Submitted by Ark Veterinary Hospital
Katie Manges, DVM, has joined Shelburne’s Ark Veterinary Hospital. “We’re very excited to have her join our practice,” Bill Kellner, DVM said. “At the same time, we will all miss Dr. Paul Urband who practiced at Ark for more than 10 years. Dr. Urband retired after a long and wonderful career.”
Manges grew up in Massachusetts in the suburbs of Boston. She had a variety of pets growing up and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended Union College in Schenectady, NY where she graduated with a degree in biology. She then went on to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in her home state of Massachusetts.
While studying at Tufts, Dr. Katie worked part-time at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, where she helped to rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife. She also spent time at Kruger National Park in South Africa working with a wildlife veterinarian. While in Africa, Dr. Katie had the opportunity to work with a variety of species including elephants, lions, wild dogs, and rhino.
After veterinary school, Manges moved to Tucson, Arizona where she completed a veterinary internship in small animal and exotic medicine. She stayed in Tucson for the next few years, working at the same hospital in both emergency and general practice medicine. In Tucson, Manges met the love of her life, a small rescue dog named Peaches. A year later she also met her husband, Brian. Brian introduced her to his two little black cats, Gweny and Zakk. For Peaches, it was love at first sight. The cats, however, were not quite so thrilled about Peaches.
Katie and Brian then went on to adopt another cat, Buttons, who was a special needs kitten from a local cat shelter. Buttons has a condition called Manx syndrome where he was born missing part of his spine. He was struggling with this condition as well as pneumonia as a young kitten. Brian and Katie adopted Buttons and nursed him back to health. He now leads a happy life with them on a special diet and medication. Despite his condition, he has no problem counter surfing and getting into plenty of trouble!
Manges and her husband recently relocated to Vermont to be closer to her family in Massachusetts. She is happy to be back in New England and is excited for all of the outdoor activities Vermont has to offer. When she is not busy working, she enjoys skiing in the winter and spending time on the lake in the summer.