Hours Of Operation:

Mon – Thu: 8am–8pm

Fri: 8am–5pm

Sat: 8am–2pm

Rochester, NY Veterinarians

Ember Couture, DVM

veterinarians rochester A 1996 graduate of Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ember Couture has been hospital co-director at Cats & Critters since 1999. Previous to her arrival at Cats & Critters, she completed an internship at Animal Hospital of Pittsford/Veterinary Specialists of Rochester in 1997. She continued on as a staff veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford until 1999.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Couture attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 1989. Following her undergraduate education, Dr. Couture was employed as a veterinary technician, before going on to the the College of Veterinary Medicine at LSU.

At Cats & Critters, Dr. Couture is responsible for the health and well being of her feline patients plus many unusual types of pets. Some of the exotic and unusual pets that she sees include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, sugar gliders, prairie dogs and hedgehogs. In order to keep up with the vast amount of medical information about so many species, she regularly attends continuing education conferences and workshops. Dr. Couture is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York Veterinary Medical Society and the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Society.

When she's not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Couture can often be found outside, running, hiking and camping or gardening. At home, she enjoys the companionship of her dog, Jagger (a.k.a., "The Beast"), a Rottweiler, and three cats, Denali, Kaila and Truffle.

Joanne Hach, DVM

rochester veterinarian Dr. Joanne Hach has cared for pets as a general practitioner at Cats & Critters since 2002. Dr. Hach previously practiced medicine at Fairport Animal Hospital from 2001 to 2002.

A native of Randolph, NJ, Dr. Hach attended Bucknell University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry in 1995. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a Master's Degree program in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to attend the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Hach enjoys caring for the wide variety of feline and small mammal patients with whom our clients share their homes. She remains current in her field through continuing education conferences and workshops and through independent study. Dr. Hach is a member of the Cornell Feline Health Center, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The antics of Pneuman and Cheddar, her two cats, keep her amused and busy at home. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and playing soccer.

Christopher R. McKinney, DVM

Dr. Christopher R. McKinneyDr. Christopher R. McKinney is an associate veterinarian at Cats & Critters Veterinary Hospital and East River Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. McKinney graduated cum laude from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2004. He attended the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 to 2010, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After two years in practice Dr. McKinney attended Tufts University, where he received his Master of Science in Conservation Medicine in 2013. Most recently he worked at a small veterinary practice in the greater Buffalo area.

In addition to his experience as a veterinarian, he started working in the veterinary field in 2004 as a veterinary assistant. Dr. McKinney has volunteered at the Buffalo Zoo, Tufts University Wildlife Clinic and completed an internship at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a wildlife intern in 2013. He seeks to enhance human-animal relationships and provide compassionate care for all patients. His professional interests include exotic animals, wildlife and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. McKinney shares his home with his wife, Elizabeth, and four cats; Max, Jawa, Viggo and Vlad. In his spare time, he likes to read, hike and play computer games.