what we do every day.
Even as a child, Dr. Connie Kirk was fascinated by how things worked—everything from electricity to engines to living things inspired her to learn more. Animal anatomy and physiology held her interest the longest, and she read everything she could get her hands on regarding those subjects. As she got older, one thing became quite obvious: for Dr. Kirk, a career in veterinary medicine was the only choice that made sense!
Dr. Kirk was born in Pennsylvania as the youngest of four girls, then moved with her family to an upstate New York farmhouse at the age of five. She was fortunate to have dogs, cats, ducks and horses as she grew up. She also had the opportunity to help various species of injured and orphaned wildlife. After high school, she joined the United States Army, where she received her first formal veterinary training and became a Veterinary Technician. Dr. Kirk worked with many wonderful veterinarians along the way, all of whom encouraged her to attend veterinary school herself. She took the plunge and began her training, graduating from Ross University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.
After working in various private and corporate practices as an Associate Veterinarian and later as a Medical Director, Dr. Kirk decided to pursue her long-time dream of owning her own practice. Almost from the moment she walked through the doors of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, she knew it was the perfect fit! Dr. Kirk took ownership of the hospital in March of 2015, and loves working with her wonderful team to provide compassionate, client-centered care for the area’s pets. Dr. Kirk particularly enjoys the hands-on work of surgery, wound care, and dentistry. She also has a passion for exotic pet medicine and surgery. She has many years of experience with birds, reptiles, rabbits and other small mammals, and some marsupials as well!
Dr. Kirk and her husband, Ken—who is largely responsible for Dr. Kirk’s decision to go to veterinary school and is now a tremendous help behind the scenes here at the clinic—live here in Salisbury with several pets of their own. They have two goofy rescued Akitas, Zumi and Mishu, and a beautiful Amazon parrot named Abby. At work, Dr. Kirk also has a rescued green iguana named Vern, and Sophie, a sassy young Amazon parrot that you might hear singing, crying, whistling or conversing with herself during your visit to SAMS!
When she isn’t spending time with her own pets or caring for animals here at the clinic, Dr. Kirk enjoys spending time with her son Alan, her daughter Traci, and her grandchildren. She and Ken are also motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy taking advantage of the many great motorcycle roads in North Carolina and neighboring states.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”