Dr Catherine Bovens

Medicine Clinician

Catherine Bovens


Catherine Bovens is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) for companion animals. Catherine is from Belgium and graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2005.

After a one-year small animal internship in the same university, she went to the UK for a three-year Senior Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust, obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2009. This was followed by further intensive training in internal medicine with a three-year residency programme at the University of Bristol in the UK. Catherine obtained her European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.

When deciding to move to Australia, it was very important to Catherine to find a hospital where she could work in such a way that she could achieve the best standard of care for her patients.

“I was keen to join VRH because it already had a good team of other specialists, including specialists in surgery and imaging, as well as a good team of vets to look after my patients out of hours. This gave me the confidence that I could do my work at the best possible standard.”

Catherine enjoys all areas of feline and canine internal medicine; her areas of particular interest include haematology, liver diseases and endoscopy. She has published articles in several veterinary journals, including the Veterinary Times and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has lectured in several countries. She has received awards for her presentations at conferences, including the Best Medicine Abstract at the UK National Veterinary Congress and the Best Case Report at the Small Animal Medicine Society conference.

Catherine has three cats, all coming from rescue centres, and outside work she enjoys exploring the countryside playing board games.