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 graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and purchased Animal Hospital of Nicholasville with Dr Bowling in 1999. Dr Stacey was born in Lexington, spent many years in Colorado, and has been in Nicholasville since she was 12.
Dr Stacey’s daily interest at AHON is quality of life for pets and their families, and she has a special interest in challenging medical cases and feline behavior. Her big passion in the Veterinary industry is helping the county shelter and surgery center. She is both a board member and volunteers her time as the surgeon for the Jessamine County Trap-Neuter-Return program, helping to control the stray and feral cat population in our area.
When away from the clinic, Dr Stacey enjoys traveling with her husband Darren (also a veterinarian), and spending time on her hobby farm with their two horses and multiple kitties. Her true passion outside of work is horseback riding and learning dressage. Her current show horse is their home bred and raised Arabian/Hanoverian cross.
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!
Stacey Kimmerer DVM
Dr. Stacey Kimmerer is a veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville, she is known around here – as Dr. K. and joined our team in August of 2021. Dr. K earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in 1986, Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree in 1986, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1991. Dr. K has had many experiences in the field of Veterinary medicine, including mixed animal practice and emergency veterinary medicine. Dr. K is now a relief veterinarian who we are happy to say has joined us on a regular part time basis.
When not providing care for the patients she cares so much about, Dr. K enjoys spending her free time with her three children – Will, Greg, and Allison and her two dogs – Chester (a 15 year old English Setter) and Markle (a 1 ½ year old Cattle Dog cross), as well as her many chickens. Her greatest joy is watching each of her children reach their goals they have set for themselves and embarking on their own careers. Dr. K’s own goals in life are to stay healthy and enjoy her veterinary work and time with her children.
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 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.”
Assistant Office Manager
Suzanne is the assistant office manager, 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 worked as a technical assistant for over 16 years before moving into her current position. Suzanne is Dr. Burdick’s sister and was born in Kentucky, spent the majority of childhood in Colorado, then returned to Jessamine County to finish high school. She started her career path as a licensed Cosmetologist but traded that for the joy of being home with her first two sons for a few years before joining the team.
When not at work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband Charlie, three sons, Alex, Aaron, and CJ, three dogs and many cats (cat collecting runs in the family!) She loves to spend time outdoors either gardening, hiking, or kayaking. She also enjoys scenic photography. Suzanne’s three sons are her pride and joy, they impress and inspire her daily to be a better person because of who they are and how they live their lives.
When describing her life Suzanne says – “It has taken turns I did not plan 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 cannot say there is a thing I would change!
Veterinary Technical Assistant
David has been with Animal Hospital of Nicholasville 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 a leader in that area, he is a key team member in surgery, and is training to take over as the clinic safety officer. 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 Is a Veterinary assistant who has been with Animal Hospital of Nicholasville since the November of 2018; and we are so glad to have her! She is a team member her team know they can depend on and a leader in patient care, she keeps a constant eye on the well-being of our pets left in the hospital for the day. There is nothing she will not do to lend a helping hand, and she does each task cheerfully. Without Kim, we would really struggle to keep our behind-the scenes details running smoothly.
Before she came to us, she worked in the caregiving industry for over 20 years, and she is truly gifted at it. 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 those memories! 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 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 is a Veterinary Technical Assistant and team leader, she joined The Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in June of 2020, and she is attending school remotely via an AVMA accredited program to earn her degree as a veterinary technician associate, then she will work towards becoming a licensed vet tech. We love Haylee’s 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, Haylee worked as a team leader in the retail industry, she grew up in Georgetown, and is now living with her two cats named – Meowskavits (pictured with Haylee) and Little Kitty. Both of her kitties’ love causing trouble around the house and have been known to commandeer household items for entertainment purposes, and we all know – cats do not 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. 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.
Stay tuned for Haylee’s life description!!
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Greysen is a Veterinary Technical Assistant who joined the team in July of 2021. She is a very diligent worker, who pays close attention to the details, and has a calm gentle way with our patients as well as their owners. She is looking forward to learning everything she can about the small animals she is now working with, she is a valued surgical team member, and has recently enrolled to become a licensed technologist!
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 extremely glad that she did! 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 for them to chase him 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.”
Customer Service Representative
Kiersten has been with Animal Hospital of Nicholasville as a Customer Service Representative since June of 2020. We have really appreciated her sweet side (she keeps her spicy side concealed for those of us who have come to know her as a friend or her family to enjoy). At work, Kiersten is a calm yet unstoppable force, her abilities to multitask are incredible and she is a great asset in helping us grow as a team. She pours her heart into our memory board we have to honor the patients our owners have had to say goodbye to. Before joining Animal Hospital of Nicholasville, she was a retail supervisor, and never imagined herself working with animals, but now that she has changed her career path, she sees herself making this her new field and she hopes to grow in more than one direction within the company. We are currently cross training her to be fluid from the front to the back, so you will see her smiling face in various parts of the clinic. Her passion is being a voice for both our clients and their pets.
Kiersten is recently married the love of her life, Blake, and she is the proud mother of her daughter Harper, who she defines as her – Mini, and according to Kiersten, Ms. Harper is the sassiest child to ever live. She is also a bonus mom to her sweet and goofy Ellie, Blake’s daughter. Kiersten and her family share their space with two adopted kitties, Finn, and Peach, and the adorable Colt, their rescue puppy. She loves spending her free time (when she gets it) reading and cooking, the mountains are her happy place.
When describing her life, Kiersten would say – I firmly believe life is best lived authentically, and if not, it is wasted!
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Raven is a Technical Assistants, who joined Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in July of 2022. Raven grew up in Danville Kentucky, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in social welfare. Before joining AHON, Raven was a preschool teacher. If you get the opportunity to meet Raven, you will appreciate her beautiful smile and sweet nature as much as we do, she can truly brighten the room! She amazes us daily with what a conscientious, kind, and hard worker she is. So far, she enjoys being part of the surgical team, and her goal is to learn and grow in every area of this new profession she has chosen.
Raven has always had passion for animals, her family has always called her either – “Dr. Doolittle” or “Elly Mae”, she even used to have her own video series of her nightly raccoon encounters which she called – Rae’s Animal Planet. For Raven, family is everything; she spends as much of her free time she can creating memories with her family and friends. Some of her favorite activities are – trying new restaurants (seafood is her favorite), traveling on a yearly girl’s trip, spending time outdoors, and staying in to watch her favorite TV shows. Raven also enjoys spending time with her two cats – Swirls and Nylah aka NYNY.
When describing her life, Raven would say – “I have been very blessed with such amazing family and friends, and I make sure to cherish every moment I have with them.”
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Becca is a Technical Assistant who joined Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in July of 2022. Becca is from Chicago, while there, she achieved her undergrad in Journalism from Loyola and wrote for Daily Herald; after they stopped publishing, she achieved her master’s degree in Hospitality Management from We Roosevelt University and managed hotels for 13 years. The effect Covid had on the hotel industry granted Becca the opportunity to enter the field she has always wanted to be a part of, the field of veterinary medicine. We are happy to have Becca on the AHON team! She has the ability needed in this field to roll with whatever the day brings, she is passionate about animal care, and keeps a close eye on the pets left in our care. She loves meeting new faces when prepping rooms as well as greeting those she has already built a connection with; in the field of introverts, Becca’s outgoing personality is a welcome addition! She is very determined to learn and grow as fast and far as she can in her new career!
In her free time (which this hardworking young lady has very little of, ask her when you see her how many jobs she juggles) Becca enjoys watching movies, she plays the guitar (fun fact – she was in a punk band for 10 years), and rescuing animals. Apart from the pets she helps get on their way to their forever homes, Becca shares her life with her dog – Boof, three cats – Yam, Cheeto, and Crush, as well as a snail named – Fezzik.
Becca looks forward to a future that includes an established/official pet rescue, owning her own farm, and learning everything she can about veterinary medicine. We know this young lady will reach every goal she sets for herself!
Customer Service Representative
Jamison is a Customer Service Representative who joined Animal Hospital of Nicholasville in July of 2022. Jamison grew up in Cynthiana, KY. After graduating from Harrison County High School, she worked as an office manager at another vet clinic in Lexington for a few years before pursuing a license in Cosmetology. Fortunately for us, while she enjoyed learning about cosmetology, she realized that veterinary medicine is where she is happiest. As soon as she arrived, she has helped us grow in exciting new directions, one being moving to paperless medical records! We appreciate the kindness, calm nature, and willingness to help our clients with her ever present smile. We also enjoy her sense of humor, especially when trying to motivate her coworkers in helping her scan records to meet the paperless goal she set for us!
Jamison is the proud mother of four beautiful girls – Laycee, Finlee, Ivee, and Kolbee; as she is a full-time working mom with a house full of joyful chaos, Jamison currently does not have time for hobbies at this stage in her life. A major goal for Jamison is a full night of sleep! Despite her sleep deprivation, she loves her role as her girl’s mom. Jamison also shares her home with her beagle named AB as well as three cats.
Jamison would describe her life by saying – “If there’s anything I know for sure, it’s that this chapter of my life, which includes – sleepless nights, toddler meltdowns, sticky fingerprints on everything, and spicy Pre-teen drama will pass way too fast; so, I intend to do my best to enjoy and cherish each moment with my girls. My goal is to fill our days with joy, laughter, and snuggles, while appreciating every moment this beautiful, chaotic life blesses me with.
Veterinary Technical Assistant
Libby is a veterinary technical assistant and returning team member! She was originally from Michigan and lived most of her life in the magic capital of the world. Libby and her family moved to Kentucky about 8 years ago, and are living in Georgetown. Libby has studied education at Finlandia University in Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Education with minors in science and social studies. She then attended Wayland Baptist University and received her master’s degree in special education with a focus in ASD.
Libby is a huge advocate for animals as well as people. She believes every human should learn to love and embrace themselves, no matter how weird they feel, she encourages others to let that quirky side shine! She encourages others to appreciate the parts of themselves that make them unique and amazing! Libby’s home is always filled with animals that need to see humans in a different light after suffering neglect and abuse; she fosters them until they are healthy and ready to trust again.
Libby and her supportive husband, Tyler, have two amazing children – Mason and Finny. They share their home with not only foster pets, but their own dogs, cats, and rats. The pug (named Bug) pictured with Libby is her faithful friend who has been with her through thick and thin. The plans Libby has for her future are to get her degree as a veterinary technician and find time in her busy schedule for more travel so that she and her family can experience the unique aspects of our world. When describing her life, Libby would say – “learn to embrace the weird and love the person that you are! My life is chaotic, but I love the chaos!”