Dr. Kate Crumley graduated from North Carolina State University with her DVM degree in 1992 and she also holds an MS degree in Biochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her veterinary career path includes 7 years of mixed practice experience, companion animal medicine and surgery, and practice ownership in the roles of partner and as a sole owner. She has been active with AAHA beginning in veterinary school and has participated in a number of volunteer roles as well as serving on the Board of Directors and as AAHA President 2014-1015. She is passionate about top-notch veterinary medical care and about developing people into leaders who can make their practices thrive.

She founded Heartwood Animal Hospital which serves the rural North Carolina community of Youngsville, just north of Raleigh. Dr. Crumley built the hospital from the ground up, first opening the doors in 2000. Team development has always been a priority for her. Numerous team players have advanced through AAHA’s distance education veterinary technician program (DEVTP) with Dr Crumley as preceptor. In 2019 she sold the practice to her partner who took the reins only 4 years after graduating. She has especially enjoyed coaching and watching his professional development flourish both medically and from a business perspective since he joined the practice as a freshly minted graduate.

Dr. Crumley is quick to give credit to Blue Heron for helping Heartwood succeed; she has been a client and has personally experienced the challenges and victories that come with working ON your practice while at the same time working IN it. She loves working with other veterinarians to help them achieve their best; working together to create a practice that provides financial security, a fun work environment, and excellent service and care. Her goal as a part of the Blue Heron team is to inspire veterinarians to feel fantastic about their legacy.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr Crumley enjoys recreational road biking, gardening, travel, and listening to audiobooks. She and her husband Steve live on the quiet backroads of beautiful North Carolina. Of course, their dogs, Spock (Papillon) and Bucky (Bernese Mt Dog), and the cat, Neko (camera shy) all get their fair share of attention, too.