Dr. Karen Plass completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at Oberlin College in 2010.  She then completed an associate’s degree in veterinary technology while working in California.  She volunteered at a local zoo while there, particularly working with bobcats and a red-tailed hawk.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  During veterinary school, she worked with the MN Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Health Program and volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. She was also an active member of numerous clubs including the Zoological, Exotic, Avian, and Wildlife Medicine Club.

After graduating, she completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at VCA Southpaws here in Fairfax before joining SEAVS for a year-long internship in avian and exotic medicine.  She hopes to obtain a residency in Zoological medicine to become a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and to eventually work at an institution with conservation breeding programs.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Plass enjoys crafting with various media (painting polymer clay, fabric crafts, glass etching, and beading), hiking, reading a good sci-fi or mystery novel, sci-fi television, or spending time with her Guinea pig.