In 2012, Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki received her veterinary degree from Massey University in New Zealand. She then completed an internship and a residency in shelter medicine at Cornell University. Her passion for animal sheltering and technology led her to co-author a textbook, teach for the University of Florida, and lecture nationally to help improve the lives of shelter pets.
As a shelter medicine specialist, Dr. Hoshizaki ran a mobile practice that provided medical and surgical care to shelters and rescues. In 2019, she founded the non-profit organization, Kittens First, which provides online resources for foster kittens at the San Jose Animal Care Center. During this time she worked almost exclusively with neonatal/pediatric feline patients, aka kittens, and is excited to meet many new feline patients!
Dr. Hoshizaki joined the Irvington Pet Hospital team in 2021. In addition to cats, her interests include animal behavior, soft tissue surgery, and infectious diseases.
After work, Dr. Hoshizaki enjoys weight lifting, cooking, gardening, sewing, and crafts. A self-proclaimed nerd, she can often be seen at local conventions wearing homemade costumes. Dr. Hoshizaki shares her life with a luscious cheesecake of a cat named Beignet.