Our Staff

Dr. Hudson earned his DVM degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He began practice in a mixed animal practice in Monroe, N.C. and after two years, began a mobile large animal practice. He opened Sun Valley Animal Hospital as a mixed animal practice in 1990 which subsequently transitioned into an exclusive small animal practice. Dr. Hudson has continued to practice small animal veterinary medicine and surgery for the past 28 years at Sun Valley Animal Hospital, mixing small animal practice with hospital management. During his time away from the hospital, Dr. Hudson enjoys spending time on the water with his family and friends, cycling, fishing, and just puttering around in the yard. Dr. Hudson resides in Weddington, NC with his wife Gina, and their two dogs Dixie and Gracie Lou.


Dr. Barker graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and has been practicing with Sun Valley Animal Hospital since 1999. Prior to veterinary school, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Barker grew up in Shelby, North Carolina, and currently resides in Union County with his wife, Kimberly, his daughter, Trudi, as well as their spunky and chatty cat, Pixie. Additionally, he has his daughter’s sweet goat, Nom-Nom, and several dogs that all reside on the family farm. Outside of veterinary medicine, he enjoys rooting for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and North Carolina Tar Heels, partaking in the thrills of fantasy football, running, obstacle course racing, hiking, water sports, and traveling.


Dr. Rios was raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Matthews with her family in 2001. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate studies, earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Spanish in 2010. She studied at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2015. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte for one year, then joined the team at Sun Valley Animal Hospital In August 2016. Dr. Rios and her husband, Michael, currently live in Matthews with their two rescued cats and a dog. Dr. Rios enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, cheering for Duke (this hobby was inherited strictly through marriage), reading, and golfing.