Originally from New Jersey, Cat grew up with a variety of pets, including a blue-tailed skink and different birds like budgerigars. She frequently went on hikes with her dad, exploring the Appalachian Mountains. These experiences, along with growing up with animals, inspired her to pursue a career in zoo and wildlife medicine.
After graduating from Temple University for undergrad, Cat found herself at a crossroads, torn between two equally compelling paths: veterinary school or medical school. However, it was during an internship at the Working Dog Center at Penn Vet, where she trained dogs and search and rescue canines, that she realized her true calling was working with animals.
Cat is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and is expected to graduate in May 2025.
Recently, Cat has been exploring national parks and has already visited nine of them. While in Las Vegas, she looks forward to visiting Death Valley or Zion National Park. In addition to hiking, Cat enjoys reading fantasy books written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
During this externship, Cat is eager to gain hands-on experience in small and exotic animal medicine. She previously worked at a specialty emergency hospital that treated exotics and small animals, and she is excited to sharpen her skills before graduating.
What Cat loves most about veterinary medicine is its versatility and the opportunity to work with different patients every day.