Feline Medicine and Surgery
Christine M. Hanney, DVM
Dr. Christine Hanney treats cats exclusively. She is a Bay Area native, and a veteran of the US Army. As an army helicopter mechanic, she was stationed in Ansbach Germany, and was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm for five months. After her military service, she attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and then went on to earn her veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2002.
After graduating from veterinary school, she returned to the Bay Area and worked at a cat-only hospital for fourteen years. She decided to make the move to Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic when our Cat Clinic opened in 2016.
She is married and is the proud servant to four cats at home: Knuckles, Skipper, Sherman and Olivia. She enjoys reading, hiking, scuba diving, and traveling. Her favorite adventure was a two week safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
Dr. Hanney sees cats exclusively, at our Cat Clinic location, an AAFP Certified Feline Friendly Practice.
Why did Dr. Hanney become a veterinarian?
"I was recently asked, “Why did you become a veterinarian?” I had to pause and think about it for a moment. It has been 19 years since I started Vet School, and it is sometimes hard to remember a time when I was not doing this job that I love. I remembered though.
When I was in second grade we had a career day. When they asked us to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up, other kids drew astronauts and police officers and ballerinas. I drew a picture of me taking care of cats. I wonder now if I even knew that there was really a job where you got to do that all the time.
By the time I finished high school, I had forgotten about that dream, but I still love cats! My cat Teqi had gotten me through much of my teenage angst by being a tiny shoulder to cry on. I joined the Army right out of high school and traveled and learned amazing things like how to jump out of an airplane and how to fix a helicopter. I spent a tour in a far-away desert in 1991 and helped liberate a country. After the Army, I knew what I did not want to do for a career, but was still not sure what I wanted to do.
I attended George Mason University in Virginia for my undergraduate studies, and started out as a geology major. I loved how the land shows the history of a place, and thought that maybe that was my path. And of course, I still loved cats. I had adopted two while stationed in Germany and they got out of the Army with me.
After about a year in college I realized that I still had not figured out what I had a passion for, what I really wanted to do “when I grew up”. One day I was talking to my mom and told her about how I felt. She said that she always wondered why I did not become a feline veterinarian, as that had always been my dream growing up. She laughed and said, "Wait here for a minute." When she returned, she had that old drawing from 2nd grade. She had saved it!
I realized then that I had always thought that being a doctor was something that other people did. I had lost that absolute belief that one has when they are a kid, that I could be anything I wanted to be. I spent some time thinking about what I loved and felt passion about. My dream was still there – I had just lost track of it. I switched my major the next year and ended up the feline veterinarian in that picture from 1977. I have loved my job every day since I first started. Well, most every day… And I still LOVE cats!