About Kitsap Veterinary Hospital
Your pet is a member of your family and deserves the best veterinary care. We understand. We’re pet owners too.
Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, located in Port Orchard, WA, provides top-level care to Kitsap County pets and their owners. Our on-site team of doctors, uniquely trained in general and specialty veterinary medicine can administer most of your pet’s veterinary needs within our office, minimizing the need to send you and your pet to an unfamiliar specialty doctor.
At Kitsap Veterinary Hospital we keep up with the latest advances in veterinary medicine and invest in cutting-edge technology and equipment. We are dedicated to lifetime wellness care for your pet and treat each animal individually based upon his or her special needs rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach to veterinary care. This has led us to our Fear-Free Initiative! We’ve taken great care to try to make your pet more comfortable while they are here. This affects all aspects of the clinic from the time they walk in the door until they leave the exam room. When considering a veterinarian, it is important to evaluate all elements of care the clinic may provide. Compassion, affordable cost, and quality are all important traits, but we aim to provide a level of care that exceeds all expectations.
Kitsap Veterinary Hospital is a credentialed teaching hospital and has maintained a prestigious AAHA accreditation, a benchmark of excellence, since 1986.
You have known us as your friends and neighbors for many years. Kitsap Veterinary Hospital was founded in downtown Port Orchard in 1947 to serve the then community of rural animal owners. Over the years, the nature of the community has changed and the practice has evolved to focus on meeting the need for small animal care. Since 1972, these services have been provided by Dr. William (Pete) Holt with the addition of Dr. Dennis Christman in 1978, and Dr. Sarah Buck in 1999. Dr. Kelly Hoover and Dr. Christina Lock added their expertise in 2008 & 2009, both of whom first worked for Kitsap Veterinary Hospital while in high school. We were very pleased to welcome them back.
Dr. Holt is now retired and Dr. Christman is dedicating more of his unique talents to surgical patients, while Dr. Buck leads our team of Drs. Kelly Hoover and Christina Lock in providing a full range of high-quality health care.
We look forward to continuing to serve the many generations of families, deeply appreciated military personnel, retirees and new neighbors alike. Most of all, we remain committed to providing honest, compassionate and progressive care that is responsive to your needs and your pet's health.
What to Expect
In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service. At Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. We offer a comfortable setting where our dedicated and caring staff will provide you with the information and support necessary to provide the best care possible for your pet.
Upon arrival at Kitsap Veterinary Hospital
- You will be welcomed by one of our receptionists who will ask you to complete a New Client Form
- Once you are checked in, a Technician will accompany to a room, first stopping to weigh your pet
- Next, we will record your pet's medical history, discuss your pet's lifestyle, and any current symptoms or concerns you may have
- Your Kitsap Veterinary Hospital veterinarian will then perform a complete and thorough physical examination of the eyes, ears, teeth, heart, lungs, abdomen, body condition and hair coat
- Our veterinarians are calm, compassionate and willing to answer any questions you may have. They will make recommendations based upon your pet's special, individual needs. Depending on the findings, the doctor may recommend testing, procedures and/ or medications that will improve your pet's quality of life.
- Our focus is on preventative medicine, parasite control, maintaining physical comfort, and managing medical conditions
- We provide Patient Treatment Plans that will outline all medical recommendations and their associated costs for any extensive examinations and procedures. We encourage you to ask questions and communicate any concerns you have.
- At the conclusion of the exam, we will accompany you back up to the receptionist for check out where you will receive a detailed receipt of the services we provided during the visit.
It is a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and of vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain the results of your pet's medical tests.
We are convenient, and our qualified staff and facilities are set up to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual dental cleaning by your veterinarian may be in order. Like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest an exam and lab work of blood and maybe even urine, before your pet is anesthetized. Antibiotics and pain medications may be necessary before and after anesthetic procedures.