Meet the Staff

Hospital Leadership

Kristian – Office Manager

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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.

Carla – Veterinary Technician Manager

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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.

Veterinary Technicians

Sarah Hayse, LVT – Lead Veterinary Technician

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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.

Maya – Veterinary Technician


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Maya went to a performing arts high school in Dallas and started her 1st rock band at 17. By her 21st birthday she had moved to NYC where she led her own bands for 13 years before moving back to Texas in 2006 for health reasons.  A job in the cattery at Austin Pets Alive rekindled her lifelong interest in animal care,  and also brought 5 oddball kitties into her life with husband Adam.

Her other obsession is studying mixed martial arts, and her most recent artistic venture was an ambitious sci-fi short film she wrote and starred in called RAIN.

Evan – Veterinary Technician


Evan moved to Austin with their daughter in 2005 and quickly found a home in the world of animal rescue. Fostering neonate kittens is their passion, along with helping special features (aka special needs) cats live their best lives. Working in rescue led to a fair amount of medical experience, and they became a veterinary technician in 2012. Evan feels honored to help clients care for their beloved companions and is thrilled to be doing so at South Austin Cat Hospital.When not working, Evan spends their time cuddling cats, listening to podcasts, reading nonfiction, painting on walls, and obsessing over their favorite music.

Now an empty nester, Evan shares their home with a paraplegic kitty, a kitty with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a male calico, and two big dogs who are sad they aren’t cats. Evan hopes to one day adopt another cat-compatible rescue parrot.

Heather – Veterinary Technician

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Heather grew up in a small town in Virginia and impulsively moved to Austin in 2011 with her husband after vacationing here. She studied biochemistry at Virginia Tech and photography at Austin Community College, but a lifelong love of helping animals in need lead her into working in animal rescue at Austin Pets Alive for several years and eventually veterinary private practice. Heather enjoys fostering orphan bottle baby kittens and older cats with unique medical needs in her free time. She also collects carnivorous plants and watches nature documentaries with her kittens. Heather currently has 4 cats (Rumour, Wilbur, Bonneville, and Thor) and one human spouse named Jay. Heather has never met a cat she didn’t love, and is excited to be working with them and their human family members.


Cherri Arnold, LVT – Veterinary Technician

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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.

Technician Assistants

Elizabeth – Technician Assistant

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Number one felvie fan, Elizabeth was born into a military family and spent her childhood moving around the country before finally settling in Austin in 2007. After attending culinary school, she was a professional baker until she had her kitty calling, and redirected her career path to feline health and welfare. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys knitting, video games, making jam, and going to Renaissance fairs. She lives with three pets: her cat Biscuit, cat-sized dog Leia, and human-sized boyfriend.

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!

Suzanne – Veterinary Receptionist


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Suzanne moved to Austin in 2018 after living in London for a year studying at the famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A Professional Oboist, Suzanne has performed with orchestras in London, Texas, and her home state of Illinois. Suzanne is from Darien, just south of Chicago where she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Northwestern University with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. Suzanne has always been passionate for animals, working with the musicians of the Dallas Symphony in the Artists for Animals organization, raising money to help shelters and animals in need. When she isn’t performing, teaching, or working at the South Austin Cat Hospital, she’s at home with her boyfriend, Matt, and their three darling cats, Penny Lane, Abbey, and Moona, watching Law and Order and playing video games.

Clinic Cats

Snax – Clinic Purrvisor


Princess Chloe – Retired Clinic Cat

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