Karen Shaw Becker is the most followed veterinarian in the world, and for good reason. Dr. Becker believes in a deliberate, common sense approach to creating and maintaining vibrant health for companion animals and an unconventional, integrative approach to addressing disease and re-establishing health in ill pets. This refreshing, proactive approach that intentionally focuses on creating or restoring well-being has been embraced by millions of pet lovers around the world.
Karen Shaw Becker received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Becker completed exotic animal internships in California and at the Berlin Zoo, Germany. She is certified in acupuncture, homeopathy and rehabilitation. Dr. Becker founded the first proactive animal hospital in the Midwest in 1999, opened an exotic animal clinic in 2006 and a rehabilitation and pain management clinic in 2011.
Since then, thousands of patients have benefited from Dr. Becker’s unique approach to medicine. Her integrative approach to internal medicine and her passion for clinical pathology (tracking disease processes in the body), as well as her array of progressive diagnostics and innovative treatment protocols have earned her recognition as the world's most sough-after resource for animal nutrition and overall well-being.
Dr. Becker is passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife and their natural environment. She became a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1989. She is also licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate injured and orphaned endangered species through her non-profit organization, Covenant Wildlife.
Dr. Becker lectures internationally and writes about species appropriate nutrition on many platforms. She has co-authored the Whole Dog Journal’s Best Homemade Diet Book of All Time award, “Real Food for Healthy Pets.” Dr. Becker consults for a variety of health and wellness companies, including www.healthypets.mercola.com, the largest pet wellness website on the internet. In her spare time she enjoys formulating fresh pet food recipes for transparent, ethical pet food companies and developing pet health products to improve the well-being of companion animals worldwide.
As for her part in the creation of the VERY FIRST hand-made, USA produced pure meat treat that was introduced to the market over 22 years ago, she knew then what other treat manufacturers are just now realizing - that the healthiest treats for our four-legged friends contain absolutely NO grain, NO gluten, NO fillers and preferably will have just ONE single ingredient - meat! So in 1996 and knowing that hand-made, pure meat treats simply did not exist, she asked her mother to create and make some for her own pets. They were an instant hit with her dogs, cats and even her crocodile. She then asked Mom to bake some more "Bites" to place in her clinic and they sold out within hours. Dr. Becker's Bites was officially born. Since then, Dr. Becker's Bites has continually earned acclaim and awards for being the healthiest, tastiest treats on the market. We encourage you to try any of our 32 different variety of treats and see for yourself why pets go absolutely nuts for a treat made with what their bodies were intended to digest in the first place - pure meat! Click HERE to see all of our hand-made, delicious treats!
Below is a short video detailing how Dr. Becker became a vet. Great video!
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