Dr. Karen Hoffman

Growing up in Oxford Circle, Philadelphia, some of Dr. Hoffman's earliest memories include playing with her grandfather's dogs. Her desire to own a pet was so great that when she lost a tooth, she'd leave the tooth fairy a note asking her to leave a puppy instead of money.

Dr. Hoffman attended Wisconsin's Northland College and then transferred to the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her bachelor's degree in microbiology in 1981. She then attended Baylor College of Medicine in a post-doctoral virology study program. When a tragic accident took the life of her beloved first dog, Dr. Hoffman realized her true passion was veterinary medicine. She refocused her direction and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hoffman has been working at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital and 24 hour Emergency Service since April 2006.

"Because most patients don't understand why they are at a veterinary hospital and are often frightened, I find making their experience less stressful and resolving their problems very satisfying," Dr. Hoffman says. "When I walk into an examination room, I always think to myself, 'How can I make this pet's life better?'"

Over the years Dr. Hoffman has developed many memories of notable veterinary moments. One such moment is when she treated an elderly dog who had been suffering from severe periodontal disease. Her efforts were nothing less than heroic, as the surgery relieved the dog of immediate and severe pain. She also treated a cat who suffered from a chronic skin condition. Dr. Hoffman cured the cat and enjoyed watching his playfulness and happy demeanor return.

Dr. Hoffman's professional interests are veterinary dentistry, internal medicine, and dermatology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hoffman enjoys the company of three standard poodles: Rudy, Sophie, and Penny. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her nephew and three nieces, going to the movies, and dancing - particularly to disco music. She also enjoys bicycle riding. She and her husband, Gregory, care deeply for the environment and continually do what they can to make it healthy for all creatures.