Karen graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and had every intention of working as a Registered Pharmacist. After working a number of years at a retail pharmacy, she found that her family obligations required her to take a break. “Working with the public in the pharmacy field can be challenging, and I found myself burning out.”
During her hiatus, Karen was able to explore other fields, and found that the veterinary field interested her immensely. She went on to study at Mount Ida College in their Veterinary Technology BS Program. It was in her last year of study there that she decided to pursue wildlife medicine as her specialty. “Wildlife amazes me!” she says. “Their adaptation for survival has always intrigued me and I enjoy being able to provide nursing care to animals that are more often than not in the hospital due to human error.”
After graduation, Karen found herself at the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Clinic (BBWC) and truly enjoys the caseload as well as the staff and volunteers, “The staff, volunteers and students at the BBWC are outstanding! Although we are approaching a record number of cases this year, we all still manage to have positive attitudes and enjoy our jobs! My work environment is a pleasure, something not everyone can say, and we consider ourselves family.” In the nine years she has been at the BBWC, she has never looked back and doesn’t miss the retail pharmacy one bit.
Outside of wildlife, her most enjoyable thing to do is to spend time with her family, including her two dogs (a Boston Terrier and a Shih Tzu mix) and a cat. She also looks forward to vacationing and outside activities.