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 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, Braylee’s pony – Mac-A-Pony, Their Chihuahua Charli, 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. She will also tell you that her main activity these days is running her lovely social butterfly, Ms. Braylee, to and from her many functions. Aleshia describes her life as being very blessed.
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 animals and people so this job gives her the perfect chance to work with both. Judy enjoys interacting with our clients and 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, he is a gentle soul who is completely devoted to Rick and offers his services as a cuddle companion to both indoor and outdoor cats, and Sydney, 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 also seven cats in the family, ask Judy about her three bottle baby barn cats (who live in the house BTW), and their actual barn cats.
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 beautiful people.”
Customer Service Representative
Rachael began her journey as a CSR for Animal Hospital in January 2018. She enjoys helping clients get the best care possible for their pets and has always loved helping animals of all kinds. Rachael grew up in Jessamine county and is a graduate of East Jessamine High School. In the last 2 years, she has taken on the role of being the Head Coach for East Jessamine Middle School volleyball team. In her spare time she volunteers at the animal shelter and assists with the youth ministry program at BHC with her future husband, Jordan. Her favorite things in life are Ale-8 and tacos.
Licensed Veterinarian Technologist
Katie is a licensed veterinary technologist who graduated from Morehead State University with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology before joining us at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in 2005. She is a lifelong Jessamine County resident and graduated from Lexington Catholic High School. Katie grew up with animals, volunteered at a vet clinic and always knew she wanted to work with animals. She has an interest in behavior, educating clients and preventative care that will help our animals live longer, happier lives.
Outside the clinic, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors and around water. She grew up on her family’s houseboat at Lake Cumberland and loves boating. Her dog Beyla (a Golden Retriever) loves hiking with her and she also has a cat, Little Bit, a former clinic cat she fell in love with. The animals are her children. Beyla is affectionately known as the red-headed step child who has a remarkable history of chewing up anything she can find including a GPS, light bulbs and several Bibles! Katie likes to relax with a good glass of wine and some music, the dogs especially love AC/DC!
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! 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 all 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!”
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 has to 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 didn’t planned on, but the ends of those turns has landed me at a place in my life where I can say that I am very blessed. 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 a Kennel 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. Apart from caring for our boarders, he helps to keep our clinic clean and loves to run errands. In his free time, he is playing basketball and is going to school with the intention to become a History Teacher and Coach. David is currently pet less, so Suzanne’s Ivy Mae willingly agreed to fill in until he finds a friend of his own one day.
My Name is Kim cotton . I have been at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville since November of 2018. I am an assistant. I have worked in the caregiving industry for over 20 years. I have several animals of my own and enjoy taking care of them. I like my job and enjoy being with the people I work with. I am married with children. Outside of work I enjoy being with the family and spending time at the beach.