We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Visalia, CA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve the Central Valley and Fresno areas.
Dr. Nanette Kuswa
Veterinarian + Medical Director
Dr. Kuswa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology at the University of Davis. While working towards her Master’s degree in Anatomy she was accepted into the veterinary school . She graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1987 then, served an internship in emergency medicine. She established Companion Animal Medical Center in 1999 with the underlying objective that compassionate pet care comes first. She has continued to work as a veterinarian for the last 34 years because of her love of her patients and their caregivers.
Dr. Kelly Tarkington
Dr. Tarkington’s first job was as a Kennel Assistant at 16. She worked , learned, and earned her way to become a Veterinary Technician while gaining her degree in Animal Science at Fresno State. She has been with Companion Animal Medical Center in many advancing roles since the year 2000. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Science in 2015. Her professional interest is in the fields of surgery(where she has shown particular aptitude) , behavior, dentistry, and hospice care. When not working with her patients, she loves spending time with her own beasts- human and animal alike. She also loves gardening, cooking, and going to the beach and Disneyland.Dr. Kelly Tarkington
Kayla started at Companion Animal Medical Center in 2014 as a kennel assistant. Due to her reliability and learning adeptness she became the “go to person”. She is proficient in anesthesiology, dentistry, and nursing care. She rapidly became a Veterinary Technician and now a Practice Manager. Kayla is taking online classes and soon will have her RVT. Her passion for animals allows her to care for her patients with the same compassion she gives her own pets.
Rhonda has been at Companion Animal Medical Center since 2008 both up front as a receptionist and behind the scenes managing the day-to-day responsibilities. Her motivation and joy are simple , it comes from the interactions with the clients and their pets. She cherishes these relationships that she had developed through the years. For Rhonda every day brings on new stories to tell and every day is an adventure.
Jasmine is not one to take the easy route. While working full time at Companion Animal, she is entering her second year at Fresno State as a pre-veterinarian. She is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science . She is very proud of being the first one in her family to work on her college degree. She has easily mastered assisting in anesthesiology and surgery. She also has exceptional patient care with clients loved ones. There is no doubt that she will continue through life caring for animals with the DVM title after her name.
Trevor’s love of animals is natural and came from birth being raised and surrounded by pets and veterinary medicine. His areas of expertise are dentistry, anesthesiology , and bottle raising kittens. His compassion in helping people when the “hard decision” has to be made has been demonstrated his caring heart. This doesn’t sound like a Marine , one of his proudest accomplishments. While doing a tour in Afghanistan the Kandahar Providence he met a friend names Pearl ( a black lab). She was trained as an explosive ordinance detection dog. Even though the medical dogs were covered the needs of a lab to be a lab were not. That is what started ” Kennel Mom” and the clients at companion animal graciously donated approximately $8,000 worth of toys and treats that Trevor distributed to the dogs.
A little side note ; Pearl via her bomb sniffing nose saved the lives of 4 American Marines and is now retired in Illinois.
Krystiana start at Companion Animal during one of the hardest times -2020 covid. While others were staying home, she was launching her career. Her goal, besides helping people as a receptionist, is to be crossed train as a Veterinary Assistant. Krystiana feels this will give her a greater opportunity to help better the lives of pets that she cares so much about.
Kristin has been with Companion Animal Medical Center since 2014. Kristin loves her ability to connect with our clients and their beloved pets. Her favorite breeds to interact with are German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers (specifically the California Service Dog Academy Pups). Kristin loves to spend her time off with her two children ,her daughter also works in the animal care industry and her son is training to be a pilot.
Sarah has been with companion animal medical center since August 2021 she was brought on to be our Kennel Assistant . She highly enjoys working at companion as the staff and doctors have helped her learn and gain more knowledge in this field of work. Sarah assists with walking our surgery patients and also helping with our tech appointments. You will be greeted by a very bubbly Sarah when you bring your pets in for nail trims or suture removals. She spends her evenings away from the clinic loving on her own puppy Teddy Bentley.
Lilia is new to companion animal medical center she came to the practice August 2021. She works the front desk so you will see her smiling face when you first enter our building. Her favorite thing about being at the practice is seeing all the clients coming in with their new fur babies. She is a mother of 3 human children and 7 fur kids only 1 being a kitten which she recently acquired from CAMC.
Jenn came to companion animal medical center August 2021 as a Veterinarian Technician. Jenns passion is assisting with dentistry which she has become proficient at and assisting with surgeries. Jenn uses her knowledge to excel in our dentals and surgeries that are performed her at the clinic. Outside of the clinic Jenn has a young daughter she spends time with out on her farm where they have not only dogs ,and cats, but also chickens.