Dr. Christopher Pagel
A Madisonian since 1987, Dr. Pagel grew up in Grafton and Mequon, and came for his undergraduate degree here (BS - Philosophy and Zoology 1991) as well as veterinary school (DVM 1995).
"The only city that could keep me from moving out West is Madison," he says. As soon as he saw a hospital for sale in Madison in 1996, he couldn't resist.
Since 2000, Dr. Pagel has been a veterinarian for an exotic cat sanctuary, helping care for 50 big cats, like tigers, lions, and cougars. He has six cats at home, and claims he, "can stop adopting any time he wants to". Past pets include dogs, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater and saltwater fish, a stingray, mollusks, prairie dogs, birds, and insects.