Lunch & Learn: Ask the Veterinarian

June’s Lunch & Learn will be led by shelter veterinarian, Dr. Karen Burks! Is there something you’ve always wanted to know about your cat’s behavior? Or perhaps you’re wondering about declawing, weight management, or whether your cat is truly happy living indoors. We are designing the hour all around YOU and are seeking your questions.

Dr. Burks will attempt to answer as many questions as possible during the Lunch & Learn on June 30 from 12-1pm.

  • To ask a question, please use the form below.
  • If you would like to be notified by email with the link to join the Lunch & Learn, please sign up here.
  • If your pet is experiencing an emergency, is sick or in pain, please schedule an in-person visit with a veterinarian. You’ll find a list of local vets here.

Dr. Karen Burks joined HSHC in November 2019 and brings years of experience, with several years in shelter medicine under her belt. She’s a 2008 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and in addition to 2 ½ years in shelter medicine, spent 6 years as an emergency veterinarian in a busy 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hospital. “After initially seeing the animals come in with various health concerns, it’s great to formulate a treatment plan, see them improve, and send them home with their new family,” she says. “And I love working with our team. Every team member has each animal’s best interest at heart.” When she’s not performing surgery or attending to a medical need, Dr. Burks and her husband are devoted parents to two children they adopted through foster care. They also share their home with Ting Ting, a Westie mix; Jimmy Jam, a Jack Russell Terrier mix; and KiKi, the brown tabby cat!

Ask the Vet

  • Please submit your question for Dr. Burks regarding cat behavior or cat care. The doctor is able to provide general guidance, advice and education about cat health, but due to state mandates, Dr. Burks cannot give medical advice for specific situations. Please seek immediate in-person veterinary attention if your pet is sick or in pain.