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. We also work closely with a board certified surgeon who comes in periodically to do specialty procedures, that typically would be referred to a specialty practice in Albuquerque , Dallas ect.. 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.

Krystal London

Veterinary Technician

Krystal was born in Louisiana where she attended High School, and graduated in 2004. Soon after she moved to Canyon and studied General Education at Amarillo College. Krystal has worked in human medicine as an assistant to a cardiovascular surgeon, phlebotomy procedures and preforming ultrasounds with a vascular sonographer. Her passion for the furry brought her to us in 2012, where she has dedicated her time and skills to healing the companion animals that come to us. Krystal is a proud mother and wife. Her hobbies include cooking, caring for her children and being an all-around home maker.

Whitney Nolan

Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Whitney was born and raised here in Canyon. She is a graduate of Canyon High School and currently attends WTAMU, where she is majoring in Agribusiness and Economics. Whitney interned with us her senior year of high school and plans to continue her studies in veterinary medicine by attending Bel-Rea School of Veterinary Technology in Denver, CO. Whitney’s love for our furry friends is undeniable and it shows in  the work she does every day. During her free time she likes to spend time with family, friends, and her German Shepherd, Cali!

Cali Porter

Veterinary Technician

Cali grew up in Fort Davis, TX where she also graduated high school in 2016. While there she worked for a wildlife biologist, doing pronghorn and deer surveys, CWD testing, cottonwood mapping, and dove banding. She then came to Canyon to attend WTAMU, majoring in wildlife Biology. Cali has grown up with multiple dogs, cats, and horses. Her passion for animals brought her to us in 2016. No matter what she does, she is compassionate and gives 110%. Cali loves reading, hiking, camping, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.

Sade Marshall


Sade came to Palo Duro in the fall of 2014 after graduating from Plano West Senior High school with her certification in veterinary assistance. Though she finished high school in the metroplex Sade was born and raised in the panhandle and calls Canyon her home. She has one pet, her cat, Ninja Kitty. We fondly regard her as the cat whisperer, though this girl isn’t afraid of anything that may crawl, or creep! A big animal lover, caring for your companion is one of her passions.  In her free time she enjoys and good book, movie and snuggling anything that will let her hold it.