October 23, 2020

Meet the Cat Doctor: Hazel Carney, DVM, MS, DABV

Hazel Carney, DVM, MS, DABVP, refers to herself as “one of the oldest living cat-only doctors left in captivity” because for more than 30 years now she has treated only cats for both behavioral and medical problems.

Dr. Hazel Carney, Feline Health & Behavior Specialist, 15 months old with family pet

Her love of felines began at a very early age, this picture shows her at age 15 months old with a beloved family feline.

She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981 from Colorado State University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics. In 1982, she opened the thirteenth registered cat-only practice in the U.S. where she served as senior clinician for thirteen years.

In 1986, she became an adjunct professor of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a founding member of Louisiana Veterinary Nuclear Medicine group, which provides I – 131 (radioactive iodine) therapy to cats in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr. Hazel Carney, WestVet, Feline Behavior & Medicine Specialist

Dr. Carney has been treating hyperthyroidism in cats with I -131 for more than 25 years. You may read more about Feline Hyperthyroidism and I-131 Therapy HERE.

Dr. Carney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and is a specialist in Canine and Feline Clinical Practice. She and her husband, Dr. James J. England, DVM, PhD, met in veterinary school and have been married for 32 years. Dr. England is a professor of Production Animal Veterinary Medicine at the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell. This program offers a year of study for fourth year veterinary students who are pursuing a Mixed Animal Practice (treating small and large animals). The two have collaborated on research together and co-authored a paper about the discovery of the first reported case of warts in cats.

Their amazing adult daughter is raising natural Hereford cattle. In addition, the furry family members in their home include four cats, one cow dog, one pet 1900 lb Angus steer, five horses and one goat.

In 1995, Dr. Carney moved to Idaho, joining WestVet’s predecessor clinic in 1998.  She is a co-author of Feline Guidelines for the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP)

She has published numerous articles in textbooks and feline medicine journals as well as in magazines geared toward cat owners. Hazel C. Carney, DVM, WestVet Feline Behavior and Specialist

Recently she was interviewed by the Boise Weekly; you may read that aritcle HERE. In addition, she shares her expertise through local, regional and national Continuing Education conferences; in September 2012 she presented at the Southwestern Veterinary Symposium in Dallas, TX.

As Dr. Carney limits her practice to cats, she offers a very specialized scope of services for treating feline behavior problems including aggression and eliminating outside of the litter box. Her vast experience and knowledge of feline medicine and behavior enables WestVet to expand our services to clients and primary care veterinarians.  As veterinary medicine continues advancing towards rivaling human medicine, we believe that behavior is an increasingly important component of that trend and feel fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. Carney’s services available to pet owners in the Treasure Valley.

Dr. Carney will be on the Pet Radio Show November 30th following celebrity kitty “Lil Bub”

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