Dr. Katie Iovino was 8 years old when an injured cardinal helped her realize her true calling. While helping care for the injured bird, she realized she wanted to join a profession in which she could help those that could not speak for themselves. Growing up on Long Island, she was surrounded by animals of all sizes and species including fish, hermit crabs, mice, parakeets and her childhood black lab. Dr. Iovino completed her undergraduate work at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
While Dr. Iovino loves to practice all aspects of veterinary medicine including dentistry, internal medicine and surgery, she has a strong passion for the Human-Animal Bond and Animal Behavior. This passion was sparked after completing a training internship at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. She made it a priority to study as much about this topic as possible throughout veterinary school and taught Canine Good Citizen (CGC) dog training classes, as well as dog and cat clicker training labs at her vet school. She then continued her education in Animal Behavior after graduation by completing a mentorship with a Behaviorist. Dr. Iovino is an Elite Fear Free Certified® Professional which is the highest certification given to veterinarians dedicated to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress for patients during vet visits. Dr. Iovino is a strong proponent of positive reinforcement training, an idea which she hopes to share with her clients. Her goal is to educate pet owners while making appointments as stress free as possible for her patients.
Dr. Iovino is a proud pet parent to her cats, Tucker and Sawyer, and her dog, Piper. Tucker was the last of his litter left un-adopted at the shelter because he is a black cat that does not have a tail and Sawyer was adopted from Beth and Howard Stern and even has his own Instagram account! In her spare time, Dr. Iovino enjoys yoga, pilates, biking, and spending time with her husband, Shaun. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Dr. Iovino has an identical twin, so if you ever say “hi” to her outside of the hospital and she looks confused, don’t worry- it’s probably just her twin!