Michael G. Kilgore, DVM
"Dr. Mike" as he is commonly known is the practice owner and first opened the doors to Homewood Animal Hospital in March 1998. Dr. Mike attended undergrad at Morehead State University in Kentucky and then obtained his DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He practiced in Atlanta, GA for his first few years before moving to Birmingham, AL where he has been practicing for over 29 years.
Dr. Mike has been married to his wife, Heather, for 32 years. Heather is a surgical scrub technician at Children's Hospital. Together they have 3 children, Meghan (33), Drew (30) & Elyse (27). Meghan is a veterinarian as well and currently works with him at Homewood Animal Hospital. Drew is a nurse and pursuing a masters in Nurse Anesthesiology and Elyse is a professional hair stylist at Mae Studio in Avondale. All 3 of their children attended Homewood City Schools from elementary through high school.
Dr. Mike is known for his compassion and empathy when seeing new and old patients. He enjoys surgery and internal medicine. He finds nothing more entertaining than trying to solve a difficult puzzle or case. When he's not saving pets at the clinic, Dr Mike enjoys relaxing at the lake and hanging out with his family.
Meghan S. Harrison, DVM
Dr. Harrison recieved a Bachelors of Science from Birmingham Southern College in 2007 and her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She and her husband moved to Franklin, TN where she practiced for 2 years before returning home to Homewood Animal Hospital. Dr. Harrison has a special connection with Homewood Animal Hospital as "Dr. Mike" is her father. She has worked at the hospital all throughout high school and college prior to attending veterinary school.
Dr. Harrison has been married to her husband, Byron, for 8 years. Byron is an IT Director for a local corporation called NaphCare, Inc. Together they have two very active boys, Elliot (6) and Bradley (3).
Dr. Harrison's special interests include ultrasound and dermatology. She was awarded the Dermatology award at Auburn and has incorporated that into her everyday general practice. In her spare time she enjoys baking cakes, hanging out at the lake and spending time with her family.
Kerri B. Murphy, DVM
Dr. Murphy grew up on a farm in Lebanon, Virginia. She received her B.S in Animal Dairy Science from Auburn University in 1993 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Dr. Murphy was a practice owner in Georgia until 2008 when she and her family moved to Birmingham.
Dr. Murphy and her husband Patrick have been married for 20 years and have four beautiful children. When she isn't working, you can usually find her carpooling her kids to their baseball/football/lacrosse fields. Dr. Murphy also enjoys running, cooking and playing outside with her family. She qualified and ran the Boston Marathon twice.
Dr. Murphy joined our team in 2015. She initially came to Homewood Animal Hospital to provide relief work while Dr. Harrison was on her maternity leave. We and the clients loved her so much during this time we asked her to stay!
Zayauna D. Patterson, DVM
Dr. Patterson, or "Dr. Z" as she is more commonly known as, was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and a product of Homewood High School (2007). She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Communications from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2011, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dr. Z moved to Orlando, FL following graduation, where she lived and worked for a year before moving back home to Birmingham, AL.
Dr. Z got her first taste of veterinary medicine shadowing Dr. Mike after graduating high school in 2007. Every summer and holiday break she has come back to work here throughout college and prior to attending veterinary school. She started providing veterinary relief work on Saturdays in March 2019, and officially joined our team in April 2019.
Dr. Z's interests include nutrition and reproduction. During her time in veterinary school, she served as one of Tuskegee University's Hill's Pet Nutrition Student Representatives, and applies what she learned in her everyday practice. In her spare time, Dr. Z enjoys baking sweet treats, watching football, and spending quality time with her loved ones, including her 2 rescue fur children Coco Chanel (Jack Russell Terrier) and Olaf (Chiweenie).