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Dr. T. Patrick Kennedy, DMV
Dr. Kennedy and Children

Dr. Kennedy 2Dr. Kennedy has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Walla Walla Valley since 1990.  He has extensive experience in mixed animal practice, surgery (both soft tissue and orthopedic) and emergency medicine.  From 1990 until December 7, 1999, he worked as an associate veterinarian for Associated Veterinary Clinic in Walla Walla.

Dr. Kennedy 3On March 1st, 2000, he launched Kennedy Mobile Veterinary Services, Walla Walla’s first completely mobile full service veterinary clinic.  The mobile clinic was equipped with examination space, a dental suite, x-ray equipment, hospital cages, an on board computer, blood chemistry and cytology analyzers and a surgery room.  The mobile clinic was used primarily for house call examinations and elective surgeries and dental procedures, but was also pressed into service as an emergency ambulance for animals and a field surgery unit for foals, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, a pony, and even an injured buffalo calf.  For more information and photos, please see our About Us page.

Kennedy Veterinary Services has gradually evolved away form being exclusively mobile because of increasing demand for surgery; between 1,500 and 2,000 elective surgeries are performed at the Milton-Freewater clinic yearly, as well as non-routine surgeries, examinations and more in depth clinical work ups.  Mobile veterinary care is still available, though, so please contact us for details.

Dr. Kennedy 4In addition to his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (Washington State University, 1990), Dr. Kennedy has a Master of Science in Veterinary Science. His research focused on the comparison of DNA characteristics of bovine herpesvirus strains.

Dr. Kennedy considers himself lucky to have grown up on a small family farm in Western Washington, surrounded by all manner of beasts.  The farm had goats, rabbits, a few cows, an occasional pig, ponies, truckloads of sheep and assorted dogs and cats.  The surrounding woods were full of slugs and salamanders, chipmunks, tree frogs, an occasional porcupine, and large numbers of mountain beavers, an unusual nocturnal burrowing rodent that is only found on the west coast of North America.  As a teenager he learned to shear sheep, and this became his first profession.  Most of the funds generated were used for college expenses.  With his brother, Dan (who also became a veterinarian), he sheared thousands of sheep all over the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) over a span of more than 20 years.  Although his days as a professional sheep shearer are over, Dr. Kennedy still shears a few every year and hopes to someday develop the highest level of shearing proficiency – the mystical quest to shear the last sheep first.

Dr. Kennedy has two children, Patrick and Grace. He shares a household that includes 6 cats, 2 dogs, 1 horse, 4 goats, 15 sheep, 9 chickens, 5 guinea hens, a rabbit, a transient peacock and one really smart duck.

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