The Kitsap Veterinary Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Port Orchard area. At Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.
Dr. Sharla Ansorge
Dr. Sharla Ansorge earned her biology degree at UC Santa Cruz with plans to study animal behavior in the wild, but she got sidetracked by finding sick and injured animals in her study groups that she just couldn’t leave alone. That was when she discovered wildlife rehabilitation and began a 10-year career working with sick, injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild animals. Specializing in aquatic birds and oil spill response for several years, Dr. A became quite the bird fanatic and finally adopted a couple small parrots into her home.
Eventually, she realized she really wanted to be a vet, so she spent a few years working at Guide Dogs for the Blind to round out her domestic animal experience. In 2008, she graduated with honors from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a lot of special focus on animal behavior, avian medicine, and feline medicine.
She has continued to work with a wide variety of species during her life as a vet and has volunteered time at spay/neuter clinics and wildlife conservation facilities. She has obtained Level 2 certification in Fear Free practice and has a strong focus on low stress, patient-friendly handling, and client education, helping to keep the bond between pets and their humans strong and healthy. Dr. A spends her free time entertaining, snuggling, and cleaning up after her two small parrots and two cats. She loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, birding, and kayaking, as well as spending lots of quality time with her husband and the rest of the family.
Dr. Sarah Buck
Dr. Sarah Buck joinedKitsap Veterinary Hospital in May 1999. Dr. Buck received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Buck earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Animal Science from UVM in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Buck is originally from Vermont, where she lived for 21 years. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994 and worked as a veterinary technician for one-year, which confirmed her decision to attend Veterinary School. Dr. Buck is married to Andrew King, and they have two boys and two young and active cats adopted from the Kitsap Humane Society. Dr. Buck lost four geriatric pets in 2015: two mischievous miniature dachshunds who lived to be 14 and 15 years of age and two cats who lived to be 20 and 21 years of age and went through veterinary school with her. They all hold a special place in her heart. This experience has given her a new appreciation and understanding of aging pets and their special needs.
In January 2004, Dr. Buck formed a partnership with Dr. Christman as co-owners of Kitsap Veterinary Hospital. Upon Dr. Christman’s partial retirement in 2011, Dr. Buck became our Medical Director. Dr. Buck enjoys spending time with her family watching her boys play baseball and soccer. She also is an avid runner and someday, when the boys are grown and on their own, she plans to have dogs again.
Dr. Kelly Hoover
Dr. Hoover is our Managing Veterinarian and as such will be guiding Kitsap for years to come. Dr. Kelly Hoover’s early love of animals was reflected in her high school job as a Ward Nurse at Kitsap Veterinary Hospital. After graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, she spent the first seven years of her career in Bothell, Washington. She moved back to Gig Harbor in 2006 and has completed the journey home by joining Kitsap Veterinary Hospital once again, this time as a veterinarian experienced in small animal medicine, general surgery, and dentistry. She finds the most joy in bonding with her patients and their families and sharing in their journey through all the phases of life.
When away from the clinic, Dr. Hoover enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. They share their home in the country with their Llewellin Setter Ruby, and three cats, Herbie, O’Malley, and Ruckus. The whole family enjoys exploring the Northwest’s camping and fishing destinations, often starting the camping season before the last snow falls.