Dr. Karen Hackett is a San Diego native. She grew up in East County loving anything with "fur" on it. She was inspired to become a veterinarian when she met her good friend's co-dad, Dr. David Zanders. She got her first dog "Taffy" as a rescue from her current place of work, VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital.
Aspiring to become a veterinarian, Dr. hackett worked hard obtaining her undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis in 1997. She graduated with a B.S. in BIology. She then went on to receive her DVM degree from Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2001.
Since 2001, Dr. Hackett has worked at VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital. Over the last 14 years she has had the pleasure of working with some of the best pets, clients and staff. She has gotten to know so many wonderful families and feels lucky to be a doctor to such dedicated owners. She has seen families bring in puppies and kittens and watch them grow and cared for them through their entire life.
Dr. Hackett thrives at trying to help families whose pets struggle with skin conditions, periodontal disease and other issues that come with a pets age. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and attends frequent continuing education programs on various veterinary topics. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine which includes regular veterinarian exams, appropriate vaccinations, monthly flea and heartworm/parasite preventatives. She is in this profession to help humans take care of their pets.
"Jett" is Dr. Hackett's goofy labradoodle mix, who she and her family rescued in 2014. She also has a kitty cat named "Tonka." "Tonka" was born in Dr. Hackett's home 14 years ago, after she rescued the pregnant mother cat. She adopted out the kittens and mother cat. Dr. Hackett is also a mother of 2 non-furry kids who keep her and her husband very busy with dance, baseball and soccer.