- American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Feline Practice, 2002
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Wisconsin, 1994
- Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1975
Current Professional Activities
- Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture, CSU, 2000
Past Professional Activities
- Consultant, VIN Feline Internal Medicine Folder
- Facilitator, VIN Mindfulness Meditation Training/Practice
- Facilitator, VIN Job Seekers Group
- Member, Vets4Vets
- Member, Vets@VIN
- Veterinarian, Tree House Animal Foundation, Chicago, IL
Board of Directors, American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2004-2006
- Married to Dave Elsner since June 1978.
- Emmy (featherstick champion leaper)
- Albert (world's smartest cat, only lacking opposable thumbs)
- Mikey (cauliflower ear, amputated tail, multiple facial scars -- but adorable)
- Gwen (the foster who Paul Pion predicted would stay)
- The Basset Gang of Four: Daphne, Theo, Milt and Julia
- The cats rule; the bassets drool and life would be far less wonderful without them
- Music (I'm partial to an eclectic mix: Gregorian Chant, Baroque, sitar, 60s rock 'n' roll, Frank Sinatra, and especially the poetry and music of Warren Zevon)
- Reading (most anything on Mayahana Buddhism or the writings of Ken Wilber and Pema Chodron), and The Sunday New York Times (I'm addicted to the Weddings section).
What I like Most About VIN
- This time, practice the main points.
-- Pema Chodron
- Working with a supportive, worldwide community of colleagues who try every day to make things better for their staffs, clients and patients.