KATHERINE GAILBREATHDVM, PHD, DACVP, VETERINARY ANATOMIC PATHOLOGIST
A Boise native, Katherine Gailbreath, DVM, Ph.D., and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists joined the WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory as an Anatomic Pathologist in 2010.
She completed her undergraduate work at Evergreen College State College in Olympia, WA. While working as a wildlife rehabilitator, she felt her resources and expertise were limited and decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. “When I saw how much more could be done, both diagnostically and in terms of treatment,” Gailbreath said, “I wanted to learn how to better determine what was wrong and properly treat ailments or illnesses.”
In 2004, Dr. Gailbreath graduated from the Washington State University’s (WSU) Veterinary Medicine program. Following graduation she completed the combined Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Residency and Ph.D. program at WSU, focusing her research immunology and infectious disease, specifically on malignant catarrhal fever in American bison.
In 2011, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a distinction that places Dr. Gailbreath as one of only 1550 specialists worldwide.
During residency, she especially enjoyed teaching veterinary students and consulting with clinicians and clients on interesting, unusual or difficult biopsy and necropsy cases. In the WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory, she says she finds many rewarding aspects to her career. “I enjoy helping veterinarians correctly diagnose diseases, which I hope enables successful treatment and full recovery as often as possible. When recovery is not possible, I hope this also gives owner’s some peace of mind, knowing they are doing the best they can for their pets.”
She, her partner Mike, and their daughter Kaylis love living in Boise near extended family. During her free time, you will find her outside enjoying the beauty of the Treasure Valley. Some of her family’s favorite activities include hiking, biking, strolls on the Greenbelt, swimming, camping, skiing, and backyard BBQ ribs on long summer evenings. She owns a sweet senior “tuxedo” cat named Hank.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL WORK
Dr. Gailbreath has been active in a variety of professional organizations including:
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- American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
- International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology
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