Kathryn F. McKenzie, DVM
Veterinarian & Owner
Dr. McKenzie returned to California in 1988 after living and working in Arkansas and Louisiana. She has practiced veterinary medicine in the Oroville area since that time. In 2004 she elected to pursue her vision of providing high quality veterinary care in her very own practice and founded McKenzie Animal Clinic.
Professional Information, Interests, and Activities:
DVM Washington State University 1980 (Summa Cum Laude)
North Valley Veterinary Medical Association (Past President)
California Veterinary Medical Association
Small Animal External Advisory Board Veterinary Teaching Hospital UC Davis (8/01 to 7/05)
Butte County Animal Control Advisory Board (1996 to 2004)
Butte County West Nile Virus Task Force (8/02 to 4/04)
Married to Kent McKenzie for 40 years, two sons Ross and Douglas plus daughter-in-law Elizabeth and two grand daughters, Isabella and Juliana . Other family members include a standard wire-hair dachshund named Strudel, one cat, Waldo and one 23 year old firebelly toad.
Registered Veterinary Technician
I was born and raised in Butte County and have lived here all my life. I live on a ranch near Biggs, CA. I have dogs, horses, and sheep. I have been a licensed veterinary technician for fifteen years and have worked in the veterinary field for twenty-four years. I spent many years showing horses, owned and operated a dog grooming shop for a number years and have breeding and showing Border Terriers for the past twelve years, competing in conformation, obedience, agility, fly ball, and earthdog tests.
I really enjoy working with all types of animals both large and small and love caring for them at the veterinary clinic. I also enjoy the opportunity to meet the owners of the pets that visit the clinic and helping them with both physical as well as behavioral concerns.
I have basically lived in Oroville my entire life, since 4 months of age. My husband Marc, and I have 2 children. We have 2 dogs, Kylee (Schipperke) and Neeko (Labrador), and 2 cats, (Mr. T, and Kit Kat). I have worked in the veterinary field since 1998. I am Dr. Mac's Office Manager. I occasionally work hands on with the pets, but mostly do receptionist duties, maintaining inventory, and bookkeeping. I really enjoy working with people and nothing makes me happier than a satisfied client with a healthy pet!
I edit this web site and am a retired medical radiologist having practiced in North Dakota and Washington state. My duties are not as a radiologist but in a parallel field. My job description is " in-house computer software applications and radiograph specialist". I have an additional assignment. It is facilitating in-house and off site archiving. Basically, my job is to see that the software for the digital imaging system is working appropriately.
Delores, my wife, and I both grew up in a small town in North Dakota. We met when she was in nurses training and I in medical school. We came to Oroville in 1990 from Bellingham, Washington when I retired. That was because Oroville is where our two grandsons, Douglas and Ross McKenzie lived. I confess, there may be a bit of nepotism. Yes, Dr. McKenzie is our daughter
I have been a resident of Butte County my whole life. My husband and I recently purchased a home in Oroville where we care for our little family of pets. "Tilly Moe", as seen in the photograph, was a pound puppy. She was adopted recently and is the constant entertainer. "Tess", also in the picture, is a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver that I raised since she was a puppy. I also have five cats, Percie, Muffin, Buttons, Tazer and Deuce.
I find there is nothing more rewarding than coming to work each day and having the honor of caring for our patients. I treat each one as if they were my own and as such, there are times when I am sad to see them leave the office. I know that by then they are feeling better than when they came in and are so happy to see their parent. This is exactly why Veterinary Care was the only career choice for me.