Hometown Hero: Veterinarian’s caring for animals goes beyond ‘work’

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on countless health care workers, however those who care for animals may have been looked over.

A veterinarian in Georgetown has gone above and beyond caring for her patients who happen to be furry.

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Dr. Alexa Noble is the owner of Noble View Veterinary Clinic.

While many clinics scaled back on services or hours during the pandemic, Dr. Noble stayed busy, “We can do 10-12 surgeries in a morning and then we run 15 minute appointments from 1 o’clock on.”

As for reason behind the uptick in business, according to Noble, more people stayed at home with their pets and may have noticed things they hadn’t seen before. Also, Dr. Noble says, “I think people, being at home and not working, I think they also got a lot more pets.”

In fact, during the past year, Dr. Noble said, “The number of appointments have definitely picked up.”

A big part of her work includes helping area shelters and rescue surgeries.

Dr. Noble says they partner with Wayhome Rescue Alliance to provide a variety of services.

“We’ll even send animals to Canada, New York, Rhode Island,” said Dr. Noble. “They usually go out every other Saturday on a transport. They’ll come in for their vetting, vaccinations, testing, spay/neuter, before they get to their ultimate destination.”

That’s in addition to her regular clients.

“It’s hard for me to say no,” laughed Noble.

“This is a transport week so there will be a few late evenings trying to get everybody done in order to go on transport this Saturday,” added Dr. Noble.

As you might imagine, the work day here extends past a typical 9 to 5.

“There’s the occasional night where we’re here doing a foreign body until 9 or 10 o’clock,” shared Dr. Noble.

An animal lover, Dr. Noble credits her staff, who she says share her passion for animals.

“They can’t speak for themselves so we’re here trying to speak for them and help their owners figure out what’s wrong when they’re sick,” said Noble.

And for Dr. Noble, the reason is simple.

“Just want to be able to take care of our community and pets. We try to provide a service that people can afford,” said Dr. Noble. “Because I know that was also important during the pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs, so, we still wanna be able to take care of everybodys babies.”

Some might call it a noble path for a doctor with the namesake.

If you know a Hometown Hero, submit a nomination HERE or email ABC 36’s Erica Bivens: ebivens@wtvq.com.

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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!