The front of Southland Veterinary Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky

Our Veterinarians

The focus of our clinicians is diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. We treat each patient as if they were our own pet.

Dr. Hardigree

Dr. Millie Hardigree was born and raised in Lexington. She attended Transylvania University and then went on to study veterinary medicine at Auburn University. Upon graduation, Millie started working at our current location, though it was then known as Southland DelTor Veterinary Clinic. In January of 1996, Dr. Willimas and Dr. Hardigree purchased the hospital and the rest is history. Millie has a special interest in internal medicine and loves treating our elderly patients. Her favorite thing is getting to know all the wonderful clients and patients, especially all the kitties and puppies. Millie has reached full capacity with ten pets at home. Family pets include three horses, Miles, Magic, and Wally, four dogs, Tucker, Gracie, Zipper, and Dixie, and three cats, Monk, Lilly, and Felix. Millie mostly enjoys time spent with family or watching Kaylee, her daughter, show Miles at The Horse Park.

Dr. Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams attended the University of KY where she met her husband, Jamie, in the UK marching band. She received her DVM at Auburn University. Lisa and her family have a farm in Jessamine County where they have raised Angus cattle and American Warmblood horses. Two of the offspring are Lexington Mounted Police horses. Currently, Lisa spends most of her time in Belize, Central America where she and her husband Jamie work for the Methodist church. Lisa’s efforts help to grow education possibilities for Belizean youth. The Williams  have 3 children disbursed throughout the US and each of the families have a Schnoodle (schnauzer x poodle) : Ernie lives in Lexington, Gilly in Colorado, Merlin  in North Carolina and Kizzy in Belize. Mocha, Luna Lovegood, Mushu, and Ellie May balance out the population of schnoodles!

Dr. Eckert

Dr. Casey Eckert grew up in Versailles, Kentucky, the daughter of a veterinarian and knew from an early age she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. She has always loved caring for animals and helping the people who love them. Working at Southland, she loves the clients and their devotion to the very best care for their “family members.” Casey moved to Auburn, Alabama to attend Auburn University for her undergraduate studies and after graduating from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, she moved back to Kentucky. While in school, she met her husband, Josh, and they both have a love for horses and Labrador Retrievers. They now enjoy life on their farm with five McCurdy Plantation horses, Shadow, Annie, Scarlett, Pearl, and Maggie, two dogs, Belle and Sadie, and six cats, Becky, Aslan, Lucy, Rumples, Lucille, and Thomas. In her spare time, Casey enjoys being outdoors, taking the dogs to the lake, and riding and training horses.