Dr. Holt grew up on a cattle and broiler (chicken) farm in Mountainburg, Arkansas.
He graduated high school from Mountainburg in 1978. In 1983 Dr. Holt received a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He then graduated from the Louisiana State University in 1987, where he received a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He started working at Ozark Animal Hospital right after college and became the owner in February 1988. Outside of Ozark Animal Hospital Dr. Holt lives on his cattle ranch with his wife Charlotte.