Dr. Hilty Burr grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was educated in the public school system. His undergraduate studies took place at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee as a biology major and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville as an Animal Science major. Dr. Burr graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, awarded with an academic membership to Phi Zeta by being in the top 10% of his class.
Dr. Burr had a diverse career in veterinary medicine starting out as an associate veterinarian in Alabama, opening his own practice in Tennessee, consulting work for the animal health industry and finally back into clinical medicine as the founding veterinarian at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital. He later teamed up with Dr. Jim McClearen to open Tri-County Animal Clinic in North Carolina.