The Cat Practice

Meet Our Team

Our veterinary staff was selected in order to meet every need you and your cat has. Whether you’re coming for a simple wellness check or an emergency visit, our team is ready to welcome you! Give us a call and we will be happy to get you scheduled. You can also check out more information below!

W. Mark Cousins

DVM & Co-Owner

In addition to being a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Cousins is also a Certified Feline Veterinary Specialist, certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). He is the only veterinarian to hold these 3 credentials in the New Orleans area and has lectured to other practicing veterinarians across the country and internationally on feline medicine.

Dr. Cousins has also been a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association since 1980.

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Holly Dodson


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.

James Whitlow


Dr. James Whitlow is a Veterinarian at The Cat Practice. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Ecology from Louisiana State University in 2018 and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. His areas of professional interest, quite appropriately, lie in feline specialty medicine. In 2012 Dr. Whitlow's veterinary journey began here at The Cat Practice while he attended Jesuit High School. He came to realize through his career that his favorite part of veterinary medicine is ensuring quality of life for all his patients.

Dr. Whitlow was born and raised in New Orleans and, after moving away for a short time to attend veterinary school, is now back in the city and ready to begin his career as a DVM with The Cat Practice, the practice that started it all for him! He is settling back in town with his two cats, Eggnog and Rya. When he is not working, Dr. Whitlow enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, playing the guitar, and reading.

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Phone: 504-525-6369

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed