Dr. Darren Taul, Veterinarian
Dr. Darren Taul is a Kentucky native who grew up on a farm in west central Kentucky. He attended Western Kentucky University where he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. He attended the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1996. He moved to Central Kentucky upon graduation and has been a single doctor practitioner since that time. He enjoys many challenging aspects of veterinary medicine and has special interests in dentistry, surgery, and ear/skin diseases.
Dr. Taul is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Animal Hospital Association and is a strong proponent of AAHA accreditation. He serves on the MACC (Membership Audit & Control Committee) and is the board liaison for the OAEC (Online Accreditation Engagement Committee). He is a current member of Veterinary Management Group, a national professional organization. He served as the facilitator for the AAHA Adventure Series Pack Trip in 2015 and 2016 and is an AAHA speaker.
In our community, Dr. Taul serves Heritage Hospice as a board member, KHELPS Medical Reserve Corp (as an emergency respondent), and has served the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce as a Board member and Vice-President.
Dr. Taul is married to Dr. Stacey Burdick-Taul, who is also an owner of an AAHA accredited practice. He enjoys spending time with family, golf, traveling, carpentry, horseback riding, and doing pretty much anything involving the outdoors. He also has fun with his two dogs Eddie (terrier) and Chelsea (Husky). The doctors have four horses and a number of cats—quite the domesticated zoo.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michelle Arnold, Veterinarian
Dr. Michelle Arnold grew up in Lexington in the world of veterinary medicine where her parents owned and operated Clays Mill Veterinary Clinic until their retirement in 2008. She graduated from Asbury University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Equine Management and from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Arnold is certified in Canine Rehabilitation and Medical Acupuncture. She is devoted to determining the cause of pain (acute or chronic) in order to come up with a multi-modal treatment plan that not only helps her patients, but is also tailored to her client’s needs and abilities. She is very passionate about low stress handling and restraint and wants to give every patient a calm and relaxing appointment.
Dr. Arnold is married to Jeremy who is the Youth Pastor at St. Luke UMC in Lexington. Jeremy’s grandparents are Jean Arnold and the late Pete Arnold who lived in Lancaster for many years. They have one daughter, Naomi Grace who was born in 2014 and is the light of their lives. Their family also includes five 4-legged children: 2 dogs-Ocea Boo Boo and Rambo, 2 cats-Stella and Duma and one horse-Dallas. In her spare time Dr. Arnold enjoys the occasional trail ride, reading fiction fantasy books, eating ice cream, and warm, sunny days outside.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Lisa Thompson, Practice Manager
Lisa Thompson joined Lancaster Veterinary Hospital as Practice Manager in 2007. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Lisa graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. With her lifelong love of animals both great and small, she particularly enjoys being able to use her skills in business to help dogs, cats, and horses stay healthy and happy.
Outside of work, Lisa enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, Danny, and her daughter, Elizabeth, as well as her furry children: Maggie Mei (a Shih Tzu), Sophie (a Terrier), Bridget and Thackery (a Chantilly cat).
Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting,
Eastern Kentucky University
Joe Beck,Veterinary Technician
Joe Beck grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B. S. in Agriculture/Animal Sciences. He has been working with Dr. Taul since February 1997. Joe lives in Garrard County on a farm where he has Quarter Horses, Paints, and Thoroughbreds. Joe’s family also includes dogs, cats and a Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrot named Alvin. Joe is an avid sports fan and member of the Big Blue Nation.
Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky
Brianna Bledsoe, Veterinary Technician
Brianna Bledsoe grew up on a dairy farm and has a lifelong love of animals. She has two dogs, Jessie (a Boxer/Lab mix) and Cooter (a Border Collie mix). She has a Tennessee Walking Horse named Trudie that she loves riding in her free time.
Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science,
Eastern Kentucky University
Trinity Curtsinger, Veterinary Technician
Trinity grew up in Mercer County. Her lifelong career with animals began in high school, raising and showing her own sheep and goats all the way to a national level, and she has been working with animals ever since. She lives by Herrington Lake with her two dogs, Akima and Gavin, a cat, Leo, 4 freshwater aquariums, and a few goats. She sings in a local band, Paper Bridges, and does lifestyle photography in her spare time (The Companion Studio).
Amanda Anderson, Veterinary Technician
Amanda grew up in Paint Lick, Kentucky, surrounded by the many animals that her parents would rescue along with the animals on her grandparents’ farm. She knew that she had a love for animals at a very young age. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat Obi.
Heather McFerron, Client Services Representative
Heather grew up in Kings Mountain, Kentucky, and recently moved to Lancaster in order to pursue her dream job of working with animals at LVH. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and plans on becoming a veterinary technician. She is a “fur momma” to Bear (pictured) and his sister Stella, as well as two loving cats, Abraham and Lincoln.