Dr. Burns is originally from the beautiful mountains of Maggie Valley, NC, but moved to Raleigh to attend NC State for her undergraduate education in biology and animal science. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree, she was accepted into NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her DVM. Ever since she had a childhood schnauzer named Hushpuppy, Dr. Burns has considered schnauzers her favorite breed. Hushpuppy was her original inspiration for wanting to become a veterinarian. However, she is passionate about all animals—any shape and size. In her free time, Dr. Burns loves spending time with her husband, Kerry, traveling, staying involved with her church community, running and going to local breweries. She is also passionate about children and works as a nanny on the days she is not taking care of 4-legged critters.