Dr. Karel Carnohan
When I was growing up, we always had a cat. Cats were my solace and constant companions as a kid. I loved other animals too and used to bring home strays begging my parents to keep them. I declared I wanted to be a vet at an early age and entered college with that goal. However, life takes funny turns and I ended up majoring in theatre and English and finally going to business school (because that WAS what you did in the late 70’s). After a successful career in business, I finally followed my heart and applied to and got into veterinary school in 2001. I graduated from Kansas State in 2005 and spent time working in British Columbia as a mixed animal vet and also in a cats-only clinic.
I bought Cat Care Clinic of Asheville in 2013, wanting to build my own veterinary practice and develop a cat clinic that emphasizes a cat-friendly environment and low-stress handling techniques. Cats are special creatures and need unique and specialized medical care. I love Asheville and the western mountains of North Carolina and consider it my new home.
At home, I have 12 special felines, including Marmalade, a former paraplegic, Munchkin (a tailless three-legged tuxedo cat), Zizou (pictured above) who was found in Colorado City hit by a car and taken to Best Friends in Kanab Utah, where I was working. She has had surgery to remove her colon and is doing fine. July, a cured hyperthyroid kitty. Ella, thrown out of a moving car as a kitten ending up at the emergency clinic where I worked pretty much DOA, Fuzzy, a Norwegian Forest Cat who peed on the bed (not anymore). Three tuxedos, Squeaky, Jelly Bean and Sebastian, who were found under a house and Mitchell a long-haired, blue-eyed pretty boy. Two large Kansas cats, Tabitha and Spalding have huge personalities, just like the state of Kansas. I also have a parrot, Woody, who keeps everyone in line.
When I am not tending to kitties, I am an avid hockey fan and played for many years. I love football (soccer) having played and attended 3 World Cup tournaments. I love to read, listen to live music and scoop litter boxes.