Dr. Kate Carlson and her husband Mike live on a small farm near Abrams with their dogs, cats, and sheep. It is their love and compassion for animals and the human-animal bond that lead to the creation of this special service, and the founding of Circle of Life for Pets in 2019. Beyond professional experience, they have also gone through the difficult process of losing several beloved pets, and have many times worked through end of life decisions, grief, and the healing process.
We are proud to be an independently owned, local small business built on heart, hard work, and commitment. Giving back to our local community is important to us. We volunteer and donate regularly at our local animal shelter to help other animals get the opportunity to live their best lives.
Dr. Kate attended veterinary medical school at the University of Minnesota. She has been working in private companion animal practice in the Green Bay area for over 15 years, and founded Circle of Life for Pets in 2019. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 2012, veterinary spinal manipulative therapy through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in 2011 (similar to human "chiropractic" therapy), and completed a 16-month certification course in animal hospice and palliative care through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) in 2018-2019. She continues to be an active member in this organization throughout the year in order to stay on the cutting edge of end of life care. She also has received specialized training through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and is a member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB). Her professional interests include nurturing the human-animal bond and whole patient minded therapies that take the pet, family, and environment into account.
Mike has had an affinity for animals his whole life, and especially enjoys tending to his sheep and dogs. He is a wonderful supportive partner and contributes greatly to Circle of Life's mission.