Your Pet's Doctor

Dr. Darren Taul

I had the greatest childhood growing up on our family farm. I have often told people I had a 500 acre playground and truly enjoyed farming with my dad and brother. We raised pigs and cattle as well as several crops and I also learned numerous “life skills” along the way. I still miss farming but I knew early on my calling was veterinary medicine. I volunteered at our local veterinary clinic whenever I had the opportunity and wasn’t working at home, going to school, or playing basketball and football.

I attended Western Kentucky University before moving on to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine where I met my wife (Stacey). Upon graduation in 1996, I moved to Lancaster, bought a house, and married Stacey. We made Garrard County our home with our horses, dogs, and cats. Stacey and I both became practice owners in 1999 when she became a partner at Animal Hospital of Nicholasville and I purchased a veterinary practice in Lancaster. A lot has changed since that time (including the move of my practice to the Danville Animal Hospital location), but one thing hasn’t changed. I still love what I do—helping patients and their people and working with a great team that loves what they do. We have a great “culture” in our hospital.

I also found some other interests along the way. Specific veterinary interests include surgery, dentistry, and finding ways of providing “fear free” veterinary visits to our “extremely nervous patients” (and I am not above using bribery with my patients). I am “Fear Free” Certified which means I’ve had additional training in that arena.

My veterinary involvement has also expanded nationally. I am the President of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) which spans the US and Canada. AAHA is the only veterinary organization that evaluates veterinary hospitals on over 900 standards of care—well above basic standards. I am also a veterinary practice consultant for Blue Heron Consulting and truly enjoy learning about other veterinarians, teams, and hospitals and helping to provide assistance to them on many levels. I am thankful for all of these opportunities and experiences but it does make for an entertaining travel schedule at times.

I have also had the pleasure and opportunity to serve in my local community. I currently serve as chairman of the Heritage Hospice Board of Directors. I also serve KHELPS Medical Reserve Corps (as an emergency respondent) in Boyle and Garrard Counties. I’m a member of the Farmers National Bank Community Service Board and a member and past director of the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce.

I am the youngest of three. I have a brother (Doug—also a veterinarian along with his wife Sherrie) and a sister (Deb—a nurse). My Dad (Ralph) still farms at 87 years of age but he says he’s “retired.” My mom passed away in 2015 of breast cancer (which contributed to my hospice involvement). I really enjoy spending time with family, golf, traveling, carpentry, horseback riding, and doing pretty much anything involving the outdoors.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine

Your Pets Healthcare Team

Lisa Thompson

Practice Manager


Lisa joined Dr. Taul's Animal Hospital as Practice Manager in 2007. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Lisa graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. With her lifelong love of animals both great and small, she particularly enjoys being able to use her skills in business to help dogs, cats, and horses stay healthy and happy.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, Danny, and her daughter, Elizabeth, as well as her dogs Maggie Mei and Sophie, and her cats Jamie, Claire, Jack, Will and Sabina.

Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting,
Eastern Kentucky University

Hanna Moore

Veterinary Assistant


Hanna grew up in Atlanta Georgia and has a lifelong passion for helping keep animals happy and healthy. She graduated from Sprayberry High School where she was awarded for her many hours of volunteer work in a veterinary hospital.

She has worked at animal hospitals for 6 years. In her free time, Hanna enjoys drawing, painting and playing with her 2 cats - Alby and Indie.

She is pictured with her "fur brother" Sprout, who is a Chihuahua mix.

Chrisanna Buice

Veterinary Assistant


Chrisanna was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia and moved to Kentucky in 2014. Her passion for animal health began at young age after job shadowing her grandmother who retired as a veterinary surgical technician.

She has 3 years of Animal Hospital experience and she is currently finishing her Veterinary Technology education.

Kathey Gaffney

Client Services Representative


Kathey lives in Lancaster, Kentucky with her family. She came to our practice in 2019 with over 20 years experience in customer service.

She enjoys getting to know our clients and their lovable pets. In her free time she enjoys crafting, spending time with her family and grandkids.

Her pet family includes two dogs-Jack and Joe (pictured)and a sweet lovable cat named Fluffy.