About Us

Thank you for choosing us!


Providing love and care for your pets since ’63.

The doctors and staff at Kenai Veterinary Hospital look forward to working with you and your special pet. We know how important your pet is to you, and we want to make sure you leave satisfied with our care. Feel free to stop by or call us at 907-283-4148 with any questions.

Our History

Dr. Erik Barnes and his wife, Tina, started the Kenai Veterinary Clinic as a part-time practice in 1963. It was located in his A-frame home on the bluff 20 miles north of Kenai. Dr. Dan Lavach, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, purchased the practice from Dr. Barnes in 1977 and moved it to mile 16.4 on the north Kenai road. Dr. Richard McCartan purchased the practice from Dr. Lavach in August of 1978 and moved that building to the present location in October of 1981. A new building was built, renamed Kenai Veterinary Hospital, and occupied in October of 1983. The facility’s interior was extensively remodeled in 2005, and an addition to the building with a new roof was completed in 2006. Kenai Veterinary Hospital is the oldest veterinary practice on the Kenai Peninsula and one of the oldest continually operating businesses in the city of Kenai.