Dr. Kelly Korth was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. 4-H played a significant role in her young life as she competed with her Quarter Horse in English and Western events and learned to work with sheep.
Her love of nature led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University. She went on to work as a grassland bird research technician for a conservation project through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After deciding to change paths, she moved to Ames, Iowa and completed veterinary school at Iowa State University with a mixed animal focus. Much of her extra-curricular work revolved around exotic animal species. She also volunteered in several Spanish-speaking countries to help provide veterinary care to communities in need.
Following graduation, Dr. Kelly moved to Mankato, Minnesota and worked at a small animal practice in the nearby town of Mapleton. In 2015, she joined her mother and brother on the Big Island where she has been working as a shelter veterinarian for the Hawaii Island Humane Society. Striving to prevent pet overpopulation and be a voice for homeless animals continues to be a very rewarding aspect of her career. Implementing rabbit surgery has been one of her personal contributions to HIHS, broadening their capabilities. Dr. Kelly also enjoys teaching and has worked with Windward Community College/Palamanui as an instructor for the Veterinary Assisting program.
A Persian cat named Catticus Finch (also known as “Cactus”) and a goofy Catahoula mix named Shyloh have found their way into Dr. Kelly’s home. Her hobbies include spending time in nature, golf, painting, rock climbing and exploring new places and cultures.