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I always wanted to have a career working with animals. I started my college education with a focus on wildlife management, and received and Associates degree and a Bachelors degree in that field. While finishing my Bachelors degree at Louisiana Tech University, I became friends with the wife of one of my Forestry professors who is a veterinarian. I shared with her that I never felt that I was "smart enough" for veterinary school so never pursued veterinary medicine as a career option. She encouraged me to try as she saw how much I loved animals. I was realizing then that the profession of wildlife management was not what I thought it would be - very little hands-on with animals. I didn't have the prerequisite coursework needed to apply to Vet School so had to continue taking college courses for another two years - primarily chemistry, calculus, physics, ..... That was a fun two years (NOT). But I got it done and applied. I was accepted to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (my home state) and graduated in May 1994.
After graduation I worked in a mixed-animal practice in Jackson, Wyoming. Although I love horses, and have several of my own, I didn't enjoy the special challenges of working with horses in the Wyoming winters. I felt more confident with my skills as a small animal veterinarian and after three years, decided to narrow the focus of my career to small animal exclusive practice, and to move to a warmer climate. I admit it, I am a cold weather wimp. I moved to Arizona in June 1997, joining Kachina Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian. In May, 2003, I became the official owner of Kachina Animal Hospital. It has been a challenging and rewarding career choice. I am passionate about providing excellent, state-of-the-art medicine and surgery for our
patients. My goal has always been to offer the very best care for my patients. One of my pets, a Jack Russell Terrier named "Scooter", has been a guiding force in the care I provide for my patients. I always keep in the back of my mind, as I discuss test and treatment options with the owners of my patients, "What would I do if this were Scooter?"
Outside of Kachina Animal Hospital, my passion is the sport of endurance riding. Endurance involves riding horses on trails for long distances - 25, 50, or 100 miles in one day. I have been an avid endurance rider for over 15 years, accumulating over 15,000 miles of endurance competition. I am a Director for the southwest region in the governing organization called the American Endurance Ride Conference. I am also the Chair on the Welfare of the Horse Committee. My highest achievement in this sport has been the completion of what is known as the toughest endurance ride in the world, the Western States Trail Ride, also known as the Tevis, in 2012. If I am not at Kachina Animal Hospital treating patients, I am probably out on trail somewhere, riding my horse.
Julia Lynn, DVM
Medical Directory / President
Sarah Bason, DVM
Hello! My name is Dr. Sarah Bason and I am the newest veterinarian to join the Kachina Animal Hospital team. I am an Arizona native, having been raised in Scottsdale and then Prescott. I attended Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University and finished my schooling at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, I hurried back to my beloved Northern Arizona and am so excited to have now found myself at Kachina Animal Hospital. Animals have always been a passion for me, and I have known that this was the career I wanted since I was a very young girl. Veterinary medicine is such a rewarding job, and I feel very lucky to be able to spend every day doing what I love. My professional interests include pain management, soft tissue surgery, and client communication. It is my goal to foster a strong trusting relationship with not just the animals in my care, but their human counterparts as well. When not here at the hospital, you can find me spending time with my one-year old son Greyson and fiancé Justin. As first-time parents, we are truly enjoying all the challenges that come with raising a spirited little boy. We share our home with three very goofy dogs - Verde, Cali, and Bueno, and one silver tabby cat named Dooley. I enjoy reading, exploring the hiking trails and swimming holes of this beautiful area, and crafting fun things for my son to wear and play with. Please stop by and see us - I look forward to meeting your pets and partnering with you to keep them healthy and happy!
Katherine Bellew, DVM
I am Dr. Katherine Bellew the newest addition to the doctor team at Kachina Animal Hospital, and couldn’t be more happy with the staff and environment. I was born and raised an army brat and that sense of adventure and strength stayed with me as I matured through my academic career. I have spent most of my undergraduate years working with livestock, managing cow-calf ranches, breeding management programs and herd health. I continued to pursue this passion as I worked at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory where I learned to respect livestock and the people who manage them even more. I got an opportunity to travel and earn my veterinary degree and spent 2 years in the Caribbean at Ross University. After earning my veterinary degree I spent a year at Oregon State University working with hobby farms and knew that being in the vet-truck was where I want to be. Tired of being hot and sticky then cold and wet my significant other and I fell in love with the Prescott area and decided this is where we wanted to plant our roots. We have bought a home with land and before we knew it our hobby farm started to grow with two goats and three dogs and plans for chickens in the spring! While I am developing an ambulatory service for the hospital I enjoy working with dogs, cats and anything else that walks through the door. Please stop by, I would love to meet you and your hobby farm too!
We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.
Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet.
We Are Dedicated To Providing The Highest Quality Veterinary Care For Your Furry Friend!
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