Dr. Kirstin Young has always loved taking care of animals, so it was a natural fit for her to open a clinic, Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital.
“I tried asking my mom about when I wanted to become a veterinarian, but it’s always been something that I’ve known,” said Young, an Anthem resident.
“She said it was probably around seven that I was saying that I was going to take care of these guys when I get older. From that day forward that was all I ever wanted to do.”
In February, the clinic relocated to a bigger space in the same shopping center. Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital is now fully staffed with veterinarians.
Young said with a laugh that her mother was a “very good enabler” for her veterinary ambitions. They always had a “menagerie of animals” at the house.
From stray cats, mice and rabbits, to guinea pigs, hamsters and a pot belly pig, Young was constantly surrounded by animals.
“Right at the moment, I have one very lazy Labrador named Bear and three cats,” Young said.
Prior to opening her own clinic, Young worked as a veterinarian in Washington for 10 years. She moved there after deeming her hometown of Phoenix too sunny.
“I worked with a great veterinarian up there,” Young said. “I decided that I wanted to come back to Arizona and at the time my mom was living in Black Canyon City and my daughter was probably five years old.”
Young knew Black Canyon City didn’t have a proper play area for her daughter. Her mother suggested they take a trip to an Anthem park.
“I swear we got off the freeway on the Anthem Way exit and as soon as we drove kind of just past Safeway and just saw the park, the houses and the mountains there I just had this feeling of ‘this is home,’” Young said. “This has some just amazing aura about it. That was when I decided I was going to make the transition here and call Anthem home.”
Two years later she moved to Anthem and opened Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital in February 2013.
“We are just truly a general practice clinic,” Young said. “I love animals, but I also love the people that are attached to them. That’s why our motto is ‘your other family doctor.’”
The hospital is equipped to do everything from wellness exams and dental care to surgeries and vaccinations.
“One of the best parts is that no two days are ever alike,” Young said. “You just don’t know what is going to walk in the door next or what your next appointment is going to be.
“Being able to meet and connect with so many different people as well as their pets — and obviously puppies and the kittens.”
During the past year, Young has tried her best to balance her clients and her staff’s safety.
“It’s definitely been challenging and frustrating for our clients as well as us,” Young said about the pandemic year. “Trying to do what we can to make sure that I’m keeping my staff safe but also trying to continue in a way that I can have people be coming in with their pets.”
Young explained that while several clinics switched to curbside-only appointments, she did not want to do that.
“It’s been really, really busy, which is a good thing but is also frustrating in the way that I can’t help everybody like I would want,” Young said. “But the clients have been amazing, and we are so thankful for that.”
In turn, Young supports and gives back to the community.
“I’ve been practicing now for 25 years, and I’ve always worked with rescue organizations,” Young said.
Since she opened her clinic, Young has worked with Anthem Pets.
“I also work with two other rescues routinely: one is Rescues Angels out in New River and the other is called Chiquita Chihuahua Rescue,” Young said. “I don’t think I would be able to work if I couldn’t do some kind of rescue work as well.”