Our Veterinarians

Dr. Mark Greene

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Mark Greene has known that veterinary medicine was his true calling ever since he was a young boy. He grew up on a farm in rural eastern Kentucky, where animal care was a natural part of life. For Dr. Greene, another career choice simply wasn’t an option! He now owns his very own animal hospital along with his wife, Dr. Melanie Greene, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners for over 20 years.

After veterinary school, Dr. Greene started his career in a mixed-animal practice in Pikeville, Kentucky. Two years later, he decided to move back to his family farm and start his own veterinary practice in the same area where he grew up. That’s when Country Hills Veterinary Hospital was born—alongside his wife, Dr. Greene opened the practice for business in 1994 and has been caring for the pets of eastern Kentucky ever since.

In his time away from work, Dr. Greene enjoys farming, reading history books, collecting coins, hiking, shooting, and cheering on the University of Kentucky’s basketball and football teams. He and his wife have four wonderful children: Kate is studying pre-dentistry at the University of Kentucky; Sarah will be attending the same school in the very near future and plans on becoming a pharmacist; Rachel will soon be a junior in high school and would like to be an optician; and four-year-old Jake is already shaping up to be a huge animal-lover himself. The Greenes also have many house pets; three livestock guardian dogs named Clint, Jack, and Jill; and a small herd of fainting goats.

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Dr. Melanie Greene

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Melanie Greene grew up in rural Pikeville, Kentucky, where she and her twin sister spent hours playing with the cats around the property. Since there weren’t many veterinarians around at the time, Dr. Greene and her sister took it upon themselves to nurse any sick or injured animals they found back to health; this instilled a deep passion for animal care at an early age. Dr. Greene decided that she would become a veterinarian before she had even started kindergarten!

Dr. Greene—Dr. Melanie to many of her clients—moved to Lexington after high school to attend the University of Kentucky. She began working at a nearby small-animal practice during her studies while simultaneously pet-sitting for the hospital’s clients in her spare time. Her hard work paid off: Dr. Greene was accepted into Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine after just three years of undergraduate studies.

After meeting her husband (the hospital’s very own Dr. Mark Greene) and starting her career in Alabama, Dr. Melanie moved back to eastern Kentucky to open her own animal clinic with her husband. In 1994, Country Hills Veterinary Hospital opened its doors to the public. The Greenes have been serving the pets and animal owners of the area ever since!

As a veterinarian, Dr. Greene has a particular passion for feline medicine. (She suspects this has something to do with the hours she spent as a child with her family’s barn cats!) She’s also fond of surgery work, animal rescue, and shelter medicine. Country Hills Veterinary Hospital even works directly with many rescue organizations and shelters, and it is Dr. Greene’s ultimate goal to transform the dynamic of eastern Kentucky to diminish the area’s stray pet population.

Drs. Melanie and Mark have three daughters who are in college and high school, as well as a young son who spends most days here at the office. The family lives on a farm and has many pets of their own: Anya the Siberian Husky; eight lovable cats; Oscar, a rescued dachshund; Rico the Chihuahua; a pony named Moonpie who lives in the yard with the dogs and cats; and several goats and chickens.

When time permits between work and family life, Dr. Greene is an avid gymnast and loves tumbling with her daughters whenever she gets the chance. Once her daughters were old enough to try gymnastics themselves, Dr. Greene took up the sport again after taking a 15-year break. She hasn’t stopped since!

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