Dan Bowling DVM
Dr. Dan Bowling is a veterinarian and owner at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville. He and partner Dr. Stacey Burdick opened the clinic in 1999, although he has been serving the animal needs of Jessamine County since 1985. Dan grew up on a farm in Richmond, Kentucky and has always enjoyed working outside on the farm and around animals. At the age of 14, he graduated from horse shoeing school and used that skill to help put himself through college, vet school and beyond. Dan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and went on to Auburn University for veterinary school.
Working outside with farm animals and horses was very enjoyable for Dan, but as veterinary medicine has grown and changed, he has developed a strong interest in small animal medicine. This change led to the Animal Hospital of Nicholasville being exclusively small animal. He enjoys challenging surgery cases and especially orthopedic surgeries.
Dan met and married his wife, Nancy, while at the University of Kentucky and they live on a farm with 3 horses, 2 dogs and 5 cats. Nancy grew up in the horse industry and has worked in it all her life. She enjoys riding and has developed an interest in photography. Dan is an outdoors man, and enjoys fishing, camping, roping and running. At home he likes to come up with new recipes and bakes his own bread. He and Nancy especially like to take trips in their Airstream that include their dogs Captain and Dandelion where they can camp and hike. Dog hair is woven into the fabric of their life!
Stacey Burdick DVM
Dr. Stacey Burdick is a veterinarian and owner at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville. She and partner Dr. Dan Bowling opened the clinic in 1999 with the goal to provide the best in medical care for animals in a warm and friendly environment. Stacey was born in Lexington, spent several years in Colorado and returned to Nicholasville when she was 12 years old. She attended high school here, before heading to the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate work and on to Auburn University for veterinary school. Coming out of vet school there was no question she wanted to head back to the area to practice and even told her future husband, he better start looking for jobs this way!
From the time she was 3, Stacey had a love for animals and wanted to be a “Doggie Doctor”. Growing up with family pets and eventually riding and showing horses she never lost that desire. Stacey is an advocate for all animals, and has a special interest in challenging medical cases and feline behavior. She also is a big supporter of the Trap-Neuter-Return program in Jessamine County, helping to control the stray and feral cat population in our area.
When away from the clinic, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband Darren (also a veterinarian), their 2 dogs, 5 horses and large herd of cats. Darren enjoys camping and golfing when not at work. Stacey’s true passion is riding and learning dressage on her Arabian and part Arabian horses. She and Chief, her beautiful Arabian gelding, have 13 national titles including 3 Reserve and 1 National Championship. Her goal is to compete at the Grand Prix level on a horse she trained.
Julia Fox DVM
Dr. Julia Fox started at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in 2002 after working as a mixed animal vet in Ohio for several years. She was born in Arizona, into a military family, and lived all over the country until settling in Indiana when she was 8 years old. Growing up on and around her grandparents farms instilled a love of animals and in the sixth grade she told her parents to start saving money because she was going to vet school! She did her undergraduate work at Purdue University (Go Boilers!) and graduated from their School of Veterinary Medicine. Dogs and cats have always been family members for Julia and she showed dogs and horses throughout high school and college.
In practice, she has a strong interest in surgery and preventative care. She loves to help with nutrition, at home care and wellness procedures to help pets live long and happy lives. Just ask about her German Shepherd, Selene and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Daphne who get to be the recipients of all kinds of tests!
At home, Julia leads a busy life with 3 kids, Nicholas, Bella and Alex, husband John (a Lexington Police Officer), 2 dogs, 3 cats, a guinea pig and various fish. With kids involved in Soccer, Baseball, Basketball and Cub Scouts, there isn’t much free time, but she and John love to watch sports and play games with the kids. Julia also likes to run – her only peace and quiet – and compete in half marathons. Bella, the middle child, has Down Syndrome so every fall the family participates in a Walk for Down Syndrome, new team members are always welcome!
Customer Service Representative
Aleshia is a customer service representative who joined the team at Animal Hospital in 2005. She grew up in Jessamine County, graduated from West Jessamine High School and has always had a love for animals. She enjoys working with clients and getting to know them with their animals. She always has a friendly smile and her gentle, compassionate, manner is especially welcome during our clients’ difficult times.
Aleshia and her daughter, Braylee (who is Aleshia’s greatest joy) live with Aleshia’s partner Derrick on their mini farm, which is home to Aleshia’s horse – Lefty (who has chosen to abdicate from being ridden at this time, she is hoping that changes), Braylee’s pony – Mac-A-Pony, Their Chihuahua Charli (who is not the typical chihuahua), Derrick’s cattle dog puppy – Kacey, as well as the family cats.
When she isn’t working Aleshia enjoys running and ran her first 5K in 2012, spending time with family and friends, and she is an avid UK basketball fan. When describing her life Aleshia would say – “I love my life, it has been very blessed. I even enjoy my new main activity these days, which is running my lovely social butterfly, Ms. Braylee, to and from her many functions.”
Judy is the Office Manager at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville and has been here since it opened in 1999, working with Dr. Bowling and Dr. Burdick for several years prior to helping them get AHON off the ground. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Ohio and Michigan. She and her husband moved to South Carolina for a year before settling in Nicholasville in 1989. She loves both animals and people, so this job gives her the perfect chance to work with both. Judy enjoys interacting with our clients and she is our constant source of help for both clients as well as staff. The well-being of others is always her focus, and her heart is huge!
Judy and her husband Rick live on a small farm with their horse Luna, who Judy enjoys taking on trail rides as well as learning dressage with. She and Rick also have 2 dogs – Baxter their Golden Retriever who Judy met at the shelter is a gentle soul who is completely devoted to Rick, and he offers his services as a cuddle companion to both indoor and outdoor cats. Sydney is Judy’s current resident Australian Shepherd (Judy loves those working breeds!) rescue who tasked herself with keeping things in the barn in order. There are seven cats in the family, ask Judy about her three bottle baby barn cats she adopted to live in the barn (who live in the house BTW), and their actual barn cats. Judy would love to add a miniature donkey to the family (hint hint Rick)!
When not caring for the needs of clients and staff, Judy and Rick love spending their free time with family and friends as well as taking beach trips as often as possible. They enjoy car shows, and Judy is hoping Rick decides on a camper soon so they can expand on their adventures. When describing her life. Judy would say – “I love my life; I have been so blessed to have a life so full of so many beautiful people.”
Customer Service Representative
Rachael began her journey as a CSR for Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in January 2018. She has become our driving force behind the days we get to celebrate, such as AAHA day, making us all dress up in themed attire for the Boo Wow walk, birthdays, and Christmas parties, in other words – she is the one to make sure we have fun! She is such a bright and creative addition to our team; look for the welcome boards she and Kiersten do every night before going home when you come in to see us. She enjoys helping clients get the best care possible for their pets, helping animals has been a passion for her since she was a child, she loves them all!
Rachael grew up in Jessamine county and is a graduate of East Jessamine High school, she is now back in school while working full time, along with caring for her family which includes her sweet mini me – Sawyer, to become a surgical PA, she realized that was her path after staying after work one Saturday to observe an emergency surgery; thankfully, we will get to keep her for a while as she works towards that goal.
Rachael and her husband were fortunate to be able to purchase their dream farm this year, apart from their beautiful daughter, they also share their farm with – four horses – Jack, Doc, Harry, and Sally and two dogs – Beau and Sadie. When not spending time remodeling their new house (yes, she is also taking on that job), Rachael enjoys spending time with friends and family, trail riding, and learning portrait photography.
When describing her life our Rachael says – “it’s peachy!”
Licensed Veterinarian Technologist
Katie is a licensed veterinary technologist who graduated from Morehead State University. She joined the Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in 2005. Katie is one of our team leaders as well as our head technician; she is very interested in preventative care, client education, especially in pet behavior and ways to help their pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Her attention to detail and passion for the well-being of our patients is one of her greatest strengths. She has also worked very hard in mastering fear free approaches with our patients, which makes her a favorite with them when they come in. We love how she is always thinking of how we can make a better visit for pets as well as their humans. She has had the task of training new team members on the job and helps them find and grow into their own passions they can excel in at AHON.
Outside the clinic, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Justin, they share their farm with two chihuahuas – Skeeba and Nuk – who are very shy with the general public, and also miss their former family members – Beyla (the golden pictured with Katie) and Kodi (the husky) as much as Katie and Justin, so the family would like to leave their beloved friends in the picture with Katie (we miss them too, they were very present in the AHON family), a cat who adopted them when they moved to the farm – Sonny, and their two goats – Oreo and Lawrence (who is also called Larry when he is being nice, unfortunately, he is usually called Lawrence). Katie also loves to spend time outdoors, especially on the water, reading, and practicing a new interest – archery (we will let you know when she starts competing, as she is considering).
When describing her life, Katie says – “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get, so it’s best to enjoy those chocolates with some wine a good music!”
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Maegan has been a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville since June 2015. She has trained on the job and enjoys working in surgery and the lab. Her soft-spoken gentle nature is very calming to the patients she loves working with. Not only is she comforting, but she is also able to tackle any obstacle that gets thrown her way, nothing rattles her! You will also notice her smiling face at our front desk, as she is able to switch gears whenever the need arises, in addition to that, she has started to branch out in to fundraising, and will do great things for the homeless pets in our community!
Maegan lives on her family farm with her husband, two children, dogs, cats, mules, and her childhood horse. She enjoys traveling with her husband Stanley, who is a professional Bluegrass musician, they travel across the Eastern US and Canada for his shows. She also enjoys spending time with her kids and parents on the farm, they really enjoy taking wagon rides with the mules, while Maegan and her horse follow along.
When describing her life Maegan says “Life is always busy, but I try to keep in perspective what is most important to me, which is being the best I can be for my family. My family and I love making memories together, we love that so many of those memory making moments include our furry family members! I have learned to cherish every moment, despite the chaos!”
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Suzanne is a veterinary technical assistant and one of our team leaders, she started at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in 2004. She initially filled in when people were on vacation but soon earned a full-time position through her hard work. She trained on the job and loves doing lab work and taking care of hospitalized patients. Suzanne is Dr. Burdick’s sister and also was born in Kentucky, moved to Colorado, and then returned to Jessamine County to finish high school, she is so proud to be part of the team built by doctors Bowling and Burdick.
When not at work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband Charlie, 3 sons, Alex, Aaron, and CJ, 3 dogs and numerous cats (cat collection runs in the family). She loves to spend time outdoors with her family, hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys scenic photography. When the weather doesn’t permit time outside, they like to shop for cars and go antiquing. Suzanne’s three sons are her pride and joy, she is so impressed by them, they inspire her daily to be a better person because of who they are and how they live their lives. She also loves to run with two of her dogs – the wild Ivy Mae and silly Honey, while the other dog, Jackson, prefers leisurely strolls with the less intense members of the family. Jackson isn’t convinced the cattle dog crosses he must live with are as awesome as Suzanne thinks they are, he would love less intense pack members.
When describing her life Suzanne says – “It has taken turns I hadn’t planned on, but the ends of those turns has landed me at a place in my life where I can say they were definitely worth the journey. While some of the lessons I have learned were more challenging than I may have wanted, I am so thankful for the growth they brought; I can’t say there is a thing I would have wanted to change, except for my hair color, that’s always fun to change!”
David has been an Assistant since May 2017. He is known around here as our go-to guy. His helpful nature and positive attitude have been a great addition to our team. Over the years, he has been developing his talents which starting with caring for our kenneled patients, to becoming the trainer in that area, and he is now a key team member in surgery as well as assisting in rooms. He is always adding more to his skill set, we are excited to see how far he goes! He is very conscientious, and we know that whatever he does, he will do it with excellence.
David shares his life with a beautiful Golden Retriever he adopted named – Comet. Comet enjoys taking car rides with David, playing frisbee, and playing with Yennefer, their roommate’s dog. In his free time, David enjoys playing basketball, hiking, kayaking, working puzzles and word searches, reading, and listening to many different genres of music.
When describing his life, David says – “I am still young and always looking for opportunities to spend times with friends and family. I always try to keep my eyes open, so I don’t miss anything.”
Kim has been with Animal Hospital of Nicholasville since the November of 2018; and we are so glad to have her; before she came to us, she worked in the caregiving industry for over 20 years, and she is truly gifted at it. She is an assistant who her team know they can depend on, there is nothing she won’t do to lend a helping hand, and she always does each task cheerfully. Without Kim, we would really struggle to keep our rooms and laundry clean, she unpacks almost our shipments, and she keeps a constant eye on the well-being of our pets left in the hospital for the day.
Kim is married and has both children and grandchildren who keep her busy, they also appreciate her kind and nurturing spirit, as most of her free time is spent making memories with them. Trips to the beach with family is Kim’s favorite way to make memories with them. If you get the opportunity to meet Kim, be sure to ask her about her grey cat addiction! She had two cats before starting with us, we soon realized that if we bring in anything little and grey that is looking for a home, she finds room. So far, she has adopted three from Caring Hearts; at this time, her husband will probably stage an intervention before he lets anymore come home. We will help you stay strong Kim!
When describing her life, Kim would say – “I am very blessed and thankful. I am looking forward to any future new challenges that I can face and grow from. I have always had a very positive outlook on life as well as my future.”
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Haylee joined The Animal Hospital in June of 2020, she has been trained on the job; she is such a wonderful addition, we love her bubbly kind and helpful nature! So far, her favorite tasks are helping to calm fearful patients, performing lab procedures, and keeping herself available for whatever help she can lend to her teammates. Haylee is an addition we added to the team while we were offering curbside services, which means she had the challenge of learning curbside, getting that down pat (because she is very bright and an amazing learner), then being told one day that we are opening the doors, which meant she had one day to adjust to the new way of doing things, of course – she rocked it! Before joining AHON, she worked as a team leader in the retail industry. She is attending school remotely via an AVMA accredited program to earn her degree as a veterinary technician associate, and then she will work towards becoming a licensed vet tech.
Haylee grew up in Georgetown, she is now living in Lexington with her two cats who are named – Meowskavits (pictured with Haylee) and Little Kitty. Both of their kitties’ love causing trouble around the house and have been known to commandeer household items for entertainment purposes, and we all know – cats don’t ask first, nor will they ask forgiveness later, so all Haylee can do is applaud their creativity. Meowskavits is much more vocal and attention seeking than his brother, Haylee says that both boys bring out the best in each other.
In her free time Haylee enjoys playing video games, hiking, and binge-watching movies and TV shows, The Office is one of her favorites. Haylee can only have two cats in her current apartment, her goal is to be a homeowner so that she can bring more cats in to the family as well as becoming a cat foster home.
When describing her life, Haylee says, “it is still unfolding, I am learning to find joy in each day and take them as they come!”
Licensed Veterinary Technologist
Britteny has been a licensed veterinary technologist since 2014 and has a Master of Science degree since 2017; she realized at a very young age that she wanted a career involving animals, one of her first patients was the baby bird she nursed back to a full recovery, followed by the strays she would sneak in and hide from her parents, they had to keep a close eye on her! We have had the pleasure of working with her since March of 2021. While pursuing her degrees at Morehead State University as well as working at vet. Clinic in Morehead, Ky. Britteny realized that she was very passionate about teaching others who are interested in her field; she even taught for a year at MSU when she was 24. She has also had the opportunity to teach chemotherapy treatment procedures, tonography, and endoscopic procedures at other clinics she has worked at. Since joining team AHON, she has been furthering her passion for teaching by sharing her knowledge with our volunteers and students at our technical center, she has also been sharing her knowledge with her teammates. We believe you will love her beautiful smile, outgoing personality, and love for your pets as much as we do. She is always willing to help wherever she can, we appreciate her willing spirit.
When not working her second job, also in her field, Britteny enjoys spending time with her significant other, and her pets Missy – her four year old chihuahua cross who is such a good girl that she is has secured the position of training assistant when Britteny needs a live animal for teaching, Ace – her seven year old cat, who thought he ruled the roost until Britteny and her partner adopted Diamond – the 6 month old kitten that believes she rules the world, and boy has she convinced Ace of her views! Britteny’s other interests are – Boxing, hiking, Anime, singing (she can sing opera!), poetry, motivational speaking, and speaking to youth groups.
When describing her very full life, Britteny would say – “If you have 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 lungs, a roof over your head, and a full belly, there is no need to complain, always count your blessing in life!”
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Greysen is AHON’s newest addition, she joined the team in July of 2021. Greysen graduated from Asbury University with a major in equine studies with an emphasis in training and management, she also has a business minor. She grew up in Greenville, SC, but decided to stay in the Bluegrass after graduating from college, and we are very glad that she did! She is a very hard worker, who pays close attention to the details. She is looking forward to learning everything she can about the small animals she is now working with, and she is very interested in assisting in surgery, we will enjoy watching her grow and spread her wings in her areas of interest.
Greysen and her cat Caspian live with Greysen’s roommate from college. According to Greysen, Caspian is quite the character, he frequently gets the zoomies, and loves to be chased around the house, he is an expert at fetch, cuddle time is on his terms only, and he loves to be taken outside. While Greysen loves hanging out with Caspian, she is looking forward to the day she can add a horse to her family. When not entertaining Caspian, Greysen enjoys spending time with her friends, crochet and other art projects, listening to Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran, working with horses, and watching movies (her favorite movie is – The Mummy).
We think you would be interested to know that while she was in college, our talented young lady trained two horses to be police horses, one is part of the mounted unit in Vancouver Canada, and the other is working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When describing her life, Greysen says – “I have learned to be thankful for every day and to never take the people in your life for granted.”