Dr. Kathleen Fuxa opened Highlands Bird & Pet Clinic in 1995. She treats cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and many other exotic animals and wildlife including fish. She is a member of the AVMA, WSVMA, SKCVMA, AAV and AAFP (American Veterinary Medical Association, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, Seattle King County Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians and American Association of Feline Practitioners).
Dr. Fuxa has been here in the Pacific northwest since 1993. She lived in Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada while pursuing her studies and veterinary career. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Nebraska. She has worked in the Biology and Veterinary Pathology Departments of Texas A&M University while earning a Master of Science degree in Zoology . Research for her Master's thesis brought her to the Pacific northwest in the early 1980's. It was then that she fell in love with western Washington. After a few years doing research in molecular biology and genetics, she was accepted and graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. www.vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm
Dr. Fuxa has always been interested in wildlife and exotic animals. She has done graduate work in mammology and herpetology, was active in the veterinary student exotic and wildlife association and completed a four week externship at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. www.omahazoo.com
Dr. Fuxa has had many animals over the years. Currently she is kept busy with Herschel the pug, as well as an African grey and blue-fronted Amazon parrot. She has Woodie the cat, a rescue who had been hit by a car and suffered a fractured jaw. Most recently she has taken in a small terrier named Jezebel. This stray showed up at our clinic at 3 -4 months of age with a badly broken and horribly infected front leg. She is now a 3 legged wonder and a joy to all who meet her. And finally Vlad the Russian blue cat who also was abandoned by his owners.The clinic is home to two chinchillas, two cockatiels, and a Quaker parrakeet who entertain the dogs, kids and even adults.
What Dr. Fuxa likes best about veterinary medicine (besides the animals- of coarse) is the chance to meet and get to know the people in the Renton community. Over the years she has employed many Hazen, Liberty, and Renton High School students and graduates. She enjoys watching them grow and move into their future lives. She enjoys meeting the retired seniors who live nearby and whose pets have become their family. There are so many families and individuals she has gotten to know and admire during her years at Highlands Bird & Pet Clinic.
One surreal fact about Highlands Bird & Pet Clinic- at least from Dr. Fuxa's perspective- is that the clinic is so near The Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Greenwood Cemetary. A Jimi Hendrix fan since grade school- who knew way back then that she would end up so near his memorial. So all you Hendrix fans- have you ever been experienced?