Dr. Catherine Went
Originally from eastern Ontario, Dr. Went knew from a very young age that she wanted to use her love of problem solving and lifelong learning to help animals and their people as a veterinarian. She began her formal education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she graduated with her degree in Life Sciences. During her time at Queen’s, she developed an interest in molecular biology and did research in bacterial genetics with applications to human health. She is published in a very obscure journal and won a departmental research award, but she remained more interested in the clinical side of medicine than in research. After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Went began pursuing her DVM at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she developed an especially strong interest in internal medicine and critical care patients. After graduation, she completed a competitive small animal internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, further sharpening her surgical and diagnostic skills. Following her internship, Dr. Went worked for 7 years at a 24-hour hospital on the South Shore, where she established a loyal clientele and gained experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. In 2006, Dr. Went moved back to Canada in order to spend a few years living closer to family. While there, she continued to practice internal medicine and surgery at a top medical facility in Toronto before returning to the Boston area in 2015. Shortly after her move back to Massachusetts, Dr. Went joined the team at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital, where she rounds out our medical team with a deep knowledge base and Canadian humor.
Dr. Went’s clinical interests include endocrinology, dermatology, geriatrics, and preventive medicine. She is an active volunteer with several local animal rescue organizations helping to spay and neuter stray and low-income animals. When she isn’t at work, Dr. Went is spending time with her husband, twin girls, geriatric cat and exuberant young dog. She enjoys watching her kids play hockey and soccer, walking in the woods, and going to the beach with her family, as well as taking spinning and yoga classes when enjoying a rare moment of time by herself.