I am a holistic veterinarian who also writes about pet loss, grief, the human-animal bond, holistic veterinary medicine, and narrative medicine. In the picture above, I have just inserted acupuncture needles into a dog during a home visit. You can find me at Central Animal Hospital in Leominster, Mass, doing home visits (currently paused due to the pandemic), or writing

I am currently working on a veterinary textbook about Narrative Medicine, a growing field in human medicine that can help veterinarians improve care by viewing our patients and clients in the context of their larger story. I am currently teaching a selective on the topic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts.

I am also working on a memoir about my experiences both as a pet owner and as a veterinarian. For that book, I am represented by literary agent Jennifer Herrera at the David Black Agency in New York.

photo credit: Wotatwa Weinberg-O’Brien

The Vet Is in at Anchor

Anna Kaufman at Anchor preempted world rights to The Other Family Doctor by Karen Fine, a memoir about her experiences as a veterinarian. It’s the first nonfiction title on Anchor’s hardcover list, which is launching next year. The publisher said the book, subtitled A Veterinarian’s View of Love, Loss, Mortality, and Mindfulness, was pitched as “All Creatures Great and Small meets Being Mortal.” It explores how the author, through her work with her patients and their owners, “comes to better understand humanity, mortality, and the unique role animals play in our lives.” Fine was represented by Jennifer Herrera at the David Black Agency.

I’ve had two articles from Bark Magazine that were nominated as finalists for the Dog Writer’s Association of America’s writing contest. 10 Tips for Navigating Tough Decisions About Your Dog and A Veterinarian’s Prescription for Grief (or, How I Mourned My Own Dog)” .

I have an article in the recent edition of Inside Your Cat’s Mind, called The Five Faces of Fluffy. It’s about how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help us understand our cat’s personality traits. The magazine is print only and available at Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods.