“I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian,” says Dr. Marcus Brown, DVM, Co-Founder of the Capital Cat Clinic in Arlington, VA. “After receiving my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois, I worked at several mixed practices and an equine practice before finding my true passion was in the care and treatment of feline patients.”
To help promote responsible feline ownership and elevate feline health care, Dr. Brown is an active supporter in local, state, and national feline organizations. He serves as a Medical Advisor for Alley Cat Allies and as a Board Member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, he worked on the creation of new feline wellness guidelines.
On the Animal Welfare Committee of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Dr. Brown was on the task force that established the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Program. Having recently achieved CFP Silver Standard Status, Dr. Brown says, “We try to make our clinic as cat friendly as possible. Coming to the veterinarian with your cat can be extremely stressful for both the cat and you. Some simple things such as respectful handling and mannerism can make the visit much more successful.”
“To achieve Gold Status,” Dr. Brown states, “we are going to get larger cages for our boarding cats. Currently our boarders are given play time outside of the cage.” Boarding cats, like Short Round, who has been a Capital Cat client since kittenhood, enjoy stretching out, playing with toys, or lounging in a cat-tree placed right by a window for sunshine.
At feline-friendly Capital Cat, you will likely be greeted by The Resident Cats, Emme and Cricket; they will gladly entertain you while you and your cat wait for your appointment with one of Capital Cat’s stellar doctors. In addition to providing outstanding and humane feline veterinary medicine offering a wide range of services, Dr. Brown established a fund to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in memory of his father, Dr. Marcus L. Brown, Jr. Class of 1958.
“I started the scholarship because the cost of veterinary education is putting the profession in jeopardy.” Dr. Brown explains, “Many students have debt loads greater than $200,000.” Alicia Hines, Class of 2013, the first recipient of the Dr. Marcus L. Brown Veterinary Scholarship says, “Dr. Brown’s scholarship is significant to me personally. It shows that there are veterinarians who understand how much our education costs have grown and they care enough to help ease that burden.”
“The bond that owners have with their pets and being able to strengthen and prolong the time people share with their animals is a great privilege,” Alicia says. “It motivates me to practice high quality medicine. I look forward to someday owning my own clinic so I can continue to provide relevant medicine to my clients and their animals.”