Cats & Critters is a full service veterinary hospital, staffed by veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), animal care assistants, and customer service representatives. Located off Park Avenue in Rochester, NY, we are part of Monroe Veterinary Associates, who also offer a 24-hour emergency center, Animal Emergency Service, and a veterinary specialty referral practice, Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, for more complex cases.
The focus at Cats & Critters is on providing quality and compassionate veterinary care for cats, small mammals and exotic pets. We limit our practice to feline medicine, feline surgery, and small mammal medicine and surgery. Some of the exotic small mammals that we care for include rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, prairie dogs, sugar gliders, and degus.
A fundamental part of our job is to educate our clients about proper pet management practices, behavioral issues, preventative medicine and disease processes. We believe the best approach to disease is to prevent it. As this is not always possible, early intervention when problems set in is crucial.
Our primary goal at Cats & Critters is to maintain good quality of life. We offer a clean, warm, family-like environment where every animal is cared for as if they were our own. Stop in and see us! We look forward to meeting you!
A 1996 graduate of Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ember Couture has been hospital co-director at Cats & Critters since 1999. Previous to her arrival at Cats & Critters, she completed an internship at Animal Hospital of Pittsford/Veterinary Specialists of Rochester in 1997. She continued on as a staff veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford until 1999.
Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Couture attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 1989. Following her undergraduate education, Dr. Couture was employed as a veterinary technician, before going on to the the College of Veterinary Medicine at LSU.
At Cats & Critters, Dr. Couture is responsible for the health and well being of her feline patients plus many unusual types of pets. Some of the exotic and unusual pets that she sees include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, sugar gliders, prairie dogs and hedgehogs. In order to keep up with the vast amount of medical information about so many species, she regularly attends continuing education conferences and workshops. Dr. Couture is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York Veterinary Medical Society and the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Society.
When she's not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Couture can often be found outside, running, hiking and camping or gardening. At home, she enjoys the companionship of her dog, Jagger (a.k.a., "The Beast"), a Rottweiler, and three cats, Denali, Kaila and Truffle.
Dr. Joanne Hach has cared for pets as a general practitioner at Cats & Critters since 2002. Dr. Hach previously practiced medicine at Fairport Animal Hospital from 2001 to 2002.
A native of Randolph, NJ, Dr. Hach attended Bucknell University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry in 1995. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a Master's Degree program in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to attend the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Hach enjoys caring for the wide variety of feline and small mammal patients with whom our clients share their homes. She remains current in her field through continuing education conferences and workshops and through independent study. Dr. Hach is a member of the Cornell Feline Health Center, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The antics of Gus and Pneuman, her two cats, keep her amused and busy at home. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and playing soccer.