Dr. Arnold Plotnick is the founder and Medical Director of Manhattan Cat Specialists. A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, Dr. Plotnick completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Colorado State University in 1996. Dr. Plotnick became board certified in veterinary internal medicine in 1997. He also has a Master’s degree in Immunology.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Arnold Plotnick, MD, DVM, ACVIM
In addition to his veterinary work, Dr. Plotnick is also a noted author, columnist and blogger. He is the author of The Original Cat Fancy Bible, and is the former advice columnist for Catchannel.com and former “Ask the Vet” columnist for Cat Fancy magazine. He currently authors the column “Body Parts” for Catster magazine and is a frequent contributor to Catnip newsletter.
Dr. Plotnick’s is an avid traveler, crossing the world in search of adventure … and cats! He chronicles his international voyages and feline encounters on his popular blog, Cat Man Do. He currently lives in Manhattan with his partner of 15 years, Mark, and their beloved cat, Mittens.
Victoria Sheheri, DVM
Dr. Victoria Sheheri grew up in Brooklyn with a strong love and deep respect for all animals. Caring for dozens of neighborhood strays and two personal cats gave her invaluable experience working with frightened and sick cats, which she puts to good use every day at Manhattan Cats.
Dr. Sheheri strives to make veterinary visits and hospital stays as pleasant as possible for each of her patients as well as their owners. She understands and values your love and devotion for your extended family member and works hard to successfully diagnose and treat any health problems your cat may have.
Dr. Sheheri is a strong believer in the importance of thorough physical exams, and also prioritizes preventative care, the effects of the household environment and nutrition.
After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College, Dr. Sheheri worked as a veterinary technician at a busy Brooklyn animal hospital and with racehorses in Florida and Kentucky before returning to school to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Sheheri graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and has been working almost exclusively in feline practice in the NYC area since that time, joining Manhattan Cats in September 2009.
In 2011, Dr. Sheheri was recruited by the board-certified feline veterinary specialists at the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), a worldwide network of veterinarians and veterinary specialists collaborating on challenging cases. She became one of fourteen Consultants and Associate Editors on their Feline Internal Medicine Board, and continues to help advise other veterinarians worldwide on challenging feline cases. The regular exposure to VIN’s broad and challenging case variety has helped Dr. Sheheri to quickly hone in on unusual problems that may have otherwise remained obscure.
When not at Manhattan Cat Specialists or on VIN, she enjoys running, vegan meals and old Volkswagens. She lives in Hoboken with her husband and their cat, Bad Apple.