Dr. Karen Mueller is a life-long animal enthusiast and has trained or shown horses and dogs for most of her life. After receiving degrees in Biology and Education from Western Washington University, she graduated in 1990 from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1995 she received her Certification in Animal Chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and Options For Animals in Port Byron, Illinois. Dr. Mueller and Dr. Mike Salewski were the first DVMs certified in the state of Washington.
Dr. Mueller has practiced general veterinary medicine, emergency medicine, shelter medicine, feline medicine, and spay and neuter practice, as well as animal chiropractic. Dr. Mueller lives with her husband and their 2 children, 2 dogs, and a cockatiel. In her spare time she rides horses with friends, volunteers her services internationally as a veterinary surgeon, and sews for Days for Girls, a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene kits to women and girls around the world.
As a teenager Dr. Mueller was an active Pony Club and 4-H member and 3-Day Event rider. She competed through preliminary level before leaving the horse competition world to attend college. She concurrently trained dogs in 4-H, first the neighbor’s Samoyed and later her own Dalmatians. She showed dogs in breed classes and obedience, competing regionally and at national specialties.
After establishing her career and starting her family, Dr. Mueller purchased a yearling Oldenburg gelding named Pikante. She trained him for combined training and competed him in dressage, earning regional and national HOY (Horse of the Year) awards through Equestrian’s Institute and the N.A. Oldenburg Association. Retired from formal dressage, Pikante is now in his twenties and learning Working Equitation, which he thinks is fun.
Dr. Mueller's passion in the veterinary world has long been addressing the most lethal disease of companion animals in America—euthanasia due to overpopulation. In 2008 she co-founded WeSNiP, the Whatcom Education, Spay & Neuter Impact Program. Over the next 5 years she spayed and neutered over 11,000 dogs and cats, and saw the intake and euthanasia numbers at the local shelter decline as never before! Although WeSNiP had to close their own clinic due to funding, Karen continues to serve the shelter community and affect overpopulation by working part-time as a spay/neuter surgeon for the Spay to Save mobile clinic in Sequim, WA and providing relief veterinary services for animal shelters.
Dr. Mueller loves to improve the lives of animals. She feels fortunate to be able to work with animals and people as her profession.