Kathryn (Katy) Hazzard, VMD
I am a New Englander by birth and heritage, but grew up in many states across the US, amidst a medically-oriented family. My grandfather was a pediatrician in Winchester, Massachusetts, my mother a graduate of Boston Children’s Hospital Nursing School, and my father a biomedical engineer and respiratory therapist. There also many registered nurses in my immediate family. I knew very young that I, too, was passionate about medicine and all things science, but I felt that animals needed my medical attention more than humans. Cats have been my constant companions (as well as a few dogs), and I ultimately became the first veterinarian in the family. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, with a minor in philosophy, from Denison University, then my Veterinary Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In veterinary school, I served as president of the Feline Club and worked in the Section of Medical Genetics in the feline colony, caring for cats with genetic diseases. I also completed externships in neurology and internal medicine at Angell Memorial, as well as ophthalmology and shelter medicine at the University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine. I spent five years in feline-dedicated hospitals following graduation from veterinary school, then worked within and became part owner of a feline and canine hospital on the coast of Maine for 12 years. With only 20% of my caseload being feline in companion animal practice, I missed cats desperately and ultimately sold my part in this practice to again dedicate myself to cats. I have recently completed a year-long course in feline internal medicine and am now working towards feline board certification, to hopefully become the third specialist in Massachusetts, alongside Dr. Ternes. In my free time, I enjoy just about all things endurance outdoors, especially trail and road running, snowshoeing, and skiing. A former gymnast and springboard diver, I now enjoy ballet as well. Knitting and reading are amongst my quieter diversions. I live in Vermont with my digital health technology-focused husband, five cats (including a ruddy Abyssinian, lilac point Siamese, and three Siamese mix rescues) and two Vizslas.