One evening at a dinner party one of our good friends posed the question to the group "What would you do if you won the lotto for $10 million today?". Everybody in the group was quick to rattle off loans they would pay off, things they would buy for themselves and loved ones, trips they would take and charities they would support. Most importantly, they all said "I would quit my job tomorrow!". I was the only one at the table who said I would do all the same things except I wouldn't quit my job. I said I would invest in my veterinary practise and continue practising. Anybody who knows me would not be even a little bit surprised by my response. I absolutely love what I do and have never felt like I have worked a day in my life. Until that dinner party, I had not realized what a gift I had, to love my work.
I want to spend the remainder of my career practising in my own community and contributing something back to this wonderful group of people who have shaped this lovely rural neighbourhood. Our community is a joy to live in, a paradise for our children and full of people who love animals as much as I do.
Dr. Karen Allen has a small veterinary practice on her farm in rural Alberta. She cares for companion animals and farm pets, plus two growing children and her own menagerie of misfits from Sully the bed pooper to Ruby the naughty red pony who was sent home from the trainer's with an "F" on her report card! Karen's passion for veterinary medicine only barely eclipses her passion for surfing...which she took up at age 39 when she probably should have been looking at one piece bathing suits and cruises! And yes, her husband is a saint :)