Dr. Caitlin McHugh joined the anesthesia service at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University as a specialty intern after receiving her DVM from Tufts in May of 2021. Her particular interests include anesthesia of the high-risk patient, feline behavior, cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, and the promotion of well-being & career happiness in the veterinary profession.
Dr. McHugh grew up in Massachusetts, surrounded by a plethora of pets – especially cats. Her family brought their own pets to Tufts when they were ill, and Dr. McHugh is honored to be working along some of the same clinicians who provided her pets with such excellent care. Her career in veterinary medicine came later in life, though she has always had a deep love for animals and the natural world. She grew up riding horses and is the current part-owner of a mischievous Haflinger gelding named Link. Her career in veterinary medicine was preceded by a career at Google, Inc., where she worked in both the Cambridge and California offices.
Dr. McHugh met her husband at Google in 2007. They now live with two almost-identical longhaired black cats named Wesley and Tricky, as well as an assortment of freshwater fish. Tricky is a Tufts alum himself, having been adopted as a sick kitten in 2019. The whole family enjoys watching the diverse array of wildlife in their backyard, which is adjacent to a river.
DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 2021
AB, Bowdoin College, 2007
Research and Clinical Interest
Management of patient anxiety and stress in the hospital setting
Anesthesia of the critically ill
Large animal anesthesia (equine, bovine, small ruminant)
Work/life balance & career happiness
Fear Free® certified – Level 2
RECOVER Initiative trained – Advanced Life Support