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Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Karsten was born and raised in Madison, WI. After graduating from the University of WI - Madison in 1999 with a degree in Forest Science she moved to Montana and then onto Alaska before returning to WI for veterinary school in 2006. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and then went on to complete a shelter medicine internship at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Karsten has been working with shelters for well over a decade. What started out as volunteering to exercise and help animals find homes has developed into participating in national comprehensive shelter consultations and presenting at conferences and universities across the country. Her work has also taken her to Mexico, Ecuador, The Bahamas and Nicaragua to work with clinics on preventative medicine and spay/neuter surgeries.
Dr. Karsten's main interests are infectious disease control, population management, intake diversion programs and international medicine. She enjoys traveling, exploring in the mountains on a bike, skis or feet, working south of the border and enjoying amazing food. Dr. Karsten lives with her 4 shelter dogs (weights 8, 10, 15 and 50 pounds), 1 stray cat and an exceptionally supportive husband.