Albuquerque Cat Clinic: Floppycats Visit to an All Cat Clinic in Albuquerque
As many of you know, I recently visited New Mexico and spent a good portion of my time in Albuquerque. I am a graduate of UNM and love the city, so I like to spend time there.
When I first started Floppycats, I was introduced to Emily Walker, DVM, owner and operator the Albuquerque Cat Clinic, through a reader who just loved her. The reader had recently moved from Albuquerque to the Southeastern USA and was talking about how much she had wished she could have taken Dr. Walker with her.
So, I reached out to Dr. Walker and interviewed her for the site in 2010.
This time, around, however, I asked Dr. Walker if I could come and visit her place and sit down and speak to her (secretly, I’d love to live in New Mexico some day and one of the first things to consider will be healthcare for Charlie and Trigg) and also, I am all for feline focused cat clinics. I all too often hear complaints from cat owners about all encompassing vets that make the wrong diagnosis because they really don’t know cats well or that the cat was so stressed out because of all the dog barking.
Dr. Walker showed me through the clinic as well as the back room. She introduced me to her support staff and to Dr. Glenn Olah. Dr. Olah is the other vet at the Albuquerque Cat Clinic and joined the practice in 2012. After meeting the rest of the staff, Dr. Walker brought me into her office to have a chat. I felt very comfortable in Dr. Walker’s presence and liked her personality and general approach as a business woman and as a vet (this is to say – I liked what she had to say – I don’t really know her as a vet because my cats weren’t seen as patients). I almost forgot to mention that the clinic was spotless – very, very clean.
Dr. Walker started her vet career at a high volume clinic in Oklahoma, but was frustrated with the standard of care.
She decided to open her own clinic in 2005 because she wanted to get feline focused and offer the best in feline health care. The original Albuquerque Cat Clinic resided in the same space as it does now, but it was half the size. When a next door business closed, Dr. Walker expanded the clinic to the size it is now – with three examination rooms (included herein are photos of one of the rooms. I so love the examination pedestal that Dr. Walker designed!).
To cover the cost of opening her own clinic, Dr. Walker also worked at an Emergency Vet in Santa Fe (about 45 minutes from Albuquerque) for the first three years – working long days and nights to follow her dream of providing the best feline health care. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is. Not to mention, I wouldn’t mind my vet having the knowledge and expertise that an Emergency Vet situation can bring.
Dr. Walker recommends two visits a year to the vet for kitties over 7 years of age (same as my vet).
I was lucky enough to watch a routine dental be performed on a Bengal kitty while I was there – I was impressed with Dr. Walker’s up-to-date equipment and digital record keeping. Dr. Walker needed to do a tooth extraction on said kitty and mentioned how very important it is that x-rays be done BEFORE and AFTER a dental with an extraction. The reason? Dr. Walker has seen so many kitties come in with horrible infections because a kitty had an extraction and the roots hadn’t been fully removed. Which only causes incredible pain for a kitty and more expense for the owner.
Speaking of expense, I did ask Dr. walker what were some of her biggest struggles as a business owner. She talked about having a huge amount of overhead and always needing to justify her costs. She talked about the importance of having a support staff with surgery experience to make sure the kitties are safe – and all of that costs money. As someone that owns my own business, I can totally understand (even though I have never operated a retail location) this struggle.
The Albuquerque Cat Clinic has achieved the Gold Standard for a feline friendly Practice from the American Board of Feline Practitioners. The Gold Standard is the highest level that can be achieved.
Dr. Walker is owned by two cats – Scotchie, a flame point domestic shorthair who is two years old and one of the loves of her life, Lucky, who is 15 years old.
Visit ABQ Cat Clinic online and also on Facebook!
I didn’t realize that pic was Dan. She rules that office with an iron paw! And knowing that Dr. Walker saved her life makes her all the more special!
Yes, she was awesome – I played with her with a string for a long while and then talked to her again before I left.
Dr. Walker has been my vet for the last 8 years. She is incredible and I wouldn’t dare take my fur babies anywhere else. She is the most empathetic and sincere vet I’ve ever experienced. I’m so blessed to have her facility right around the corner from where I live, as well. Did you get to meet Dan when you were there?
yes! i took a photo of her and included it on this post – did you see it? she is wonderful – a real treat, especially since i had been away from my kitties for weeks!
Love this clinic so much! Have been taking my kitties to my vet for many years. Could not imagine now going to a vet with dogs barking, etc. The cat only vet is a quiet, lovely place that are very specialized and think they do a phenomenal job. It’s like taking my sweeties to a family member they are trusted that much.
Very interesting. When my vet retires I’d like to look into a cats only vet. We’ve had some interesting interactions with dogs in the waiting room! My vet has an office cat, Tucker, who keeps all the dogs in line- he just strolls up to them and sniffs them as they’re cowering by their owners. Tucker owns that place!
My vet is also reachable by phone, which is so great. When Andy died in August from heart problems he spent 30 minutes on the phone with me reassuring me that it wasn’t my fault. Above and beyond the call of duty!
Too cool – about your vet and about Tucker!! Love those kitties that show pups who is boss!
Wow! Really impressive info, Jenny! Thank you so much for sharing this info with all of us… It’s so nice to know there are people like Dr. Walker and her staff who are truly devoted to feline care and well-being. Lucky kitten owners in the Albuquerque area for sure!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarfluffles 🙂 <3
Yes, lucky kitty owners in ABQ for sure! Do you like your vet? Is it an all cat clinic?
I do like our vet. He seems to really care for his patients over his need to make money. His prices are very reasonable and he is really helpful over the phone, too. He’s older so I wonder what will happen when he truly retires for good. No, it’s not an all cat clinic. Would be so awesome if it was, though! 🙂
oh!! over the phone is superb! glad you like your vet!
I hope you like your vet, too! 🙂 <3