Katherine Rutherford


Dr. Kate Rutherford is a small animal veterinarian who also has a passion for teaching.  She is an instructor for the online programs and extension team, teaches veterinary students in the Clinical Skills Learning Center (CSLC), and continues private clinical practice as well.   

She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, following in her father’s footsteps (Dr. John Brix, Class of 1976).  Growing up in a mixed practice, raising beef cattle, and showing horses has given her a strong appreciation for the livestock industry and large animal medicine, however, small animal medicine captured her interest most strongly.  She has been a small animal practitioner since graduating, with a particular focus on internal medicine and geriatric care.  In 2017, she became a part-time faculty in the Certified Veterinary Technician program at Parkland College and then transitioned her career as an educator to the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2023.   

Outside of work time, Dr. Rutherford competes with her Paint-Percheron horse in eventing and enjoys needlessly reinventing agriculture on a small farmette with her husband, two dogs, and two pampered barn cats.  

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