Our Feline Focused Team
We understand that every cat, cat parent, and cat home dynamic is unique. There are no universal solutions to any medical problem. Healthcare choices differ in risk, benefits, cost, and comfort level. Our doctors and staff will work with you as a team, providing the information you need to be comfortable and confident that you are making the best healthcare decisions for your cat, and the most sensible choices for you.
Fern B. Slack, DVM
Dr. Fern was born in Georgia and raised all over the world in an Army family. She drove her mother crazy by adopting cats everywhere they went. Dr. Fern graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. She went into Emergency Medicine and became the first Secretary of what is now the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In 1993, she realized a lifelong dream when she entered feline-exclusive medicine, operating a successful feline practice in the Washington, DC area for many years. Dr. Fern has served two terms on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and remains an active member. Her primary interests are Feline Wellness, Feline Nutrition, and Feline Internal Medicine.
Dr. Fern moved to Boulder, CO in 2015 to open a Feline-Exclusive veterinary practice and to become part of a vibrant, progressive, and active community. She rejoices in a most wonderful family: husband Marc, two non-furry children, Glenn and Cory, and two feline children, Fireball and Hurricane. When not practicing medicine (or being a wife and mom), she loves to read (especially science fiction, mysteries and the Crooked Media), solve crosswords, collect rocks (and make jewelry out of them), listen to prog rock, bicycle, hike and write stuff about cats.
Dr. Fern is the cofounder of the “Secrets to Cat Health and Happiness” Meetup, and is a member of:
Barbara was born in Syracuse, New York, and spent most of her life thereafter in Virginia, except for five heavenly years in Fraser, CO (an experience that had more than a little to do with our family’s decision to move to Boulder). She graduated in 1986 from VA Tech with a degree in Geophysics, and even has the piece of paper to prove it. Barbara is mother to a wonderful daughter who is currently attending college in Virginia; and to two feline children, Jade and Jasper, who have generously agreed to serve as her alarm clock, although she really didn’t want the clock set at 4am, to which they answered, “and WHO makes the decisions around here?” and so the alarm is still set to 4am.
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When not running a veterinary hospital or saving the world from terrorists, Barbara can be found hiking, working out, making gorgeous jewelry, indulging in binge TV, and sharing deep and profound thoughts with her cats (especially regarding appropriate start times for morning activity.)
Jessica Fine, DVM, MS
In my early career as a vet technician, I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Sally Haddock, a pioneer among women veterinarians and author of, “The Making of A Woman Vet“. Working in her clinic, St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, in the heart of the East Village of Manhattan for 5 years gave me a rich experience with diverse pets—and their families—and crystallized my desire to become a full-fledged veterinarian.
In 1996, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University’s, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I received my Masters Degree in anatomy and neuro-science in 1999, then went on to get my Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
I’ve been practicing small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry for 13 years in both small practices and nationally affiliated clinics, collecting the best practices from each environment and honing my speciality in feline care.
Feline medicine has always been my passion. As a young adult I read the book, “All my Patients are Under the Bed”, by Dr. Louis J. Camuti – Memoirs of a Cat Doctor, and a dream was born. Joining Uniquely Cats is a dream come true.
I’m a resident and lover of Fort Collins, where I live with my partner Steve, a wildlife biologist and woodworker, our two dogs, Ellie and Iris (both rescues), and four cats, Jasmine, Kashi, Tic-Toc, and the newest addition Squidward The Sphynx (thank you Sponge Bob).
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family, running, hiking, camping, reading, painting, watching movies and tending to my small vegetable garden.
Barbara Goodrich, DVM
Doctor B.G. is a lifelong cat-fanatic and a philosopher with CU-Denver who fell in love with the feral cats in her Golden neighborhood. After spending most of her free time gentling older ferals, fostering kittens, and helping with trap-neuter-return, she decided to become a feline veterinarian as well, graduating in 2014 from CSU. Dr. B.G. is still teaching the occasional philosophy class. She advocates grounding philosophy in biology beyond Homo sapiens and publishes on this and philosophy of neuroscience. Cat-med and philosophy aren’t a traditional combination, but they go together beautifully!
Dr. B.G. has special interests in feline behavior, analgesia, and geriatric medicine, with feral cat care on the side. She has been a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Veterinary Information Network since in vet school. She is delighted to be a part of the Uniquely Cats team, with their outstanding medical care and feline-friendly priorities.
Dr. B.G. lives with fellow-philosopher spouse Bill, one anarchist ginger tom, and a very good-natured pit bull. She loves silly British comedy and Laphroaig, and over-the-top operas. She has set up two computer keyboards at home so she can have one too.
Sr. Certified Veterinary Technician
Brittany was born in Trinidad, CO and spent many years traveling with her family across central and western United States before settling in Midland, TX. Brittany’s crazy cat lady status started at the early age of five when her family adopted a beautiful Himalayan boy who slept on her head every night. It didn’t take long to realize there was a special connection between her and cats.
After marrying her husband JJ in 2013, they promptly moved to beautiful Boulder, CO. Brittany attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in September 2017. Brittany and JJ have three wonderfully bratty cats named Cheddar, Bacon and Mac (short for Mac n Cheese)! When not working, she can be found sitting other people’s cats, posting photos of her cats on Instagram, and enjoying life as an eternal human servant for her three cats.
Certified Veterinary Technician
After spending several years in Asheville, North Carolina, Rachael returned to her hometown of Chapel Hill, NC. In Asheville, she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies in 2012 before returning to school to pursue an interest in veterinary medicine. She graduated from AB Tech’s veterinary medical technology program in May of 2015 and became a registered veterinary technician in October 2015. Rachael has spent time working in both large and small hospitals, as well as completing an externship at a referral surgical practice. She has an interest in travel and international aid projects and spent a week in the Dominican Republic working on a no-cost spay and neuter campaign.
When not at the clinic, you can find Rachael running along the local trails with her dog, Zooey, or in a rare moment of stillness on her yoga mat. She is excited to join the Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center team and looks forward to fostering relationships with both clients and patients alike!
Sr. Client Care Specialist
Arrianna is a Boulder, CO native. Her love for animals began at a very young age. Growing up, Arrianna was constantly surrounded by animals, from wild ones in the mountains to her many pets at home. She didn’t realize her passion for felines until she adopted her first kitten Asha, who was a “sale” kitty at Boulder Humane Society because she was sick. Arrianna was able to get Asha’s health back in order and along the way she realized that helping kitties was exactly what she wanted to do. From traveling to Central America and back with Asha by her side, Arrianna was certain that felines were the ultimate companion.
Outside of work you can find Arrianna hiking the flatirons, snowboarding in the mountains or spending time at home with her boyfriend Chumiez, Asha and their newest furry feline, Mowgli. Arrianna is so happy to be a part of the UCVC team and she can’t wait to meet you and all of your wonderful feline friends!
Client Care Specialist
Originally from a small island called Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, Jenni moved to Boulder in January 2016 to embark on new adventures with her young family.
Jenni worked in the financial sector in the B.V.I. for several years in addition to owning & running a restaurant with her husband. Jenni is married to Andy, mother to 3 cat-loving kids & has two mischievious fur-baby kitties, Sara & Grimm. In her free time, Jenni loves to run, swim and eat chocolate, good chocolate!
Client Care Specialist
Cathy grew up in Michigan and lived in Maryland before moving to Colorado. After earning a BA in Art and French, she worked as a linguist and technical writer before shifting her career to supporting people and animals.
Cathy’s love of animals began at an early age when she spent hours coaxing a stray dog to come in from the cold, and progressed to working with wildlife and feral cats. She has shared a home with many cats over the years. Her current housemate is Gilbert, a sweet black kitty.
Cathy is also a volunteer at Medicine Horse Program, where she also provides equine-assisted coaching, partnering with horses to help people gain insights into their lives. When not at work, Cathy enjoys wildlife, hiking in the mountains, and painting.
Client Care Specialist
Chris grew up in Mississippi then lived in several other places before landing in Colorado in the early 90’s. Since then, she has lived in several different areas of Colorado.
Chris has always had cats and has always been passionate about animals, both domestic and wild. She is particularly passionate about cats and birds. She has spent time volunteering at the Humane Society, and the Greenwood Wildlife sanctuary in Lyons, becoming a paid supervisor when it was baby season in the wild. She has rehabbed many different species of wildlife and released them into the wild when ready. She has also fostered kittens and found good homes for them since she had several cats of her own. Currently, she has two cats, Ziggy and Charlie, that are her loves.
Chris has lived in Nederland since 2003 and is a mountain girl through and through. She loves to hike and trail run, and just be out in nature as often as she can. She is very excited about joining the Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center’s team.
Sr. Patient Care Specialist
Since graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mikayla has worked in a CU research lab. After learning of the end of the lab’s long-running experiment, Mikayla felt it time to pursue the dream of working with cute, cuddly, vertebrate animals.
Mikayla has animal friends of many species and is the parent to two large Albino rabbits. If you ever have a cat that needs to be cuddled, or you just want to learn about the effects of stochasticity on invasive species spread, Mikayla is here for you.
Could This Be You?
Join Team Feline!
Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center is interviewing for Feline Focused Veterinarians, Client Care Specialists, Patient Care Specialists, and Veterinary Technicians to join our team! Do you have a passion for cats, to personal excellence, love to learn, and want to be part of a team? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and contact info — we want to hear from you!