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CAT HEALTHY SPECIALISTS

Cat Healthy is the only program in Canada that was created by Canada’s six local board-certified feline veterinary specialists. This level of certification requires a degree in veterinary medicine, logging at least six years of full-time practice with cats, and passing several rigorous, comprehensive exams. Today, fewer than 100 veterinarians in the world and only six veterinarians in Canada have achieved this distinction.



Elizabeth O’Brien DVM, DABVP

The visionary behind Cat Healthy, Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1985 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in feline practice in 1999. In 2012, she partnered with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association to promote Preventive Healthcare for Cats.

Dr. O’Brien is the owner of two successful feline only practices in Ancaster and Hamilton, Ontario where she continues to be a passionate advocate for the welfare of cats and a much-in-demand speaker.

Dr. Susan Little graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997, re-certifying in 2006. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dr. Little serves on the board of the Winn Feline Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and is a feline medicine consultant for Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, as well as the author and editor of journal articles and books.

Dr. Elizabeth Ruelle graduated in 2005, with great distinction, from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia. In 2012, she became board-certified in feline practice.

In addition to owning Wild Rose Cat Clinic of Calgary in Alberta, Dr. Ruelle has served on the Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine as a Director-at-large and is currently on the city’s Responsible Pet Ownership committee as a veterinary voice for Calgary’s cat population.

Dr. Margie Scherk graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. In 1986 she opened Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, practicing there until 2008. Dr. Scherk became board certified in feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1995, recertifying in 2004.

She founded the feline Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network in 1994. After many years of serving on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners she was honoured to be its President in 2007. An active international speaker, Dr. Scherk has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers and is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Kelly St. Denis earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999. She was awarded certification with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the specialty of feline practice in 2013.

Dr. St. Denis is the owner of Charing Cross Cat Clinic in Brantford, Ontario and actively participates in the Internal Feline Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community of veterinarians.

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