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We are a Certified Cat Friendly Practice

Our Staff Knows Cats

Our Certified Cat Friendly team members receive training in cat behavior and strive to understand how a cat’s needs differ from their dog counterparts. We use lower stress handling techniques during exams and create an enriched environment that will peak a curious cat’s interest or calm and comfort a nervous or fearful cat during each visit. We also empathize with the concerns and needs of cat owners because we own cats too!

 

We Aim to Create A Less Stressful Visit For Your Cat

From our waiting area to our exam rooms and treatment area, we consider each area of the hospital and the effect it has on our feline patients. Here are some of the ways we work to accommodate our feline patients during their visits:

  • Cat only waiting area with a focus on minimal wait times
  • Minimal restraint with use of towels and/or kitty cuddles when appropriate
  • Window available in our cat-only exam room
  • Use of Feliway, a calming pheromone therapy for cats

We Have Reached the Gold Standard

We've gone for the gold! We strive to practice the best feline medicine possible and we have achieved that through reaching the Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice Certification.

The certified Cat Friendly Practice through the American Association of Feline Practitioners recognizes two levels of cat friendly excellence: silver and gold. We have invested the extra time and training and updated our facility to reach the highest level of certification. Some of these items include:

  • Feline specific medications available in hospital
  • Proper pain management when needed
  • Quiet and calm cat only ward for recovery and hospitalization
  • A veterinarian who attends at least 18 hours of feline exclusive continuing education per year
  • Exam rooms equipped with all items necessary to complete an exam and minimize movement in and out of the exam room
  • 30 minute appointments to be able to acquaint your cat with the environment and work slowly. This time also allows for a thorough history and examination

Contact us to learn more about our cat friendly certified practice.

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"I started using Berkeley for my dog’s allergy problems. We see Dr. Tony and he is wonderful, and well-educated. He went over several options of testing and treatments and is honest and open with all his suggestions. Callie’s allergies have never been better. Recently, we met Dr. Alyssa due to a last minute non-allergy related appointment, and I was equally impressed with her knowledge and care. All the tech are kind and patient. I would happily recommend Berkeley Vet.” —Allen Alfano
"I just recently went to Berkeley Vet Center to take my cat Precious for a check-up. Our technician Diana Brand was extremely helpful and easy to talk to during our visit. She made Precious feel comfortable and calmed her down when she got a little fussy. The doctor was also very nice and took care of my Precious. They go over everything regarding prices so there were no surprises and I found the exam and vaccines to be reasonably priced. I will definitely bring Precious again in the near future! —Victoria T.
"Dr. Alyssa and all the staff are the absolute best! Knowledgeable, professional, kind, and considerate. When I had to put my 17-year-old dachshund down, I relied on their compassion and wisdom to make the process much easier. They explained everything to me so that I knew what to expect. I would highly recommend Berkeley Veterinary Center!” —Jean Spector
"I really cannot find the words to explain how amazing Dr. Tony and his staff are! My baby had a sock obstructing her small intestines and was at risk for major complications. They performed major surgery and continued to care and comfort my baby for days after. If I chose to go to an overnight hospital, my girl would have been left in a cage with an IV and no snuggling or attention. My heart is so touched, I get choked up thinking about Dr. Tony and staff!” —Colleen Collichio
"I took my 12-year-old cat to Berkeley Veterinary Center. I was immediately impressed by the clean and friendly atmosphere. I was greeted right away and made to feel welcome. I am very happy to have found Dr. Tony and his caring staff.” —Linda C.
"Dr. Tony and staff greet us with warmth and friendship. My 3 dogs love them, evidenced by the big kisses they give to the staff. Dr. Tony takes time to examine and explain my concerns. I am very pleased to know this excellent group. If you want caring, compassionate vets and staff you MUST go to them.” —Cathy S.
"Overall experience was like no other…warm, friendly, and personable, yet professional and informative. Pricing was comparable to past veterinary experiences, and by no means unreasonable. Office and exam room were clean, fresh, and neat. Berkeley Veterinary Center may have a customer for life!” —Michael P.