Kara Abeyta, DVM, CHPV
When a beloved pet companion is given a terminal diagnosis or is showing a decline in quality of life, it is not uncommon for us to feel tremendous grief. My passion is to use my experience and knowledge to help navigate this stage of life.
No single approach is the right one for every family during this time, and so I took 2 years to gain certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian. But what does hospice mean? It is a holistic, patient-centered philosophy promoting comfort and fullness of life rather than seeking a cure. This training has given me a toolbox of treatment options for palliative end of life care.
My background prior includes a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University followed by over 16 years of experience as an associate and relief small animal veterinarian.
In addition to being a hospice veterinarian, I'm also a mother and forever student of life. In my time away from work, you may find me bike riding the West Orange Trail with my daughter, snuggling with our cats Figaro and Ritz while Porter our dog tries to get all the attention, and spending time with God through prayer.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.