After graduating from Texas A&M’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, Dr. Wilford pursued a small animal internship in Blacksburg, Virginia at Virginia Tech. Shortly after, she and her veterinary cardiologist husband moved to Seattle. Working in several private practices, she secured her feline internal medicine path in 1994 when she joined Cats Exclusive.
Managing the eldest patients with multiple problems has become Dr. Wilford’s niche. She loves the rich character of the senior cat and enjoys the deeply devoted families who appreciate every feline quirk. Crafting strategies to attain the longest, though sometimes fragile lives, with the greatest quality through the least intervention brings fulfillment to Dr. Wilford’s busy days. The most complicated cases inspire the most thought and creativity. This high level of individualized care requires a passionate commitment to ongoing continuing education.
Over the years, Dr. Wilford founded the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing spay/neuter access for all cats. She ran the Puget Sound Veterinary Medical Association’s continuing education program for over 24 years, held a three-year term on the Seattle Animal Control Commission, and served as President on the PSVMA Board of Directors. In 2004, Dr. Wilford received the Washington State VMA Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2018 she was chosen as the Washington State VMA Veterinarian of the Year.
These days, Dr. Wilford works part time at Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center, while also offering her expertise to patients at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center.
The Wilford-Woodfield Zoo consists of 3 cats, 2 dogs, 3 horses, and 2 fabulous daughters, who all love the Pacific Northwest. Actually, one dog might rather live where it’s a bit warmer.