Haley Burke DVM
Haley Burke knew from the age of six that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up in the country and had most every kind of pet a girl could have. She even showed chickens at the 4H show. After many years of school, she graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WAR EAGLE!). Although she was born outside Auburn, she was raised in Louisiana and her first job saw her return there. She worked at an all avian/exotics practice in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina. She found her way to Birmingham in 2006 and has been practicing there ever since.
Dr. Burke joined the staff at Alford Ave Veterinary Hospital in December 2010. Like Dr. Friddle, she enjoys seeing birds, but she also loves treating any of the other interesting exotic pets you can think of, from guinea pigs and iguanas to tarantulas and pigs. She draws the line at primates and poisonous snakes. She’s also actively involved with both the Alabama Wildlife Center and Wild Mammal Care. Even though exotic pets may comprise her most interesting patients, there’s nothing better than a cat. In fact, she has three: Hobbs, Snothead and Tom. Ozzy, her devoted Corgi, would be shocked to hear that she’s a self-professed “cat person”, but he’s clearly her best buddy, as he goes to work with her everyday, along with Mary Jane, her fiancé’s dog.
Dr. Burke lives in Calera with her son Benjamin (born in October 2014) as well as her fiancé Adam (also a vet) and their menagerie, which in addition to the dogs and cats, includes a double-yellow headed Amazon named Oliver, a cockatiel named Bud and a corn snake named Stanley. They are engaged to be married September 2015. Dr. B loves reading, enjoys the occasional triathlon, and has the most fun doing, strangely enough, country western ballroom dancing.