Catherine Ashe

Mother, wife, veterinarian, writer, speaker.

I was born and grew up in privilege. Not the country club, yachting, polo ponies privilege, but just ordinary, white-bread American girl life. Nothing was very difficult for me.

I went to veterinary school and graduated in 2008. My husband received his PhD in Mathematics in 2012. Pursuing my love of emergency medicine, I stayed in the field for almost 10 years. After my 2 daughters were born, we welcomed a son into the world in 2016. He died 5 months later of complications from his chromosomal disease, Trisomy 18 (also called Edward’s syndrome). I left ER medicine, unable to manage the stress.

We welcomed our 4th child, a daughter, in July 2018. She is a light in our lives.

In December 2019, our second daughter, Hazel, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 6 years old. She is currently receiving chemotherapy that will continue until February 2022.

Now, I work as a home euthanasia and palliative care veterinarian. I travel to the homes of clients and help manage end-of-life pain and quality of life. When it is time, I help my animal patients pass peacefully, at home, with their owners present. I am passionate about end of life care, particularly human and animal palliation, hospice, and a peaceful death.