Meet the Multi-talented and Client-Oriented Staff
of Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital
At Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, our staff is cross-trained to provide a wide range of patient and client care. Being a small practice, we are all involved in patient care. This means every staff member will know what is going on with your feline, leading to a higher level of service. Our aim is to provide the best possible personal care to our clients and patients.
Claudia Young, Hospital Manager
When Claudia joined Exclusively Cats in January 2003, she brought with her 23 years of experience working in veterinary and facilities management. She is the person who keeps the building, the staff, and even Dr. Dunkle functioning smoothly. Whether it is ordering medical supplies, making sure that all shifts are staffed, doing the bookkeeping, arranging for repairs and maintenance of the building and grounds, or servicing clients at the front desk, everyone here at Exclusively Cats (and especially Dr. Dunkle) knows that they can count on Claudia! When Claudia goes home, she is greeted by her beloved Laverne and Shirley, two female tabbies, who say, “It's about time, Mom! Now you can serve us!” Wonderful, dependable Claudia!
Alice, Client Service Associate
Although Alice’s background was initially in human resources, her labor-intensive outpatient and at-home care of her beloved Ben (who was in chronic kidney failure for 7-1/2 years) gave Alice a deep understanding of the client side of feline health care. Since June 2008, clients can find Alice at Exclusively Cats’ front desk, answering and triaging phone calls, preparing charts, giving out basic cat care advice, assisting them in over-the-counter product selection (especially cat toys!), and assuring nervous “cat parents” that “All will be well…You’re in good hands at Exclusively Cats!” But don’t think that Alice’s understanding of feline parenthood is strictly from the “older cat” side, because in 2010, Alice added baby Henry, who is now a strapping young male tabby bi-color, and in 2012, shy little Norman to her household. Both young cats keep Alice’s home quite lively!
Bri, Senior Veterinary Technician
Bri joined the staff of Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital in February 2010, while she was a senior in the Veterinary Assistant Program at The Burlington County Institute of Technology. She worked hard, learned quickly, and is now Dr. Dunkle’s chief medical and surgical assistant, keeping patient care running smoothly. Bri has learned that every cat is different, so there are many different approaches that must be taken to “encourage” them to sit still for injections, fluid therapy, blood draws, and other medical procedures. The key, though, is to learn which approach works for that particular cat. Consequently, there is now no cat with which Bri can’t work! Her gentle nature, along with her keen sense of organization and knowledge of feline medical care has made her a valuable member of the Exclusively Cats team and a “good friend” to both clients and patients alike!
Angel, Veterinary Technician
Angel joined Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital in February 2012, bringing with her eight years of caring for cats through rescue and shelter work, and then another three years working at local emergency and “general care” veterinary hospitals. Her strong appreciation that each kitty is someone’s baby (in fact you’ll often hear her referring to her patients as “babies”) plus her strong communication skills as she educates and soothes concerned “cat parents” has made her a welcome addition to our team. When Angel goes home, she is greeted by her “baby boys,” big Squishy and his little brother Wasabi.
Kendall, Veterinary Technician
Kendall has “always wanted to be a vet” so to complement her pre-veterinary school studies at BCC, she joined Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital in July 2012. Her patience and serene attitude to all has a calming effect on both cats and people alike! She’s a quick learner and is 100% devoted to cats, but in case she should ever falter in her pursuit of becoming a “cat vet,” she has Tibbles at home (a highly opinionated tortoiseshell) to keep her on course.
Rose, Hospital Cat (aka, “CEO of Exclusively Cats”)
Rose joined Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital in May 2003, with the qualifications of being…a cat. Her first job here was to train the staff in the tasks of caring for a “not weaned yet” kitten. In later years, she has also trained them in the tasks of caring for a cat with inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic granuloma complex, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and osteoarthritis. Although she is a “bit short for her weight,” she can be found running from room to room in the hospital supervising the client servicing at the front desk or patient care in the treatment room. She also serves as an excellent teaching model when the technicians need to demonstrate to nervous cat parents how to provide at-home medical care. Rose especially loves, though, to consult with Dr. Dunkle on which toys to order for sale in our waiting room. There is not a toy sold at Exclusively Cats that Rose (and various staff members’ cats) have not first tried out and endorsed! Rose is definitely not “Just a Cat”!
What Our Clients Are Saying...
“ Her office supports her efforts and provides thorough and personalized attention to our and our cat’s needs. As testimony to her efforts my wife has commented to me on numerous occasions ‘I wish Dr. Dunkle could be my doctor!’ ”— John M.