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. He enjoys coaching various sports, surfing, baseball, and basketball. Dr. Hurty and Dr. Knight have two children, Claire and Ben. Their family is completed by three cats (Quentin, Rio, and Alley), and four dogs: Camp, an Australian Shepherd, Pogel, a Standard Poodle, Daisy (aka Taco Belle), a fawn Chihuahua, and Ursa (his favorite but don’t tell the others), a blonde Chihuahua. 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 currently serves as the Chair of Oregon Coast Therapy Animals (OCTA) board. Additionally, he serves as a board member 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.