About

Kanab Veterinary Hospital

“Your other family health team. Providing compassionate care & exceptional veterinary medicine”

Kanab Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve Kanab, UT and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.

We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don't hesitate to call us at (435) 644-2400. Thank you!

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Meet Our Team

Dr. Kevin Ballard - Veterinarian / Co-Owner

Dr. Kevin D. Ballard was born and raised in beautiful Southern Utah, growing up in the town of Hurricane. He grew up next door to his Grandparents who always had a horse for him to ride. He knew from a young age that he wanted to be a veterinarian and focused his efforts to reach that goal from late in middle school through graduation from Hurricane High School in 1995. He attended Southern Utah University from 1998-2002 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree, then moved on to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 2002-2006. He worked at Desert Pines Equine Center in Las Vegas, NV from May of 2006 to September 2012. He also worked part-time at the Southwest Animal Emergency Hospital in St. George, UT starting in the fall of 2011 before purchasing Kanab Veterinary Hospital in August 2012.

Dr. Ballard thoroughly enjoys being a veterinarian, consistently going above and beyond in the care for all his patients and their human companions. He involves himself in community events such as, volunteering his time at the annual low-cost vaccination clinic sponsored by the Best Friends Animal Society. He can be seen, with his family, driving a team of horses and wagon during the annual Western Legends Round-Up event as well as during the July 4th and Pioneer Day parades.

Dr. Ballard and his wife, Ann, are the proud parents of ten children. They enjoy the outdoors together riding horses, driving wagons, camping, hunting, fishing and ranching. Dr. Ballard has always had a deep love for nature and animals. His love for service comes from his parents and grandparents, and he genuinely loves to help others in any way he can. He loves living in Kanab and is intensely passionate about serving the animals and people of Southern Utah.

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Ann Ballard - Co-Owner

Ann is and always has been devoted to supporting her husband, Dr. Ballard, as he followed his passion toward becoming a veterinarian. She was particularly excited when they opened Kanab Veterinary Hospital together to help animals and their human companions in Kanab and surrounding areas. Ann grew up on cattle ranches in Florida and on the Arizona Strip and appreciates those people and animals that have a job to do on the ranch. She has many years’ experience in budgeting, computers, communications, and assisting the Veterinarian.

Ann has a deep-rooted sense of service to others, as a result, she loves learning as much as possible about running a veterinary hospital so she can better serve the animals, their human companions, and her caring staff of the Kanab Veterinary Hospital.

Having played a significant role since August 2012 in creating a successful veterinary practice, Ann can now spend more time working from home and caring for her ten children.

Cami Cotter – Executive Director

Education: Master’s in Business Management and Leadership
Interests: Outdoors, Travel, & Animals
Email: kanabvet@gmail.com

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Leadership, together with a plethora of experience in starting and running her own small businesses, Kanab Veterinary Hospital was determined to have Cami join our team. After “courting” Cami for a time, KVH is delighted she ultimately decided to join our team in August 2018 and has certainly epitomized the term “hit the ground running” ever since.

Cami’s business management career has spanned almost two decades and traversed both the small business world and the larger corporate world. It includes owning and operating a large-scale childcare facility caring for some 100 children daily: starting and running a property management company with her husband for house rentals as well as a boat maintenance and repair company. Owning and operating one’s own businesses is extremely demanding and time-consuming. So, when Cami and her husband decided to have a family of their own, they knew they needed to make a few lifestyle adjustments to devote themselves to raising their children. At this time Cami crossed back into the Corporate world, accepting employment at a semi-conductor manufacturing facility. With Cami’s formal education qualifications and experience in running her own businesses, it is not surprising that she was quickly elevated to managing teams of employees across multiple production areas. Specifically, Cami was in charge of supervisor development and leadership training program, to help others grow within the company.

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Although giving up business ownership and moving into an employee situation did afford Cami and her husband more time to devote to the raising of their children, the Corporate world is very fast paced, demanding and stressful. Additionally, Cami had been working the nightshift for over a decade to ensure the most efficient use of her time could be devoted to raising her children. Cami had dreamed of moving to a small, remote town with a small population of warm and friendly people. The offer to work at Kanab Veterinary Hospital was a perfect match for her skills and experience as well as for the lifestyle she dreamed of for her and her family.

Cami loves to explore nature and learn about animals. Kanab is a great location to indulge in both of her favorite things. Cami foresees Kanab as her family’s long-term home.

Cami is a strong asset to our team and is responsible for managing both the Kanab Veterinary Hospital and the Page Animal Hospital businesses.

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Jodi Leach - Office Manager

Interests: Reading, Boating, Camping, Hiking, and Photography

Jodi joined the Kanab Veterinary Hospital (KVH) team in June of 2018 as a Frontline Receptionist; an extremely demanding, multi-tasking role at which she excelled.  Over the years, Jodi has grown and adapted into more senior roles within KVH, taking on more and more responsibility in the day-to-day operations of our veterinary practice.  Jodi has become an invaluable asset and “right-hand person” to our CEO/Hospital Director.

A native of Southern Utah, Jodi grew up following her grandfather around his cattle ranch in Johnson Canyon, Utah.  Through her many interactions and experiences on her grandfather’s ranch, Jodi adopted a deep and passionate love and respect for all animals, large and small.

Jodi loves the fast-paced environment of the veterinary field and has a natural talent for juggling all the many and varied requirements (and surprises) that accompany her title.   Jodi is extremely compassionate toward KVH patients and their human companions.  She consistently goes above and beyond to take care of their needs.  Jodi’s calm and steady demeanor serves her, her colleagues, our patients and their human companions extremely well in an environment that at times can be emotionally challenging.

Jodi is an advocate of adopting shelter animals. She shares her home with a mix of feline and canine adopted companions, each having joined Jodi’s family when they were only weeks old.   Jodi loves serving the community’s veterinary needs and has proven her enthusiasm to expand her education and technical abilities, all devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of animals and their human companions.  

Jodi loves being part of the amazing KVH team and KVH is fortunate to have Jodi as a member of our family!

Dr. Patti Patterson - Veterinarian

Many in our community will already know Dr. Patti from her 14 years of dedicated veterinary care for the animals at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the work she has done to help animals volunteering her own time on the Reservations and other fringe communities.

Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Patti is the middle child of a very closely-knit family who always had a passion for animals. She knew from 6th grade that she wanted to grow up to become a veterinarian.

After achieving an undergraduate degree in 1989 from Penn State University in Animal Bio-Science, and her veterinary medicine degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, Dr. Patti completed a one-year rotating internship at U of P. She moved briefly into private practice for a year before working for the next 15 years in a busy referral practice as an emergency critical care veterinarian just outside Philadelphia.

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When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Dr. Patti headed to Louisiana to volunteer, leading her on a path to become more involved in animal rescue and sheltering. A year later, she made her way west and to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, gaining experience in sanctuary medicine and working with a variety of species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds.

Dr. Patti fell in love with this area of southern Utah with all its natural beauty and simpler way of life. She also met the love of her life here in Kanab, Roger Patterson, whom she married in 2011. They have 5 fur-babies; 3 cats (Romeo, Ophelia, Spencer), and 2 dogs (Chopper a chocolate lab, and Whistle a shepherd mix).

Dr. Patti’s professional areas of interest are cardiology, emergency medicine, and anything “cat”! Her personal interests include hiking, camping with her husband, Roger, and their dogs, reading, gardening, and really anything she can do outdoors.

Dr. Patti’s schedule at Kanab Veterinary Hospital will be Mon, Tues and Fri 8:00 to 5:00 pm.

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Dr. Breanna Isom - DVM

Dr. Isom grew up in Washington State and says she still considers herself a “Pacific Northwesterner at heart”. Even so, Dr. Isom has very quickly relaxed into her new role at Kanab Veterinary Hospital and fallen in love with the people she has met in our community, whom she says have “all been exceptional”.
Since early childhood, Dr. Isom was destined to become a veterinarian. When she was not out riding horses, devotedly caring for her dogs and cat, and raising FFA market animals, she absorbed herself in James Herriot books and the Animal Planet TV channel. A local veterinarian recognized Dr. Isom’s passion and talent for caring for animals, and through her encouragement and mentorship, helped establish young Breanna’s path toward becoming a veterinarian.

Dr. Isom’s veterinary skills and her devotion to the animals entrusted in her care are evident from the moment you meet her. As too is her compassion, not only for the animals, but also their human companions. Dr. Isom’s gentle, relaxed style, her excellent listening and communication skills, her thoroughness and follow through, makes her a strong member of our veterinary team. Kanab Veterinary Hospital is proud that Dr. Isom chose to join us!

In her spare time, Dr. Isom and husband, Zach, are avid hikers and campers. Strongly family oriented, Dr. Isom and Zach expand their outdoor adventures as often as they can to include family. They both love to immerse themselves in any community service projects. Dr. Isom and Zach share their home with a recued Corgi named Clark, who survived parvo as a puppy. They also have an Appendix Quarter Horse mare named Luna that has been a companion since Dr. Isom was a teenager.

Dr. Tara Timpson, DVM, CVSMT, CVH, CVA

Kanab Veterinary Hospital is delighted to announce that Dr. Tara Timpson has joined our team of veterinary doctors. Dr. Tara brings with her a broad range of in-depth skills and experience caring for large, small and exotic animals.

At university, Dr. Tara majored in Animal Science, earning her Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1999. Originally from Utah, she moved to Oregon to study veterinary medicine at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with an emphasis in mixed animal practice. She graduated, with honors, in 2003. After graduating, Dr. Tara accepted a position in rural Southern Oregon working with both small and large animals providing medical, surgical and emergency care for horses, cattle and domestic pets. She was also responsible for developing the llama and alpaca aspect of the practice.

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In 2006, Dr. Tara relocated to Kanab, Utah, joining the veterinary team at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. By virtue of the complex variety of some 1,500 animals that call Best Friends their home, Dr. Tara’s skills have deepened and broadened exponentially over the past 16 years. Over the course of time, she has provided medical and surgical care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, goats and pot-bellied pigs.

In addition to her traditional veterinary medicine skills and experience, Dr. Tara has pursued her interest in holistic veterinary medicine. She is certified in Veterinary Homeopathy, Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Animal chiropractic). Dr. Tara has delivered numerous professional presentations on the subject of holistic veterinary medicine and had papers published in various veterinary journals.

To unwind and relax, Dr. Tara enjoys music, particularly playing bluegrass music with her husband Josh. She plays the guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. She loves trail running, hiking and backpacking, playing with her dog and training/ riding her 3 horses.

Please give a huge welcome to Dr. Tara Timpson!

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Jordyn Parker - Veterinary Technician

Education: Veterinary Technician Degree, BA in Anthropology, Associate’s Degree Arts and Sciences.
Interests: Mountain drives, experimenting in the kitchen, reading and her artwork

Jordyn made an unexpected appearance when her mother was visiting family in Kanab and Jordyn arrived 2 ½ months prematurely! Jordyn began life as she planned to live it, always ahead of her time. Almost as soon as she learned to read, Jordyn began devouring information about animals – of any species – from books, nature documentaries and the Internet. From an early age, Jordyn demonstrated a natural ability to retain and accurately share all she learned about animals and quickly became the “go to” animal expert in the family.

Other early childhood experiences were learning how to take care of special needs animals. Her first kitten, Ryan Tucker, was diagnosed with FIP (an incurable and terminal illness) and crossed the Rainbow Bridge at just one year old. Jordyn’s natural compassion made his short life as comfortable and happy as could be.

Leaving high school two years ahead of schedule, Jordyn began her journey toward ultimately attaining her Veterinary Technician degree from the Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Colorado. The two-year curriculum included a combination of lectures, hands-on labs, shadowing qualified veterinary people in clinic settings and a ten-week internship where Jordyn gained experience working with cats, dogs, some exotics such as parrots and reptiles – and even fish! Additionally, Jordyn has spent time volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s Parrot Garden where she worked closely with the vet techs caring for the Parrots.

Jordyn has seamlessly assimilated into the Kanab Veterinary Hospital’s “family”, a term she uses to describe the warmth and friendless of her work environment. Jordyn is extremely skilled, gentle and compassionate with all the animals she encounters, treating each one as an individual. Jordyn is also an excellent listener and communicator, instilling confidence in the people who entrust their beloved animals to her care.

Betsy Kidder - Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Hastings, Michigan, Betsy has lived in the Kanab area for the last 17 years. Betsy has extensive experience caring for companion animals having spent many years working for a local animal sanctuary. Betsy tells us that working at Kanab Veterinary Hospital “combines my love of animals with my love of the are and has the added bonus of working with such friendly people.”

Betsy shares her home with three feline companions (Montimer, Jolly and Fuzzla Rue) plus two canine companions; a Boxer named Buck and a Frenchy named Nugget.

In her spare time, Betsy loves being out in nature and enjoys the small town feel of Kanab with its scenic view and endless opportunities for exploration. She is a keen rock collector and loves to hunt. She is looking forward to October when her family retires to Kanab.

Betsy likes to reassure any animal in her care by gently chatting to them the entire time during their visits and throughout any medical procedures.

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Andreya Caruso – Veterinary Assistant

Andreya brings with her a rich history of skills and experience as a caregiver. As a Certified Nurse Assistant, she provided Home Healthcare for the elderly and handicapped, with a specialty in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It’s understandable why her family would describe Andreya as having a huge heart, filled with empathy for others, both human and animal, and that she has a gift for helping people feel comfortable, even in difficult situations. Her family also describes her as funny and charming. All these qualities mean Andreya is a perfect fit at Kanab Veterinary Hospital, to meet and greet our clients and their human companions.

Andreya, a native of the Kanab/Long Valley area, shares her life with her significant other, Ephraim, and four daughters under 7 years old. The girls were excited to welcome a baby brother into the family not so long ago.  Andreya’s other family members, three chickens named Ruby, Bo, and Jill, plus three goats named Gloria, Ninja, and Oreo.

Andreya loves spending her spare time with her family going to the lake, camping and generally enjoying all the magnificent scenery that surrounds the small town of Kanab.

Casey Iverson – Veterinary Assistant

Meet our friendly and compassionate team member, veterinary assistant Casey Iverson. Born and raised in Kanab, she has always had a deep love for animals. Growing up on her family's cattle ranch, Casey learned the importance of caring for animals at a young age. After leaving high school, she later attended a massage school to use her skills and knowledge to care for large animals.

Casey is a deeply family-oriented person who adores spending time with her husband and three boys. Casey and her boys love raising show goats together. When Casey isn't working, you can find her attending horse competitions, barrel races, rodeos and riding her horses. She is always happy to talk about animals and share her love for them with others. Casey tells us; “I love animals and love taking care of them. They have been a big part of my life, and I couldn’t see my life without them.”

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Alexis Bachrach – Veterinary Assistant

Alexis joined the Kanab Veterinary Hospital family in 2021 as a veterinary assistant.  She is a dedicated, hard-working veterinary assistant who is passionate about all animals.  She loves the large animal work, especially when responding to farm and ranch calls, and is particularly interested in working animals.

Alexis’ passion is dairy goats and small-scale dairying.  She has been breeding dairy goats since 2011.

Alexis moved to Kanab in 2014 and thoroughly enjoys taking advantage of the many hiking opportunities, scrambling, and taking photos of our beautiful area of Southern Utah.

Tamara Fleck - Professional Groomer

Education: American Kennel Club Safety Certified Groomer

Tamara began grooming for KVH in early 2018. She was born and raised in Nebraska where she grew up in a farming community. Tamara moved to Kanab in 2004 and has worked and volunteered extensively in animal welfare through Best Friends Animal Society and other avenues.

Tamara shares her home with 4 cats, 3 dogs, a potbellied pig and a human son who attends Kanab High School.

Certified by the American Kennel Club as a S.A.F.E. groomer (Safety, Assurance, Fundamentals, Education), Tamara keeps Kanab Vet’s patients (small, medium, large and extra-large) looking (and smelling) great! Call the office today to schedule your pet’s next grooming appointment!

Phone #: 435-644-2400

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Helen Valderhaug - Reception

Helen joins the Kanab Veterinary Hospital with the distinction of being a USAF Veteran. She worked as an aircraft armament system specialist during her military career. Subsequently, Helen has worked as a thoroughbred yearling groom, back in her home state of Kentucky, where she was responsible for preparing horses for the Keeneland sales. Traveling across country, before arriving in Kanab, UT, Helen held a position of Library Tech II at Yakima Valley College in WA, working as a cataloger.

Helen has always enjoyed working with and helping animals and people, so working at Kanab Veterinary Hospital helping “animal people” is a perfect opportunity. She draws from her experience as an ACO in a rural county that she says gave her a ‘new and broader perspective’ to the human/animal bond. Helen had originally wanted to become a veterinarian and was accepted into WSU’s pre-veterinary program.

Helen grew up in small towns and yearned to return to the small-town way of life. Helen and her husband drove 1,200 miles to Kanab in a small SUV with 3 large dogs (2 German shepherds and her border collie/chow mix named Libby who she adopted from the Central Washington Humane Society). Helen and Libby became a certified therapy team with Love on a Leash. Helen’s favorite part of Kanab are the people that call Kanab home. In her spare time, Helen loves exploring the area, participating in 5Ks and going to rock concerts – musical, not the red rocks of Kanab!

Ethan Erdmann - Front Line Receptionist

Originally from Seattle, Ethan remarks how strikingly different the views around Kanab are compared to Seattle. Ethan and his wife, Melissa, wanted to try something different in life, which is what brought them and their two children to Kanab.

Ethan has strong customer service skills, honed during his 15 years in customer service at Sherwin Williams. As he applied those skills in his new position at Kanab Veterinary Hospital, we soon began receiving positive client feedback from their interactions with Ethan. He has great attention to detail and his gentle manner with clients and their beloved animal companions is a ‘purr-fect’ quality in a veterinarian hospital.

Ethan loves learning and experiencing new things, especially with his family. He says he “loves the energy animals bring to the environment,” which is one of the reasons he was attracted to the position that opened at Kanab Veterinary Hospital.

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In addition to his two children, Ethan’s family includes a 5-year-old Boston Terrier named Bear (it is a family tradition to give big names to little dogs). Ethan’s family adopted Bear from a small farm south of Seattle. His children fell in love with Bear the moment they saw his slightly crooked tail. Completing the Erdmann family are six cats and one Dwarf hamster. Ethan strongly encourages micro-chipping family pets, particularly after one of his micro-chipped cats returned home after four years.

In his spare time, Ethan loves hiking with his family and exploring the beauty of our Southern Utah surrounding areas.

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What Our Clients Say

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Laurie A.

"Dr. Ballard is the best veterinarian around, period. His competent staff share a genuine love for animals, and that impressed me from day one. If pets are part of your family, then Kanab Veterinary Hospital is the only choice."

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Jenny M.

"Jody was amazing on the phone and the Vet was so kind and genuine. Everyone made our experience stress-free. Thank you for being so thoughtful and accommodating for our emergency. "

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Emmett D.

"So professional, friendly and well trained. Got a fish hook out of my frenchies lip Couldn’t be happier, no welt or anything on my pup!"