Hi, I’m Dr. Braithwaite.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH). I continued my training by completing an internship in Primary Care at UW Veterinary Care and WisCARES, a clinic with a special emphasis on increasing access to veterinary care. Throughout my time with this program that serves low-income pet owners, I developed a holistic view of health for both pet and guardian, and use this skill to design creative treatment plans to serve the whole family.
During the last few years I have been working in private clinical practice providing wellness care, chronic disease management, urgent care, surgery and dentistry to dogs, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other special species.
I’ve also had the privilege of providing in-home euthanasia and quality of life consultations for pets for several years. I am a firm believer in compassionate end-of-life care and work consistently to increase my skills in this area, and am certified in Companion Animal Euthanasia through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA).
Most recently I have completed a year-long certification in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care allowing me to add the letters “CHPV” (Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian) behind my name. This training has given me advanced skills in providing comfort care for pets and support for their people as we journey together toward the end of their pet’s life.
Outside of veterinary medicine, you can find me reading, playing board games, or outside running, hiking, or backcountry camping with my family and my two dogs, Polly and Tibu. I also share my life with a shy Siamese (Samson) and a gregarious Devon Rex (Percy).
I am a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Dane County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.