Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, DVM
After high school graduation, Dr.O'Connor left Canada, worked for a year in Bermuda and studied languages in France and Germany. In Munich, Germany she worked for a number of years in the corporate sector before entering Veterinary Medicine studies at the University of Munich. After graduation she returned to Canada where she completed a three-year post-graduate degree in Radiology at the Ontario Veterinary College. After four years on the teaching faculty at OVC, Dr.O'Connor opened a small animal clinic where she practiced for eighteen years before selling it to devote her time to cats exclusively.
In 2002 wanting to serve cats and their people, Dr. O'Connor opened the Cat Hospital of Burlington.
Dr.O'Connor is currently owned by four cats -- Buddy, Cole, Jack and Moop.
Our Hospital Manager
Cathy has always had a special affinity for cats.
As a small child, stray cats would follow her around her parent's campground, obviously sensing a kindred spirit.
It was this particular bond that came to Dr. O'Connor's attention when she was volunteering her time at the Burlington Animal Shelter where Cathy was then working. She convinced Cathy to join her at the Cat Hospital in 2002, first year was on a part-time basis and then full-time as hospital manager.
Her instinctive understanding of the nature of cats helps her keep even our most reluctant patients calm and stress-free -- she is, in every way, our resident "cat whisperer".
When not at the Cat Hospital, Cathy can be found tending to her own feline family of assorted waifs and strays.
Our Registered Veterinary Technician
Laura Preece, RVT
Laura comes to us from the Niagara region and is so delighted to be joining our team here at The Cat Hospital of Burlington.
After graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at Thompson Rivers University, she was quick to become licensed and obtain the title of Registered Veterinary Technician.
Following this, she spent several years taking care of both cats and dogs, but always had a special place in her heart for all the feline patients that touched her life. So when the opportunity came along to work in a cat-only hospital she did not hesitate to accept this exciting position.
Laura shares her life with her boyfriend Dave, and their kitties: Rolo, Newton, Cher, Aeris, Wilbur, Tifa, Nova and Pekoe.