Karen E. N. Hayes, DVM, MS|
I think everybody, at some point in their lives, wonders what their contribution will be in life, and I'm no different in that regard. As much as I love working in veterinary medicine, it's a field in which the practitioner is able to help only one animal at a time -- on some level I think I've always found that to be frustrating, and perhaps that's why I joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately turned to writing. As an educator, it's a thrill to be able to make a difference in the lives of not only thousands of patients, but also in the lives of the people who love them. When I became involved in the Let's Save America National Dream Roundup, it was clear to me that I was working towards making that meaningful contribution for which I've long been searching. I believe in the power of positive thought. I believe there's an energy in everything we think, say, and do - it all matters. To help people remember their dreams, and pursue them, and achieve them, feels right. It takes so little, really. And, it could change the world.
Karen earned her bachelor's in Biology in 1975 at Illinois State University, and completed her
veterinary degree at the University of Illinois in 1979. After four years in private veterinary
practice in southern California, she returned to academia to teach at the veterinary school at
the University of Wisconsin while earning her Master's in reproductive physiology, then opened a
private equine veterinary practice. She wrote her first book in 1989 while maintaining a full time
She and her husband moved to north Idaho in 1990. As of this writing, she is the
award-winning author of four horse-care books and hundreds of magazine articles, wrote a weekly
newspaper column for two years, has published hundreds of magazine articles, and has ghost-written
three books (one of which is a national bestseller).