Dr. Katherine Backel, a Connecticut native, attended Cornell University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2010. She continued on at Cornell University for her doctorate of veterinary medicine, where she received awards in dermatology, clinical pathology and immunology, ultimately graduating top in her class in 2015. After leaving the upstate NY area, Dr. Backel completed her small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ in 2016. She was then accepted as a Dermatology resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital which she completed in July of 2019 before joining MVA. She was awarded board certification status as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2019. She has published original research in the Veterinary Dermatology Journal and contributed to the Journal of Feline medicine and Surgery. Dr. Backel’s clinical interests include allergy, ischemic dermatopathy, auto-immune disease and immune mediated disease.
As a former college track athlete, Dr. Backel enjoys staying active by running, lifting, and participating in Crossfit. Dr. Backel lives in Narberth with her two fox hounds, Polly and Roo.