Your Pet's Doctors


Dr. Darren Taul

I had the greatest childhood growing up on our family farm. I have often told people that I had a 500 acre playground! I 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 future wife (Stacey). Upon graduation in 1996, I moved to Lancaster, bought a house, and married Stacey. We made Garrard County our home along 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 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 “low stress” veterinary visits to our extremely nervous patients (and I am not above using bribery in the form of peanut or cheese with our 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 a Past President and five-year board member 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—far above basic standards. Only 15% of veterinary hospitals in the US achieve AAHA Accredited status. I have consulted in other veterinary hospitals 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 did 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 on the Board of Health for the Garrard Co Health Department. I am a past chairman and board member 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 past member and vice-president of the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce and current member of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber.

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 still farms at 90 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, camping, golf, traveling, remodeling, horseback riding, and doing pretty much anything involving the outdoors.

I look forward to having the opportunity to provide care for your furry family members.

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

Dr. Kellie E McMurry, Veterinarian

Dr. Kellie E. McMurry

Dr. McMurry, a Danville native, is happy to be back in the area after 3 years of practice in Louisville, Kentucky. After obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Georgetown College, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. She is a member of the AVMA, KVMA, and AAHA.

Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and preventative care. She particularly enjoys maintaining a close relationship with her patients and their owners.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Cory, who is also a Danville native, and their dog Yogi. She also enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, and riding her horse, Charlie.

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

Your Pet's Healthcare Team

Lisa Thompson, CVPM

Hospital Administrator

Lisa began working with Dr. Taul as Hospital Administrator in 2008. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Lisa graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting. In 2020 Lisa obtained her credential as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager by completing both academic and practical requirements and passing a rigorous examination. With her lifelong love of animals she particularly enjoys being able to use her skills in business to support her veterinary team and to help dogs and cats stay healthy and happy.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys reading, playing board games and spending time with her husband, Danny, and her daughter, Elizabeth, as well as her dogs Sophie and Maggie Mei and her cats Jamie, Skye 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.

Joe Beck

Veterinary Assistant

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

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.