Dr. Kathleen Kennedy
Dr. Kennedy is what many people in this area term a "transplant". Born a Yankee in New York, she was raised in New York, Ohio, and Michigan. She has always known she would be a veterinarian some day, she just didn't forsee it would be in Orange, Texas. After graduating high school, she attended Michigan State University for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University in 1978 when her family moved to the state.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1984. Her first position was in a small animal practice in Odessa, Texas where she was on staff until 1991. That year she elected to move closer to some of her family members that resided in Lumberton, Texas, and took a position with Dr. Max Pachar as his associate. Dr. Kennedy purchased the practice from him in 1998 when he retired.
Photographs of some of Dr. Kennedy's many pets can be seen on our Photo Gallery page. Her mother, Mary, works part-time as a receptionist at the hospital. Many of you who think Dr. Kennedy looks familiar when you first meet her may know her sister, Karen, who works at Gulf Credit Union.
Even though she has lived in Texas and Oklahoma for over 30 years, people still ask her where she is from because of her northern accent - so now you know.
Stuart has that rare ability to get most dogs to readily accept and trust him, especially if they are nervous about being in a new place. Many of our regular boarders look at our hospital as being their second home and are eager to see Stuart when they come in - he's one of their best friends.
Erica is our resident "Cat Whisperer". She has a real affinity for our feline friends and is often able to calm down nervous cats left here in the hospital. Cats are sometimes very frightened in a strange environment, but with a little time and patience, Erica can usually win them over.
When you walk up to the front desk of the hospital, you will find Trouble. Not literally of course, but a cat named Trouble. Don't let his name fool you - he's anything but trouble. He sits up front all day, ninety-percent of the time on patients' charts and the appointment book. He loves to be in everyones' way, but they're able to manage because he's so laid back that you can lay just about anything on him without him making a fuss - post-its, pens, note pads, the appointment book... he would no doubt make a very pampered but loveable housecat, but he loves his unofficial job as Pachar Veterinary Hospital's greeter too much to find other employment.
Overseer of the Kennels
Gremlin, or Gremmy for short, is our highly eccentric Overseer of the Kennels. She camps out up high in the back of the hospital, watching everything that goes on. She'll also make frequent trips in which she runs around the hospital, most of the time in a circle, to make sure all of the kennel assistants are doing their duties. When she's on break and/or is being lazy, however, she's always up for a good backscratching or brushing (which can sometimes be used as a bribe but ssh).
Pennie has been employed at the hospital for over 30 years. In that time span she has seen everything you can imagine from a dog attacked by an alligator to a kitten with its head stuck in a souvenir coconut shell. She can answer almost any question you might have concerning the care of your pet, but if for some reason she can't, you can be sure she will try to get the answer for you. Pennie of course makes most of the appointments but also is in charge of special ordering the Hill's Science Diet, so be sure to come to her directly if you need it ordered for you.
Mary works as a receptionist on Thursday and Saturday mornings. As most of you know, she is Dr. Kennedy's mom and has probably heard more about Dr. Kennedy's cases over the dinner table than she cares to admit. Needless to say, if she can't help you with a problem, she will be able to get someone who can.
Head of Security
Fabio is the newest member of the Pachar Veterinary Staff.
His previous postion was held at the Southeast Texas Humane Society. His is quickly learning his responsibilities
here at the clinic and checks in with Penny at the front desk from time to time to be sure our security needs are being met.
Fabio might be named after a "pretty boy" but when it come to his job here at the clinic he is all business. He usually patrols the kennel area of the facility to be sure our patients are safe but does get to oversee the security of the entire facility as needed. He is usually very friendly but is still undergoing training so may be a little excited from time to time.
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