State College Veterinary Hospital

1700 W. College Avenue
State College, PA 16801-2719


Our Caring Doctors

Kathleen A. Kocher, DVM


Dr. Kocher was born and raised in Pittsburgh, then first came to State College to attend Penn State for Animal Bioscience.  While in school, she met her future husband Kerry, a State College native, who grew up as a lifetime equestrian professional. Together they moved to Tennessee where Dr. Kocher attended The University of Tennessee for veterinary school, graduating in 1988. After graduating, Dr. Kocher returned to State College and purchased The State College Veterinary Hospital from its first owner.  Dr. Kocher sees a variety of pets in her practice.  Although the majority of her patients are dogs and cats, she also treats pocket pets and small exotics such as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds and non-venomous reptiles. Her special interests are internal medicine and geriatrics. She is a member of both the AVMA and the PVMA, and she is secretary on the board of CPVETS emergency clinic.
On the personal side, when Dr. Kocher is not busy seeing patients, she keeps very busy with her three children, her numerous dogs and cats, and even tries to get in a little time with her favorite hobby, horseback riding and competing in equestrian hunter classes.

 Vanessa M. Tagg, DVM

 Dr.  Vanessa Tagg grew up in MechanicsburgPA with her parents and  older sister, Becca.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh to study Japanese and  Anthropology.   Volunteer work at a Pittsburgh animal shelter and a wildlife rescue center led her to pursue a career in veterinary  medicine.  She attended Ross  University School of Veterinary  Medicine  and completed her clinical year of training at the University  of Missouri before coming to the State  College Veterinary Hospital. 

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading Sci-Fi novels and supporting her Steelers and Pitt Panthers.   Her family includes  Haggis (a cat) and new kitten Wicket, Jango Fett (a dog) and Russ (a human).