Dr. Katrin is the founder of the German Veterinary Clinic. Her passion and commitment to delivering the highest standards of animal care as well as her extensive knowledge and experience has enabled the clinic to expand and flourish, with the GVC family now grown to almost 30 dedicated and caring team members.
Dr. Katrin graduated from the University of Munich, Germany in 1999 after which she spent 7 years working in a variety of practices, including specialist and referral centers in the UK, to gain broad and extensive experience in all areas of small animal medicine and surgery. During this time, Dr. Katrin earnt the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons “Certificate in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Relief” and completed a doctorate thesis in animal behaviour before moving to the UAE in 2006.
Dr. Katrin’s passion for feline medicine and welfare led to GVC becoming the Middle East’s first ISFM Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic in 2014. Following on from this, the desire to create a similar safe space for all species visiting GVC inspired Dr Katrin to lead the GVC team to successfully completing their Fear Free Certified Professionals accreditation in 2019 and so become the first clinical team in the Middle East to achieve this recognition.
During the 20 plus years of working as a veterinarian, Dr Katrin has consistently recognized the importance of not only the physical, but also the mental and emotional health and welfare of our pets. So, it was a natural progression for Dr Katrin to begin a journey in the exciting and rapidly growing field of Veterinary Behaviour Medicine. In 2019, Dr Katrin began a 5-year dual residency program in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine which, on completion, will make Dr Katrin a double-boarded specialist in this field. Additionally, Dr Katrin gained the prestigious MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) certification in 2021, making her the only qualified Veterinary Behaviour Medicine practitioner in the UAE (and Middle East).
As a businesswoman, Dr Katrin places client satisfaction and happiness as her top priority, and as a result is continually refining standards and developing new and exciting services to maintain GVC’s position as your first-choice vet in Abu Dhabi.
In her spare time, Dr. Katrin loves to look after her 4-legged family of 2 rescue cats, The Squidge and Schnizz, 2 rescue dogs (Polly and Lexi), and an event horse, Sky.