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Karen Emanuelson, DVM

Karen Emanuelson, DVM

Background & Education: 

Veterinary Education: University of California, Davis

Dr. Emanuelson graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physiology, University of California Davis, with highest honors, a Departmental Citation of Outstanding Academic Accomplishment in Physiology and a membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She received her veterinary degree from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Zoological Medicine Track.

Dr. Emanuelson completed an internship at The Zoological Society of London, Whipsnade Park and London Zoo, England; she became a temporary member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

Dr. Emanuelson (Dr. E) became a partner/owner in Cottage Veterinary Hospital with Steven Sanders DVM. Dr E worked at Cottage as a small animal/exotic and wildlife veterinarian and owner for 7 years. She then became interum Chief of Service, Zoological Medicine at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for a year, and continued for 2 years as a clinical veterinarian and teacher for the program.

 Dr E started as a volunteer veterinarian at Oakland Zoo when she first returned from the United Kingdom, then after UC Davis Zoo Med, became the full time Veterinarian at the Zoo. She was named Director of Veterinary Services, Oakland Zoo in 2000. Dr E feels it was a privilege working with the incredible zoo animals, large and small! A lifetime achievement was building the veterinary program, and being instrumental in the design and utilization of the world class Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital, as the Zoo expanded to include many new species of large native California animals.

Dr Emanuelson was inspired by her mother, a small animal/exotic/wildlife veterinarian who built Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek with her father. The family bred and showed German Shepard Dogs, and Arabian Horses; did wildlife rehabilitation at home and at the SPCA; were founders of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association in Fairfield; and rescued many beloved cats! Recently Dr E has had the pleasure of doing veterinary relief work at Northpointe Veterinary Hospital, a 24-hour emergency and general small animal practice.

Dr E is excited to join the new Urgent Care Service at SAGE, and return to some of her very first loves: dogs, cats, and their medicine!

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