Welcome to Palo Duro Animal Hospital, your local veterinarians in Canyon, TX.

Palo Duro Animal Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care.

We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories.  The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray capabilities and a closely supervised hospitalization area.

At Palo Duro Animal Hospital we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing you the enjoyment of your companion for a maximum number of years. Our job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn’t feeling well, but also to help you learn how to keep your best friend happy and healthy and as free of pain as possible.

Call us anytime during our regular office hours at 806-655-2106. We are located at 1901 4th Ave in Canyon, TX. Directly across the street from the Happy State Bank & next door to the Hudspeth House Bed & Breakfast. Appointments are recommended and can be made by giving us a quick call during business hours. Emergencies are first & top priority, and thank you for your understanding in this. We do see walk-in’s as time permits, but we do ask for your patience as you may have an extended wait until we have an available room to take you & your pet into to be seen by one of our doctors.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 806-655-2106 or email us and we’ll promptly get back to you. Our Canyon veterinarian office is very easy to get to — and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Canyon pet owners.

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Palo Duro Animal Hospital in Canyon! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 806-655-2106 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Robert Ballinger, DVM


Dr. Ballinger grew up in a small town on the Redwood coast in far Northern California. After serving on a Fast Attack Submarine in the early 1970’s he attended Texas A&M University and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. He has been in practice in Canyon since graduation. In his career he has done large animal, feedlot, emergency & small animal medicine. He was the consulting veterinarian for the Bureau of Land Management facility that housed and cared for approximately 3,000 mustangs. He has been small animal exclusive for about the last 20 years with particular interest in dermatology and surgery. In his spare time Dr. Ballinger enjoys spending time with family, especially his grandsons, cooking and eating, and riding and working on his motorcycle.

Amy Kirkland, DVM


Dr. Kirkland is from Tuscaloosa Alabama where she grew up and graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelors in Biological Science. She then attended Ross University school of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2013. Dr. Kirkland is diligent and compassionate with every client and patient she encounters, working with our veterinary team to get your furry family member feeling better, as quickly as possible. She enjoys spending quality time with her cat, dog and husband.

Susie Flenniken

Office Manager/Receptionist

Susie grew up in Canyon and has lived here her whole life, attending Canyon High school and then WT until she started working for the Canyon Veterinary Clinic in 1983. She was employed there until she joined our veterinary team in 1994. Susie has a certification in office management, canine and feline nutrition. Her everyday goal and mission is educating the community on caring for their four legged family members. Her pastimes include spending time with her rescue animals and training those animals which include three Great Pyrenes, three cats and a variety of farm animals.

Kirrah Strong, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kirrah was born and grew up in Amarillo, where she attended and graduated from Tascosa High School in 2003. She then went on to attend college in Midland where she earned her associates in Applied Sciences and recently became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked in veterinary technician positions in both Midland and Amarillo until she came to take care of the animals of Canyon at our facility. Kirrah’s passion and skill is apparent in each and every animal she cares for. During her free time Kirrah likes DIY projects, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.