Here at East Towne Pet Clinic, our staff members greatly enjoy having the opportunity to get to know each of you and your beloved pets! We would like to return the favor in our own small way. This is the first in a series of blog posts to introduce you to our staff members and their special furry friends.
Dr. Liz Jacka
Dr. Liz has been working part time at East Towne Pet Clinic for four years now. When not at the clinic, she teaches at the Veterinary School at the University of the Wisconsin, where she greatly enjoys mentoring future members of the veterinary profession. Originally from Kenosha, WI, she moved to Madison with her husband in 2006 to attend veterinary school, and they have considered the Madison area home ever since. In her spare time, Dr. Liz enjoys reading, running, road biking, watching movies and playing video games. Her husband, Jeff, is a computer programmer who works for the Department of Public Instruction for the State. Their furry family includes two cats and a big yellow lab.
Nicknamed “the doggin,” Orion is a yellow lab rescue from the humane society of Minnesota, where he had trouble finding a home because of severe arthritis in his left hip from an old injury. Dr. Liz and her husband adopted him, had surgery performed on his bad hip, and helped him through the two-month long recovery. Afterward, he was able to run and play like a normal lab, and he has been an integral member of the family ever since! Like most labs, his favorite things in the world are food and fetch, but he is also fond of simply lying at your feet while you read a book out on the deck.
Nicknames: the doggin, the yellow menace, the big one
Favorite toy: a stuffed turtle that has a hollow belly for hiding treats
Favorite pastimes: fetch, plowing face-first through snow, napping, shredding boxes
Special talent: prancing with his front feet
Most endearing quirk: yawn-barks when he wants attention
A sassy little torti cat, Marcy is definitely the boss of the house! She is vocal and demanding, but that only adds to her charm. Among the most people-centric cats you’ll ever meet, Marcy will greet you at the door right along with Orion. She practically never stops purring, and she loves nothing more than perching on your shoulders to knead your neck. Dr. Liz has a lot of experience doing laundry and dishes with a purring, furry scarf draped across her shoulders! They adopted her through the junior surgery program at the Veterinary School when Dr. Liz was in her third year. Marcy is the master groomer of the household, as well as an excellent huntress (much to the dismay of the chipmunk who have managed to get in the house a few summers ago.)
Nicknames: the little one, little love, psycho-cat
Favorite toy: anything she’s not supposed to have, especially AAA batteries
Favorite pastimes: sitting in open windows, sleeping on Dr. Liz’s face
Special talent: ensures the house stays rodent-free
Most endearing quirk: carries socks all over the house and deposits them in random places
A big orange tabby, Phoenix is a little shier than Marcy but no less friendly. He was found on a farm at a very young age, near death after being abandoned by his mother. His rescuers nursed him back to health but quickly discovered he was not meant to be an outside farm cat and sought to place him in a home instead. Dr. Liz and her husband decided to be the ones to give him that home, and now it is hard for them to imagine life without him. He is a happy-go-lucky cat whose adorable face and personality will win you over in no time! Phoenix’s favorite thing to do is sit on your lap, especially if you happen to have a fleece blanket. He has been dubbed the “Nintendo kitty” and “football buddy” because he will sit on the couch with you for hours, content to be the furry paperweight that keeps you playing video games or watching football much longer than you planned to.
Nicknames: the booger, the orange boy
Favorite toy: little fuzz balls he can carry around in his mouth
Favorite pastimes: cuddling on the couch, napping under the covers
Special talent: falling ungracefully off of furniture
Most endearing quirk: he is very insistent about tucking people into bed every night