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Our practice understands that cats are unique patients. In order to provide our feline friends the proper care they deserve, we strive to continually educate ourselves about felines and their needs. CLVH has been certified as a Cat Friendly Practice through the American Association (AAFP) since 2017. Some of our veterinarians have also earned their certificates as Cat Friendly Veterinarians.

Why choose a
Cat Friendly Practice?

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. This is accomplished by supporting the veterinary team so the entire staff is educated and knowledgeable about your cats’ distinct needs and behaviors.

Cat Friendly Practices® must also meet specific criteria within their practice to earn this designation, which includes providing a waiting area for cats that is separate from other animals (or alternative options to reduce stress prior to entering the exam room) and implementing best practices to reduce stress throughout the visit (exam room, physical exam, pain management, operating and anesthesia, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, and more).

When you visit a Cat Friendly Practice® you can expect the veterinary team to:

  • Understand the unique needs and behaviors of cats.

  • Have a feline-friendly environment and make veterinary visits more cat friendly.

  • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner.

  • Have the appropriate equipment and facilities needed to diagnose and treat feline patients.

  • Meet specific standards for the facility and care of hospitalized cats. 

Information provided by the AAFP

For information about cat friendly homes please visit

Cat Friendly Veterinarians

Everyone in our facility makes it their goal to ensure that our feline friends have the best care that we can provide. Dr. Dascoli, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Hantke have been certified as Cat Friendly Veterinarians.

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Dr. Dascoli

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Dr. Smith

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Dr. Hantke

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