Anchorage Veterinary Clinic & Urgent Care
(907) 268 2242

After almost 10 years as veterinarians in Anchorage, husband and wife team Dr. John Knudsen and Dr. Emily Mehlman recognized the growing need for veterinary care and decided to start their own practice,  Anchorage Veterinary Clinic and Urgent Care. They are looking forward to providing comprehensive, high quality care for you and your pets. Services include emergency procedures and stabilization, comprehensive medical care, surgery, dentistry and diagnostics to name a few. The clinic is equipped with top of the line anesthesia monitoring equipment, digital x-ray, ultrasound, on-site labs and more! Anchorage Veterinary Clinic also provides routine care to keep your pets healthy.

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Dr. Ginny Kunch


Dr. Ginny Kunch graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and has practiced small animal and emergency medicine in several local area clinics. After a few years walkabout in Oregon, Wales and Scotland she's back home to Alaska. Her goal is to use her training to better help pets live the best lives they can and to help families understand their pets needs and conditions to provide optimal care in both illness and good health. She has a special interest in ultrasound imaging.

Dr. John Knudsen


Dr. John Knudsen (more commonly know as Dr. John) has been taking care of Anchorage pets since 2013. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012, Dr. John returned to his home town of Cody, Wyoming to practice with his long time mentor where he was able to advance his skills in many surgical procedures. His special interests include surgery and diagnostic ultrasounds. In his free time Dr. John enjoys flying, hunting and generally spending time outdoors, exploring Alaska with his family.

Dr. Emily Mehlman


Dr. Emily Mehlman graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012. She completed a 1 year rotating internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she developed her passion for emergency medicine. In 2013 drawn by the beautiful mountains, abundant outdoor recreation and the equally abundant need of veterinarians, Dr. Mehlman and Dr. John moved to Anchorage with their 3 dogs and 1 cat. Dr. Mehlman has a passion for emergency stabilization and investigating medical problems to get pets back on their feet. Her hobbies include backcountry skiing, hiking, triathlons and travelling.

Dr Cindy Richardson


Dr Cindy Richardson graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and moved to Alaska in 1995. She is especially interested in all things surgical, urgent care cases and just loves to remove porcupine quills from unfortunate Alaskan pets! She enjoys spending time outdoors with her herd of dogs at her cabin in Sterling and on Alaskas wonderful State Park trails. Dr Richardson also has her hands full raising her twin daughters Amy and Emma. On her days off she can often be found picking up pizza from Mooses Tooth in Anchorage, one of her favorite spots!

Anchorage Veterinary Clinic and Urgent Care is looking to hire a full-time or part-time Licensed Technician or Veterinary Assistant (with 2+ years experience) to assist with animal care procedures and patient documentation. Would you like to join a growing private practice where you can learn and progress? Are you interested in a job that provides amazing benefits and a positive work culture, a clinic that is certified as a registered apprenticeship program and won best of Alaska Veterinary Clinic for 2023. If so, please read on!
The position earns competitive wages, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, life, paid time off (PTO), matching 401(k), employee discounts, flexible scheduling, the potential for future profit-sharing, and opportunities for apprenticeships and/or career growth. Additionally, we offer our technicians and assistants a continuing education allowance, uniform reimbursement, paid licensure renewals, and the potential for relocation assistance.
Interested candidates apply today by emailing your resume and/or letter of interest to
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Urgent and Emergency Care

Anything from a painful ear infection to a traumatic moose encounter can necessitate an unplanned vet visit. For this reason, we take same day appointments whenever possible. Our capable staff is here for you when you need us most. We can provide emergency stabilization and will facilitate transfer to a 24-hour facility if needed.


Our team at Anchorage Veterinary Clinic is skilled in surgery and anesthesia. Our top priority is providing the best surgical and anesthetic outcomes for your pet. We are well equipped for both emergency and routine surgeries. Our veterinarians can also facilitate a visit with a specialty surgeon when needed.


Dental disease is common in pets. Having a dental procedure can prevent infection, improve quality of life, and freshen your pet's breath! We can provide a safe means of improving your pet's dental health. Enquire with our staff about scheduling a dental procedure today.

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Canine & Feline Wellness

We are here to help keep your pets healthy! In addition to addressing any heath issues, we are here for wellness appointments. We will update vaccines and make any possible recommendations to prevent health issues from the puppy and kitten stage well into the geriatric years.

Ophthalmology Consults

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Polar Eyes Veterinary Ophthalmology and Dr. Kevin Snyder to make comprehensive eye care available in the Anchorage area. He treats all manner of eye conditions including cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma. Please call the clinic for details.

Cancer Care

We are here to help guide you through the toughest of diagnoses. We work with oncologists near and far to provide a wide variety of options that range from palliative care to targeted therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and more. There are more options than ever in the dynamic field of cancer research. Book a consult to discuss what options work best for you and your pet.

  • 8811 Toloff Street, Anchorage, AK, USA


Payment is due at time of service, we are unable to offer billing services. However, we are pleased to be able to offer Scratchpay and CareCredit as great flexible payment options! Click below to learn more.

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*Due to the large volume of calls please allow 48 hours for medication refill requests. We are closed on weekends so requests made on Fridays may not be filled until the following Monday.*

All exams and surgeries now require a deposit. A "no show" will result in the deposit being forfeited.

If you are running late for an exam, please bear in mind your appointment will be abbreviated, or you may be asked to reschedule.