Talented. Dedicated. Caring. The team at Chico Animal Hospital believes, passionately, in providing your pet with the best care possible. Because to us, you both are family. Now, meet the team by your side.

Doctors

Dr. Steven Dennis

Dr. Steven Dennis

DVM

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. In his free time, Dr. Dennis enjoys riding his motorcycle.

Dr. Kyle Crowson

Dr. Kyle Crowson

DVM

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. Kira

Dr. Kira

DVM

Dr. Kira 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 her husband, 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 5 cats, a boa constructor, and a collection of tarantulas, and other invertebrates.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

Care Team

Emily

Emily

Veterinary Assistant

Emily joined CAH in March of 2018 and has worked as both a receptionist and veterinary assistant. Emily grew up on a ranch with horses, cows and pigs. She was also an active member of both 4H and FFA. This experience combined with her ranching lifestyle inspired her to study to become a large animal veterinarian.

Now Emily has a Queensland Heeler named Izzy and a black cat named Odin. In her free time Emily takes Izzy on hikes. You may even catch her riding her horse!

Esme

Esme

Veterinary Assistant

Esme has been a part of the team since April of 2018. She first began her career in the animal field back in February of 2010 when she started interning at local clinics. She is now on the way to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician! Esme grew up surrounded by cats and dogs, so her passion for helping them came naturally. She currently has 2 dogs, 4 cats and a Yellow-Headed Amazon parrot. While she can’t choose between cats and dogs, her favorite exotic animal is a leopard. Esme is often seen running around the hospital multi-tasking like a super hero!

Sara

Sara

Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative

Sara joined Chico Animal Hospital July 1st, 2019. The adoption of a very petite Chihuahua, Pixie, when Sara was young inspired her to pursue animal care. She felt a need to protect and be a voice for animal welfare. She is currently studying at Chico State and hopes to continue working in the animal care field.

Pictured is Sara with her dog Lila. They love going on morning runs and hikes in Bidwell. As much as Sara loves being active, she can’t say no to cuddling Lila in bed while binge-watching Netflix.

Random fun fact: Sara can wiggle her ears!!!

Chrissy

Chrissy

Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative

Chrissy works as both a receptionist and a vet assistant (best of both worlds!) She worked as a VA in Oroville before joining us earlier this year. As a local Chicoan, Chrissy enjoys the dog-friendly environment. She has 2 dogs at home named Nacho and Chica who do their best to keep Chrissy on her toes! She also has 2 cats named Mary Jane and Snow and 1 bunny named Mocha.

When’s she’s not running around at work, Chrissy enjoys sushi dates with her coworkers!

Dennise

Dennise

Customer Service Representative

Dennise has been an employee of Chico Animal Hospital for 27 years. Many of us know her amazing smile from reception, but did you know she has also worked as a veterinary assistant, kennel staff and surgical assistant?

Dennise also has 4 dogs and 6 cats! She has been rescuing animals all her life and has a huge heart for all furry critters. In her free time, Dennise enjoys vacationing in Fort Bragg with a nice glass of wine.

Sam

Sam

Customer Service Representative

Sam has been working reception for the hospital since July 2018. She began working with animals as a volunteer before interning and eventually joining the CAH family. Sam graduated from CSU Chico in 2017 as a Humanities major, but couldn’t ignore the call to help animals in need.

Sam has 1 cat named Poppy and 1 dog named Chloe. Poppy is Sam’s first cat, so she is learning something new every day. Growing up, dogs were the only household pets in Sam’s life until she started bringing random animals home off the street. This included stray cats, a stray dog, a rabbit, 6 parakeets and spiders from the garden. Will the trend continue? We shall see!

In her free time, Sam enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and watching hockey (go Sharks)!

Taylor

Taylor

Customer Service Representative

Taylor joined us in October of 2019 as a Customer Service Representative.She is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher.

Growing up, Taylor was active in both 4H and FFA. She raised steers and worked with pigs. The baby piglets were her favorite!

Taylor is the proud owner of a 10 month old kitten named Tux. In her free time, Taylor loves to test out new bread recipes and bring them to the clinic for everyone to taste-test!

Jessica

Jessica

Administrative Support

Jessica originally studied to work as a nurse assistant and dietician. She decided to switch fields to zoology and has been working as a kennel assistant here since June ’18. Jessica’s passion for all things cute and creepy means she owns some interesting pets! She owns 2 cats, 1 Hognose snake, 1 Day Gecko, 1 Leopard Gecko, 1 Jackson Chameleon and 5 Tarantulas.

Melina

Melina

Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative

Melina joined the team in December 2020 as a customer service representative and veterinary assistant. She is currently at CSU Chico and hopes to become a veterinarian.

Growing up on a farm helped Melina gain experience working with animal husbandry. She especially loves helping with the birthing process and is interested in reproductive science. Besides the many farm animals back home, Melina also has a Great Pyrenees dog named Max and a Kelpie dog named Tina.

Melina spends her spare time cooking new recipes, reading and playing video games. Her favorite foods to eat/cook are soups!

Beth

Beth

Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative

Beth joined us in August of 2020 as a veterinary assistant/customer service representative and brought with her 10+ years of experience in the veterinary field. She began her veterinary career as a volunteer at a local animal shelter before working as a veterinary assistant in animal hospitals.

Beth enjoys working with animals because it can be very challenging, but it is always rewarding. She enjoys learning new things every day especially as advances in medicine are constantly occurring.

Her two cats, Simon (who only has 1 eye!) and Dracula, keep her on her toes. When she’s not at work, Beth likes to go on hikes to collect crystals or listen to live music. You may also find her scaring people at the haunted corn maze during Halloween season!

Katie

Katie

Kennel Assistant

Katie joined us in August of 2020. Previously she worked at a dog boarding facility. Now she works as a kennel staff member here and helps keep our very own boarders comfortable! ☺️

Katie grew up dreaming of becoming a vet, so she has always tried to spend time with animals whenever possible. She did pet-sitting for friends and family before officially working in a boarding facility.

Katie has one family dog (Lab) named Molly who is 14 years young! Molly has been a part of her family since she was a puppy and is even a patient of CAH!
Her free time is filled with the arts and hiking. One random fact about Katie is that she was nationally rated in competitive fencing!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Facilities

Elizabeth joined Chico Animal Hospital as janitorial staff in November of 2020. She is currently studying in the Butte County ROP program to become a certified veterinary assistant.

Elizabeth has always had a huge heart for animals. She hates to see them suffer, so learning how to help animals heal is her passion!

Elizabeth has two dogs Usagi (pictured here) and Pumba, as well as other family dogs and cats. She enjoys hiking with Usagi, painting and watching anime. Elizabeth is also a huge fan of seafood and sushi!

Priscilla

Priscilla

Queen of the doctor's office

Priscilla first came to us in 2011 when she was about 5 months old. She had been hit by a car and unfortunately her leg was too damaged to save. Her previous owners surrendered her to us and she has been here ever since. Now she spends the majority of her time napping in the doctor’s office and running away from our attempts to love on her. Despite her hard to get attitude she secretly loves the attention!

Lizzie

Lizzie

Head of Corrections Department, destroyer of lights

Meet Lizzie! She has been with Chico Animal Hospital since she was just a kitten! She was first found as a stray running around the streets. She joined our crew at just 8 weeks old! These days  Lizzie spends time sitting on keyboards while we type and stealing our chairs (because where else would be better?).

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Food taster and protector of the clinic chairs

Meet Tinkerbell (or Stinky Tinky as she is referred to by staff). Tinkerbell came to live with us in 2007 after she had been hit by a car. Unfortunately her leg was too damaged to save and her previous owners surrendered her to us. Ever since she has been scouring the hospital looking for cheese or other snacks to steal from staff. Just don’t try and stop her or you might be in for a  stinky surprise!!