The Feline Hospital

81 Webb Street
Salem, MA 01970


  Phone: 978-744-8020 Fax: 978-745-8253  e-mail:

Upcoming Staff & Schedule Changes at The Feline Hospital

Many of you have met Dr. Laura Jesseman who began working with us in June 2018. An unexpected opportunity has arisen which will allow her to move closer to her family; Dr. Jesseman will be leaving TFH in May. Like you, we have enjoyed working with her and wish Laura the best in her new endeavor.

As a result of this and Dr. Willard’s mid-June retirement, Dr. Ternes will be the only doctor. This will necessitate a significant reduction in available doctor appointments.

Beginning June 1, 2019 we will no longer have doctor appointments on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Two Saturdays a month we will schedule Veterinary Technician appointments. We will be open all Saturdays from 9 to 12 for scheduling appointments and diet or medicine pick-ups. On Wednesdays from 9 – 12 we will schedule Veterinary Technician appointments. See below for the near term schedule exceptions.
We thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding.

Veterinarian Exceptions to the schedule described above:
Wednesday June 5th there will be a veterinarian available for appointments.
Saturday June 8th there will be a veterinarian available for appointments.
Saturday Veterinary Technician appointments will be available for June 8th and June 22d.


FELINE OBESITY     Click here to read an entire article on this subject.

The Feline Hospital, a cat-only  veterinary  clinic in Salem, Massachusetts, was  founded in July 1984 by Dr. Kathleen Keefe Ternes.  At the time, there  was only one other clinic in the  state that  specialized   in caring for cats. Limiting  patients to  just cats allows   Dr. Ternes  to put into practice the concept  that cats  are not small  dogs and need to be treated  with exclusive  care.  Everything about  The Feline Hospital speaks  to that belief. The  hospital has a warm, home-like atmosphere and our staff is skilled in all things feline. Our exam rooms even have a little "cave" which  our patients can jump into before or after their examinations.

Dr. Ternes -  one of  only two  board certified feline specialists in the state of Massachusetts- and her dedicated, professional veterinary team strive to provide every cat with  the healthiest, happiest and longest life possible.  We treat  every cat as if it were our own. We understand that caring for a cat requires a team approach.  "Pediatrics with four feet" is how Dr. Ternes describes feline medicine. Therefore, client education and communication are hallmarks of the practice.

We  are a  comprehensive  facility with  both   laboratory and  radiology services on site and offer a full range of surgery and dental procedures.

We recognize that The Feline Hospital website has not kept pace with our medicine.  Look for our new site over the Summer.  Thank you for your patience and patients!


(Updated for Summer 2019)

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00am 7:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am 6:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am 12:00pm
Thursday 8:00am 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am 12:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed


The Feline Hospital
81 Webb Street
Salem, MA 01970

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