HAZEL CARNEYDVM, MS, DABVP, FELINE BEHAVIOR AND MEDICINE
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 she has treated only cats for both behavioral and medical problems. Her love of cats began at a very early age; this picture shows her at age 15 months, with a beloved family cat.
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 the senior clinician for thirteen years.
In 1986, she became an adjunct professor at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a founding member of Louisiana Veterinary Nuclear Medicine group, which provided I – 131 (radio-iodine) therapy to cats in Louisiana and Mississippi. 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, Ph.D., met in veterinary school and have been married for 34 years. Dr. England is a professor of Production Animal Veterinary Medicine at the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, Idaho. 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, and two horses.
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). Owners and veterinarians may access her work at the links below:
- Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines
- Feline-Friendly Nursing Care Guidelines
- Guidelines for Meeting the Environmental Needs of the Cat
- Guideline for Managment of House-soiling
She has also published numerous articles in textbooks and feline medicine journals as well as in magazines geared toward cat owners. The Idaho Statesman, Boise Weekly, and Urban Liasion Magazine have featured articles on her work. In addition, she shares her expertise through local, regional and national Continuing Education conferences; In June 2014, Dr. Carney was named theIdaho Veterinarian Medical Association (IMVA) Veterinarian of the Year; you may read about this distinction HERE.
Because 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 enable 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.
A patient referred to WestVet for feline medicine or behavior services will begin with a consultation with Dr. Carney. If you are a new patient, please complete the questionnaire located HERE with details about your cat’s behavior and bring it to your consultation appointment.