ome is where the heart is and Dr. Casey Kimbrell Jr. has returned home to care for critters as a second generation veterinarian.
Kimbrell joined his father and namesake a few weeks ago at the family’s longtime veterinary hospital on U.S. Highway 84 in Blackshear.
“It’s always been a long-held dream of mine to be able to join the family business and return home to serve my community,” says the affable new veterinarian. “Dreams do come true.”
The road back home took almost a decade to retrace.
A native Pierce Countian, Kimbrell grew up here and graduated from Pierce County High School in 2010.
After earning his bachelor of science degree from Georgia Southwestern University in Americus in 2015, Kimbrell ended up in the Caribbean.
The college graduate did not go there to enjoy a vacation, however.
Kimbrell traveled to the island nation of St. Kitts to attend the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Kimbrell specializes in reproductive medicine, sports medicine, soft tissue surgeries and large animal practice.
Throughout his training, Kimbrell Jr. has earned academic honors for his coursework. He graduated magna cum laude.
Once he finished his classroom training, Dr. Kimbrell came to Auburn University in Alabama to do his clinicals.
He also married his longtime love, Lisa Jones of Leesburg, in April of last year.
As he finished up his clinicals, he began preparing to return to Pierce County and to join his Dad, Casey Kimbrell Sr.
“It is a thrill for me,” says Kimbrell Sr. “Our practice is doing very well and we are to the point where we need another veterinarian.”
Kimbrell Jr. worked his way up through the ranks just like other employees of the family-owned vet clinic.
“Just because he’s my dad doesn’t mean I got to skip over anything,” he says. “I started with clean up and kennel work and worked my way up assisting at the clinic. I’ve literally done everything at the practice, except being office manager and the doctor.”
With a laugh, he says he got to mark one of those off his list.
“I still haven’t been the office manager yet,” he said.
Plans are currently underway to host an open house to welcome and introduce Kimbrell Jr.
The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Kimbrell Veterinary Clinic. The event will be catered by Surcheros of Blackshear and will feature small gift bags to be given away.
Kimbrell Sr. says he is looking forward to working with his son.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am that our new veterinarian is my son and shares my name,” he says with a broad grin.