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 the occasional horse, 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 was past 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 3 dogs and  2 cats, and even tries to get in a little time with her favorite hobbies, horseback riding and gardening.

Nicole Guffey, DVM

Dr. Nicole Guffey is originally from Red Hill, PA and first joined State College Veterinary  Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in 2011 while she was attending Penn State. She graduated in 2013 with two Bachelor's degrees in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Nicole then attended The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her veterinary degree, and graduated in 2018. After graduation, Nicole returned to State College Veterinary Hospital as Associate Veterinarian. Nicole has a special interest in companion animal dentistry and small exotic mammals.  Nicole currently resides in the State College Area with her husband Ryan and spoiled cat Chloe. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors. 

Jennifer Koehl, VMD

Dr. Jennifer Koehl works for SCVH as a part-time veterinarian. She is a Pennsylvania native who moved to Happy Valley in 2013.  She attended the University of Scranton and completed her education with a BS in Biology and minors in Biochemistry and Theology. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2008. The Philadelphia area remained her home for five years as she worked as a general practice, emergency, and relief veterinarian. Dr. Koehl is a full-time instructor at Penn State Altoona in biologic sciences and is currently completing a master's degree in public health.  She is an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association through 2022. Dr. Koehl shares her time with her husband and two children in State College. She is wildly crazy about her cats and loves gardening.