236 36th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Karen Mueller, DVM

Karen Mueller, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mueller grew up in Mountlake Terrace, WA, and loved animals from the moment she was born. Her grandparents had a farm where she would feed the calves and collect eggs. She also trained the neighbor’ s dogs, even taking one of them through 4-H. She taught Pony Club kids, rode her own horse in Pony Club and 4-H, and participated in three-day eventing and dressage.

Dr. Mueller earned a BA in Education and a BS in Biology from Western Washington University in 1986. She graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1990, winning a scholarship for “Concern for Animals and Commitment to their Care.”

Dr. Mueller first came to Village Veterinary through her animal chiropractic practice, then began filling in, as needed, for several years. She came on full time in September 2020. Dr. Mueller’s veterinary interests are internal medicine, shelter/humane medicine, spay/neuter and animal chiropractic. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society Veterinary  Medical Association and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She loves helping animals feel better and preventing their suffering.

Dr. Mueller is married to a fish biologist, and they have two kids in college, both in the arts. They have three terrier-mix dogs, two small and one BIG. Drake is the serious little black Scottie-type terrier. He goes by Sun-Bake Drake because he loves to find the only sunny spot in the house or yard and bake himself. Dr. Mueller’s middle terrier is Jimmy Wallace, a muppet-boy, all goofy hair and funny expressions. He loves to chase his Kong Wubba when he can get it away from big boy Paddy Jade.

Dr. Mueller is passionate about ending euthanasia due to pet overpopulation and has worked diligently throughout her career, developing programs to combat this issue. She is also passionate about empowering women and girls around the world through access to washable, reusable feminine hygiene, by donating her sewing skills to the program Days for Girls. She used to event her horse (now retired) and show obedience with her Dalmatians, but her current dogs just do tricks. Dr. Mueller loves to laugh, garden, read and travel.