Kenneth C. Skinner, DVM, CCRP
Companion Animal and Large Animal Veterinarian
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP)
Dr. Kenneth C. Skinner’s life-long dedication to animals naturally led to a veterinary career. He received his B.S. in Zoology from Northern Arizona University and completed graduate work in Agribusiness from Arizona State University. He earned his D.V.M. from Washington State University in 2001 and has been with PAH since 2003. Dr. Skinner’s professional interests include mixed animal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. His passion for surgery and dentistry keep him learning new up to date surgical techniques including having completed over 150 TPLO surgeries and 1000’s of anterior cruciate repairs.
Since joining the PAH team he has seen many changes over the years. Dr. Skinner is most proud of winning the 2014 “AAHA Hospital of the Year” award. With this award comes great pride, but also a desire to continue to be the best practice and provide the best patient care. In January 2014, Dr. Skinner took over as the PAH medical director, as well as gaining a greater responsibility of practice ownership. He hopes to strive for practice excellence and honor those who have come before him.
He enjoys spending time with his family, which includes 2 growing (fast) daughters, 2 dogs, 4 exotic cats and a dedicated wife. During the down time and for a mental escape you will find him riding his road or mountain bikes or training for the next local race. Dr. Skinner also spends much of his free time providing care for the animals at multiple zoos and serving the local community.
Dr. Skinner has served on the board of directors and numerous committees for the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association since 2005. He had the honor of being of the AzVMA President in 2012-2013, and received an award for his dedication to his staff. Currently Dr. Skinner serves on the Animal disaster services and the Arizona Animal Response Team, helping animals across Arizona during emergencies.
What’s next for Dr. Skinner? He is currently pursuing a national position on the Board of directors for the American Animal Hospital Association, and training for the 104 miles Tour de Tucson Bike race.
Why did I become a veterinarian?
My grandmother was the first women racehorse trainer at Turf paradise. I remember from age 6, going to the track and watching her work those horses. I recall when the vets would treat the racehorses and she would help, that has always left a lasting memory of dedication, knowledge and passion. The night I think it truly began was when our vet came to the house to treat my pony. After a gallon of mineral oil and a tube up the nose, the pony was cured; I was forever indebted for his care and compassion that cold Arizona night. Besides that, I was never very good at baseball.
I called the clinic on a Sunday, just after 4PM (they closed at 4PM). My poodle had diarrhea, vomiting and I was terribly worried about him. The girl advised they could wait for me (I was coming from CV) or I could take to emergency vet in Prescott. They waited for me to arrive. They examined Bernie, gave him shots and meds. for: fluids, nausea and diarrhea. They sent me home with meds. also. I went from panic to huge relief. Dr. Skinner and his staff were there when I needed them and they will now be the animal hospital for us. -Terri D.