Why Choose Cats Only Veterinary Clinic?
We believe that there are many cat owners who desire a higher quality of care for their cats and we are here to meet that demand.
We believe that we can maintain that quality only by continuously improving our skills and knowledge through experience, education, and development.
We strive to personalize our service to both you and the patient. We believe strongly in communication and one of our main goals is to educate you about the needs of your cats, explain our services and fees, and then professionally provide those services.
We understand that our patients are frightened and apprehensive about their experience with us, and we make every effort to put our clients and patients at ease.
No act of kindness is ever too much, goes unnoticed, or is ever unappreciated. We realize that we are in business to serve our clients and patients, without whom we would not exist.
Did You Know About Our Feline Residency Program?
Cats Only Veterinary Clinic is home to an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners approved feline residency program. One of only 4 in North and South America! ABVP Specialists are among a very small group of doctors who have earned the Diplomate title – fewer than 1000 exist in the United States and abroad.
The objective of an ABVP residency is to promote expertise and proficiency in species-specialty veterinary medicine by providing instruction and guidance through a structured residency program. Each resident is under close mentorship by a board certified ABVP feline specialist for the duration of their residency program.
Cats Only Veterinary Clinic’s residents have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. At the completion of their residencies, they will have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one species – felines. And more importantly, ONE FELINE- yours.
Our Cat Loving Team
Dr. Ashlie Saffire, ABVP (Feline)
Dr. Ashlie Saffire is a graduate of The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011, and became board certified in feline medicine in 2018. Dr. Saffire has been a part of the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic team since relocating to Columbus in 2015 from her home town of Buffalo, NY, and became medical director in 2019.
Dr. Saffire specializes in feline internal medicine and management of complex disease processes and disorders. She is fluent in minimally invasive diagnostics such as abdominal ultrasound and fine needle aspiration in addition to advanced feline-specific surgical procedures including perineal urethrostomies for urinary obstructions, ventral bulla osteotomies for removal of middle ear polyps, subtotal colectomies for treatment of megacolon, placement of feeding tubes, oncologic surgery, advanced feline dentistry and more.
She currently resides in Dublin with her husband Michael (who is also a veterinarian!), her two children Madeline and Mason, their goofy golden ``Odin``, their lovable domestic shorthair diva cat ``Callie`` and special needs Cornish Rex ``Chicken``.
Dr. Amanda Kennedy
Dr. Amanda Kennedy is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After living in New York City and working at a corporate law firm for a few years, she realized veterinary medicine was her true calling. A graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kennedy knew from the start of veterinary school that she wanted to be a cat-exclusive doctor. Dr. Kennedy is currently pursuing a feline practice residency at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, one of only four programs in the country. In her free time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys canine agility, hiking with her husband and dog, a shepherd mix named Ruby, or snuggling with her five cats, Thomas, Freddy, Shirley, Franklin, and Angie.
Dr. Symone Niesz-Ent
Dr. Symone Niesz-Ent graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and fulfilled her clinical year at The Ohio State University. Outside of Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, she is an active member of Germania in Columbus, a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and volunteers her time with Save Ohio Pets to provide veterinary care to low-income families. She has special interests in medicine and dentistry. Dr. Niesz-Ent enjoys riding and competing her horse, Jett, reading, and traveling with her husband. In addition to her horse, Jett, she has three cats: Squeakers, Palmer, and Seuss, and takes care of many feral cats in her neighborhood.
Dr. Pamela Austin
Dr. Pamela Austin is originally from Wellsville, New York. She completed a Master's degree in Molecular Biology at The University of Rochester where she worked as a laboratory director until relocating to Columbus to attend veterinary school.
In 2005 Dr. Austin graduated from The Ohio State University and began her veterinary career locally as an emergency veterinarian. Dr. Austin was excited to join Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in 2009 and pursue her long-standing interest in feline medicine. After several happy years here Dr. Austin moved to South Carolina where she owned and ran a multi-doctor veterinary clinic and several feline and canine daycare and boarding facilities. When her practice was sold Dr. Austin could have gone anywhere in the country. She chose to return to Columbus so that she could once again be a part of her favorite place - Cats Only. Her special feline interests include behavior, pediatrics, dentistry and pain management.
Dr. Austin and her husband, Eric, have a large cat family and Dr. Austin thinks of herself as ``part cat``. When she isn't chasing dust kitties Dr. Austin enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, fine wine, music and movies.
Andrea hails from the Cleveland area, and came to Columbus in 1992 to attend The Ohio State University, majoring in Agricultural Economics. Since the age of 12, she worked alongside her father and mother, veterinary professionals themselves. Andrea joined the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic team in 1996 and advanced to the position of Office Manager in 1999. In 2016 Andrea became the owner of Cats Only, and is so excited to continue the tradition of helping to provide the finest in feline healthcare. She has a passion for cultivating Cats Only's unique culture - celebrating the team of people who dedicate their careers to cats as well as our cat owners who desire the best care for their feline friends.
If not at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic she can be found at brunch with her family, enjoying live music, or planning her next adventure.
Melissa was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and she is a graduate of the Veterinary Technology Institute of Bradford School. Melissa discovered her love for feline medicine during her two month externship at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic and joined the team in 2017.
She currently resides in Dublin with her partner, son, kitty, and two lizards. When not at Cats Only she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing movies/live music, and tapping into her creative side!
Katie is originally from California. She has been at Cats Only since fall of 2015, and is a graduate of Stautzenberger College’s Veterinary Technology program. An avid Bengal and tuxedo cat lover, she is currently owned by her 3 male cats and her daughter. When she is not providing exceptional patient care, she is curling up with a good book and her favorite felines.
Caitlin was born in West Virginia and has lived in a few states throughout her adult life. She currently resides in Columbus with her husband (Daniel), two cats (Mona and Bubbles), and three dogs (Hank, Brie, and Roky). Caitlin graduated in 2012 from Chattanooga State, in Tennessee, with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Most of Caitlin's veterinary experience is working with felines and she wouldn't have it any other way! She really enjoys working with all of the kitties, especially in surgery. Caitlin is pleased to be a member of the the great team of Cats Only Veterinary Clinic and looks forward to caring for the kitties here for many years to come.
Shannon graduated in 2014 from Bradford School's Veterinary Technician program in Columbus and has been working as an RVT ever since. She is owned by her 2 cats, Sphinx and Hemmy, who are the loves of her life, and she serves them faithfully. Beginning her career at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in 2016 fulfilled Shannon's lifelong dreams of working exclusively with felines and she couldn't be happier! After all, what better place for a Crazy Cat Lady to be than here? She is passionate about her work and finds great joy in being a part of Cats Only and caring for all the patients she meets. In her free time Shannon enjoys crafting, watching movies, and taking walks with her cats in their cat stroller.
Tammy was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. She has always had an undeniable passion for animals and started working with them while in high school. Shortly after joining Cats Only in 2006 she decided to become a registered veterinary technician. She attended Columbus State Community College and received her degree and certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Tammy resides in Gahanna with her husband, daughter, dog and cat and in her free time enjoys photography and dance.
Hayley was born here in Columbus, Ohio. She has lived with animals her entire life, growing up with cats and Great Danes. She always knew she had a love for animals and wanted to work with them.
Hayley resides in Westerville with her boyfriend and three cats, Sophie, Jasper, and Maxwell. She joined the Cats Only team in August 2017 and found her true passion is helping kitties.
Desiree is the Client Relations Coordinator and Social Media Manager for Cats Only Veterinary Clinic. Before starting with Cats Only in 2017, Desiree earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and her Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University. After graduation, she decided to combine her love of cats and her passion for communications and marketing into one career.
Desiree enjoys trying new restaurants, horseback riding, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Columbus with her cats.
Elise was born in Riverside, CA, and has lived in several states throughout the country. She has always had a special place for felines in her heart. Elise joined the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic team in December 2018, graduating from Columbus State Community College and obtaining her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. She currently lives with her dog and cat, Nicole and Baghira. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with both of her furry companions and writing about their exploits.
Susan was born and raised in the central Ohio area. After spending several years working in mortgage banking, she realized corporate life was not for her and pursued an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Columbus State Community College. Driven by her love of all things feline, Susan completed her internship with Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in 2019, and became a permanent member of the team soon after. In her spare time, Susan cuddles up with her 2 cats, Mocha and Willow, and likes to watch anime, read fantasy novels, and play video games.
Carissa was born and raised in Newark, Ohio and moved to Columbus is December, 2018. She has been a cat enthusiast since adopting her first kitty at 7 years of age. Her family and friends still refer to her as the ``Crazy Cat Lady.`` Carissa currently has 4 cats, Skitty, Grendal, Ethel, and Jojo. In her spare time Carissa enjoys hanging out with family and friends, going to concerts, eating, sleeping, and riding scooters around Columbus. Carissa is ecstatic to work at a place that focuses solely on the health and care of cats. Her goal in life is to pet all the kitties that she can, and maybe even a lion!
Julie was born and raised in Northwest Ohio and pursued a degree in marine biology at Bowling Green State University before heading west to call Portland Oregon home for 20 years. While in Oregon, Julie obtained an AAS in graphic design only to find that working with animals was her true passion and began to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Returning to Ohio and settling in Columbus in 2018, Julie is happy to be working with the incredibly intelligent and compassionate team at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic.
In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time exploring the Columbus area with her partner Lila, being caregiver and entertainer to their cat Khaleesi, and expressing her creative side in various forms of creative mediums.
Jill is originally from Buffalo, New York and followed her husband to Ohio in 1989 to marry and raise a family. Jill has been in the legal field as a paralegal her entire career. After becoming empty nesters when their two daughters moved out, Jill and her husband retired from their careers, sold their family home in Hilliard where they lived for 18 years and settled in Prairie Township with their dog to live in the country where Jill also runs a successful bakery out of their home. Being around cats all day, at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, is a perfect position to fill her love for animals and to also give her much needed people interaction which she enjoys getting at the front desk speaking with our wonderful clients!
Mary Rose Ciotto graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Forensics. She is the mother of a beautiful and brilliant daughter, Sydney, and pet mom to two pugs (Senator Penelope and Saint Augustine), and two kitties (Sammie and Pippin). Mary enjoys spending time outdoors, with family, and of course, caring for animals. She is often the friendly, caring voice you hear on the phone when you contact Cats Only Veterinary Clinic.
Liz was born in Westerville, Ohio and has always grown up with cats by her side. With her mom working at animal shelters and her sister being a veterinary technician, a love of animals is very clearly present in the family. She is bringing that love to the team of Cats Only Veterinary Clinic. Liz is committed to doing what she can to ensure that kitties have better lives and is advocating for them by becoming more fluent in the technical aspects surrounding their medical care and by using her graphic design skills to raise awareness.
Jourdin was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate from Columbus State Community College, with a AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Jourdin’s love for felines was inherited early on from her mother when gifted a sweet baby kitten at the age of 2. She is now currently owned by her two feline babies, Booty and Monte. Jourdin was first introduced to the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic family during an eight-week internship, which is where she confirmed cats were the only way to go and that this is where she needed to be. Getting the chance to snuggle kitties everyday is the best part of the job, especially our clinic cat Dr. Bob. She really enjoys spending time with family, going on vacation getaways with her mom, and being bossed around by her sassy babies. Jourdin believes Cats Only is the best job she’s ever had, and so grateful for the chance to learn and grow with the amazing staff here!
Jamie is a current student at The Ohio State University and is pursuing a B.S. in Animal Sciences on a pre-veterinary track. She started at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic as a volunteer in October of 2019 in order to gain more experience in the veterinary medical field before accepting a permanent position as a veterinary assistant in the fall of 2020. When not at Cats Only or studying, she can be found reading, baking, or hanging out with her family. Jamie has always had a passion for animals and is grateful for the learning opportunities that she has accumulated with the incredibly intelligent doctors and staff here at Cats Only.
Gigi grew up in Upstate, N.Y. then moved to LA (taking several years to thaw out), until recently making Columbus her home, in order to be closer to family. Gigi earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from R.I.T. Her love of design and creating exceptional customer experiences was fostered/honed during her careers with The Ritz-Carlton and Herman Miller, Inc.
A world that offers an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, great big belly laughs and belly rubs is purrrfect in her eyes! Gigi's love and appreciation for design flows naturally towards her varied interests: music, antiquing, architecture, cooking, interior design, landscape, floral design, unique gemstones, jewelry and travel. While Gigi's travels have taken her throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, she'd love to visit Italy, Ireland and Israel, to name a few!
She was blessed to be Mum to two sweet Persian sisters, Maggie and Giselle, for over twenty years! She's now a loving Auntie to Gus Gus and Bernie. Hopefully one day soon, will be Mum again to a special one that captures her heart.
Gigi is honored to play a role in making you and your loved one feel welcomed and well cared for, in short, a special part of the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic family!
Sarah was born in Massachusetts and has lived in several different states before deciding to call Columbus home in 2015. With over 10 years of veterinary experience across 3 different states, Sarah has worked in both general practice and specialty medicine. For the past five years, she worked as a rehabilitation therapist at MedVet Columbus, helping cats and dogs achieve comfortable mobility, improved strength, and a better quality of life.
She now looks forward to continued work in specialty medicine, this time bringing her focus and skills to something she’s always been very passionate about: Cats Only! When not at work, Sarah enjoys sleeping in, a good cup of coffee, and cuddling with the best kitty in the world, Miss Pepper Potts.
Meg was born in Cleveland, OH, and moved down to Columbus at the age of 18 to attend Ohio State University. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, then began working at Cats Only in 2020 while pursuing a license in veterinary technology.
In her free time, Meg enjoys playing video games and practicing martial arts. She currently lives with four cats, and has plans to adopt several more.
Dr. Bob was born in downtown Columbus, Ohio in 2014. He enjoys consulting with the patients, clients and staff of Cats Only Veterinary Clinic on all behavior cases. Dr. Bob considers himself a 'foodie' and is especially fond of eclectic shrimp dishes with sides of Temptations. He looks forward to chats about cats and seafood when you stop in.
Dr. Cynthia L. Bowlin, ABVP (Feline)
Now retired from practice, Dr Bowlin is the founder of Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, the first feline practice in the central Ohio area. Long recognized as an innovative force in feline practice, Dr. Bowlin has lectured and authored articles on feline vaccination, nutrition, medicine, surgery, patient care, lifestyle, behavior, as well as practice management, development, and customer service. As a staunch advocate for quality feline care Dr. Bowlin has proudly encouraged and supported four other veterinarians in acquisition of Board specialty certification in feline practice during their employment at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic. Having now passed the baton for exceptional feline care to an extraordinarily gifted and capable staff, Dr. Bowlin feels humbled and blessed to have had the privilege to care for animals for over 40 years, thirty of which were devoted to our beloved and unique cats.
Cats Only is the original Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice in Central Ohio, having achieved this designation in 2013.
Cat Friendly Practice designation signifies that a veterinary clinic has proven they have taken specific extra steps to assure they understand a cat’s unique needs, have implemented feline-friendly standards, and have established methods to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment. Veterinary staff have also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat. Cats Only… ensuring your cat a comfortable, professional veterinary experience.