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 Lancaster Veterinary Hospital. A lot has changed since that time (including the expansion to our Danville 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 hospitals.
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 bribery). 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 joined Lancaster Veterinary 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
Joe grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B. S. in Agriculture/Animal Sciences. He has been working with Dr. Taul since February 1997.
Joe lives in Garrard County on a farm where he has Quarter Horses, Paints, and Thoroughbreds. Joe's family also includes dogs, cats and a Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrot named Alvin.
Joe is an avid sports fan and member of the Big Blue Nation.
Bachelor of Science,
University of Kentucky
Samantha moved here from Florida in 2009, and has been a Veterinary Technician for over 10 years.
She is married with two dogs, Angel and Bailey. She also trains and rides horses in her spare time.
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 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.
Vanessa grew up in Liberty, Kentucky. She attended Western Kentucky University and obtained a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Biology.
She has loved animals ever since she was a small child and has worked within the animal field since high school. After graduating from college she moved to Lancaster with her husband.
They have a little boy, two dogs, three cats, chickens, and fish. Vanessa’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, gardening, scrapbooking, sewing and reading.
Amanda grew up in Paint Lick, Kentucky on a small farm. She knew early on that she wanted to help animals. She started her career as a veterinary assistant in 2016 while living in Tennessee. While working with animals will always be her favorite part of the job, she also loves learning something new every day and working with such wonderful people.
Amanda is married and has a little boy. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She has two cats, Obi and Sunny.
Heather grew up in Kings Mountain, Kentucky. She attended Eastern Kentucky University in order to pursue her dream of working with animals.
After volunteering as a veterinary assistant, Heather joined the Animal Hospital team as a Client Service Representative and has now been promoted to Office Manager.
Heather is a "fur mom" to Bear (pictured) and his sister Stella, as well as her loving cat Abraham.
Client Services Representative
Kathey lives in Lancaster, Kentucky with her family. She came to Animal Hospital of Lancaster and Danville 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.