Education: Louisiana State University
Dr. Katie Marcus received her DVM degree from Louisiana State University after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound. Having grown up in Southern California and living in Washington State for college, Oregon feels like a natural move for Dr. Marcus, who considers all of the west coast her home.
Her clinical interests include internal medicine and dentistry, both of which make her a great fit at Frontier. She also recently completed her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture and is excited to offer this treatment option to her patients.
Dr. Marcus shares her home with her husband and two Maine Coon cats, Madison and Landon. Landon may be one our largest feline patients – he weighs in at 20 lbs and measures over 40 inches from nose to tail! Dr. Marcus enjoys gourmet cooking and just about anything outdoors, making her a perfect new Oregonian. After living in Los Angeles for the last several years, she looks forward to enjoying the bountiful hiking and camping options our beautiful state affords.“Dr. Katie Marcus was exceptional, even Toby liked her, and he was not feeling well and gets quite anxious being at the vets. She explained everything with clarity.” Marna F. 5/13/14
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Hi Katie! Do you go by Katie or do you have any nicknames?
I’ve pretty much always gone by Katie, although I had one friend that called me K.T. and a number of friends in college that simply called me by my last name so as to keep me straight from my best friend, also named Katy. Around the hospital, I’ll respond to my last name or my initials, too.
In your words, what is your job at Frontier?
As one of the veterinarians at FVH, my job is to provide medical and surgical care to the animals and to help educate owners about the care of their animals. I have a particular interest in pain management and acupuncture for cats and dogs. I’ve recently been put in charge of the Workflow Committee to keep us a well-oiled machine. If things aren’t moving along the way they are supposed to or as efficiently as they should, my committee and I try to figure out why not and how to make that happen.
Why did you decide to work at Frontier?
When looking to move from Los Angeles to Portland, I came across the job posting for Frontier, and fell in love with hospital as soon as I started going through the website. Then I talked to and met people here, and I just knew that this was where I wanted to work. It’s really a family of amazing people who all love animals and take the most amazing care of them.
Do you have any pets?
My husband and I have two fur-babies. Madison is truly MY baby, despite being a 12-year old silver tabby Maine Coon. She went through veterinary school with me, and has moved many times and is a total trooper. She’s a beautiful girl, but a bit of an Ice Queen. Her nemesis is Landon, my husband’s laid back cat, a 4 year old brown tabby Maine Coon. Landon is a frequent photo subject on the Facebook page for Frontier – he’s hard to miss at 21lbs! He looks like he could take down a gazelle, but he’s really just a love that would like you to scratch his chin or rub his belly.
Tell us a little known fact about you!
I love to travel, and my bucket list of places to go is never-ending. I’m as happy carrying a backpack and staying in a hostel as I am in a fancy hotel, as long as I can get out and see the sights. I really want to wander around London and hike Machu Picchu.