Balsam Animal Hospital was established in June of 1986 by Dr. Paul Kern. After graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1980, Dr. Kern spent the next two years practicing in New Orleans. Having grown up in the Carolinas, the lure of the mountains brought him back to work in Asheville. After graduation, Dr. Kern worked in small animal emergency clinics with both technical and intuitive skills to be proficient in critical life saving situations. In addition, doing relief work for other veterinarians while they were away from their office gave him insight on practice design and management. An avid hiker, Dr. Kern had learned the beauty of Haywood County, and decided to open his own practice in Waynesville. In his spare time, Dr. Kern enjoys riding BMW motorcycles with his wife Trudy. They enjoy the company of Tashi, a beautiful long haired cat, and three dogs. Abby is a fourteen year-old German Shorthair Pointer rescued by Sarge’s Animal Rescue from the Haywood County Animal Shelter, Bistro, a black Pomeranian mix, rescued from Cherokee Animal Shelter and a favorite visitor to the Silver Bluff Village skilled nursing facility, and Rio, a miniature pinscher, also rescued from the Cherokee Animal Shelter, winner of the Sarge’s tail wagging contest. Dr. Kern has served on the board of the Haywood County Health department and is current a board member for Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC.