Emergency and Critical Care
University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Specialty Center
Dr. Katrina Frost was born and raised on a Canadian farm where caring for many different animals was part of her daily life. She also was inspired by her parents, a farmer, and a veterinary technician, to go into the field of veterinary medicine. She worked as a registered veterinary technician for several years before joining Calgary’s veterinary program.
What drew you to emergency medicine (or why are you interested in emergency and critical care)?
Emergency medicine is dynamic and challenging, and I’m forever in awe of what we (and our pets) are capable of. As someone who has been on the other side of the exam table, I understand how overwhelmingly stressful visits to the emergency room can be. This is why I make it a personal goal to help put pet owner’s minds at ease, take time to educate them about their pet’s condition, and let them know that we are here to advise and support them in whatever decision they make.
What motivates you each day?
The human-animal bond is something I deeply cherish and I witness its incredible strength on a daily basis. Honoring these precious relationships is what motivates me to practice the best medicine possible, in the most compassionate manner.
Is there a particular case that inspires you?
There are several cases that are close to my heart and they all involved teamwork between the owners and the veterinary professionals. These pets would not have survived after discharge if it weren’t for the continuous care that they received at home from their devoted owners.
What do you like to do when you’re not at VSC?
When not in my scrubs, I enjoy spending time outdoors, biking, geocaching, camping, and seeing live music. I am also an avid abstract painter and cuddler of my three cats; Sallee, Forty, and Lugaro.