As a child, Katarina Luther was the student who begged to take home the classroom bird or guinea pig during breaks and was the first whom neighbors would call for pet sitting while on vacation. Her draw to caring for animals naturally led her to jobs such as pet store help, polo horsegroom, veterinary assistant, dairy farm crew, and even a snail colony manager in a research lab.
Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katarina worked in the pet food industry with Nestle-Purina. This and all of her other youth and adult experience culminated and cinched her future as a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine.
After over a decade of providing veterinary care to thousands of dogs, cats, and even occasional exotic animals, Katarina settled into a niche of feline specialty practice. In 2015, she purchased the well-established hospital, Cat Care Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin.
Since then, the demand for the clinic’s exceptional service led to expansion of a second location and her newest clinic, City Dog Vet. City Dog Vet specializes in the care and needs of canine companions only. While these clinics flourish and provide care for pets and careers for many, a driving passion for Katarina is giving back to the community, near and far.
The Creation of Guardian Whiskers, Inc
In 2017, after many years of providing care and building bridges in the community and veterinary world, Katarina chose to use her experience, knowledge, and resources to create the non-profit organization Guardian Whiskers, Inc. Her mission with Guardian Whiskers has been to create community programs and events that harness the power of the human-animal bond to benefit, empower, inspire, and heal people of all ages.
Throughout her upbringing and career, Katarina has always valued warm-hearted philanthropy. Her empathy and compassion for people have fueled her development as a successful veterinarian and business leader. She has the utmost respect for animals and an appreciation for the gifts they bring to their people. Guardian Whiskers allows those not fortunate to have pets, particularly children, to benefit from the many gifts they bring.
A driving force for Katarina’s programs are her own three children, now teenagers. Her children were fortunate to grow up surrounded with pets and hobby farm animals. Like most kids, they turned to critters for joy, peace, laughter, and non-judgemental companionship when they needed a friend. Katarina believes every child should have the opportunity to cuddle with, read to, or just enjoy the magical presence of a pet.
Katarina encourages students and young adults to follow their passions. She actively mentors students toward their goals, particularly in the veterinary world. “Dr. Kat” is always looking for her next program or project and welcomes collaboration from even the most far-fetched willing participants.