Best Care Animal Hospital

Conveniently located in Matthews, North Carolina, we are thrilled to offer a wide range of veterinary services for dogs and cats in the greater Charlotte area.

Our Team


Dr. Sunil Kakarla

DVM, Ph.D., Owner

Dr. Sunil Kakarla, an experienced and compassionate veterinarian in Cary, NC, grew up in India. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in India, he practiced as a companion animal veterinarian for five years in a metropolitan city in India. He moved to the United States in 2005 with a passion for practicing high-quality veterinary medicine in an advanced setting. During that process, he pursued his MS and Ph.D. in a renowned lab at Marshall University in West Virginia.

As a graduate student, Dr. Kakarla performed cutting-edge research and had several high impact publications to his credit. While pursuing graduate studies, he simultaneously completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) in 2010. Soon after this accomplishment, he began volunteering at several local animal hospitals. He completed his clinical experience program and obtained his license to practice in the US the same year.

In 2011, after graduating with a doctoral degree, he joined a small animal practice in Durham/RTP where he established a huge clientele and treated about 6000 to 7000 pets per year.

With his continued passion to provide the best quality veterinary care, he joined the state-of-the-art Walnut Street Animal Hospital in June 2016. As a veterinarian in the RTP area of NC, he strongly believes in quality care for pets and in being available to his patients when needed.

Sunil Kakarla is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in dermatology and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency medicine. Dr. Kakarla is married and has a son and a daughter. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, including his 1-year-old Golden-Doodle, Brownie, and a 4-year-old Poodle, Milky. He enjoys serving his community by actively helping rescue groups and shelter pets, and in his free time, he plays volleyball.

Madhukar Kolli

DVM, Ms, Ph.D, Chief Veterinarian

Motivated from an early age living up in the farmland by my love of animals and a passion for science, I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from The College of Veterinary Science, Tirupati, India in 2004 with first class.

As a new graduate, I worked in India in a small and large animal practice for two years. With a passion for advancement in my career, I then moved to the United States of America and pursued my Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. I relished the experience of living and working in a different country. After completing my higher education, I worked in a busy small animal practice in Fayetteville, NC, for six years and helped pets and pet owners with preventive care, dental prophylaxis procedures, dental extractions, and soft-tissue surgeries.

My passion to work in a small individual practice became a reality during this time. I made the move to Charlotte in June 2018 to take on the veterinarian role at Best Care Animal Hospital in Matthews. I live in Matthews with my wife, two kids, and a dog - Candy. In my spare time, I like to travel and play volleyball. My next adventure is publishing a research project on breed associated changes with age!

I try to offer the best care to my clients and their pets and have a special interest in surgery, emergency care, and internal medicine. I look forward to meeting all our Best Care Animal Hospital clients and their furry friends!

Kayla Robinsons

Regional Finance Manager

Nicole Ronquillo

Pet Groomer

I am originally from a small town in Ohio. I am 23 years old. I have always had a love for animals and have a blue American Staffordshire Terrier at home. I started my career with animals about 2 years ago when I started working for PetSmart as a bather in their grooming salon. I learned so much about working with domestic animals while being employed there and it just made me want to learn more. Until I started working in a grooming salon, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and I’m so thankful I had this opportunity to not only continue my career with animals but continue to learn so much about them.

Dalton Furr

Veterinary Assistant

I was born and raised in Charlotte NC, my family owns a farm with nine horses, as well as a plethora of other animals, ranging from cats to dogs, even cows at one point. All of which I cared for deeply. From a young age I have always been passionate about all the facets of animal care. I have always dreamed of a career in which I could help animals in need. After getting my foot in the door working at a local doggy daycare, I gained proper and extensive experience interacting with animals, including feeding and administering medicine. Over the next four years I worked my way up the ladder of dog daycare and boarding/ training kennels. Soon feeling that my skills and training were being underutilized I began my work at Best Care Animal Hospital, as a Veterinary Assistant, where I hope to further my education and career in the field of animal care.

Alexandra Wright

Veterinary Assistant

Hello, my name is Alex and I was born in Colombia, SC, but have lived in Charlotte for about 12 years now. At home, I am a mom to three dogs (Guinness, Yukon, Diesel) and a cat (Bleu), all of which get my undivided love and attention when I’m not at work.

I have always dreamed about working with animals and I am currently half way there, working to become a Wildlife Biologist while simultaneously working here at Best Care Animal Hospital. By being here, I have learned a plethora of new things and continue to by being exposed to new situations and new clients every day.

Anna Rogers

Veterinary Assistant

Hi! I’m Anna. I am a pre-veterinary student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I am majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Marine Science. My lifelong goal is to attend NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and eventually work as a small animal veterinarian. I grew up near Washington, DC and have owned dogs my whole life. I have been working as a technician since May 2019 and have previous experience in canine behaviorism, where I trained medical alert service dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my Goldendoodle, Hamilton (who is close to earning his trick dog title!), and going on hikes with my friends.

Breanna Merlos

Client Service Representative (receptionist)

Hello, my name is Breanna Merlos. I was born and raised in Queens, NY. Growing up, I always had a passion for taking care of animals. For a little over 3 years, I’ve volunteered at an animal shelter while working my full-time job and studying at home. With this great opportunity of working with animals, I found my interest in one day becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

My position as a CSR/Veterinary Assistant at Best Care Animal Hospital has taught me a lot about veterinary terminology, symptoms, and health conditions. Best Care Animal Hospital has given me the proper skills to appropriately handle any animal that comes in, whether they’re fearful, aggressive, or injured. On top of this, I’ve also grown as a person and gained the appropriate knowledge to pursue a career with the ASPCA.

Aside from working on my veterinary career goals, I spend time at home with my boyfriend and our children, Toby (Mixed Canine) and Shadow (German Shepherd/Husky Mix). We all love to be goofy and watch movies. We enjoy being cuddled up and drinking hot chocolate, as well as baking goodies, cooking, and working out.

Brianna Goff

Our Clients

A trusted low-cost veterinarian in Charlotte.

Best Care Animal Hospital provides affordable high-quality services for dogs and cats in Charlotte, Matthews, Indian Trail, Mint Hill, Ballantyne, Pineville, and the surrounding areas.

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