Dr. Heidi Blackburn’s inspirational moment came in 10th grade biology class, when she dissected a fetal pig to learn about anatomy. From that point forward, the study of biology became Dr. Blackburn’s primary focus. In college, she realized that working in the veterinary field was the perfect way for her to combine her fascination with science and her love of animals!

Dr. Blackburn is a Minneapolis native. After high school, she attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon to receive her Bachelor’s degree, simultaneously working at a local veterinary clinic. She also gave her time to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitation centers before starting veterinary school there. After graduating with her DVM degree, Dr. Blackburn completed an internship at Cornell University before working at various practices in the Twin Cities area. In 2001, she joined the compassionate team here at Golden Valley Animal Hospital.

Being able to provide excellent medical care to pets and learning something new every day are Dr. Blackburn’s favorite parts of her workday. She also loves working closely with families and tailoring treatments for each and every pet owner.

Dr. Blackburn lives with her husband, Rich, and their cats, Smudge and Moki. When she isn’t caring for pets or spending time with family and friends, Dr. Blackburn enjoys working out, going ballroom dancing with Rich, gardening, playing pickleball and walking or biking around the local lakes.