Karen Becker, DVM, NMD is arguably one of the country’s most respected vets on animal nutrition, health and wellness. She has been featured on the hit television program Animal Planet and her knowledge on pet nutrition and willingness to share that knowledge has led Dr. Becker to become one of the most sought after speakers at national conventions and seminars.
Dr. Becker earned her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Wildlife Management and Biology and is a graduate of the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her exotic animal internship in California and has continued her education by completing the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s certification course in Houston in 1996, received her certification from the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in Virginia in 1998 and earned her degree as a Naturopathic Medical Doctor in 2003.
She worked at the Raptor Center of Pueblo, Colorado rehabilitating hawks, eagles, owls and falcons. This experience culminated with her being federally licensed to rehabilitate ill, injured and orphaned wildlife. To put her resources to work, she and her husband, Dave, founded Covenant Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Illinois. She worked under the head veterinarian at the Berlin Zoo, Germany, and continued her studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. In 1999 Dr. Becker combined her training, knowledge and life-long dream by opening Natural Pet Animal Hospital in Tinley Park, Illinois, and was quickly recognized by being voted one of Chicago’s Top Ten Vets by Chicago Magazine.
Dr. Becker’s Bites began as a family business and transitioned to a Corporation in 2003. The Bites were developed as treats with a formulation based on 100% USDA inspected beef liver baked out of “Mom’s Kitchen.” Outgrowing the kitchen and first bakery, the corporate office and bakery moved from Iowa to Illinois in 2007. The Bison Bites were added to the line that same year. In 2009, both the Veggie Bites and Solutions Bites and Shakers were added. Herbs and supplements are added to the Solutions line in a proprietary formula prescribed by Dr. Becker. Her vision for the ultimate treat and her passion for pet care and wellness continues to be the inspiration for Dr. Becker’s Bites.
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