Dr. Hurty and his wife (Dr. Natasha Knight) purchased Grove Veterinary Clinic in June 2007. He graduated from the North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and completed a 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Hurty has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, preventive care, and senior pet wellness. Additionally, he has developed a strong curiosity about creating and maintaining meaningful team culture and building confident, highly-functioning teams. Personal wellness initiatives and mindful, self-care practice are his jam these days.
Dr. Hurty and Dr. Knight have two growing children, Claire and Ben. Their family is completed by three cats (Quentin, Rio, and Alley), and four dogs: Daisy (aka Taco Belle), a fawn Chihuahua, and Beary (his favorite but don’t tell the others), a black & white Papillion, Bandit, a black & tan Chihuahua, and Buddy Cake, a rambunctious black & white Papillion. They also have 6 chickens.
Dr. Hurty enjoys fishing, projects at the house, gardening, cooking/BBQ, and hanging out with the family. He also loves live music, traveling, skking, surfing, and spending time outside.
In the efforts to save our local animal shelter from a controversial defunding plan, Dr. Hurty served as one of the original Board of Directors for the local nonprofit organization, Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS). Dr. Hurty has previously served as the Chair of the Oregon Coast Therapy Animals (OCTA) Board and as the Chair of the Lincoln County Animal Wellness Committee. Additionally, he served as the Board President for the Newport Swim Team.
Dr. Hurty enjoys working with the staff of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and supports the humane and compassionate care that is provided by the animal shelter staff. Shelter medicine has become an important part of Dr. Hurty’s veterinary practice. Dr. Hurty has helped to develop a staff training program at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. This program has empowered the shelter staff with the knowledge and tools to better serve the homeless and sheltered animals in Lincoln County.