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.
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!
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, Habibi and 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 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. Elsie 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 fiancé, Joey, and their 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!
Shannon was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. At a very young age, she knew that she was destined to work with animals. She has previously worked with many exotic species but feline patients are where it's at for her! Shannon and her husband Dave have two daughters and they are owned by two cats and two dogs. When she isn't working, Shannon enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and riding on the back of her husbands Harley. Shannon is beyond delighted to be a part of the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic team.
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.