Meet Our Doctors

  • Jane Barber

    Dr. Jane, owner of Veterinary Specialties at the Lake, shares her clients“Life is great, pets make it better” philosophy.  She takes an empathetic and nurturing approach tocaring for these important members of our families. As a youngster, she was a magnet for the stray and injured, in addition to having a houseful of pets of her own.  She also loved horses and her mother often threatened to “move her bed down to the third stall on the left.”

    At just 11 years, a young Jane decided to dedicate her lifeto our four legged friends.  She set  her goal to someday become a veterinarian, and she never changed her mind.  When the time came, she attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1982.  Dr. Jane spent the next five years in James Herriot fashion, treating everything from pocket pets to 1-ton draft horses.  In 1987, Dr. Jane was invited to return to UGA for an advanced clinical training program in Veterinary Behavior and received a Master’s degree in 1991.  She then moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN for a residency and PhD graduate program in Theriogenology (reproduction).  In 1993, Dr. Jane was awarded diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists.

    Dr. Jane currently serves on the Board of Directors for theSociety for Theriogenology, is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the North Carolina Academy for Small Animal Practice, a member of the Society for Theriogenology and a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

    Dr. Jane may have left academia for private practice, but she never lost her love of teaching.  She gives continuing education programs to both general practitioners and breeders.  In 2003, she contributed 3 chapters to the veterinary reference book Small Animal Theriogenology, Margaret V. Root-Kustritz (Ed.).  And she served as co-chairman, in addition to speaking at the small animal program at the 2004 Society for Theriogenology Annual Meeting. In 2005, Jane presented the small animal reproduction program at the Western Veterinary Conference, and in 2006 did the same at Central States Veterinary Conference.  Also in 2005, she opened up an AKC-approved semen cryopresevation center.  In 2006, she was elected to a 3-year term of service on Board of Directors for the Society for Theriogenology.

    She is committed to providing the highest quality care for her patients.  Every aspect of patient care, from the routine visit to intensive care hospitalization, is designed to minimize stress and maximize comfort.  For example, she encourages owners to bring their pets by for frequent “happy visits” so they will think of the hospital as a fun, not scary, place to visit.  Because of her background in education, Dr. Jane explains diagnostic findings fully to her clients, showing them microscope slides, radiographs or ultrasound images. She welcomes your questions because she knows that a well-informed client is better equipped to care for and maintain the health of their pet.

  • Dr.
    Kathy Knodel

    We are proud to announce Dr. Kathy Knodel is returning to our practice from Mooresville Animal Hospital. She brings over 30 years experience, much of which she spent working in the Lake Norman area. We are truly excited to have her join our team….


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I know i can always trust every single employee! Jane and her staff are always so good to my fur babies and have become friends that I can count on at any time in emergencies or just regular visits my dogs are always treated amazing! Thank you vet specialties for loving my babies and always taking such great care of them!!"
    Kendyl J.M
  • "5 stars is not enough! They have been our family vet for years now and are hands down the best. Treated our border collie the other day for toxicity. We did not think he would make it when we went in there but dr barber and staff saved his life! Couldn't be more grateful."
    Kadi L.H