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Chicago Feline Veterinarians

Chicago Cat VetColleen Currigan, DVM

Dr. Colleen Currigan is the founder of Cat Hospital of Chicago. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Currigan graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Mary's College/Notre Dame. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Currigan has practiced her entire cat-exclusive veterinary career in Chicago. From 1993 through 1998 Dr. Currigan operated her own feline homecare practice. She relocated to the Chicago area after veterinary school to practice at one of the few cat-exclusive veterinary practices in the country at that time.

Dr. Currigan's desire to work with felines was influenced by her family's love of cats—especially her Dad—and her feline pets, Sparky and Midnight, that were an integral part of her childhood (there were also dogs, turtles, rabbits, hamsters, and briefly even a duck).

Dr. Currigan serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), where she's been appointed the president for the 2016 year. She is also an active member of the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice Committee. Dr. Currigan serves as board chair on the Tree House Humane Society board of directors. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Currigan is an avid sports fan. She follows the Denver Broncos, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Blackhawks. She enjoys Chicago art and street festivals, Chicago city life, Colorado skiing, bicycling, mountain hiking, entertaining, and traveling. She relishes quiet evenings at home with her rescue cats Dennis the Menace (pictured here with Dr. Currigan) and Tracey.

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cat vets in chicagoElizabeth Czerwonky, DVM

Dr. Czerwonky, also known as Dr. Z, graduated from the University of Chicago in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She decided to pursue feline medicine and got her first job after veterinary school at Cat Hospital of Chicago in July 2001. Dr. Z is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. She enjoys attending continuing education conferences that focus on feline medicine.

She considers herself fortunate to have found a practice with smart, caring doctors and an amazing support team. In the years since she first began practicing, Dr. Z has developed a strong interest in feline dentistry and dental surgery, as well as partnering with owners to personalize their long-term care options with chronic illnesses. She recognizes that as feline medicine advances, the options and choices can be overwhelming. She believes it is vital for families to understand those options and be involved in their cat's care.

Dr. Z and her husband, ER veterinarian Dr. Will Fischbach, have a mixed herd residing at their home. She has three senior cats: Beeb (better known as Chicken), Irving Magic (the resident tripod), and Isabella. The family also has a "dog" named Reggie — a 6 pound black and white mix who is beloved for his good looks and desire to keep laps warm. Dr. Z's children make up the last and most time-consuming members of the herd; since Charlotte and Zane arrived home has never been the same. What's been lost in sleep and order has more than been made up for in silliness, cuddles, and the privilege of helping these little people become big people.

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north chicago cat veterinariansDaphne Thompson, DVM

Dr. Daphne Thompson joined Cat Hospital of Chicago in August 2009. Dr. Thompson previously practiced at several feline-only veterinary facilities, including three-and-a-half-years at Calgary Cat Clinic in Alberta, Canada, and another five years at Cat Hospital at Towson Veterinary Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She decided to focus her career on felines during an externship at The Cat Clinic in York, Maine, and while she served as a technician and assistant at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Thompson has a Bachelor of Science in Pre-medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dayton. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Dr. Thompson is trained in veterinary acupuncture and is currently finishing her certification requirements through Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, the leading veterinary continuing education provider of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. She has also done training in Chinese food and herbal therapies. Dr. Thompson welcomes the challenges that come with complex feline medical cases as well as the complexities of pain relief situations and hospice care.

Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and several state and provincial medical associations. In 2004, she served on the American Animal Hospital Association committee that drafted feline practice guidelines. Dr. Thompson is a Petplan 2015 Veterinarian of the Year nominee.

Fluent in Dutch, Dr. Thompson was born in Holland and moved to the Midwest as a small child. Her interests include hiking, Celtic dance, photography, reading, horseback riding, baking and cooking for parties. A travel enthusiast, Dr. Thompson's favorite places to visit include Prague, Bruges,, and western Ireland. An admitted sucker for classic tabbies, she shares her home with her cats, all of whom were rescues and require continued medical attention. Dr. Thompson also has a weakness for giraffes and frogs.

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vets in north chicagoMariah Foose, DVM

Dr. Mariah Foose is the most recent addition to the veterinary team at Cat Hospital of Chicago. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2013 after receiving her bachelor's degree in veterinary science from the University of Arizona in 2009. An Arizona native, Dr. Foose enjoyed a fresh perspective living in Massachusetts and is now excited to make her new home in Chicago.

Before graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Foose was heavily involved in feline health initiatives. As secretary and president of the Tufts student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), she organized activities to increase student expertise and confidence with feline patients. She was also a frequent volunteer at the school's feral cat clinics, where she fostered her interest in trap-neuter-release efforts. Dr. Foose was awarded the 2013 AAFP Outstanding Senior Student Award in recognition of her efforts in the study of feline health. She plans to seek board certification in feline medicine.

Now that she has settled in Chicago, Dr. Foose looks forward to rediscovering lost hobbies such as hiking, photography, visiting museums, and studying languages. She's proficient in French and would like to learn Spanish! She shares her home with two black cats—Pompette, a blind, former stray—and Marquise—a senior citizen with arthritis she adopted from the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Dr. Foose is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

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