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The Cat Doctor


Students will be involved in an intensive four week program of strictly feline medicine and surgery. The facility offers high quality medicine and surgery including complete dental and surgical services. There is also a special emphasis on preventative Feline Medicine and correction of behavioral problems. A high volume of broad spectrum (i.e., primary and referral) cases will be experienced by the student. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the practice including a full discussion of practice management.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

We have 2 full time and 1 part time veterinarians:

  • Debra M. Givin
  • Robert E. Wright
  • Deborah A. Britton

Educational Resources

  • Current library of periodicals: JAVMA, Feline Practice, Veterinary Economics, Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine
  • Large Collection of Reference Textbooks includes, but is not limited to, these current editions: Sherding, the CAT Diseases and Clinical Management; Pederson, Feline Infectious Diseases; Hoskins, Veterinary Pediatrics; Bojrab, Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery; Slatter, Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology; Slater, Veterinary Medicine; August, Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine; Holzworth, Diseases of the Cat; Michel, Renal Disease in Dogs and Cats; Morgan, Handbook of Small Animal Practice; Withrow/MacEwen, Clinical Veterinary Oncology
  • Fully computerized with access to online computer service through AOL


The clinic sees an average of 190 patients per week. The student is directly involved with a minimum of half of those cases either in appointments or in a surgical setting, since the days worked are split between two doctors. Complicated or interesting cases are always brought to the attention of the student and questions and suggestions are encouraged.

Student Supervision

The clinic is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am-6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. There is access to the veterinarians by the student as least 9 hours each weekday and at least 4 on the weekend.


Yes. Students are provided a small efficiency apartment located in the clinic and a weekly stipend of $50.00 to help with expenses.

Practice Information

The Cat Doctor
183 Brighton Avenue
Portland, Maine 04102

Ph: 207-874-2287
Fax: 207-874-7877


Updated: 7/22/09
Signature on file: Michelle Scott, LVT

Portland, ME
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