Dr. Terri Koppe

Terri Koppe

I grew up in Las Vegas, and my earliest memory of wanting to be a vet is from 6th grade career day. We were asked to choose two classes to attend that matched our career interests. I was so sure I was going to become a vet that I chose the 'Becoming a Veterinarian' class, and just to have fun for the second class, I chose the 'Cartoon Making' class. Good thing the veterinary thing worked out!

I attended Valley High School right here in Las Vegas and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from UNLV.  I then ventured to the Midwest to Columbus, Ohio to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1992. Home is where the heart is and I returned to Las Vegas and practiced small animal medicine including dogs, cats, and exotics from 1992 to 1998, narrowing my focus to cat-only practice in 1998.

I have always felt a special love for cats and had a vision of a feline-only facility built specifically to cater to the comforts and needs of cats and their owners. My family and I poured our heart and soul into designing and building 'All About Cats Veterinary Hospital' and we proudly opened in October of 2001.

I always get asked 'Why just cats?' My answer is...if you could concentrate on the 20% of your job that you love the most, and just do that, wouldn't you? That's what working with cats was for me, it was my favorite part of being a veterinarian, and continues to be. My biggest sadness is that cats get a bad rap. In regular dog/cat practice, cats are a minority of the patients seen, they usually behave badly out of fear, are misunderstood and often mishandled. In a feline-only environment, they are among friends who understand.

I am currently managing All About Cats Veterinary Hospital and am closely involved in the daily operation of the hospital and in the treatment of our patients and boarders. I also perform advanced surgeries and have a special interest in endoscopy. I am so fortunate to have an exceptional team and am inspired by their dedication to the care of the patients and their owners every day.

I enjoy spending time with my family which also includes my three cats 'Squirt,' 'Ernie' and 'Tipsy' (all pictured in their ready-for-breakfast pose). I guess I have to finally admit that I am indeed a 'Cat Lady,' but I will continue to fight the 'crazy' part!

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