Kate Eichholtz, DVM, CVA

Dr. Kate Eichholtz was inspired to become a veterinarian at age 5, thanks to a vet who splinted her parakeet’s broken leg with a soda straw, giving the bird another 13 years of life. Now, Dr. Eichholtz seeks to treat every patient at The PARC the same way that doctor treated her bird – as the most precious thing in the world.

With more than 30 years of veterinary experience, including emergency and critical care, Dr. Eichholtz has also shared her knowledge many times in the media – including as the veterinary expert for “People and Pets,” which aired nationwide on CNN, and as the co-author of “Horse Health and Nutrition for Dummies.” She received her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

Dr. Eichholtz and her husband, Mark, live on a small ranch in Tolar, Texas, with six horses, two border collies, several barn cats and a burro named Arturo. They have a daughter, Madison, and a son-in-law, Derek. Twice a year, Dr. Eichholtz and Mark spend 10 days at some of the largest and most iconic ranches in the U.S. learning about horsemanship and cattle work – and Dr. Eichholtz hopes to someday write a book about what they’ve learned.

Fun fact about your pets: Our dogs, Dak and Moses Bone, are great watchdogs. We depend on them to find and gather up the horses (or cattle) when we need them, saving us a lot of time and effort. Dak can bring up the horses separately – by name. Moses is just too excited and wants to bring them ALL. Both dogs help us to decompress after work.

Advice for pet owners: There are NO stupid or even silly questions. Ever. We veterinarians are here to serve – ASK. PLEASE.