Meet our Doctors

Karina Creighton, BVSc (Hons), DACVECC

Nephrology & Urology Fellow

Internal Medicine

I am originally from Sydney, Australia and grew up with multiple family cats. I was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after one of our cats was treated for lymphoma at our local specialty hospital. After completing my veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne I worked in general practice in Sydney, before moving to North America for internship and residency training. After finishing my ECC residency in 2013 I practiced as a criticalist in both academic and private specialty hospitals before moving to Washington DC in 2021 to start a nephrology and urology fellowship at Friendship Hospital for Animals. My three cats, Caspar, Hamish and Wolfie, allow me to share their house in DC.

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I joined Friendship to start a nephrology and urology fellowship with Dr. Foster and the Internal Medicine team. Friendship has a great reputation and I’m looking forward to working in a diverse, friendly, and collaborative environment.


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science: University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Internship: Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Residency: Michigan State University

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Hemodialysis and other extracorporeal therapies
  • Kidney disease in cats
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Fluid therapy in critically ill patients

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Professional Publications

  • Gordon DS, Rudinsky AJ, Guillaumin J, Parker VJ, Creighton KJ. Vitamin C health and disease: a companion animal focus. Topics in Companion An Med 2020; 39: 100432
  • Creighton KJ, Koenigshof AM, Weder CD, Jutkowitz LA. Evaluation of two point-of-care ethylene glycol tests for dogs. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2014; 24:398-402

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