In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

VSEC PHILADELPHIA
1114 South Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
267-800-1950

UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA - RYAN VETERINARY HOSPITAL
3900 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-746-V911 or 215-746-8911

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Meet Our Technicians

Our Technician staff are behind the scenes performing lab tests, monitoring anesthesia, dispensing prescriptions, and nursing your cat when they stay with us. These individuals have received special training to be able to answer any questions you may have and provide the best possible care for your cats. They also provide compassion and care for your family member with the doctors in the exam room as well as when they board with us. These are the team members that hold, hug, cuddle, feed, medicate, and love your pets while they are with us.



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Miriam Fernandez

Originally from New York City, Miriam moved to Philadelphia in June of 2006. Ever since she was a little girl, she loved animals and knew she wanted a career working with them. She attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2005. Miriam has worked as a veterinary technician in many hospitals since 2004 and finally joined The Cat Doctor crew in January of 2007. She has loved every second of her time here taking on several different roles from technician to interior designer! Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is pediatrics and she can often be found nursing orphaned bottle babies. Miriam shares her home in Brewerytown with 6 cats, a very large dog, a revolving door of foster kittens and a very understanding boyfriend!

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Kris Klufas

Kris was born and raised right here in Fairmount and is currently living in Chestnut Hill with her husband, Michael, and their 6 cats. She spent her early career in clothing retail for close to 20 years, but decided to take a chance and change careers. Kris graduated from Walter Biddle Saul High of Agriculture Sciences class of 1988, and though she was a horticulture major she loved taking her animal science classes. Kris has been a client of The Cat Doctor since her first cats in 1984, which is why she was so happy to have the chance to intern here after finishing a course to become a veterinary assistant. She was thrilled to have been hired after her internship in 2011. Even after several years she’s still excited to be part of The Cat Doctor team because she believes in the service and quality that the doctors and staff give to all their patients.

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Vania Monsul

Vania grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2013. Prior to working at The Cat Doctor, she worked as a dog and cat groomer. Part of her love for grooming was the relationships she began to build with each of her clients. What she loves most about animal care is the trust that must be gained between her and the patient. Grooming has helped her learn how to read their body language in order to communicate that they would be safe with her. Vania’s ultimate goal is to go to veterinary school, but for now we are happy to have her working at The Cat Doctor as a veterinary assistant. She loves the quality of care provided here and how much the staff cares about each and every client and patient individually.

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Shanna Murphy

Shanna started in the veterinary field during her senior year of high school as part of a work study program. She worked at the Montgomery County SPCA and they liked her so much that they ended up hiring her! She continued to work there for 3 years as a kennel attendant, assisting with client communications and surgical preparation of patients. In 2013, she started working for the Pennsylvania SPCA as an assistant. She worked very hard to advance her skills and was promoted to a senior technician eventually leading to the position of head technician. We are now very fortunate to have her and her amazing technical abilities here at The Cat Doctor working as one of our senior technicians. Shanna has a special interest in our senior patients and she loves spoiling them when they are here. She is a self-proclaimed “Crazy Cat Lady” and lives with her 2 male cats, whom she considers her children. In her spare time she enjoys eating (especially tacos), hiking and watching her favorite television shows.

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Jessica Kennedy

Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. She originally went to cosmetology school and worked as a hairdresser before deciding to change career paths and do something she’s always had a passion for– working with animals! Jessica works part-time at The Cat Doctor and part-time at an emergency animal hospital in New Jersey where she gets to work with all types of pets from dogs and cats to farm animals and even exotics. However, she has always been especially interested in cats. She is the proud mother of 5 perfect rescue cats; Mila, Rex, Cali, Neeko and Oscar and is known by her friends as the crazy cat lady (a term she doesn’t mind!). When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, listening to music, and eating pizza (and pretty much all junk food) and of course cuddling her fur kids!