VCA City Cats Hospital

Rebecca Palmer, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of California, Davis


Dr. Rebecca Palmer received her DVM at the University of California at Davis in 2009 and started working at a feline-exclusive clinic in Southern California where she practiced for 4 years. She completed her International Veterinary Acupuncture Society classes in 2012 and is waiting her accreditation and loves the freedom to incorporate eastern philosophy into the practice of western medicine.

The cat has always fascinated and amazed her and working through school as a technician only solidified her wish to work exclusively with these magnificent animals. Elderly cats have a special place in her heart and working to keep them comfortable through the aging process and helping owners understand their varying medical conditions is a welcomed job. Zippy, a Maine coon mix that traveled to California with Dr. Palmer and saw her through vet school and beyond, just passed in February at the ripe age of 23 ½ years. He was a great friend and teacher and tolerated being her test subject for acupuncture on arthritic kitties.

Dr. Palmer and her husband are originally from the seacoast of NH and spent 10 years in California. They are both very glad to be back in New England and look forward to exploring Boston and reconnecting with family and friends in the area. They share their apartment with three feline roommates, Barnum, Mooshi, and Cleo, who still refuse to pull their weight with chores but are great bed warmers.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 781-641-3673.

If it is after hours, check with one of these 24-hour emergency clinics:

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

20 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA

Angell Animal Medical Center

350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

VCA South Shore Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street
Weymouth, MA

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England

180 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA