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.
Our Cat Loving Team
Dr. Ashlie Saffire, ABVP (Feline)
Dr. Ashlie Saffire is a graduate of The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she moved back to her hometown of Buffalo, NY. After spending a few years in a mixed practice, Dr. Saffire realized that feline medicine was where she belonged and in 2015 after relocating back to Columbus, Dr. Saffire joined the team at Cats Only.
She resides in Clintonville with her husband Michael (who is also a veterinarian!), her two children Madeline and Mason, their spunky dog ``Little Dog`` and loveable diva cat ``Callie``.
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 and organized many feline-specific lectures and events to share that passion with her classmates.
In her free time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, a shepherd mix named Ruby, or snuggling with her four cats, Thomas, Freddy, Shirley, and Franklin.
Dr. Denise Johnson
Dr. Denise Johnson is a California native and a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interest in behavioral health led her to earn both Low Stress Handling and Fear Free certifications. Experience in general practice made it clear that she could best serve cats in a single species environment.
She shares her Clintonville home with President James A Garfield and Vice President Chester A Arthur, her two orange cats.
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.
Andrea hails from the Cleveland area, and came to Columbus in 1992 to attend The Ohio State University, majoring in Agricultural Economics. After working alongside her father and mother, veterinary professionals themselves, for many years, she 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 she has a passion for building efficient, caring veterinary teams to provide the utmost in client and patient care.
Andrea shares her home with a husband and three cats: Jelly, Lamont, and Grady. If not at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic she can be found at brunch with her sisters or enjoying live music.
Melissa was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of the Veterinary Technology Institute at the Bradford School, she discovered her love for feline medicine during her two month externship at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic. Melissa was beyond excited to join the Cats Only team in 2017.
She currently resides in Hilliard with her two kitties, Thomas O'Malley and Talula and when not at Cats Only she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring downtown Columbus, reading, and going to see live music.
Marissa was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived here her entire life. She graduated from Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio. In May 2015, she graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and from Columbus State Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. She became a licensed veterinary technician in August 2015.
Marissa has two kitties, a 12 year old named Habibi and an 8 year old named Reese. Habibi is a sweet, laid back guy who loves chin rubs and a good canned food feast. Reese is a spritely little guy who loves to play and never ceases to entertain with his antics. She loves them both very much and a day with them is never dull!
Katie has been with Cats Only Veterinary Clinic since September 2015. She graduated from Stautzenberger Cllege in April 2015 with her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology and has since moved to Grove City. When Katie is not providing exceptional patient care, she enjoys watching movies with her daughter, fiancé, Nick, her 3 cats, and dog. Katie is ecstatic that her daughter is following in her footsteps with her love of animals, she even told her mom that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up!
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, two cats (Mona and Bubbles), and two dogs (Hank and Brie). Caitlin graduated from 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 has lived in Ohio with her family for 19 years. Having known since she was a young child that she was destined to work with animals, she attended Bradford School's Veterinary Technician program here, in Columbus. She graduated in 2014 as Salutatorian of her class and has been working as a Veterinary Technician since. Shannon has always loved cats and crafting and fondly refer to herself as a ``Crazy Cat Lady`` and ``Crafting Junkie``. She is currently owned by 2 cats, Sphinx and Hemmy, who are the loves of her life, and she serves them faithfully. Getting hired to work with the amazing staff at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic has fulfilled Shannon's lifelong dreams of working exclusively with felines and she couldn't be happier. After all, what better place for a self-proclaimed Crazy Cat Lady to be than here? It's paws-itively purr-fect!
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 been around animals her entire life, growing up with cats and Great Danes. She always knew she had a love for animals and decided to pursue her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology through Penn Foster College.
She currently resides in Worthington 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 working with kitties.
Desiree was born in Colorado and has lived in several states throughout her life. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and her Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University, Desiree entered the veterinary world to explore her passion for animals, especially cats! She currently resides in Columbus with her cat, Hammy. When she isn't working, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Desiree is delighted to be part of the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic team.
Emily is originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio which is near Akron. She has called Columbus home for almost 2 years. She and her husband Eric currently have 6 fur babies, 2 dogs and 4 kitties. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the Hocking Hills with her family. She also enjoys reading books of all types. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the Cats Only family.
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.
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.