Oakdale Animal Hospital

Catherine A. Grey, aka Dr. Cat, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Tuskegee University


Dr. Grey is a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan, growing up in the city, Queens, the West Indies, and Westchester. Dr. Grey always wanted to be a veterinarian, since she was 5 years old. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather (DVM from the Ohio State University, 1919), she graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1983, Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a B.S. in zoology form Michigan State University.
Dr. Grey has been in private practice for 26 years, on Long Island. She supplemented her experiences in private practice with emergency medicine at the Nassau Animal Emergency Clinic in Westbury, alternating part-time and full time there, for 17 of those years. In addition, she taught veterinary technicians at Suffolk Community college, and has done volunteer work at the Tuba City Veterinary Clinic in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo reservation. Over the years, Dr. Grey has given numerous talks to students from grade school level through high school, educating young people about the various opportunities in veterinary medicine.
On a personal note, Dr. Grey enjoys gardening, working out, cooking (AND EATING) exotic foods--her latest foray has been into Moroccan food--, jazz concerts, museums, collecting worthless art objects from different countries, and shopping for shoes.....:) Her greatest passions, however, are traveling to exotic places (Madagascar, Zanzibar, Galapagos, Tasmania, Morocco, Turkey, and more), and photography of animals, environment, and cultures on her expeditions. Various examples of her photography may be seen on the walls of the hospital.
Dr. Grey does not currently have any dogs, because she feels it would be unfair to keep a dog couped up without his pack member for 10-14hrs a day, which is frequently her schedule.
Dr. Grey's current family consists of four children: Nefertari (Egyptian for "The most beautiful of them all")--a silky black female rescued cat with attitude; Otta (Arabic for "cat")--a supersweet beautiful but possesive, long red tabby female rescued cat; Rameses (the longest reigning and most prolific of all the Egyptian pharoahs)---a purebred male Pixiebob (domestic descendants of bobcats) who is not the smartest, but the most adorable, loving, mushcat at a fit 15lbs and still growing, and King Tut (Egyptian for "In the image of a king")--a medium haired male purebred Pixiebob, who unquestionably knows he's royalty, as he constantly struts and grooms himself, as well as everyone else in the house (a king can't be seen with dirty cohorts!).


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

Oakdale Animal Hospital is open Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30AM-8PM; Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30AM-6PM and on Saturday 8:30AM-4PM (we are closed on Sunday). If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at
631-567-3050. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Oakdale Animal Hospital
1191 Montauk Hwy.
Oakdale, NY 11769

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following 24/7/365 veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
75 Sunrise Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
Open 24/7/365

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury NY 11590 
Open 24/7/365