Eric Simmons has been a member of the team since May of 2006. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1999. He then attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro. He earned a degree in Applied Veterinary Technology and passed both the Missouri and National board exams to earn his status as Registered Veterinary Technician(RVT) in 2003. He is member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. Eric also graduated from Heartland Horse Shoeing School in August of 2003. He served as a fill in instructor there for three years after graduation. Eric is an exceptional farrier, specializing in hot shoeing and therapeutic shoeing.
Eric is a well-respected member of our team and plays many roles. Owners can always count on him to know the condition of their horses and to be sure that their concerns are brought to the attention of our veterinarians. He is an integral participant of lameness exams. He and the veterinarian discuss the options for making a horse "sound”. Eric is able to make corrections and suggestions in the horses shoeing. If therapeutic shoeing is needed at the time of examination, Eric can do it at the time the diagnosis is made.
Eric left our clinic in Spring 2015 but continues to work with the clinic on shoeing consultations and therapeutic shoeing.
He is married to the former Erika Jo Kamp, who also grew up on a horse. Erika has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Murray State University. Eric and Erika have two beautiful daughters, Zettie age 5 and Opie age 2, who are well on their way to becoming real horsewomen. We enjoy having all of Eric’s girls visit him at work!