Lee Pickett, V.M.D.
Veterinarian Lee Pickett, VMD, practices companion animal medicine and acupuncture in Reading, Pennsylvania. With her pets, she writes the weekly veterinary advice column Ask the Vet's Pets. In addition, she writes magazine articles on pet health care.
Dr. Pickett is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Maxwell Medal from the Dog Writers Association of America and the University of Pennsylvania Mikus Prize for
proficiency in veterinary medicine and upholding the principles of veterinary medical ethics. She was profiled in a Philadelphia magazine cover story on Great Vets, and she appears on television news segments and animal shows.
Dr. Pickett developed and taught a community college course on Veterinary
Medicine for Pet Owners, co-founded PetNet to provide foster care for animals
affected by domestic violence, and served on the boards of directors of the Humane Society of Berks County (PA) and Delaware Valley (PA) Golden Retriever Rescue.
She graduated from Hartwick College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Christopher Cat is the pen name of Oliver, a silver and black long-haired tabby of uncertain ancestry. Oliver is known for his common-sense intelligence, humor and unlimited self-confidence. He frequently receives assistance with the column from feline family members Carlie and Claire.
Daisy Dog is the pen name of Annie, an English setter rescued in 2005 at the age of five. She is bright, affectionate and eager to please. In answering questions posed by
readers, she sometimes consults her Irish wolfhound brother, Ollie.
From 2002 through 2005, Daisy Dog was the pen name of Molly, an elegant white standard poodle of exceptional intelligence and charm. Molly, who died at the age of 14, is remembered for her kind, gentle spirit.
The original Daisy Dog, an olde English sheepdog, lived with Dr. Pickett from 1974 through 1988.
Cathy Cockatiel, Frank B. Ferret, Gina Guinea Pig, Reba Rabbit and Reggie Rat contribute their expertise when Christopher Cat and Daisy Dog take occasional vacations.