Feline Medical Clinic
5801 NE 105th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98662
~Celebrating 40 years of business 1977-2017~
The Feline Medical Clinic is a well-established, full-service, feline veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care.
We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. We also work closely with local practices when special diagnostic procedures are required. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, a sterile surgery suite, in-house x-ray capabilities, a closely supervised hospitalization area, an isolation ward, three exam rooms and a lodging room.
At the Feline Medical Clinic, we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing you the enjoyment of your feline companion for a maximum number of years. Our job is not only to treat your cat when he or she isn't feeling well, but also to help you learn how to keep your best friend happy and healthy.
Feline Medical Clinic Doctors
Carrie Burhenn joined the practice on July 7, 1990 as a full time veterinarian. She received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University in 1990. In 1998, she received the specialty certification, diplomate ABVP feline practice. Carrie enjoys working at the Feline Medical Clinic because of the combination of clients, cats and staff that support each other in the common goal of improving our pet's lives through progressive medicine. She currently owns two young cats, Walter and Mara. Both were originally unwanted stray kittens but found a new life via foster homes. They now live in total comfort and luxury with more toys than they could ever destroy. Carrie spends her free moments collecting old books on Africa, painting, making life-size paper mache camel head sculptures (and other eclectica). She also enjoys bicycling/touring and international adventure traveling to learn more about other people and cultures.
Cathy King has been with the Feline Medical Clinic since 1991. She received her BS in Biology and Animal Science in 1986 from Oregon State University. In 1991, she received her Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. Witnessing the animal-human bond experiences, meeting the variety of cats and their owners, and hearing stories from clients about their cats are what Cathy values most as a clinic doctor. She also takes pleasure in working closely with our great staff. When she's not being a dedicated veterinarian, Cathy enjoys being a dedicated wife and mom -- watching her two daughters, Lindley and Robyn, play various sports, reading, cooking and baking. Cathy has four cats: Smokey, Jitterbug, Java Creme and Chisomo. She also has one dog, an Australian Shepherd named Dottie.
Christy Novick joined the Feline Medical Clinic team in August, 2008, as a full-time associate. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of North Texas in 2004. She is currently working on a Master of Public Health degree at the Univeristy of Minnesota, with hopes of finishing in 2011. Christy loves general practice, especially being able to build relationships with clients and families, and being able to help them through all stages of their cats lives. She also enjoys the opportunity to learn something new everyday and loves being a part of the great FMC team, where everyone is caring and loves the cats. Christy belongs to the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and WSVMA. Christy has 3 cats: Cole, Paige and Kobe. She also has a Ball Python named Lucifer and a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Son of Birdhead. Christy shares her home with her husband Harris, her mom Laurie, and her sister Jennifer. When she's not working, Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets, hiking, watching NFL and NASCAR, and reading historical mysteries.
Zaya McSky joined the Feline Medical Clinic team in July, 2015. Zaya grew up in Southern Oregon and always knew she wanted to settle in the Pacific Northwest. Wanting to see more of the country, she attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont and received her BS in Animal Science in 2011. After college, she moved back to Oregon to attend the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school Zaya had the opportunity to travel to South Africa twice with a team studying diseases and parasites in African lions. Despite enjoying her work with wildlife, Zaya has always loved working with people while providing care for their pets. Zaya’s cat, Kona, opened her eyes to the wonderful world of felines and ever since Zaya has wanted to work with cats. Finding the Feline Medical Clinic has been a dream come true for Zaya; not only are the cats wonderful but the team is amazing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, and playing with Kona. Kona has learned many tricks thanks to clicker training. Zaya shares her home with Kona, her boyfriend Travis, and five wonderful fish.
Feline Medical Clinic Staff
Karen, AHT, is currently a full-time veterinary technician. She believes the best part of the Feline Medical Clinic is the high quality of care and compassion the doctors and staff show to every cat, everyday. Karen initially started coming to clinic with her own cats in 1977 when Dr. Engle opened the clinic, and she always thought it would be a great place to work. She received her chance in 1990, when she began to work at the Feline Medical Clinic part-time. After a few years, Karen decided to return to school to acquire an animal health technician license. She had already received a BA in art from Central Washington University in 1982. She completed classes through Portland Community College and became a licensed Animal Health Technician in Washington State in 1992. Even after obtaining her license, Karen knew she would continue to work at the Feline Medical Clinic because of the consistently high quality of medicine and ethics. Karen is the owner of one cat, Sammy, and one nutty dog, Dottie.
Melanie, AHT, started working for Feline Medical Clinic in 1992. In 2015, after 23 years, she decided to retire but soon realized she missed the cats and spending time with work buddies, so decided to return to work part-time. She has a BA in psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, and became licensed as a Vet Tech in 1993. She was fascinated by cats from an early age, and is very interested in feline behavior and its importance in the pet-owner bond. She enjoys the family oriented environment and considers clients her extended family. Mel spends her free time with her husband Darrell and two rescue cats, Duncan and Penguin. She loves to listen to music, read, visit with friends, and travel.
Melissa began working at the Feline Medical Clinic in September of 1998. She is a full-time technician assistant. Melissa enjoys caring for the patients and is taking courses online to become a licensed veterinary technician. At home, Melissa has two cats: Mahki and Harley, plus a dog. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two sons, traveling, off-roading, and camping.
Michael, a part-time veterinary technician assistant, joined the Feline Medical Clinic team in July of 2002. Michael owns 2 cats. C.C. was adopted from P.A.W.S., and Bosey was from a litter of seven. Michael is glad he is able to contribute to the health and well-being of cats. He also feels privileged to work with educated, personable, and caring staff members. Michael likes everything about ice hockey (the Boston Bruins in particular) and sampling fine beer and cheese. Michael most enjoys spending time with his wife Alecia, their cats, and their daughter Neely, who is the greatest joy in their lives.
Daisy began working at the Feline Medical Clinic as a part-time assistant in November of 2009. Before joining the clinic team, Daisy worked at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington as an Animal Care Technician. Daisy has three cats at home. Emmy and Gloria are year-old females, Chance is a 3-month old male. Daisy feels that getting to know the patients and the clients is one of the best parts about working at the clinic. She also likes having the opportunity to learn new things about cat behavior and treatments. When not at the clinic, Daisy enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy books, spending time with her cats and emailing her family and friends in Hawaii.
Denise is a full-time veterinary assistant who started working at the Feline Medical Clinic in 1997. She cannot remember a time when she did not love cats and is happy to be able to work with them on a regular basis. Denise especially enjoys taking care of the senior cats when they are visiting and staying in the clinic.
Dennis is a full-time assistant who started working at the Feline Medical Clinic in 2006. Dennis has always had an affinity for cats, and for animals in general. At the clinic, Dennis enjoys the challenge of working with cats of all personalities. In his free time, Dennis likes to go to the movies, play video games and watch sports.
Laura joined the clinic as a receptionist in October of 2004. She has years of experience as a receptionist, but this has been her favorite job. She feels honored working with the most compassionate doctors and staff she has ever worked with. Laura is the coordinator for animal events that we attend around the county, including the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society's Annual Hike on the Dike. You may see her working the Feline Medical Clinic booth if you attend one of these events. In Laura's spare time she likes gardening, playing volleyball with her daughter McKena, and spending time with her husband.
Sharron has worked for several years as a receptionist in the veterinary field and started working as a full-time receptionist at the Feline Medical Clinic in July of 2012. Sharron has 2 cats: Juliet and Bug. In her spare time, Sharron enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Andrea, a part-time receptionist, started working at the Feline Medical Clinic for the second time in March of 2013. She worked for the clinic about 7 years ago, also as a receptionist. In-between, she worked at the Southwest WA hospital. She has 5 cats: Izzy, Dexter, Nixon, Whitman and Dobby. She also has 2 dogs: Oscar T. Finnegan and Jovie. Andrea loves being around the cats who visit our clinic, as well as her clinic friends Luke and Trixie. She enjoys cooking, reading, art, listening to jazz and spelunking.
Feline Medical Clinic Resident Cats
Luke is our resident office cat. He came to us as a young adult and was adopted by a loving owner, with whom he shared many good times until her passing in 2013. He then returned to our clinic and has been enjoying the clinic life ever since. Luke is a little shy if he doesn't know someone, but is sweet and loving to those he does know well. Luke often sports a "lion trim" haircut and is proud to walk around with his special look.
Trixie was the clinic's neighbor until she agreed to become employed by the clinic as an official resident cat. She was a well-known greeter in the reception area, coming and going at will, until she sustained an injury outside and decided to become an indoor-only cat. Trixie is sweet and loving. She enjoys being carried around and socializing with her fan club.