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About Us

Balsam Animal Hospital  was established in June of 1986 by Dr Paul Kern.  After graduating “cum laude”  from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine,  in 1980,  Dr Kern spent the following 2 years practicing in New Orleans.  However growing up in the Carolinas, the lure of the mountains and four seasons brought him back to work in Asheville.  Working for 4 of his first 5 years after graduation in small animal emergency clinics taught Dr Kern with both technical and intuitive skills to be proficient in critical life saving situations.  Working in the primary facility for a large multi-doctor, multi clinic veterinary facility for the remaining year gave him time to refine his surgical skills as well as learn practical medicine by observing the varied ways that other veterinarians practiced.  In addition, doing relief work for other veterinarians while they were away from their office gave him insight on practice design and management.  Working the after hours clinics, while having its own benefits, lacked the continuity of care with both his patients and his clients. An avid hiker, Dr Kern had learned the beauty of Haywood county.  So he decided to open his practice in Waynesville providing competent veterinary services in a  friendly and familiar atmosphere.

In his spare time Dr Kern enjoys riding BMW motorcycles with his wife Trudy. ( a sport that his daughter, Natalie and son, Adam also have embraced)    They enjoy the company of Tashi a beautiful long haired tuxedo cat with the most prominent whiskers. They have 3 dogs,  Abby, a 14 yr old German Shorthair Pointer rescued by Sarge from the Haywood County Animal Shelter, Bistro a black Peke-a-pom rescue from Cherokee Animal Shelter and a favorite visitor to the Silver Bluff Village skilled nursing facility,  and Rio a miniature pinscher also rescued from the Cherokee Animal Shelter, winner or the Sarge “Tail Wagging Contest” and avid motorcyle passenger.   Dr Kern still enjoys hiking, gardening and listening to music.  He has served on the board of the Haywood County Health department and is current a board  member for Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC.

Our Commitment

We strive to provide the best veterinary care for your pet using advanced technology. We continue to advance our training through continuing education. Our promise is to fulfill our mission to provide compassionate veterinary care that improves the quality of life for our patients and for those who love them. We will build effective relationships with our clients through timely communication to make the best choices for our patients.

Contact Balsam Animal Hospital PA today at 828-452-1868