Dr. Cohen's professional interests include preventive medicine, infectious diseases, soft tissue surgery and feline health. She is a member of both the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Cohen likes to stay on the pulse of new medical and wellness innovations and is committed to the continuous advancement of veterinary medicine.
Born and raised in Finland, Dr. Cohen earned both her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Helsinki, graduating in 2013. After earning her license, Dr. Cohen worked as a consulting general practitioner with her home base at a busy 24/7 Finnish practice that provided full service medical, surgical and emergency care. After five years in general practice, Dr. Cohen developed an interest in veterinary public health and subsequently volunteered as a veterinary instructor for the Worldwide Veterinary Service. As an instructor, Dr. Cohen taught surgical techniques and preventive care to international veterinary students in India and Nepal while working towards the greater goal of eradicating rabies. She enjoyed the work so much that she decided to pursue specialization in the field and was accepted to the competitive Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota in 2018. At the UMN, Dr. Cohen concentrated on infectious disease prevention and antimicrobial resistance, working on federal, and overseas programs. She then went on to join Medtronic as a Senior Veterinarian, improving the preventive health and clinical care programs at Medtronic Physiological Research Laboratories while supporting medical device innovation. Dr. Cohen joined VCA in 2023.
Dr. Cohen spends most of her free time with her husband, daughter and three cats. Her husband, Aaron, is a biomedical engineer who works to improve human health in the medical device field. Together they relax by heading outdoors, listening to jazz and gardening. Heidi's personal passions include yoga and writing. Her connection to Finland remains strong as she travels to her home country often and writes for the Finnish Veterinary Journal as a columnist.