but also to help you learn how to keep your best friend happy and healthy.

Dr. Bobbi Kotrba:

Dr. Kotrba graduated high school in Virginia Beach, VA, and went on to attend Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC majoring in Biology. She attended NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM degree in 1996. She moved to New Bern and started working under Dr. Don Campbell. In 2005, she purchased Craven Animal Hospital. She is married and has 4 children, 5 dogs, and 3 cats.


Her hobbies include reading, doing yard work, and enjoying activities with her family.

Dr. Lauren Ferebee:

Dr. Ferebee, DVM is originally from Pilot Mountain, NC. She grew up feeling connected to animals and wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 5 years old. She fell further in love with veterinary medicine during her undergraduate time at NC State where she completed her bachelor’s degree in 3 years. After undergrad, she contributed to the pharmaceutical side of veterinary medicine while working for Zoetis. Dr. Ferebee then went on to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as class president and enjoyed community outreach. Dr. Ferebee enjoys practicing all facets of veterinary medicine, but particularly enjoys surgery, dentistry, and preventative care. When Dr. Ferebee is not at Craven Animal Hospital, she enjoys skiing, yoga, and snuggling with her pup, Bruce!

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Dr. Tanya Osler

Dr. Tanya Osler is excited to be a new member of the Craven Animal Hospital

team! She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2004 when she served as a kennel technician in New York. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies and then University College in Dublin, Ireland for veterinary school. She practiced veterinary medicine in Florida for seven years before moving north to New Bern to enjoy a small town lifestyle. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and their three rescue cats: Lasso, Ernie, and Kassi. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and feline medicine.

Dr. Levi Cerminara:

Levi Cerminara grew up in Weirton, WV.  He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Nutritional Sciences from West Virginia University in 2009.  He graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.  He practiced in Pennsylvania until moving to North Carolina in 2020.  His favorite pastimes include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and spending time with his beloved wife Kaylea, a corgi named Scout, and an australian shepherd mix named Agent.  


Dr. Melanie Gurkin

Dr. Melanie is a South Carolina native who moved to the New Bern area with her husband and 2 dogs, Bella and Aspen. She went to Clemson University for undergrad where she majored in Animal and Veterinary Science. She then went on to Oklahoma State University to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Melanie’s favorite aspect of medicine is surgery. When Dr. Melanie isn’t practicing medicine, she can be found out boating with her husband and friends. Her other hobbies include snow skiing, rodeoing, gardening, and water skiing. Go Tigers! 

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