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 4 cats, 23 tarantulas, 2 tailless whip scorpions, a centipede and a boa constrictor she has had since vet school.


Dr. Kyle Crowson

Dr. Kyle Crowson grew up in Chico and Durham before traveling to many parts of the U.S. and Canada for work and schooling after graduating from Chico High. He is a proud Clemson University graduate (Go Tigers!) and joined Chico Animal Hospital after practicing outside of Seattle. 

Dr. Crowson found his calling to veterinary medicine after volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary and working as a field technician on a number of wildlife research projects. These projects all gave vastly different insights into what veterinary medicine encompassed, and after seeing how profound an impact proper and compassionate medicine can make to an animal's well-being and quality of life, he set his mind to becoming a veterinarian and to make a positive difference in the lives of our four-legged friends. His veterinary interests include: endocrinology, behavioral modification, preventative care and client education, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. 

Having an affinity for fly fishing, backpacking, and hiking, the move back home to northern California was inevitable, but returning to the charming community of Chico is an exciting opportunity to give back to the community that helped shape him. When not exploring the outdoors, Dr. Crowson is a voracious reader, an avid record collector, and he enjoys cooking. 


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.