Meet Our Team

Treating your pet like family.
Meet our incredible team!
Dr. Hannah Burnett - Owner/Veterinarian
Although she had always been fascinated with science and medicine, Dr. Hannah Burnett was ultimately inspired to take the leap into veterinary care by her childhood cat, Carla. When Carla fell ill and needed medical attention, Dr. Burnett took her to a veterinarian—little did she know that she herself would become hooked! Dr. Burnett hasn’t looked back since; she’s the proud owner and chief veterinarian here at Hometown Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Burnett grew up right here in Jacksonville and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville before earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dr. Burnett has extensive training in shelter medicine and was able to put her skills to work to help hundreds of animals at various shelters throughout Mississippi, Illinois, and South Carolina. After helping pets at a practice in Springfield, Dr. Burnett was thrilled to purchase Hometown Veterinary Clinic in April of 2017—she’s been tending to the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Burnett is particularly fond of feline medicine and also remains passionate about creating a low-stress environment in the clinic in order to make office visits easier for everyone. Their brand new clinic was created from a local building in the historic neighborhood with this idea in mind and provides a calm, home-like atmosphere to ease patient (and owner!) stress.

In October 2019, Hometown Veterinary Clinic moved to a new facility at 605 W. State St. The new clinic has separate dog and cat waiting and exam rooms for less stressful interactions between animals and a comfortable atmosphere.

Dr. Burnett is most passionate about soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and pain management. Dr. Burnett continues to expand her skills and knowledge in order to continue to remain as current and up to date as possible with updated equipment and technologies to provide Jacksonville with the highest level of patient care. Dr. Burnett’s surgeries always receive the highest level of pain management possible and small incisions for the easiest and least painful recoveries. Most of all, Dr. Burnett loves interacting one-on-one with the pet owners (and their fur babies) of her hometown on a daily basis!

Aside from her interests in veterinary medicine, Dr. Burnett likes practicing her photography skills, playing piano, working on renovation projects in her 1920s-era home, camping, traveling (her favorite trips so far have been to Maui, Oregon, California, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains!), and spending quality time with her family. She has a young son who you may see shadowing Dr. Burnett in the clinic after school, a lovable Chihuahua, Henle, two mischievous kittens, Bolt and Drogo, and her newest pet, a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix, affectionately named Buddy, after one of her favorite patients. She also has a few rescue clinic cats who spend their days here at the hospital: Scarlett, whose favorite pastime is causing trouble behind the scenes and charming clients with her one-eyed cuteness; Juliette, who mostly prefers to stay out of the limelight; and Jasper, their newest orange boy with the best personality and desire to be in the middle of everything. Don’t be surprised if you find him visiting you in the exam room!

Krystle - Certified Veterinary Technician
Krystle can’t remember a time when she didn’t feel a natural connection with animals. She’s been drawn to them ever since she was a young girl, and her passion hasn’t let up since—a career in veterinary medicine is simply the perfect path! Krystle is a Certified Veterinary Technician with the Hometown Veterinary Clinic team.

Krystle is originally from Indiana and began college studying aquatic biology before transferring to a business college to complete her degree in veterinary technology. After passing her board exam, she launched her career at a busy walk-in clinic, where the chaotic atmosphere helped to hone Krystle’s skillset, and make her comfortable in all areas of veterinary care. Next, she joined the Hometown Veterinary Clinic family in August of 2017 to start her journey in private practice.

Around the hospital, Krystle enjoys the challenges of venipuncture and radiology work. Most of all, she loves to meet the area’s pets and animal owners every day and hear fun stories from pet lovers just like herself.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Krystle can be found listening to music, attending concerts, canoeing, and spending time with all her animals at home. Krystal has three dogs and six cats. She has two Dobermans- Cyrus and Zeke, and a 12-year-old Border Collie mix named Shelby, aka Shellsers and Cheesers. Her six cats are Binx, Teller, Toof, Zig Zag, Scotch, and Teef.

Marissa - Veterinary Assistant
Marissa was born and raised in nearby Auburn. She has always been devoted to caring for and helping animals ever since she was a little girl when she would rehabilitate injured bunnies and birds.

She knew she wanted to help and work with animals since she started volunteering at multiple animal shelters in the Springfield area. Marissa is a mama to a little boy, Liam, who is following in his mother’s footsteps by caring for and loving all animals.

Marissa has had many pets in her lifetime from small to large. She currently has four cats: Chloe, Ella, Cookie Monster, and Gypsy, one golden/terrier mix, Nala, and two chinchillas: Yoda and Chewbacca.

Marissa is currently enrolled in Penn Fosters Certified Veterinary Technician online program. She is Fear Free Certified. Marissa is very passionate about building a relationship with her clients and patients; she is devoted to ensuring her patients have a comfortable time while in her care.

She started with a kennel position and has moved her way up to an assistant and eventually CVT once she finishes school and is certified. Her dream is to eventually run her own animal rescue.

Ally - Receptionist
Alexandria, “Ally,” is originally from Kilbourne, IL, a small town near Havana. She is recently married and lives in Franklin with her husband, Brandon. Ally has always desired to be in veterinary medicine and worked for a clinic in Springfield prior to joining Hometown Vet.
Her husband’s family owns a local hog farm in Franklin, where she and her husband help care for the farm’s 1500 animals. She has also raised cows, chickens, and ducks in the past. She enjoys raising neonatal animals, her most recent baby, a tabby kitten named Nugget, whose pregnant mother was surrendered to the clinic.

Nugget was the runt and was rejected by his mother, so Ally took him in and bottle-fed him from the time he was only a couple of days old. Now he is a lively, healthy kitten that spends many of his days at the clinic.

Ally also has two other cats: Savannah and Sophie, a Cocker Spaniel named Tigger, and two Labs named Nala and Ruger. She is currently finishing her associate’s degree in Ag Business at Lincoln Land and will be enrolling in a CVT program online with Penn Foster College.

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605 W State St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
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Mon: 7:30am – 5:00 pm
Tues: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thurs: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sun: Closed
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