Our mission is to advance feline health and wellbeing and to nurture the relationships between cats, their owners, and their care-providers.

Cats are becoming an increasingly important part of veterinary medicine. As a cat lover herself, MSU alumna and former MSU trustee Patricia M. Carrigan was the first to recognize the College’s potential for advancing feline health and wellbeing. She saw a unique opportunity to focus the College’s intellectual and technological resources into a cohesive unit dedicated to helping solve important health problems facing cats. In 1999, she committed herself to this effort by establishing the Pat Carrigan Endowed Chair in Feline Health. What followed was the creation of the Center for Feline Health and Wellbeing.

We began strategic planning for the Center with the first meeting of 18 members of the Feline Health Study Team. Since 1999:

  • The team has grown to over 70 members representing 6 academic departments and 5 service/research units at MSU and collaborators at the University of Michigan.
  • Team members have received over two million dollars in funding for feline research.
  • The Center has supported the education and training of undergraduate students, DVM professional students, graduate students, intern and residents, and post-graduate veterinarians.
  • The Center has been officially recognized as an entity in the Statewide Resource Network by the MSU Office of University Outreach and Engagement.


John Kruger, DVM, PhD, DACVIM