VCA Salem Animal Hospital

Kris Hallden, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of California, Davis


    A UC Davis 1993 DVM graduate, Dr. Kris Hallden joined the Salem practice in 2000, relocating from Klamath Falls, Oregon.  In addition to general small animal practice she was active in wildlife rehabilitation, particularly care for injured hawks, owls and eagles.  Cornell University graduated her with Honors in Animal Science. She grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs. 
    Dr. Hallden loves general practice.  Supporting the human –animal bond is ultimately what her career is all about.  Dr. Hallden engages in relationship based medicine, involving the family in medical decision making.  Integrating western medicine and acupuncture, palliative and preventative care are among her professional interests. She enjoys dentistry and  soft tissue surgery.  Her family includes husband Marc, daughters Rachel and Megan, Kelev the Golden Retriever, Moe & Joe the remarkably food motivated brotherhood of cats, and Henry the corn snake.  Kris appreciates living in an area surrounded by outdoor access, wonderful food, wine and fine microbrews.  Outside of VCA you may find her watching Megan’s soccer games, enjoying Rachel’s latest baking experiment or sipping an IPA with Marc.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 503-581-1438.

Our business hours are:
Monday through Friday - 7am to 9pm.
Saturday - 8am to 9pm.
Sunday - 10am to 9pm.
Excludes major holidays.

Urgent Care Hours:
Monday through Sunday - 1pm to 9pm.
Urgent care provides immediate care for pets with minor illnesses or emergencies. Call ahead to help us prepare for your arrival or simply walk in.

For emergencies during our off hours, please call:
Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic
(503) 588-8082
3215 Market St. NE
Salem, OR 97301