I received my Bachelor of Science in 1978 and my DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University in Ames Iowa. In 1982 I established the Brownsville Small Animal Clinic in Dr. Griffith’s practice building and in 1988, moved the practice to Lomira.
I have a special interest in Pediatrics and Reproduction. In 2002, I opened a Canine Semen Freezing Center, International Canine Semen Bank – Wisconsin (ICSB-WI/IL), and became Penn-Hip Certified.
On my first attempt at using extended semen, I bred the practice’s first litter of pups from frozen semen in 1998. The advent of in-house quantitative progesterone testing has made this process much more successful.
My husband, Dr. Daniel Griffiths, and I have two children, Katy, married to Tim, an entomology Ph.D. student at Purdue, and Karl, married to Kelly. In addition, we raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Danish Swedish Farmdogs. Our family has raised 5 puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a service dog organization.
The practice has contributed to pharmaceutical and nutritional research as an investigator for Abbott Laboratory, Deprenyl Animal Health, Pfizer, Virbac, and Hill’s Pet food Corporation. I have also been featured in articles in Veterinary Economics.
In 2005, I was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to a position on the Veterinary Examining Board of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, where I served for 8 years.
In 2014, I wrote Canine Reproduction and Neonatology a 470-page book about everything reproduction which was the Winner of Dog Writers Association of America's Dogwise Best Book Award.
In 2019 I became certified as a Fear Free professional. I recognized the benefit of including Fear Free practices to try to make your pet's visit to us as relaxed as possible. While there are many Fear Free practices we use, one of them is offering treats like peanut butter and chicken baby food to give your pet a distraction while we do exams and testing to reduce anxiety and stress. We know that a Fear Free experience is a benefit to you, your pet, and also our staff.
In 2020, I wrote Your Pandemic Puppy which explains how to raise a well-adjusted puppy during a pandemic.
I am active in the community as a member of the AVMA, NEWVMA, AAVSB, APDT, AAFP, SVME, The Society for Theriogenology, the Fond du Lac Kennel Club, The Kettle Moraine Kennel Club, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Kennel Club, and the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce.
I am on the Board of Directors for the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. I served on the Animal Welfare Committee and Education Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. I am also president of the National Animal Interest Alliance.
What motivated you to become a veterinarian?
I loved science, problem-solving, and medicine, but not sick people. It made helping people with their pets a great choice for me.
What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?
Seeing my staff and student’s eyes light up when they see what I see.
If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?
Something with food – either food science or cooking. I almost went into food technology instead of veterinary school.
What is the most exotic animal you have treated?
The Mercury Cougars – the cubs were patients at Iowa State for declaws when we were students. They were declawed so they could pose on the Mercury cars in the showrooms. Can you imagine having big cats in car dealerships today? Oh, the liability!!!
What animal scares you more than any other?
What do you see as the greatest danger to household pets?
The neighbors who turn in owners of multiple pets without substantial reason to do so. And the consequences that follow.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Raising 2 healthy children to adulthood to become self-sufficient, kind, contributing members of our society.
What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time? Oh – cook, knit, shop. No vacuuming.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese – with great cheddar cheese. And a great beer to wash it down.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Eating at a chain restaurant.
Name 5 things people might be surprised about if they knew it about you?
1. I am a serious foodie.
2. I like to re-purpose everything I can.
3. I lived in Arizona for 4 years as a kid and always expected to live there. Missed the turn when I left Iowa and ended up here 32 years ago.
4. I do own clothes that are not surgical scrubs.
5. I do sleep.