Catherine (Cathy) Williams, VMD
- University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine class of 1979, Magna Cum Laude
- Auburn University internship in small animal medicine and surgery 1979 – 1980
- Practice experience: Marleton NJ, Liverpool, England, Gainesville FL, Manhattan KS, Purdue University IN, College Station TX, Houston TX, Champaign and Mahomet IL
Professional background: I have, of course, always loved animals and was fortunate enough to be able to combine this love with my other passion for science by becoming a Veterinarian. I have worked in many different practices over the years and I believe this has given me a unique perspective. Every Veterinarian has their own way of doing things….indeed a treatment considered wrong in one practice might be used successfully in another! This has enabled me to become more open minded and flexible in my approach. I am committed to providing the highest quality most up to date medical and surgical treatments, but over thirty years of practice have taught me that simple treatments and tincture of time can cure many ills without the need for expensive testing.
Family: I have been married to David Williams, (professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois) for 33 years. David is currently researching weight loss in geriatric cats. We have one son, Harold who received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and is now dividing his time between two jobs, one with a start-up company developing software for driver less cars and the other as a post doc in Mathematics at UC Berkeley. He was married this past fall to a lovely women with whom he has been in a relationship with for several years. We are thrilled to welcome her to our family. We have 3 cats several of whom vomit on a regular basis and one elderly dog recently adopted from Hospice Hearts, a rescue group that finds homes for pets whose owners have either passed away or gone into nursing homes.
Other interests: I have always been interested in art and enjoy drawing with pastels. Several of my pet portraits are on display in our hospital. I also enjoy horseback riding and of course being with my family.
I graduated from Parkland in 2008 with an associate’s degree in pre-professional medical science. I then went on to get a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in animal science in 2011. I have worked at various veterinary clinics in the area ever since. I own 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 horses. I enjoy hiking with my dogs and husband,scrapbooking, rescuing animals, and working on our 5 acre farm.
I have worked in the veterinary field since 2000 and I am certified in Low Stress Handling. I have 3 amazing boys, Jackson (2004), Alexander (2005), and Kian (2012). We live in Monticello and have an American Pitbull Terrier named Koa who was born in 2007. We also have 7 cats of various ages, 2 turtles, and 2 fish. Our dog and cats are all rescues. I enjoy camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, general walks, knitting, and baking. Fall is my favorite time of the year!
I am certified in low stress handling of both dogs and cats I have worked at and volunteered with the Champaign County Humane Society since 2009 in adoptions, the medical lab, and with special events. At the Humane Society I was also involved in socializing cats and dogs prior to their adoption. My husband and I live in Champaign with four shelter cats and 2 guinea pigs. I love to craft pet toys in my spare time.
I am also a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute and offer feline behavioral counseling, training and other services through my counseling service “Kimmy’s Cat Care.”
I retired from the U of I in 2002 and have now worked as a vet assistant for 11 years. I have one son who is a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines.
My husband and I live in the country outside of Farmer City where we share our home and barn with our 6 dogs, 10 birds, 2 snakes, 3 horses and 1 donkey.
I’m still a student in college. I have four brothers and two dogs. I have had rabbits, frogs, a cat, and other dogs previously. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, close friends, and also like to spend some time outdoors in nice weather.