Dr. Megan Andeer
Dr. Megan Andeer grew up in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia public schools (Bache, Masterman and finally Central High School ). After attending University of Massachusetts Amherst for undergraduate work she graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s school of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, where she was awarded the prize for patient care as well as for feline medicine (and where she initially met Dr Perner!) After completing a rotating internship at South Shore Animal Hospital outside of Boston, Dr. Andeer returned to Philadelphia to dedicate her career to feline medicine. Having worked as a feline practitioner since 2002, Dr. Andeer has also completed a course to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She joined City Cat Vets in 2016 to pursue her goals of working in and owning an independently owned veterinary hospital with Dr. Perner. Her special interests are oncology, geriatrics, dentistry and surgery as well as orange cats. She is a member of AAFP, the AVMA, and PVMA. In her free time she serves on the board for City Kitties Rescue, is a member of Friends of Nebinger to help support her neighborhood public school, is an avid runner, does crossfit and reads as much as she can. She shares her home in Bella Vista with her husband, daughter, and their five cats.
Dr. Caroline Perner
Dr. Caroline Perner moved to the Philadelphia area in 1986 to attend Swarthmore College, where she dabbled in liberal arts and competed on the swim team for four years. She began her career in veterinary medicine in 1992 as an emergency service technician at University of Pennsylvania. She remained at PennVet to receive her VMD in 2000, and completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery in 2001. After one year as an emergency service clinician at VSEC in Langhorne, PA, she joined Dr. Howard Wellens at Queen Village Animal Hospital from 2002-2008 and 2010-2016. She currently lives in West Philadelphia with her husband, three human children, three cats and one large dog. She is thrilled to be part of the newly formed City Cat Vets team, and looks forward to many more years of caring for the most amazing creatures on Earth!
DR. ELIZABETH KNIGHTON
After receiving an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University, Dr. Elizabeth Knighton worked for a year as a volunteer elementary school teacher in Massachusetts. She then went on to obtain her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. In 2004, Dr. Knighton published an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association describing a previously unrecognized genetic disorder that made her cat part-male and part-female. With the exception of one year in a cat/dog practice, Dr. Knighton has been working exclusively with cats since graduation. She is a member of the AAFP, AVMA, and PVMA. Dr. Knighton lives in the Fitler Square neighborhood with her husband, two sons, and two cats (both City Kitties rescues). In her free time, she enjoys taking ballet classes, walking the ever-expanding Schuylkill Trail, and taking advantage of all of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings. After spending 14 years caring for suburban cats, she is thrilled to be coming back to her Philadelphia neighborhood to join the City Cat Vets team!
DR. JESSICA BASSECHES
Dr. Basseches started out in the humanities but then realized that her heart belonged to animals and science. She changed paths in order to obtain her veterinary degree from NC State in 2003. Subsequently, she performed a private practice internship in Florida, followed by a residency in radiology at the University of Georgia, finishing up in 2007. She worked as a staff radiologist at Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA) in Boston for five years before traveling to the southern hemisphere as a locum radiologist, having the opportunity to work with a diverse range of species in varied and fabulous environments. When she came back to the United States, she moved to the Philadelphia area and has been at CARES for 5 years. She finds exotic radiology beautiful and stimulating, as well as grooving on the many facets of diagnostic imaging, getting to participate in almost all of the cases in the hospital and feeling like a critical part of the team helping our patients. Dr. Basseches loves being out of doors as much as possible and in almost any capacity (an antidote to days spent in the dark), enjoys both teaching and learning, frolicking with her dogs, critical thinking, science fiction and creative vegetarian cooking of the bounty from her garden.