Chico Animal Hospital

3015 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95973


Our Doctors


Dr. Kira Maleski


Dr. Kira and her husband, Dr. Steve Dennis, purchased Chico Animal Hospital from Dr. Craig Callen when he retired January of 2018. She has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Since graduation, Dr. Kira has lived and practiced in Phoenix Arizona, Davis, upstate New York, San Luis Obispo, Goleta and San Rafael. She is so happy to finally put down permanent roots and make Chico her forever home. Additionally, she and Dr. Dennis are thrilled to fulfill their shared dream of owning a veterinary practice, and look forward to serving the pets of Chico and getting to know their 2-legged friends. 

Dr. Kira's interests include soft tissue surgery, ultrasound and dentistry. In addition to cats and dogs, she also works with rabbits, rodents and other small furry critters. 

When not at the clinic, you may find Dr. Kira running, reading or riding a motorcycle. In addition to a husband, she lives with 3 cats, 7 tarantulas, and a boa constrictor she has had since vet school.



Dr. Steven Dennis

Dr. Steven Dennis is a U.C. Davis graduate with more than 14 years experience. Most of his veterinary practice has been in California with a short stint in upstate New York.

Dr. Dennis has been involved in many different types of medicine from emergency and critical care to mixed animal medicine including surgery, internal medicine, and cardiology. Originally from Santa Barbara, Dr. Dennis and Dr. Kira have made Chico their new home. Dr. Dennis is currently dividing his time at Chico Animal Hospital between managing the practice and seeing patients.