Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vernard L. Hodges

April 15, 2014 – Dr. Vernard Hodges was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but was raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. Growing up in rural Peach County is where his love and passion for all animals and knack for trying to heal all things developed. He grew up on a small farm with goats, cows, dogs, a cat, turtles, and countless other pets. As an only child it was these “pets” that he spent countless hours nurturing and taking care of. He is a 1988 graduate of Peach County High School – Go Trojans! He graduated in 1993 from Fort Valley State University as a fish biologist. He spent his summer before veterinary school in Nepal and India working for the Agency for International Development developing an Aquaculture program at Lake Phewa, Nepal. This program was for growing and developing fish as a source of inexpensive protein for the village residents. Dr. Hodges also participated in an aquatic internship  at the University of Mississippi with hopes of becoming a marine biologist and the next “Jacques Cousteou.”

Nonetheless, his true passion for veterinary medicine was fulfilled when he applied and was accepted to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a DVM in 1997.

Hodges’ journey into the business world began with the purchase of his first investment property; and has grown with the partnership of Dr Terrence Ferguson and the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, the addition of multiple residential and commercial investment properties, and the .
With a strong sense of community obligation, Hodges continually strives to make a difference in both his community and in the greater human society of the world. The community activist frequently serves as a motivational speaker, visiting classrooms to share tips on college placement, sharpening job and interview skills; as well as proper animal care. He also developed the Dr. Hodges’ “It Takes A Village” Foundation as a means to bring his charity back to his roots and help the local area. In February 2014, Dr. Hodges was recognized during the 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon for his commitment to the community and his alma mater.
The philanthropist along with fellow FVSU alum, Dr. Terrence Ferguson, own Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals in Bonaire, Ga.
Hodges currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Central Georgia Technical College, The Boys and Girls Club, and the Feed Center Outreach Ministry of Fort Valley.

Dr. Hodges is married and has one son, Vernard II.