Katherine First, DVM

When Dr. Katherine First was 10 years old, her parents began fostering rescue dogs, and she saw firsthand how the dogs transformed from scared, abused and malnourished to fed, comforted and loved. As an emergency veterinarian, Dr. First now seeks to show that compassion to every one of her patients.

Dr. First graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in animal science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). She enjoys emergency cases, internal medicine and surgery. Actively involved in industry organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), she remains at the forefront of veterinary advancements.

Dr. First is originally from Houston and now lives in Weatherford with her spouse, Matthew, and three pets: Brie, a Catahoula mix, and two cats, Charlie and Rose. She has previously volunteered extensively for the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition. Her empathetic motto, "You never know what someone is going through in their life," underscores her compassionate approach to both work and her personal life.

What "job title" would be on your pets’ name tags? Brie's would be Bodyguard, Rose's would be Bug Catcher and Charlie's would be Food Thief.

Advice for pet owners: Prevention is the best form of medicine! Staying up to date on vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention, and maintaining a healthy, lean weight, can be revolutionary in preventing diseases down the road!