W. Mark Cousins, DVM, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (feline medicine) received his DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 1980. After obtaining his DVM degree, he spent an additional two years obtaining post-graduate training courses encompassing strategic business skills and planning at the Veterinary Management Institute at the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. He received his boards in feline medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2000, recertified again in 2010, and a third time in 2019. Additionally, he received certification in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as well as certification in pain management from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAS). He opened his first veterinary hospital Chateau Veterinary Hospital, in 1983 and sold it in 2013. He started New Orleans’ first feline practice in 1987 and practices there exclusively. This practice, The Cat Practice, won a Veterinary Economics Hospital of Merit Award in September 2005.
Dr. Cousins has been a featured speaker at roundtable meetings, a guest lecturer at Louisiana State University and University of Florida, and as a guest lecturer for several veterinary focused magazine and television educational segments. He has lectured for several pharmaceutical corporations such as Zoetis, Novartis (now Elanco), Merial, and others. He has lectured internationally as well as domestically in the United States. Dr. Cousins has served on several boards such as the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, Louisiana SPCA, and is a vice-chair of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. And he is active in medical clinical trials for new feline therapeutic concepts. He is currently the Feline Exam Vice Chair for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as well as a sitting board member for The American Heartworm Society. His knowledge and passion towards feline medicine make him an excellent role model and resource for other small animal practitioners interested in the feline portion of their practices.
Dr. Dodson is from Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Arkansas State University before attending vet school. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, where she was presented with the prestigious American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for her proficiency and interest in feline medicine and surgery. She also received a merit award in Oncology during her time at LSU. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include feline internal medicine, anesthesia and pain relief, and oncology. She is so excited to be at The Cat Practice and working with the amazing team to take care of the best kitties in New Orleans.