Dr. Highsmith first opened the Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital in 1998 after practicing in a large and small animal practice in Pennsylvania and a small animal practice in Raleigh.
Dr. Highsmith is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in North Carolina since 1995. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Having grown up in Cary NC, she elected to open her practice in her hometown.
She grew up showing horses and rescuing anything her parents would let her keep. She has always been passionate about animals and inspired her older sister to return to school as an adult to get her DVM also. She lives with her husband, 3 children and a host of fur babies. She has a dog named Flora, the cats Connor, Kisses, Tippy Toes and Puzzle, two rabbits Bubble and Squeak, two horses Ranger and Jewel, pygmy goats Houdini, Starfire and Snickers, a bearded dragon named Marvin, Waffles the chinchilla and Mirage the corn snake.