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, DABVP (Feline Practice)
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. 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.
Dr. Robyn Beattie
Dr. Robyn Beattie is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Mississippi State University. She has always loved cats, and her desire to practice feline only medicine was solidified when she did an externship at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic during her fourth year of veterinary school. She has special interests in ophthalmology and surgery.
Dr. Beattie currently resides in Grandview with her four cats: Tristan, Ernest, Frances, and Poppy. During her free time, you can find her Irish step dancing, reading fantasy novels, and enjoying life in a place that has four distinct seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellie grew up in small town Alexandria, just 45 minutes east of Columbus. After spending a short time at private university, she came home to eventually find work in a dog kennel which ultimately led to her decision to attend tech school. She graduated the Veterinary Technology Institute of Bradford School in 2018 while working for a small animal general practice in Columbus. Soon realizing her preference for kitties, she started working for Cats Only in the fall of 2021 to utilize her passion for felines.
In her free time, Ellie enjoys watching scary movies, canvas painting, exercising, and working on completing the Columbus Ale Trail.
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.
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!
Shannon was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio - a pure Buckeye through and through. She was always around animals growing up and fueled her passion to be in veterinary medicine. Shannon graduated from Columbus State Community College majoring in Veterinary Technology in 1997. She has spent most of her career in canine/feline mixed practice, but her love of feline medicine has grown through the years. She joined the Cats Only team in April 2022 to focus on that love.
In her free time Shannon loves spending time with her husband Chris riding motorcycles, camping, and cuddling their clowder of kitty children.
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.
Abagail grew up in Hudson, Ohio and had many pets including her beloved cat Itty Bitty. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy and two minors in Andean Amazonian Studies and Music Media Enterprise. Despite loving what she studied, she always found herself wanting a career that involved animals. This led to her finding her dream job here at Cats Only, where she can care for and learn more about her favorite animal, cats! In her free time she loves cuddling with her three kitties and watching anime with her partner.
Audrey is originally from Zanesville, Ohio, and moved to Columbus in 2020. She grew up in a family that bred Ragdoll kittens, and that is where her fondness for felines began. Audrey lives in the Riverbend area with her boyfriend, and they are parents to a beautiful kitty named Judy. In her spare time, Audrey can be found shopping, scrolling through Tik Tok, and cuddling with her fur baby. Audrey loves working at Cats Only because she is in a field that allows her to interact with people who love cats just as much as she does.
Victoria was raised and still resides in Hilliard, OH. It was during high school she realized her true passion for animals and knew she always wanted to be around them. Victoria attended Columbus State Community College and graduated with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. It wasn't until she was able to complete an eight-week externship for school, that she realized her true passion was working exclusively with cats. She knew from then on that Cats Only was the only place for her and joined the team in Spring 2022.
In her free time Victoria loves to spend time with her numerous furbabies, as well as watch movies, and when able, to take trips to Gatlinburg, TN, a favorite spot for her and her husband.
Kaitlin is from Delaware,Ohio and lives with her three male cats: Indy, Monkey and Lucy. Kaitlin feels that working at Cats Only allows her to express her love for many cats without taking them all home!
She loves spending time at different state parks with her boyfriend. Observing wildlife is something she tries to do as often as possible.
In her free time Victoria loves to spend time with her numerous furbabies, as well as watch movies, and when able, to take trips to Gatlinburg, TN, a favorite spot for her and her husband.
Cynthia was born and raised in Troy, Ohio, and came to Columbus in 2018 to attend The Ohio State University. After one semester in undergrad music, she decided that her passion was truly with animals. Cynthia joined The Ohio State University and Columbus State joint Veterinary Technology program. She will graduate with a Bachelor in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University and an Associate in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College. Cynthia discovered Cats Only Veterinary Clinic through a career fair at Columbus State in Fall 2021, and felt that it was meant to be.
In her free time, Cynthia enjoys working on crafts, watching tv, and spending the day with her cow cat Pumpkin and soon-to-be little-brother Statler.
Kris James was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved around as a child, before her family settled in the Columbus area. Kris earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Otterbein University. She currently resides in Columbus with her husband and their cat, Elphaba.
In her spare time, Kris enjoys sewing, crocheting, and crafting. She loves Star Trek, Broadway musicals, and iced coffee. You can often find her quoting movies & T.V. shows and she loves meeting kitties with fun pop culture names!
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.