Dr. Vernard Hodges was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. Growing up in rural Peach County, on a small farm, is where his passion for animals developed. As an only child, he spent countless hours nurturing and taking care of goats, cows, dogs, a cat, turtles, and countless other pets.

Hodges graduated in 1993 from Fort Valley State University as a fish biologist. Before attending veterinary school, Hodges spent a summer in Nepal and India working for the United States Agency for International Development, developing an aquaculture program at Lake Phewa. This program was established to grow 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 the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a degree in 1997.

With a strong sense of community obligation, Hodges continually strives to make a difference in his community and in 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 established the Dr. Vernard Hodges It Takes A Village Foundation as a means to bring charity back to his roots and help the local middle Georgia area.
The philanthropist, along with fellow Wildcat Dr. Terrence Ferguson, own Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Byron and Bonaire, Ga.
Dr. Hodges is married with one son, Vernard II. Dr. Hodges has two dogs, Honey and Alexis. He also raises koi on a fish farm in Peach County.  Dr. Hodges is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Macon-Middle Georgia chapter.