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Dr. Kathy Blackford

Veterinarian

Medical work runs in Dr. Kathy’s family—both of her parents were human physicians, as is her brother. Dr. Kathy, however, had an additional passion: animals. For her, veterinary medicine was the perfect combination of her medical interests and her adoration for the earth’s creatures!

A native of Edmonton, Dr. Kathy received her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta before gaining acceptance into the University of Saskatchewan’s veterinary program. She first started here at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic in 2007 on a locum basis before being hired on full-time. Dr. Kathy has special interests in internal medicine cases, preventative healthcare strategies, and pet-owner education. Most of all, she likes connecting with people who love animals just as much as she does!

At home, Dr. Kathy and her husband share their lives with their two wonderful daughters, a pair of cats named Mittens and Boots, two dogs named Lucy and Pepper, and five horses. When she isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital or spending time on horseback with her daughters, Dr. Kathy enjoys mountain biking, skiing in the winter, and catching up with family and friends.

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What You Need to Know About Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.

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Last updated: March 18, 2022

Dear Clients,

We are currently recommending masks be worn at all times in the clinic but they are not required for entry. We are allowing 2 members of the pet's family inside our exam rooms as long as a mask is worn while in the exam room, physical distancing guidelines are followed, hand sanitizer is used and you do not have COVID, cold or flu symptoms. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

 1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic