Dr. Heather Hancock is a Lexington native and University of Kentucky alumnus. She graduated summa cum laude from the Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, where she met her husband, Kevin Simmons, also a veterinarian and a volunteer firefighter.

“My first job was at I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt, but my next job was as a veterinary technician for Dr. McClain at Tates Creek Animal Hospital. Dr. McClain was such a good doctor, extremely smart and extremely patient. He was definitely the biggest influence on my career.”

After graduation, Dr. Hancock participated in one of the country’s most prestigious veterinary preceptorships, the VCA West Bernard Animal Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Today, Drs. Hancock and Simmons have three children: Liam 7, Lily 6, and Cayce 5, as well as five dogs (a boxer, husky, Labrador retriever mix, a Great Dane, and a special little Dachsund named Rapunzel), three cats (Pokey, Shirley, and Catriona), fish and a leopard gecko lizard named Bowtie.

Dr. Hancock and her family live on 20 acres in Madison County, where she and Dr. Simmons founded and manage the Central Kentucky Wildlife Hospital where they treat sick and injured wildlife.

Her favorite sport? “Basketball. Believe it or not I used to play and was not bad.” In her spare time, she enjoys trail running.

“Professionally, I spend time researching alternative and holistic therapies that can also be helpful to ensuring your pet lives its best life. I will always treat my patients as one of my own.”

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