After working in a few corporate jobs with her communications degree, Lauren found that she wasn’t fulfilled when she left the office every day. That’s when she decided to take a step back and consider what she was truly passionate about—it didn’t take long for Lauren to decide that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect path!
Lauren is from Columbia, Maryland and attended Towson University for her collegiate studies. She began her journey in animal care when she signed on with a general practice in 2013, then moved to Charleston in 2015 and worked as a Veterinary Technician and client-service professional at a busy 24-hour emergency facility. Lauren joined the Cats Only Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2017 as a Client Care Specialist, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since.
Away from work, Lauren enjoys visiting family back in Maryland, relaxing on the beach, and exploring the mountains. She lives in Summerville with her boyfriend, Matthew.
After graduating college with an art degree and spending a few years working in the photo-editing and graphic design fields, Susan started to feel like something was missing. When she thought back to what she had always been passionate about, one thing rose to the surface: animal care. That’s when Susan decided to make a change and immerse herself in the world of veterinary medicine!
Susan is originally from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After her decision to switch careers and pursue animal-care full time, she moved to the sunny shores of South Carolina and enrolled in school to study veterinary technology. Susan worked for a variety of clinics and shelters before her love of feline medicine drew her here to Cats Only Animal Hospital. She joined the practice family in August of 2017 as a Veterinary Technician, bringing with her special interests in surgery work, anesthesia, and dental procedures.
When she isn’t caring for cats here at the hospital, Susan enjoys exploring the great outdoors and participating in 5k and 10k runs in the area. At home, she lives with two adorable cats of her own: Miles Davis is a laid-back senior who enjoys car rides and armpit scratches, and Sammy Davis Jr. is an 18-pound Maine Coon mix who is much less relaxed than his brother.
Niki grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina with her parents, younger brother, and the constant company of the family pets. She’s felt a kinship with animals for as long as she can remember—Niki knew ever since she was a little girl that she would one day work with the earth’s creatures. Her dream has come full-circle: she’s a Licensed Veterinary Technician!
Niki took a summer job at a local veterinary clinic while earning her degree in biology with an emphasis in animal science at the College of Charleston. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the veterinary field! Niki decided to return to school to study veterinary technology, and she’s been a Licensed Veterinary Technician ever since. She was happy to join the Cats Only Animal Hospital family in January of 2018, where she enjoys staying on her toes with a variety of cases and performing dentistry procedures—Niki is always amazed at the holistic effect that dental work can have on a pet!
Outside of the office, Niki enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Jeff, share their home with two loveable dogs: Bosley, a hound mix, and Petey the Jack Russell Terrier.
Rita grew up right here in Mount Pleasant, where she attempted to bring home every stray or injured animal that she could find. For her, caring for the earth’s creatures has been a natural part of life ever since she was a little girl. Rita’s passion for pet care has come full circle: she’s a Veterinary Technician, and is able to better the lives of animals and their owners every single day!
Rita’s veterinary journey began at a local animal shelter, where she served for nearly three years before moving into the field of emergency care. Rita continued her education in Colorado and New Orleans, expanding and honing her skillset on a daily basis, then signed on at a clinic that provided her the opportunity to pursue her studies even further. She attended Purdue University, where she studied veterinary management!
Rita joined the Cats Only Animal Hospital family in 2012 as a Veterinary Technician. She still loves critical care cases thanks to her years serving in emergency medicine, and she’s also fond of helping in the surgical ward. Most of all, Rita loves to meet a wide variety of pet and human personalities on a daily basis.
When she’s not at work, Rita likes relaxing outdoors and spending quality time with her family and pets. She lives in Summerville with her husband, Matt, as well as their nephew and foster daughter. The family shares their home with a multitude of pets: they have nine dogs—Bella, Boss, Mudge, Vinny, Etta, Ema, Killer, Walter, and Grace—as well as a pair of cats who go by Bam and Al.