Dr. Stocking has 20 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian and after a few years in mixed dog and cat practice found herself focused on feline medicine and surgery. She has worked as an associate veterinarian, as a clinic owner twice as she also previously built and ran Cat Hospital of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, Canada, and as an Assistant Professor training veterinary students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies.
After receiving her B.Sc. from University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Stocking qualified as a veterinarian with her D.V.M. from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical year at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has practiced in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and she currently holds veterinary licenses in California and Michigan.
Currently, she is the owner of Red Barn Cat Clinic in Richland, Michigan, a feline-exclusive hospital she built with her husband in a repurposed horse stable on their home property.
Dr. L. Ruey Stocking has been an avid proponent of cats keeping their claws since first introduced to the surgical declaw procedure early in her career. She is an enthusiastic fan of nail trimming, SoftPaws® nails caps, scratching posts, Feliway® pheromone therapy, Sticky Paws® and other alternatives to surgical declawing. She makes it a focus to help cat owners learn that declawing is not in their cats’ best interest and explains what the options are so the cats and their owners can live happily and in peace with furniture and skin intact.
Dr. Stocking is a long-standing member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is on the board of directors of two 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue groups in her region. She and her veterinarian husband have 13 cats and a Pomeranian dog living with them in their home and a few more cats live or are being fostered at her practice. Declawing is not permitted at her practice and complimentary nail trims come included with every patient examination.