Dr. Christie Cornelius developed her love, compassion and concern for animals while growing up in a small city surrounded by farms in eastern Iowa. Her first pet was a pair of parakeets named Bert and Ernie. She also grew up with cats and dogs, and learned quite a lot about the human-animal bond very early in her life. She loved science and math as a kid, and at age nine, she began wondering if there was a way she could learn how to make sick animals feel better.
Dr. Cornelius graduated with honors from Loras College, in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then began a Master’s Degree in Zoological Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. During this time, she became a research assistant for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. While working on her Master’s thesis, she was accepted into Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cornelius graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and moved to Houston, Texas to begin her career.
Dr. Cornelius has thirteen years of experience in companion animal medicine and surgery, including five years as a hospice and palliative care provider. In 2017, Dr. Cornelius received her certification in Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care from the IAAHPC (International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care). She is a member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Cornelius founded the Last Wishes Fund, a 501c non-profit organization, in 2016. The donations collected from our community through this organization are used to assist families who own ailing pets at or near the end of their lives and are having trouble making ends meet at home. In 2017, Dr. Cornelius introduced a more environmentally friendly form of flameless pet aftercare with the addition of Last Wishes Aquamation.
Dr. Cornelius is a strong Human-Animal Bond Advocate. At home, she dresses her dogs and cats in little outfits just like many of you do, gives them more treats than she should, and of course spoils them rotten. Dr. Cornelius believes every pet deserves a life of comfort, joy and love with the family they share it with – however short or long for either. She is dedicated to making sure the bond her families have with their pets is at its best for as long as possible.