Dr. Karen Becker

About Dr. Karen Becker

Hello! I'm Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. My goal is to partner with pet parents seeking to improve their pet’s overall health and vitality through wise lifestyle choices.

I believe the Art of Medicine is understanding not only the myriad of insults that create disease, but having an arsenal of non-toxic, innovative approaches to help unlock the innate potential inside a pet’s body for healing and recovery to occur. My goal is to not just to identify the root causes of disease and degeneration in pets, but to prevent the body from breaking by taking a proactive stance towards intentionally creating vibrant, thriving animals.

Today, I help millions of pets worldwide achieve abundant health by offering the most up-to-date information on species-appropriate nutrition, lifestyle choices and proactive living.

As you read through my articles, you'll learn how to make impactful choices to improve your pet's quality of life. I'm looking forward to helping you make positive health changes in the lives of your pets.

I was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and I began volunteering at a local humane society at the age of 13 and continued shelter work for the next decade. Through my experiences with working with homeless, abused and unwanted animals, I became an animal advocate. I became a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator at age 14, a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator at age 16 and acquired my permit to rehabilitate endangered species in 2002.

I founded the first proactive animal hospital in the Chicago area in 1999, opened an exotic animal hospital in 2001, and a rehabilitation and pain management clinic in 2011. Today, I still practice medicine, but also enjoy educating people about natural health through TV and radio interviews, lectures and presentations. My first prescriptive health and wellness book, The Forever Dog, is released late 2021.

My Educational Background and Professional Affiliations include:


  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in Wildlife and International Resource Management, 1989
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's certification course, 1996
  • Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine, 1997
  • Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy's certification course in Virginia, 1998
  • Canine Rehabilitation Institute, 2013


  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians
  • Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
  • International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
  • American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists
  • Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
  • National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association