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Welcome to Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital

Your Veterinarian in Walker Valley NY
Call us at (845) 744-8605

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Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (845) 744-8605!

Dr. Christine Barnhorst recently took over ownership of Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Kate Lucas, who had owned the practice since 2002. Dr. Lucas has chosen to stay on as part of the team and is critical for the growth of the practice. Together, we have chosen to remain a privately owned hospital in the sea of ever expanding corporate owned hospitals. By doing this we have the freedom to practice medicine with the best interest of you and your pet in mind. 

Dr Barnhorst started her career over 25 years ago as a veterinary Captain in the US Army where she trained enlisted soldiers, performed public health duties and cared for military working dogs and pets of military families. She then began practicing as a small animal veterinarian throughout NY and NJ. We are expanding our services to include dentistry and dental radiography, nutrition consultations, soft tissue surgery, abdominal ultrasound, hospitalization of sick animals, and in-hospital immediate laboratory results. We are staying on top of the latest diagnostics and treatments in order to provide you with the best care for your pets.

 We have changed our name to Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital Nutrition and Wellness Center as we put more of an emphasis on wellness and nutrition. We are seeing way too much cancer, arthritis, allergies, and other inflammatory diseases in both our pets and ourselves. We hope that by becoming more aware of the causes of these diseases you may be able to make some changes that will improve the quality of the health of your pets. We value each and every client and strive to make every interaction as enjoyable as possible. 

We invite you to help yourself to an organic beverage and snack while you relax in our waiting room with a wide screen television on our comfortable leather couch and chairs. We hope that you will become part of our family and stop in to visit whenever you are in town.



If you live in Walker Valley or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Christine Barnhorst is a licensed NY veterinarian, treating dogs and cats. Your pets’ health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Christine Barnhorst has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Walker Valley veterinarian.

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 (845) 744-8605 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Walker Valley veterinary office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Walker Valley pet owners.

At Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.


Dr. Christine Barnhorst
Walker Valley Veterinarian | Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital | (845) 744-8605

3684 Route 52
Walker Valley, NY 12588

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Christine Barnhorst

    Dr. Christine Barnhorst received a BS in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and a DVM from Purdue University in 1995. After graduating from Veterinary School, Dr. Barnhorst served as a Captain in the United States Army for 4 years where she trained enlisted soldiers, performed public health duties and cared for military working dogs and pets of military families.

    She and her husband, Brad, moved into an old farmhouse in NY and began raising two beautiful girls. They currently have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a hamster.

    She has been practicing as a small animal veterinarian in New Jersey and New York since 1999. At the end of 2019, Dr. Barnhorst enthusiastically took over the responsibilities of managing Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Barnhorst enjoys practicing high-quality veterinary medicine and surgery and has a special interest in dentistry and nutrition.

  • Dr.
    Kate Lucas

    Dr. Lucas grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  After pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, she went on to Ross University, from which she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Association.

    Dr. Lucas started her career at Hoppenstedt Animal Hospital in Kingston and then at Cornell Veterinary Hospital before starting her own practice. In May 2002, Dr. Lucas opened the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital.

    Dr. Lucas and her husband, Master Sergeant Tracy Hornbeck, live locally and have two daughters at home and a son who lives in Florida. Dr. Lucas spends as much time as possible with her children and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, gardening and cross-country skiing.

    Dr. Kate's menagerie includes two dogs, two cats and a handful of back yard chickens

  • Dr.
    Barbara MacMullen

    Dr. MacMullen is originally from Saugerties.  After earning her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, she lived in Tuscany for 7 years and attended the Veterinary College at the University of Pisa.  She finished her veterinary degree at Aranela University in Manila, Philippines.  She did post-graduate clinical studies at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, and at the Animal Medical Center in NYC.

    Dr. MacMullen started her career at a local emergency facility, and Hopewell Animal and Bird Hospital.

    She has worked with local animal shelters including the UCSPA and PCSPCA. In 1999 she opened her own house-call practice called Pet's Reward. Currently she splits her time between her house-call practice, the UCSPCA and Walker Valley Vet where she sees appointments on Wednesdays and two Saturdays a month.

    Dr. MacMullen lives in Kingston with her partner of over 20 years, Tim Dunton. Tim is a blue stone craftsman specializing in landscape designs. They have a Basset hound named Grace, 2 cats and a ball python.

  • Beth Maxwell
    LVT

    Beth Maxwell joined the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital family as a receptionist in the summer of 2007.  After working in both human and veterinary health care she realized she wanted to further her education in the veterinary field. In the summer of 2013, she graduated from the Vet Tech program at SUNY-Ulster and became a licensed veterinary technician.

  • Susan Rain

    Susan joined the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital team in 2011 as our full-time receptionist.  She has been in the veterinary field for twenty years.  Susan resides in Kerhonkson with her husband, four dogs and two cats.  You might know her dog Noodles who comes to work daily.

  • Lenore Lindemann

    Lenore is our part-time receptionist.  She has had pets for most of her life and has always wanted to work in a veterinary hospital.  Lenore has been a veterinary receptionist for 20 years, working with Dr. Kate previously at a another hospital.  She volunteers at local shelters in her 'spare' time and has rescued many pets of all shapes and sizes over the years.

  • Noodles

    Noodles enjoys his job at Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital.  He is known to many as “The Mayor”.  Although his paycheck is as small as he is, he loves spending the days with his family and many friends.

  • Kim Goudreau
    veterinary assistant

    Kim joined the Walker Valley Vet family as a kennel kid in the fall of 2016 and is now working as one of our veterinary assistants. After going through the Animal Science program at Orange-Ulster Boces, she is currently continuing her education to become a licensed veterinary technician at SUNY-Ulster.

  • Kalyn Jacobs
    veterinary assistant

    Kalyn started working at Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital when she was 14 years old and worked for many years until she moved to Germany. She has returned to the area and we are so lucky to have her working with us again as a veterinary assistant. She, her beautiful daughter and long time boyfriend have adopted 2 cats and 2 dogs. Kalyn’s loves to spend time with her family and work in her garden.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I love bringing my fur kids here. They all love Dr. Kate and all the staff is very friendly and caring. My dogs go pass the office and get so excited because they think we are going in. Highly recommend"
    STef M.
  • "Very good Hospital for Animals my puppy didn't make it but she did her best doctor Kate is the best there is they're all very nice people there love you to death and the compassionate. 5 Stars"
    Nora M.
  • "I love our veterinarian and her staff. The care my pups receive is professional and yet personal. I have been going to this veterinarian for almost 20 years!"
    Donna A.

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Walker Valley Office

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed