Tarina L. Anthony, DVM
Owner, Medical Director
Growing up as a kid in Wyoming with posters of cute kitties all over her walls, Dr. Anthony never would have thought she could make a living taking care of cats. After begging her dad for a kitten when she was 9, she hasn’t had a day without a cat in her life.
Many years later, in 2007, Dr. Anthony graduated with her DVM from Colorado State University. Immediately after graduation, she and her soon-to-be husband packed up their three cats and meager belongings and moved to Chicago. She started at a feline-exclusive practice and fell even deeper in love with cats. Dr. Anthony worked as an associate for a few years before becoming the Medical Director.
After a decade helping kitties in the windy city, Dr. Anthony and her husband moved back to Colorado, this time with two children. She worked at a couple of other clinics before finding Aurora Cat Hospital & Hotel. She is thrilled to be able to help the cats of the Denver area as the new owner and medical director of ACHH.
When not at the clinic, Dr. Anthony can be found with her family, including four sassy young cats: Brienne, Alouette, Zuri, and Mouse. She loves spending her time doing crafty projects or hiking the trails behind her house. Don’t hesitate to reach out–helping people take care of their feline friends is her biggest passion.
Zari Cruz, CVT
Zari obtained her CVT license from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Illinois. She practiced fear-free medicine in a small animal practice before moving in April of 2021 to Colorado to get a fresh new start and a change of scenery.
Through her experience with both canines and felines, she felt like she resonated more with cats and observed that cats are often misunderstood. Zari ultimately wanted to help all cats have a less stressful experience and address their needs, which is why she chose to come to Aurora Cat Hospital & Hotel.
Zari joined ACHH in May of 2021 where she works alongside Dr. Anthony and the rest of the staff. Since being in Colorado, Zari has been loving the outdoors and she enjoys biking, walking with her two dogs and playing frisbee/volleyball.
Aeneva Percell, CVT
Aeneva was born and raised in the beautiful mountain state of Colorado. Being around cats since birth, cats have always been a huge part of Aeneva’s life. This led her down the path of becoming a veterinary technician. Since graduating with her CVT from the Bel-Rea Institute in 2017, Aeneva has been working almost exclusively cat-only practices, with only one year spent in small animal medicine.
Aeneva’s passion for her feline friends led her to Aurora Cat Hospital & Hotel, where she joined Dr. Anthony’s amazing team in June 2021.
Aeneva enjoys spending her free time with her wonderful family, incredible boyfriend and her three darling kitties: Mitzi, her one-eyed, tuxedoed lion, Samarah, her trouble-making tabby, and Cleo, her snugglebug of a tortie. Aeneva also enjoys watching horror movies, Japanese animations, and taking walks in the Colorado sunshine.
Carylin grew up in a military family and traveled the world before settling in Colorado, where she has lived ever since. Animals have always been a huge part of her life, and ultimately led her into the veterinary field, where she’s worked for over 10 years. She has worked with with all sorts of small animals from cats and dogs to exotics, and is now happy being in an all-cat clinic where she can be surrounded by cats all day everyday!
Carylin joined our team in the summer of 2021 and we are so thrilled to have her here with us.
Pickles is our greeter and resident lovebug. There’s nothing he likes more than getting pets from our clients. He tries to make friends with every cat that comes into the clinic, even if they may not be looking for a new pal. At 17 pounds, he truly is a gentle giant.
Originally adopted as a friend to Pickles, Mr. Biscuit has shown a distinct preference for people, especially their laps. You can find him snoozing in a cozy bed or on a warm lap most of the day, though he will let everyone in the clinic know when it’s 4 pm (canned food time).