Our Story

Dr. Craig Wilson opened Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital in 1982, and has been serving pets in the Raleigh area ever since.

Bayleaf Back Then…

Here is what the practice looked like under construction. The building, and the neighborhood,  has certainly changed over the years…






Here is Dr. Wilson at the new reception desk. Do you see the manila accordion file to the left of his head? All the patient files for the entire practice fit in that folder! Many of the clients in that folder still bring their pets to the practice.  Bayleaf has grown a great deal since then thanks to referrals from our loyal clients.





Dr. Wilson’s main partner in the early years was his wife, Pam. They even lived full-time in the practice for the first year. This era is why subsequent generations of Bayleaf  employees and clients alike have been baffled to discover that Bayleaf to this day hosts a rather nice shower-bath.







Dr. Wilson posing for a picture with Bayleaf’s first veterinary technicians! They were the first of a long line of dedicated veterinary assistants who help Bayleaf provide the best veterinary care possible.





Dr. Wilson’s son, Steven Craig Wilson Jr, arrived on the scence in 1987. Here he is helping out with the paperwork.






Steven is pictured here playing ‘stay on top of Margaret’!







Yes, Margaret was here even then. It certainly would not be Bayleaf without Margaret.







Bayleaf Today…

Bayleaf is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Associaton(AAHA). We are proud to be counted in the elite grouping of 15% of U.S. practices that are certified as meeting these exacting professional standards. Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital is the only independent practice in Raleigh that is accredited by AAHA.

The association sets high standards for quality pet care in veterinary hospitals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the associations high standards in 18 different areas, including: patient care, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital strives to offer cutting-edge veterinary care in North Raleigh and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.