Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should get
Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs by Karen Halligan, DVM

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KAREN "DOC" HALLIGAN, DVM

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen "Doc" Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Katie Couric show, Doctors, Bonnie Hunt Show, Kelly and Michael, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’s Cutest Pets.

In addition to being a skilled surgeon in spay/neuter techniques; she is an expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as testifying as an expert witness.  Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.  For the past three years, she has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica and is currently developing emergency service protocols for pet owners that can serve as a national model.

Dr. Karen Halligan

My beloved Dog Duke,
to whom the book is dedicated

A native of San Diego, Calif., she double-majored in theater and zoology while performing in animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from the University of California, Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and the need to better educate the public about animal health issues.  Seeking to give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began to passionately lobby on animal- welfare issues.

Doc has donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time to various animal-rescue groups and entertainment nonprofit organizations and regularly shares practical tips and eye-opening advice with pet owners on diet, health, exercise, reducing vet bills, disaster preparedness, and many other topics.

Other accomplishments include providing veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, lecturing on pet healthcare across the country, rescuing and adopting abandoned cats and dogs, recording the breeding habits of the California condors at The San Diego Wild Animal Park, and helping hatch baby penguins at San Diego’s Sea World.

My Cat Nathan

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Doc currently works at various shelters in Los Angeles practices at Marina Veterinary Center in Westchester, and shares her life with Kinky and Nathan, two very spoiled and healthy cats!