Meet the Staff

Hospital Leadership

Sarah Hayse, LVT – Practice Manager

Sarah Hayse moved to Austin in 2015 after completing the Veterinary Technician program at Harrison College in Evansville Indiana. While in school, Sarah realized she had a particular interest in feline veterinary medicine.  She went on to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Fear Free Certified Professional.  Sarah is an active member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Paraprofessional Committee), and is currently Vice President of the Veterinary Team Association of Texas.  Her special interests include behavior, specifically feline behavior. Aside from being a cat enthusiast, she is a dedicated vegetarian and enjoys creating healthy and tasty meat-free meals. In her spare time Sarah loves to spend time outdoors, but can be found indoors at the movies, museum, or browsing the public library, and enjoys the books, movies, and music to be found there. She shares her home with a human, Jason, and four cats Biscuit James, Vincent H. Panthro, Benjamin Berlioz, and Robert Binx who secretly make every important life decision for Sarah.

Kristian – Office Administrator

Kristian moved to Austin from Kilgore, TX in 2011 to attend Texas State University. As a small child, she began feeding strays and trying to love every feline she came across. She has consistently had a cat companion by her side since infancy and can’t imagine a life without one. She currently lives in San Marcos with her roommate and their three cats, Bowie, Freddie, and Samson, and senior dog, Pita. In her down time, she enjoys reading, watching Sci-Fi, and being outside whenever possible. She is thrilled to be working in an all feline facility and proud to be with South Austin Cat Hospital.

Veterinary Technicians

Carla – Veterinary Technician Lead

Carla was born in Mexico City where she graduated with a degree in Design & Visual Communications. While visiting family for a wedding, Carla met her now-husband and moved permanently to the US. She then realized that Graphic Design was not her vocation. After a couple of years of discernment, Carla stumbled upon the realization that she had been living with her passion all along: animals. She took the Veterinary Assistant course at the Animal Behavior College and started her journey in the animal care world. Carla is proud and happy to be part of the South Austin Cat Hospital family. She feels right at home in a practice where being a crazy cat lady is the norm. Carla has a big family with three cats, three dogs, and two chinchillas. In her free time she enjoys continuing to learn, reading, watching movies, and playing video games, as well as spending time with her husband and fur babies.

Cherri Arnold, LVT – Veterinary Technician

Cherri moved to Austin in 1989 and has worked as a veterinary technician since 1991. She went to school at Cedar Valley Community college and became a registered veterinary technician in 1998, a licensed veterinary technician in 2014 and Fear Free Certified in 2016.

Her interests are primarily in behavior, nutrition and geriatric medicine.

“I have always cared deeply about the well-being of animals and enjoy helping them live their best lives. I also find a lot of satisfaction in educating clients and friends about products, tools and techniques that they can use to keep their pets happy and healthy.”

Cherri has a cat named Dexter that was adopted from a neighbor a few years ago when he had to move away, and he has since made himself right at home with Cherri and her husband. He especially enjoys the backyard “catio”!

Cherri also enjoys festivals, nature and baseball when not working.

Veterinary Receptionists

Emily – Veterinary Receptionist

Emily has been in the veterinary field as a receptionist since early 2016, but she has worked in the customer service and pet care industry since 2010.  She grew up in a town just northeast of Dallas, but has been living in Austin since 2014.  She has two beautiful cats, a deaf white kitty named Doodie and a sweet calico named Zuri.  Her love of felines is immense and she cannot see herself living without one.  Emily is currently in school working on her BA in Anthropology and in her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, playing video games, and relaxing with her kitties.  Emily is proud to be a part of the South Austin Cat Hospital team!

Clinic Cats

Princess Chloe

A beautiful, fluffy, and healthy Princess Chloe visits the veterinarian for specialized feline care.