Dr. Sharon Forster-Blouin
Doctor Blouin’s professional goals were seeded at a young age. She had always loved the company of animals, and at age fourteen, began working for a local veterinary hospital, cleaning cages, floors and equipment, and helping with the care and treatment of animals.
Her academic interests and success eventually earned her a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and subsequent Masters of Science Degree in parasitology from the University of Virginia. She then enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Florida State University while continuing to broaden her animal care experience by working for a mobile veterinary practice. She successfully defended her PhD thesis in Population Genetics at FSU during her first year at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her academic career was capped by her graduation as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Highest Honors in 1992. She is further distinguished as a recipient of a prestigious award from the American Association of Feline Practitioners for her outstanding interest and ability in feline medicine and surgery.
Dr. Carissa Tran
Doctor Tran grew up moving around the country, from South Dakota, to Wyoming and even northern Alaska, finally settling in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma. There she worked as a veterinary technician, beginning in high school. She moved to Oregon in 1998 and attended Oregon State University, graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and receiving the American Association of Feline Practitioners Student Award.
She has a particular interest in the areas of feline dentistry and anesthesia, and does many of the surgical procedures at Corvallis Cat Care.
Doctor Tran lives with many animals, including five cats, a dog and a spouse. She enjoys gardening, fun runs, movies, and works primarily to support her shoe obsession.
Dr. Cathy Carter
Doctor Carter began her veterinary career by interning with a large animal veterinarian when she was 16. Growing up with cats, dogs and her brother in northwest Indiana, she spent much of her free time showing quarter horses in Western Pleasure and 4-H.
She attended Purdue University, first earning a BS in Animal Science, then continuing with veterinary school and graduating in 1991. During those years, she spent ten weeks at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. There, she worked with national cattle tick-control and dairy herd health programs, and traveled recreationally in Kenya. Her travels have also taken her to Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the Cook Islands.
Several years later she moved to Oregon, where she did her residency at Oregon State University and became board certified in large animal internal medicine. More recently, Doctor Carter has become certified in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and has also completed courses in food therapy and Tui Na (Chinese massage therapy).
She lives with eight cats and still spends a great deal of time with horses, doing dressage and jumping for fun.