Veterinary medicine is a second calling for Dr. Rebecca Diaz, owner of The Cat Clinic in Cathedral City, California. Dr. Diaz’s past includes work as a marketing manager and media buyer for J. Walter Thompson, one of the largest advertising agencies in the United States, and at the Haworth Group, a marketing and media agency headquartered in Minneapolis. Although her first degree was in geography, with time spent as a marketing executive, she always knew her true passion was to enter the field of medicine.
It was when she became avidly involved with a humane society in Guam in the early 90s that Dr. Diaz decided she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. In Guam, she realized how hard it was to find quality veterinary services. Her long time love of science and medicine plus her experience as an animal advocate with the humane society, naturally led her to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Diaz began preparing for veterinary school by attending the University of Guam, followed by a summer at the University of Santa Cruz. Dr. Diaz completed her pre-requisite studies at Sacramento State, and shortly thereafter was excited to have been accepted at several veterinary programs. Dr. Diaz chose to attend UC Davis starting in 1995 and she obtained her Veterinary Degree in 1999, graduating with honors.
It was at Isla Veterinary Clinic in Guam, Dr Diaz’s first clinic, where she cultivated her strong passion and commitment to promoting humane treatment of animals, particularly by helping with pet over-population. Dr. Diaz began a spay/neuter weekend event, and in her first weekend spayed and neutered approximately 100 animals. The next year, with help of the Humane Society of the United States, she and two other veterinarians spayed and neutered approximately 400 animals in one week. Those numbers quickly grew to between 600 and 700 animals over 5 day period for the next 8 years.
With the help of The Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Diaz has traveled the world to help with over population problems. She has taught spay and neuter techniques to veterinary students in El Salvador. She has also been involved with Spay Panama and Animals Lebanon where she has focused on pediatric spay/neuters.
As a first year veterinary student, Dr. Diaz received the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Award http://www.grdodge.org/ to study animal overpopulation and attitudes towards stray animals in Guam. For more than 30 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has nurtured people, ideas, and institutions which transcend self-interest and contribute to a sustainable human society and the environment which shelters it. Award presentations were given at Cornell University in the fall of 2000.
When Dr. Diaz decided to open her own Veterinary clinic in the United States, she decided she wanted to focus her practice on the special needs of cats. Over the years she has learned that the veterinary experience can be stressful for cats. Adding to that stress is the mixed population of dogs and cats at the same clinic. Sadly, some cats may not get the adequate or routine veterinary care they need and deserve simply because the experience of bringing them to a veterinary office is distressing to the owner.. By providing a unique service to cats and cat owners, Dr. Diaz and the staff at The Cat Clinic strive to create a secure and quiet environment, thereby providing a pleasant experience for both the cat and pet owner.
There are no other cat-only clinics in the Coachella Valley and Dr. Diaz is proud and excited to offer a much needed service catering to cats and cat owners. She looks forward to building long lasting client relationships while sharing her love for our feline companions with pet owners in the community.
Dr. Diaz is conveniently located for pet owners living in Cathedral City, Palm Springs (PS), Palm Desert (PS), Rancho Mirage, Bermuda Dunes, Indio, North Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Windy Point, Idyllwild, Coachella Valley, Coachella, Indian Wells, Thousand Palms, Morongo valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms, Salt and City, Salt and Sea, Beaumont, Banning, Cabazon, and Morongo Basin