Dr. Kate Crumley brings decades of experience to the Blue Heron Consulting team as a veterinarian, practice owner, and mentor. She serves as Lead of our Startup & Acquisitions division, advising and inspiring veterinarians who want to own their own practices.

Dr. Crumley holds a DVM from North Carolina State and also holds a Masters degree in Biochemistry.  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 was honored to serve as AAHA President from 2014-2015.

She is passionate about top-notch veterinary medical care and developing people into leaders who can make their practices thrive. She loves working with other veterinarians to help them achieve their best while building a practice that provides financial security, a fun work environment, and excellent service and care. Her goal as a part of the Blue Heron Consulting team is to inspire veterinarians to feel fantastic about their legacy.

In fact, her most rewarding accomplishments stem from mentoring.  Her veterinary practice, Heartwood Animal Hospital, serves the rural North Carolina community of Youngsville, just north of Raleigh. Dr. Crumley built the hospital from the ground up; when she sold the practice, the legacy of the hospital was paramount. She sought out an aspiring owner as an associate, who joined the practice immediately after graduation and became a partner in the practice a year later. Three years later, Dr Crumley sold her shares and is proud to see the success of Heartwood continues in good hands.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Crumley enjoys recreational road biking, gardening, travel, and listening to audiobooks. She and her husband, Steve, live in the beautiful Outer Banks of 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.