Background & Education
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Dr. Zuhal Elhan started her veterinary career in 2003 at UC Davis’ Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Facility, where she worked for several years managing the herd and educating the public. Several years later, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at UC Davis and began working as a veterinary technician. In 2012, she earned her DVM at UC Davis, and she has worked as an emergency veterinarian at regional hospitals ever since.
Zuhal likes the fast pace and variety of emergency care; other areas of special interest include dermatology and neo-natal care. She has cared for and fostered hundreds of kittens and “bottle babies” over the years and is very well-versed in the different treatment strategies that help these animals thrive.
Zuhal also has a passion for volunteerism and helping people and animals in need. Her volunteer experience includes working in a children’s orphanage in Costa Rica, assisting World Vets in Nicaragua and serving as an intake coordinator at a regional clinic for the homeless. Since 2008, she has worked with Fix Our Ferals and other organizations that spay and neuter cats.
In her free time, Zuhal enjoys tennis, salsa dancing and hiking. She also enjoys skijoring with her Malamute. Skijoring is fun for Zuhal and her dog (who has been trained to mush). He pulls her while she skis behind him. Zuhal’s pets include another dog and two cats, and many foster kittens. She has a kitten room in her home that is dedicated to helping kittens get the best start possible.