Cat Hospital of Metairie



Our Feline Friendly Doctors

Dr. Karen Miller-Becnel

Dr. Karen Miller-Becnel

Dr. Miller is a highly experienced veterinarian serving the cats and their owners in the greater Metairie area. Her special interests are in wellness care, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and senior feline medical and rehabilitation services featuring laser therapy which she has found to be very instrumental in aiding injured or arthritic cats.


Dr. Miller, as she is known to most of her clients, has been married to Mr. Becnel for 20 years. She came to New Orleans as a young Texas A&M veterinarian and in 1973, became the first woman in New Orleans to open her own veterinary hospital. Times have definitely changed since then with many more women in the profession now! She built a second new free-standing hospital in New Orleans in 1980 and saw whatever type of animal her clients kept as pets. She sold that hospital at the end of 1999, having previously opened the Cat Hospital of Metairie in 1990. While she loves all animals, the new hospital was devoted exclusively to the care of her favorite animal---cats!!! She sold the Cat Hospital in 2015.

In October of 2016 Dr Miller opened a mobile clinic on the North Shore and ran that service until reacquiring the Cat Hospital in 2020. She also runs her non-profit-Art for Cats Sake that raises money for feline research. (

A lifelong cat lover, Dr. Miller-Becnel has a knack for putting cats at ease.

In addition, Dr. Miller-Becnel stays current on veterinary developments and best practices. The doctor attends over 40 hours per year of continuing education courses to keep up on new advancements in the field. Our veterinarian’s dedication to caring for cats and treating their health concerns means that your cat will receive the best in feline veterinary care.

Dr. Stephanie Thibeau

Dr. Stephanie Thibeau is a New Orleans native, local Ursuline Academy graduate and LSU tiger! She grew up in Harahan and developed a love of animals early on in life with her first dog Melvin—  a precocious and endearing dachshund. During her undergraduate career she dabbled in dairy science and developed an appreciation for all creatures big and small! 

She graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and has practiced in the New Orleans area for 5 years doing small animal medicine. She is currently finishing her certification in acupuncture and is excited to bring alternative medicine options to her patients. 

She is the proud pet-parent of 1 spoiled dachshund (Josie), 1 big grey beautiful tabby (Prince) and 1 mischievous little calico (Nemo).