Our Practice

Since 1998, Chico Hospital for Cats is the only feline-exclusive veterinary hospital servicing Chico and our neighboring communities.  Our Gold certified Cat-Friendly Practice provides our clients and their feline family members with the most comprehensive animal care available. Our expertise lies in the understanding of feline behavior. By creating a welcoming environment your cats will begin to look at going to the veterinarian in an entirely different way. Please stop by our animal hospital anytime and see the difference for yourself. We look forward to the opportunity of optimizing the health and quality of life for all of your furry friends. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please give us a call at 530-892-2287 .

  • Elisa Kleiman

    DVM

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats staff in January 2013.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1977. I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1982.   I am a current member AAFP, AVMA, CVMA & NVVMA.  My other interests include hiking, reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching movies.

    My Pets include Snoopy, a miniature long hair dachshund rescued from the Butte Humane Society as well as Meme and Yuki, 2 cats adopted from Chico Hospital for Cats.

  • Kaarin Vekman

    DVM

    ​I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats staff in October 2018. I was awarded the prestigious Winn Feline Foundation and AAFP scholarship during my senior year of Veterinary School for outstanding clinical practice experience, leadership skills and dedication to the study of feline medicine, health and welfare.
    I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2017. I am a current member of AAFP, AVMA, CVMA & IVMA. My other interests include drawing, painting, sewing, music, dancing and hiking.

    My Pets include: Six fuzzy felines; Pumpkin, Cheeto, Amos, Thelma, Louise and Schuster

  • Elizabeth Colleran

    DABVP Feline

    I am a 1990 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; 1996 Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011, I was the President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). As the spokesperson for the AAFP initiative Cat-Friendly Practice, I also speak at major conferences around the country.

    DVM, MS, DABVP Feline

    My Pets include: my dog Lucca and two Burmese cats, Bodaishin and Andy

     

  • Jan

    RVT

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats team in February 2010.  I received an AS degree in Animal Health Technology as well as my Registered Veterinary Technician license in 1978.  I helped develop and earned a VTS in Dentistry in 2008.  I am currently a member of NVVMA, CVMA, AAFP, NAVTA, ADVT, and the Cat-Friendly Practice Advisory Board.  My hobbies include fitness, hiking, traveling, cooking, science fiction & fantasy as well as teaching veterinarians, technicians, and support staff about dentistry and Cat Friendly Practice techniques.

    RVT, VTS

    My Pets include Trilby a mini Aussie, Dale a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Kitty Boy a Burmese cat, Missy Moo Moo a Domestic Shorthair, Lady Bug an APHA (paint horse), and Justin & Indy miniature horses.

  • April

    RVT

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats staff in April 2013.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis.  I earned my Veterinary Technician license through the Yuba College Veterinary Technician Program.  I enjoy baking, ballroom dancing and rescuing/fostering animals.

    My Pets include: I have several dogs and cats!

  • Samet

    CVA

    I was fortunate to be able to intern at Chico Hospital for Cats for the Certified Veterinary Assistant program starting in April 2015.  I officially joined the team in September 2015. I went to school in Istanbul, Turkey.  During my off hours, I enjoy podcasts, sports and movies.

    My pets include: 3 cats – China, Figaro and Tater.  My newest family addition is a tortoise named Papyon.

  • Star

    CVA

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats team in April 2016 after completing the CVA ROP program.  I also have a AS degree in Environmental Horticulture and I am a certified Floral Design & Nursery Tech.  I also enjoy swimming, bike riding, hiking, reading, music, movies and playing with my grandchildren.

    My pets are: 2 cats, LK (Little Kitty) and KK (Killer Kitty)

  • Bernadine

    CVA

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats team in May 2007.  I have a AA in Biology from Butte College.  I am currently enrolled in the Certified Veterinary Assistant program through Animal Care Technologies.  When I’m not at work, I like to go hiking, gardening and cooking.

    My pets include:  Four cats, PePe, Oni, Friedo & Dharma

  • Bre

    CVA

    I joined the Chico Hospital for Cats Team in April 2018.  I have a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California and majored in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University.  I completed my CVA certificate in April 2018.  I am also a Certified Massage Therapist.  In my spare time, I foster and help CCC and NCA.  I also enjoy hiking, reading, and trying new restaurants and wineries.

    My pets include: 8 resident cats, 3 long term foster cats and 2 dogs.

  • Domino

    During a winters storm,  I was found in a pump house.  Because I was wet and bedraggled, my rescuer thought at first glance I was a skunk!  Luckily he brought me to Chico Hospital for Cats and I, of course, melted everyone’s heart and have lived here ever since. I love to greet clients as well as other kitties, do quality control on our veterinary diets and new toys.  Sometimes I’m asked to babysit kittens and help with office tasks.  I make a superb paper weight.  When I’m not working, I enjoy napping in warm laundry, playing Ready-Set-Go, snuggling and sitting in my outdoor room “catio”  watching the jays.

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