Dr Ginny Kunch, born and raised in the midwest (Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin), has always been fascinated by science. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Biology, she worked in a few different research laboratories before attending graduate school in Milwaukee. She then bumped a bit to the west and completed a veterinary degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.
From there, her sense of adventure took her north to Alaska, first Fairbanks, then Anchorage, where she practiced small animal routine- and emergency-medicine for the past twenty years. While she was giving Bend a trial run and working as a relief vet in the winter of 2016-17, she was delighted by the skiing and sunny skies of Snowmageddon, as well as the camaraderie at Bend Veterinary Clinic, where she covered for [one of the doctors’/Dr Stayer’s] maternity leave. So, after the Anchorage earthquake shook her house literally off its foundation in 2018, she remembered how much she enjoyed Bend and BVC, and made the move to Bend permanent in summer of 2019.
Dr Kunch feels her most important role as a veterinarian is to help pets live the very best life they possibly can, and to work as a team with the family to help them do so to the best of their ability. While he enjoys emergency medicine, surgery, and complex internal medicine cases, she never loses sight of the importance of maintaining a pet’s dignity and quality of life.
When she can get away, she loves to travel and speaks French, some Spanish, and a smattering of other languages.
In her free time, Dr Kunch enjoys being out in the wilderness — mostly hiking and skiing with her two dogs (a one-eyed greyhound/pointer mix named Cashew, and an Alaskan shepherdy mutt with a pacemaker, Loki) — balanced with cozy afternoons at home, curled up with a book and a cup of tea (and the dogs, of course!). After twenty-plus years in Alaska, she’s looking forward to exploring new outdoors terrain in Central Oregon and beyond.