The friendly, professional staff at VCA Animal Hospitals is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.
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Dr. Schmied is a native of the Midwest, completing her 5yr undergrad degree in Pre-Med at the University of Toledo. Her family resides in Wisconsin where she graduated in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin - School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. She started her career at a mixed animal practice in Florida and was able to care for a wide array of exotics, large animals, and some of the more traditional pets. She always has a great story to tell about some of the famous pets she has treated and zoo animals. Dr. Schmied came to Connecticut to work at Plainfield Veterinary Hospital in 2003. Outside of work, Dr. Schmied is a very busy mom, heavily active in Boy Scout leadership roles, church and her sons many changing interests. In their home, they have a crazy lab, silly aussie and perfect kitty. Lucy, her ball python is over 20-years-old and resides at the hospital.
After growing up in Maine, Kate left New England to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver Colorado. Kated earned an associates degree in Animal Science and her National Certification in 1999, and spent her clinical rotation at Alamedia East Animal Hospital (of the famed Emergency Vets on Animal Planet). Since graduating Kate has lived and gained invaluable experience in Santa Fe New Mexico (mixed practice), Lafayette Louisiana (small animal), Warwick Rhode Island (small animal practice and as a surgical technician for a board certified surgeon), finally settling in Sterling Connecticut in 2003 and with us in 2004. In her off time you can find her in a corner with her nose in a book, err Kindle. If not reading, Kate is spending time with her husband Rick, son Ryan and Henry the dog.