Dr. Mark French joined Ridge Animal Hospital following graduation from Auburn University in 1985. Dr. French was raised in rural Mt. Washington, Kentucky along with his eight sisters. He attended Elizabethtown Community College for 2 years and then almost completed his Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky the following year before gaining acceptance to Auburn. He married Laura during his senior year at Auburn. Shortly after joining Dr. Gates at Ridge, Gates and French formed a partnership that continued until Dr. Gates transferred his portion of ownership to National Veterinary Associates in July, 2013. Laura and Dr. French have three grown children and have raised a number of fish, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedge hogs, dogs and cats over the years. When he has spare time, Dr. French enjoys woodworking, yard work, bicycling, hiking and church work at St. Theresa Catholic Church. His special veterinary interests include client relations, mentoring young people who are interested in the veterinary profession, and surgery.