Cathy was born and raised in Toronto. After high school she attended the university of Guelph where she earned an honours BSc in Agriculture in 1977 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. Immediately after graduation she came to Saint John where she worked for Dr. Jack Wait. In 1987 she became a partner at the Saint John Animal Hospital. In 1998 she left that partnership to own and operate the Fairvale Animal Hospital. Within a year of having sole ownership she designed and built the Fairvale Animal hospital at its present location at 1 Campbell Dr. in Rothesay N.B.
In 2009 she received certification in rehabilitation therapy and equipped the hospital with a therapy pool, underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser and other physical therapy modalities. This in turn has created a close relationship with Dr. Caroline Runyon, chief of surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, with whom she consults regularly.
Dr. Adams spent 25 years on the board of directors of the Cherry Brook Zoo. She currently serves on the board of the SPCA Animal Rescue and also on the Animal Welfare Committee of the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association. She helps with greyhound rescue and established the Curly Fund, named after her own pet, a stray standard poodle. The fund is dedicated to providing medical and surgical care to sick and injured homeless pets and wildlife. She has a special interest in working dogs and has served working canines for various policing agencies for the past 25 years.
She has at home seven dogs and six parrots.