Dr. Colleen McCafferty

Dr. McCafferty was born in the Galapagos Islands, working as a migrant pearl diver and leading shark tours to travelers from around the world, when she came across a sick dolphin one day, and found her porpoise.

Dr. McCafferty was actually born and raised in Alexandria, VA,where she developed a passion for science and animals that led her to pursue a biology degree from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. This path was originally supposed to culminate in a PhD in Marine Biology focusing on research, which landed her in two internships at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL where she spent time rehabilitating sea turtles, manatees, and pygmy sperm whales. It was during these internships working alongside veterinarians who volunteered in the lab that her true calling became apparent.

Dr. McCafferty subsequently attended and graduated from Virginia-Maryland regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She has worked at Huffard Animal Hospital since 2001, and has fulfilled the role of Chief of Staff since 2006.

She was married in October 2004 on the same weekend Huffard’s new hospital building opened. She and her husband enjoy scuba diving and many other sports, and he helped her train for over 20 marathons, including 3 at Boston, and her first Ironman Triathlon in Wisconsin in September 2012.

They have two sons, Liam and Rees, who are almost as much work as the two new norfolk terrier puppies that were added to the family recently, joining a 12 year old black lab.

She is not only a veterinarian, but a loving wife and mother, an accomplished runner and triathlete. Dr. McCafferty continues to challenge herself in every aspect of her life. She feels blessed that she has a loving family and a wonderful career. Come visit and share in her passion for animals and for life.