"While most people have a clear memory of exactly when they wanted to be a veterinarian, I never experienced that light bulb moment. However, growing up reading James Herriot, living on a dairy farm with my German Shepherd, and going to an agricultural-focused college where I spent my mornings feeding or milking cows before class, I slowly realized that no other job could possibly give me the same fulfillment. Being able to provide care when an animal needs it is incredibly rewarding and something that will motivate me for my entire career."
Dr. Jacob Hammond is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent his early years in an Atlanta suburb, taking care of every kind of animal a half acre lot could hold. He then spent his later years helping his family build My Dad and Me Family Farm. Today the farm centers on its Jersey herd and milk production, but also produces free-range eggs, broilers, hogs and garden produce. He worked on the farm until attending Berry College of Rome, Georgia, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in English, with minors in Animal Science and Chemistry.
With every daily interaction, Dr. Hammond strives to provide a comfortable environment in which relationships with pet and parent alike allow the best medical care possible to take place. He has special interests in working and police dogs, emergency medicine, and small animal surgery.
Dr. Hammond recently moved to the Kenly area after joining the Willowrun team in 2015. He is married to Dr. Madeline Hammond, who specializes in acupuncture and integrative medicine here at Willowrun. They have a son named Ellis, a German Shepherd named Leisel, and a Husky mixed breed named Desmond. Outside of work, Dr. Hammond spends his time writing, hiking, and beekeeping; as well as doing Crossfit and watching the Atlanta Braves.