Cheryl Moss, DVM
Dr. Cheryl Moss has never needed to consider her career options. First grade, first dog — a Dachshund named Scooter — and it was love at first sight. Dr. Moss knew without a question that her future was decided. She would be a veterinarian when she grew up.
Growing up in Marquette, Michigan, on Lake Superior, Dr. Moss shared her young life with dogs only because of her Dad's allergies to cats. (She later more than made up for her non-feline childhood!) As the recognized animal person in her family, she recalls how whenever the family dogs visited the vet, her mom designated Dr. Moss to be the family canine care representative. And when she was in high school, she worked in a local veterinarian practice.
After studying biology as an undergraduate, Dr. Moss graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. By happenstance, while at MSU she became friends with fellow student, Dr. Eileen Mulcahy. After graduation, Dr. Moss remained in Michigan working in a mixed practice that included attending to farm animals. Then encouraged by Dr. Mulcahy, who had relocated to Massachusetts, Dr. Moss moved to Massachusetts and worked in a local small animal practice. When Dr. Mulcahy started her veterinary practice, Central Animal Hospital, in Leominster, Dr. Moss joined her as one of the early employees of the growing practice.
Along the way, Dr. Moss began to share her life with cats. Making up for lost time, she adopted two underweight and sickly British Shorthairs, Eliza and Alex. With her TLC they both thrived and over the years have been followed by a total of fifteen cats at this point in time.
Dr. Moss's childhood love of animals has never left her. She really enjoys working with animals and their people. She believes that kissing a cat or dog every day is the best medicine for humans. Her commitment to do her best for her patients and their people means that as well as explaining all available treatment options she listens attentively to how families wish to proceed when a beloved four-legged family member is faced with treatment options. Her philosophy of care is to join and guide the family team as it makes choices. She holds dear her faith in the unconditional love our animals give us. No matter what sort of day any of us may have had, when we open our front doors, bundles of excited joy greet us.