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Meet Dr. Katy Drain: A Veterinarian with Passion for Pets

Dr. Katy Drain recently opened Capstone Veterinary Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Katy Drain recently opened Capstone Veterinary Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Josh Watkins

On any given day, Dr. Katy Drain can be found busily caring for animals at her newly-opened Capstone Veterinary Hospital. Drain, who has worked as a veterinarian in Tuscaloosa for the past 15 years, is passionate about the pets she treats, and their owners.

“What drives me is my love for animals, the nurturing, love and compassion that I have for them,” Drain said. “Second is the science, and third is their owners and the relationship I have with them. I love that owners trust me.”


Drain, a mother-of-three who grew up in nearby Gordo, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. There was never a question of where she would practice.

“When I graduated from vet school, I came back here. I knew I wanted to be close to home.”

Opening her own practice, Capstone Veterinary Hospital, is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Drain, who said she knew from an early age what she wanted to do.

“When I was younger I had a little dog, Josephine, I called her Josey. Josey was my child before I had human children. The love I had for her and the love I had for animals, it felt right,” said Drain. “I just remember thinking, ‘I don’t know if I want to go to school for that long.’ But then I thought, what else do I want to do? Nothing. This is it. I pushed forward from then on.”

When it comes to role models, Drain doesn’t hesitate to name hers.    

Dr. Katy Drain and her trusted vet tech, Tasha Morrow, are standing next to a sketch of Drain’s beloved dog, Josey.

“My mom was and still is my role model for loving animals and caring for them. She was a nurse, and I grew up in the country. Everyone dropped dogs off at our house. We had lots of dogs and cats at times. Her gift of caring still continues on. She’s retired now, but donates her time to the free health clinic in Greensboro. And yes, animals still get dropped off at her house – or they somehow find her.”

Dr. Drain’s Capstone Veterinary Hospital offers all manner of pet care, from surgery to wellness visits, as well as boarding. Drain said while the majority of patients she sees are dogs and cats, she’s treated all manner of animals.

“I’ve seen hedgehogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, iguanas, goats, pot-bellied pigs, snakes, even miniature horses and donkeys – and I love all of them. My very first patient out of vet school was a pet turkey who had a respiratory infection. It was awesome.”

Drain said her goal is to do everything she can to meet the needs of pets – and their owners.

“Pets are family. There are so many people that I see, pets are their only family. And they put their trust in me to do everything,” she said. “It’s a huge honor. I find owners interesting, and I enjoy getting to know everyone.”

Being a veterinarian is challenging, Drain said, in part because the field itself is always evolving.

“Science and animals drive me. I’m constantly learning and researching. A few years ago, I had a student shadowing me who wrote me a thank you note and he said, ‘The coolest thing about your job is you’re not only a medical doctor, you’re a dentist, an anesthesiologist, an oncologist and a pharmacist.’ It’s true. It’s never boring.”

Dr. Katy Drain knows she has met her calling.

“Think about Sunday night, and you’ve had a great weekend – you never want to dread Monday. So come Sunday, I can’t wait for Monday morning. I’ve always been like that, my whole career. I’m so ready, I’m fired up and I’m happy. I am truly blessed that I get to do this for a living.”

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