The History of Our Practice


Dr. Lester Beck came to Williamsport in 1967, where he worked independently in mixed animal practice until he founded the Loyalsock Animal Hospital in 1968. Mr. Gary Schick, who is currently a certified veterinary technician and hospital manager at Loyalsock Animal Hospital, began working with Dr. Beck at this time.

In 1970, Loyalsock Animal Hospital began serving small animals only. Dr. Beck added a new wing to the building in 1974, and the hospital has experienced steady growth ever since.

In 2001, Dr. Knoebel and Dr. Graham purchased the practice from Dr. Beck and continued to build upon his foundation. The Feline Center opened in 2005, adding some much-needed space for our feline friends. In 2014, the front of the hospital was completely renovated and expanded, allowing for a much larger reception area, an expanded pharmacy and an extra exam room.

A Valuable Part of the Community
Loyalsock Animal Hospital has become a very important part of the community, hosting open houses where we welcome students from the middle and high schools to observe, and conducting tours for elementary classes and various local clubs. We contribute to local charities and help sponsor groups, from the Williamsport Symphony to the Loyalsock Boosters. Additionally, we support the Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS), the Lycoming County SPCA and the soon-to-be constructed Loyalsock Township Dog Park. Over the years, we have sponsored over 30 therapy dogs through Canine Partners for Life.

Here for You & Your Pets
At our veterinary hospital, we are proud to have a loyal and experienced staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 10 years. Many of our clients have also been with us from the very beginning, and we now serve their children, and sometimes even their grandchildren.

At Loyalsock Animal Hospital, we understand that taking care of your pet is really taking care of a member of your family. Through good times and bad, we look at our profession as a calling and wouldn’t have it any other way.