Dr. Olah joined our clinic in the spring of 2012 and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team. Dr. Olah has lived and worked in many places, but New Mexico has been his home for the past 22 years. In 1990, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After graduation, he held several research positions in Europe and then in New Mexico. In 1996, Dr. Olah decided to pursue his interest in veterinary medicine. He was accepted into veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in 1998, where he graduated at the top of his class with a DVM degree in 2002.
After graduation, Dr. Olah accepted a yearlong academic appointment at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio where he taught parasitology to first-year veterinary students and conducted research on tick-borne diseases. He left research to practice medicine in a feline specialty clinic in Columbus for a few months where he discovered his true passion for feline medicine. He moved back to New Mexico and worked at Smith Veterinary Hospital in Santa Fe for 8 years and was dedicated to their feline hospital section before joining our clinic. His special interests include feline internal medicine, infectious diseases, and parasitology.
Dr. Olah received board certification in feline medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP-Feline) in November 2010. He is the only board certified feline specialist in the state of New Mexico. Dr. Olah has been an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, serving in the past as chairperson of the Research Committee. Presently, he is a board member of the Winn Feline Foundation and was recently nominated president-elect for this organization. Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Cat Fanciers Association, Inc. in 1968. Its mission is to enhance the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education. Projects funded by Winn have provided information that is used every day in all aspects of feline medicine. Since its inception, grants totaling in excess of $4 million have been awarded by the Foundation for scientific studies, encouraging veterinarians and researchers to focus attention on the health needs of cats. Dr. Olah’s other professional affiliations include the International Association of Cat Doctors, the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Olah spends his free time with his wife enjoying the great outdoors, running or simply staying home and being entertained by their two cats, Victor and Maynard. He also enjoys roasting coffee and reading and writing on various feline medicine topics.