Dr. Katherine Bratcher was born in Southern California and moved to Sahuarita, Arizona with her family when she was in high school. She attended The University of Arizona for undergraduate school then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 from the University of California, Davis. She started her career in a mixed animal practice in Brawley, California for a few years then moved back to Sahuarita where she stayed until 2004. From 2004 until 2015, Dr. Bratcher practiced in Oklahoma but ended up back in Sahuarita to be closer to her parents.
She has practiced primarily mixed animal medicine for most of her career. She had her own mobile equine practice from 1999-2015 while doing part- time/relief work in small animal general practices and emergency clinics throughout Arizona and Oklahoma. She moved to Show Low in 2018 and worked in a mixed animal practice there until August 2023.
She joined Payson Pet care in September 2023. Dr. Bratcher has a special interest in medicine and enjoys working up difficult cases. She loves the working dogs and has a soft spot for German Shepherds. She loves developing relationships with clients and their pets.
She is a member of the Navajo County Search and Rescue team as a ground pounder and K9 handler. She recently lost her German Shepherd search dog, Luci, and is currently training a young Dutch Shepherd/Malinois to be her next search dog. She has two cats, Diesel and Fritz.