Dr. Catherine Young grew up in eastern Montana in Miles City where she spent most of her childhood riding horses. She showed Quarter Horses and competed in the AQHA Youth World show for several years. She also grew up on a small farm with a variety of animals in addition to horses such as a pet 900 lb. pig, goats, mules, donkeys, lots of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and chickens. She spent a semester backpacking in Kenya with the National Outdoor Leadership School right after high school. Working at a veterinary clinic while an undergraduate sparked her interest in veterinary medicine so she ended up in Bozeman in the pre-veterinary program. Her strong interest in science led her to obtain a B.S. degree in Biotechnology of Animal Systems from Montana State University where she worked in a research laboratory while in school and met Dr. Trevor McCormick when they both worked for NASA, traveling to rural elementary schools talking about the early Mars rover missions.
She attended Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a DVM in 2006. She spent her time in school participating in studies on equine pain management and summers working at several mixed veterinary clinics in eastern Montana. Following graduation, she worked for a year at a mixed animal practice in Eugene, Oregon before moving back to eastern Montana. She practiced for 9 years as an associate at a small animal practice in Miles City before switching to relief work. Over the years she has enjoyed participating in a World Vets trip to Loreto, Mexico as well as working with the Rural Area Veterinary Services performing veterinary care in Lower Brule, SD. Dr. Young obtained her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture through Curacore in Colorado in 2018. She enjoys keeping up-to-date doing a lot of online continuing education while keeping up with her two young boys Masen and Henry in Miles City while her husband, Kevin, runs a busy general construction contracting business.
Dr. Young enjoys spending her free time doing Crossfit and walking with her three dogs as well as planning new adventures with her family that often include extended trips in the camper. Her household also includes three pet chickens, three cats, and two skinny pigs.