About Us


Who We Are

Chester Valley Veterinary Hospital is a fully equipped facility that can handle all of your pet care needs. We work with patients on an individual basis and take pride in getting to know them personally. Our team is detail-oriented and gentle, and our standard of care is very high. We strive to exceed your expectations of service and bring you all that you could ever need to enjoy a long healthy lifespan for your beloved pet.
Meet Your Veterinary Team in Anchorage
The staff of Chester Valley Veterinary Hospital knows you want your pet to live a healthy and happy life, and have a veterinarian here to help you. No question is too silly, and no thought or action will ever be judged. People of all walks of life have many different ideas and values. We strive to provide an open forum for you to discuss all of your thoughts and concerns. We are here to help you navigate the ever-changing and advancing arena of veterinary medicine. Rest assured, you will always receive the best medical recommendations for your pet from a knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate veterinary team.
Shannon Kesting, DVM

Shannon Kesting, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

My name is Shannon Kesting. I was raised on a farm in Illinois. I received my bachelors degree in biology with a chemistry minor from The University of Missouri-St. Louis. My doctorate it veterinary medicine (DVM) from The University of Missouri – Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine was completed in 2005. My first year as a practicing veterinarian was in Farmington Missouri. During that first year, I cared for dogs, cats, cows, horses, goats, sheep, and one llama. I had a great time and gained experience in many areas but especially surgery, infectious diseases, and farm animal medicine.

From there I moved to St. Louis and worked for a busy, small animal practice. Here, I gained experience with senior wellness and management of long-term disease processes. The dream of Alaska had been brewing for a few years, and I finally made my way to this great state. I have always been in love with small airplanes, ocean kayaking, hiking, fishing, cabins, cross country skiing, and really all things Alaska. I received a position at Pet Emergency Treatment in the summer of 2007. My dog, cat, best friend, and I drove to Alaska. Since arrival, I have further fallen in love with this state and have made it my home. My experience at Pet Emergency Treatment greatly advanced my medical knowledge with emergency and critical care. I was also granted the opportunity to be a trail vet for the Iditarod. My experience on the Iditarod was one of the best times of my life, and I hope to repeat it again in the future.

I bought Chester Valley Veterinary Hospital with the idea that this could be my final veterinary home. Chester Valley evokes the feel of a small town clinic. Being raised in a small farming community, that feeling is very important to me and I hope to continue it for many years to come. Emergency medicine is a learning experience that every veterinarian should have, but it is time now for me to slow down a little and really get to know my clients. Over the future decades, I am excited to learn more about the people and animals in our little community. My goal for Chester Valley is to offer good, quality medicine at a reasonable price. Life is full of adventure, and I love to help our pets enjoy it.

Jennifer Tobiason, DVM

Jennifer Tobiason, DVM


Originally from the great state of Montana, Dr. Jennifer Tobiason is joining our team after spending the last 4 years in small animal practice in Juneau, AK. She enjoys general medicine and soft tissue surgery, with a soft spot for cats. It comes as no surprise that she is the devoted servant to several of the furry, self appointed royals when she is not baking or gardening.
Brittany Loken

Brittany Loken

Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Brittany, and I am a licensed veterinary technician. I love that my job allows me to do such a wide variety of things, from meeting brand-new kittens to taking x-rays and monitoring anesthesia, and I get to do all of it to help animals live happy, healthy lives. I was born and raised in Alaska and love living here with my clan of animals, which currently includes two dogs, Skidoo and Tug, and a cat, Shika. The dogs and I enjoy exploring parks and teaching high school students about the veterinary field. Shika is more of a window bird-watcher. Be sure to say hello when you come by the clinic!
Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Veterinary Assistant

My name Kate, and I am one of the Tech Assistants here at Chester Valley. I am currently working on furthering my education in the veterinary profession, and hope to attain my technician license soon. I enjoy anything outside, which includes camping, hiking, and going for long drives out of town. My dog Kenobi is my adventure buddy, and enjoys exploring Alaska with me. I am very excited to share my love of animals with everyone who comes to Chester Valley.
Sierra Engler

Sierra Engler


Hi! My name is Sierra Engler. My background and education is in agriculture but I am so thrilled to now be a part of the veterinary field! I have always had a passion for animals. I’m originally from Oregon but am loving it here, in Alaska! Most of my free time is spent hanging out with my furry family members. I have a Border Collie mix named Clyde and a Karelian Bear Dog named Zag.
Erin Morrell

Erin Morrell

Assistant Manager

Hi, my name is Erin Morrell and I am a receptionist here at Chester Valley. I was born in Texas but raised in beautiful Eagle River, Alaska. I graduated from Chugiak High School and I am currently working on getting my BS in Biology. My husband Steven and I currently live in Palmer, Alaska with our dog (Jottin), 3 cats (Icarus, Kahn, & Jax), and 3 geckos (Godzilla, Penelope, & Stubbs). I absolutely love the great Alaskan outdoors and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Alaska enables me to enjoy my favorite hobbies such as camping, hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, and fishing. Our goal is to one day own a homestead here in Alaska and farm and live off the land.
Jessica Zambotti

Jessica Zambotti

Office Manager

Hi, Iʼm Jessica the office manager here at Chester Valley. I have worked many different jobs, but have found that Iʼm happiest working with animals. I feel that I have the greatest job in the world! Where else could you find such a friendly environment where one minute you are answering the phone, next you are cuddling a puppy, and then five minutes later you are looking through a microscope? I am a very proud to be a member of this team, everyone puts so much heart into the care of each of our patients and clients every day.
Helping Pets Enjoy Every Adventure


1571 Muldoon Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99504
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Mon - Fri: 8 am - 7 pm

Sat & Sun: Closed


Fax: 907-337-4311

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