Compassion 4 Paws

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In-Home Acupuncture, Hospice & Euthanasia Services For Your Pet

About Us

About Dr. Sara Render Hopkins, DVM, CVA, CHPV

I was raised in Toronto, Canada and moved with my family to the United States in 1991. I’m happy to call Washington State my home, where I’ve lived since 1996.

For years I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I completed my veterinary education at Washington State University in 2000, and more recently, veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

I practiced at an Eastside small animal clinic for 11 years. I loved my work there, particularly my patients and their families. In the later years, I developed an interest in pain management and a passion for giving pets the dignified and loving end-of-life journey they deserved. In 2013, I felt the need to combine my acupuncture training with my love for compassionate care of animals in a home-based setting, and founded Compassion 4 Paws.

I’m so glad I did. I find nothing more fulfilling than offering pets the care and dignity they deserve in an environment where they’re completely comfortable.

I live in Edmonds with my husband Dennis, our young son, our cats Tallulah and Sushi, and our dogs Roy and Tilley. During my free time I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, studying Veterinary holistic medicine and spending time with friends. I’m currently working towards my Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification through the IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice andPalliative Care).

Click here to view Dr. Sara’s Educational Background & Professional Affiliations.

About Dr. Sara Render Hopkins, DVM, CVA, CHPV

I was raised in Toronto, Canada and moved with my family to the United States in 1991. I’m happy to call Washington State my home, where I’ve lived since 1996.

For years I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I completed my veterinary education at Washington State University in 2000, and more recently, veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

I practiced at an Eastside small animal clinic for 11 years. I loved my work there, particularly my patients and their families. In the later years, I developed an interest in pain management and a passion for giving pets the dignified and loving end-of-life journey they deserved. In 2013, I felt the need to combine my acupuncture training with my love for compassionate care of animals in a home-based setting, and founded Compassion 4 Paws.

I’m so glad I did. I find nothing more fulfilling than offering pets the care and dignity they deserve in an environment where they’re completely comfortable.

I live in Edmonds with my husband Dennis, our young son, our cats Tallulah and Sushi, and our dogs Roy and Tilley. During my free time I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, studying Veterinary holistic medicine and spending time with friends. I’m currently working towards my Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification through the IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice andPalliative Care).

Click here to view Dr. Sara’s Educational Background & Professional Affiliations.

About Dr. Allison Edwards, DVM

I was raised in the Seattle area and am proud to be a 3rd generation Seattleite. I am happy to be back home after many years of being away at school. I completed my veterinary education at Washington State University in 2012 and then spent a year undertaking a small animal rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, CO (the clinic of Animal Planet’s ‘Emergency Vets’ television fame). Since graduation, I have been practicing emergency medicine. I believe this was the best preparation for my transition to hospice and end of life care, since the two often go hand in hand. I am so grateful to have made this move to Compassion 4 Paws  and truly feel as though I have found my calling. I find it so satisfying to be able to guide and assist people and their beloved pets during this difficult time.

I currently live in the Pinehurst neighborhood with my new puppy Henry. During my free time I enjoy running, camping, traveling and beer tasting.  While continuing my training in palliative care, I am excited to incorporate cold laser therapy into the services we offer our clients.

About Dr. Allison Edwards, DVM

I was raised in the Seattle area and am proud to be a 3rd generation Seattleite. I am happy to be back home after many years of being away at school. I completed my veterinary education at Washington State University in 2012 and then spent a year undertaking a small animal rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, CO (the clinic of Animal Planet’s ‘Emergency Vets’ television fame). Since graduation, I have been practicing emergency medicine. I believe this was the best preparation for my transition to hospice and end of life care, since the two often go hand in hand. I am so grateful to have made this move to Compassion 4 Paws  and truly feel as though I have found my calling. I find it so satisfying to be able to guide and assist people and their beloved pets during this difficult time.

I currently live in the Pinehurst neighborhood with my new puppy Henry. During my free time I enjoy running, camping, traveling and beer tasting.  While continuing my training in palliative care, I am excited to incorporate cold laser therapy into the services we offer our clients.

About Dr. Lindsay Baker, DVM, CVA

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and I’m very happy to call the Pacific Northwest home. Following graduation from veterinary school at Oregon State University, I completed an internship at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Boise, Idaho. I then began practicing emergency medicine in the Seattle area before transitioning to private general practice.  I truly feel I have found my calling working for Compassion 4 Paws. There are few things in life greater than the human-animal bond and this line of work enables me to play an important role in this dynamic between people and their beloved pets. I completed my veterinary acupuncture training and certification through CuraCore in Fort Collins, Colorado in the Fall of 2016 and I enjoy incorporating this modality into my patient’s care.

I live in West Seattle with my sweet Boston Terrier, Jax. In my free time I enjoy hiking, running, cycling, traveling and honing my amateur photography skills.

About Dr. Lindsay Baker, DVM, CVA

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and I’m very happy to call the Pacific Northwest home. Following graduation from veterinary school at Oregon State University, I completed an internship at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Boise, Idaho. I then began practicing emergency medicine in the Seattle area before transitioning to private general practice.  I truly feel I have found my calling working for Compassion 4 Paws. There are few things in life greater than the human-animal bond and this line of work enables me to play an important role in this dynamic between people and their beloved pets. I completed my veterinary acupuncture training and certification through CuraCore in Fort Collins, Colorado in the Fall of 2016 and I enjoy incorporating this modality into my patient’s care.

I live in West Seattle with my sweet Boston Terrier, Jax. In my free time I enjoy hiking, running, cycling, traveling and honing my amateur photography skills.

About Shawnee Neubauer, Practice Manager and Care Coordinator

I started my career with animals when I was 18 years old – that’s when I began work as a “kennel kid” for a small animal practice in Glendale, Arizona. Soon after, I was able to turn my passion for pets into a career. I worked for a short time at the Arizona Humane Society as an adoptions counselor, then started taking classes to become a veterinary assistant. Following that, I began an externship at the Emergency Animal Clinic and was hired on as a veterinary assistant for a group of local small animal clinics. I quickly climbed the ranks from assistant to technician and eventually to practice manager, a position I enjoyed for many years. During that time, I was able to devote some of my time to animal rescue, volunteering with Arizona Border Collie Rescue whenever I could.

I’m in the Pacific Northwest now, and am excited to be here. I love my work at Compassion 4 Paws  and feel honored to help people and pets through these difficult times.

When I’m not at home playing in the dirt or attempting to perfect my skills in the fiber arts, I love to spend my time exploring the great outdoors with my husband and our two border collies. I’m absolutely looking forward to all of the hiking and camping opportunities the great PNW has to offer!

About Shawnee Neubauer, Practice Manager and Care Coordinator

I started my career with animals when I was 18 years old – that’s when I began work as a “kennel kid” for a small animal practice in Glendale, Arizona. Soon after, I was able to turn my passion for pets into a career. I worked for a short time at the Arizona Humane Society as an adoptions counselor, then started taking classes to become a veterinary assistant. Following that, I began an externship at the Emergency Animal Clinic and was hired on as a veterinary assistant for a group of local small animal clinics. I quickly climbed the ranks from assistant to technician and eventually to practice manager, a position I enjoyed for many years. During that time, I was able to devote some of my time to animal rescue, volunteering with Arizona Border Collie Rescue whenever I could.

I’m in the Pacific Northwest now, and am excited to be here. I love my work at Compassion 4 Paws  and feel honored to help people and pets through these difficult times.

When I’m not at home playing in the dirt or attempting to perfect my skills in the fiber arts, I love to spend my time exploring the great outdoors with my husband and our two border collies. I’m absolutely looking forward to all of the hiking and camping opportunities the great PNW has to offer!

About Tasha Denison, Care Coordinator

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. At 18 my passion became a reality when I began working at a veterinary practice. Over the years, I had opportunity to travel to different veterinary hospitals to better my team building skills, client education and improve staff morale when needed.

I am incredibly thankful to have found my calling with Compassion 4 Paws. I strive to help families through their most difficult times and hope to make their transition as smooth as it can possibly be. It is a true blessing to work with such an amazing team who are equally as passionate about the relationship between people and their beloved pets.

In my spare time, I enjoy lounging in the sun, going out with friends and spending quality time with my kitty Nova, husband and son. You can find us working on our toys in the shop or supporting our Seahawks during football season!

About Tasha Denison, Care Coordinator

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. At 18 my passion became a reality when I began working at a veterinary practice. Over the years, I had opportunity to travel to different veterinary hospitals to better my team building skills, client education and improve staff morale when needed.

I am incredibly thankful to have found my calling with Compassion 4 Paws. I strive to help families through their most difficult times and hope to make their transition as smooth as it can possibly be. It is a true blessing to work with such an amazing team who are equally as passionate about the relationship between people and their beloved pets.

In my spare time, I enjoy lounging in the sun, going out with friends and spending quality time with my kitty Nova, husband and son. You can find us working on our toys in the shop or supporting our Seahawks during football season!

About Vickie Kurtz, LVT, Aftercare Specialist

Working with Compassion4Paws is a perfect fit for me as it builds on my passion to provide client education and end of life care. My fellow employees are so caring, and I am grateful that people allow us to assist their pets with their final journey.

I began my career in veterinary medicine at 17.  I fell in love with the work and spent more than 40 years with the same practice, obtaining my Veterinary Technician License along the way.  That the veterinary hospital was in my hometown added to an amazing bond with the pets and their people. I loved all aspects of care, from surgery and critical care to helping families navigate the joys and trials new puppies and kittens.

Eventually I moved into client care and education for the hospital. It is extremely important to me that clients feel valued and their pets  feel calm and loved.  Client education involved new puppy advice, behavior training, nutrition, disease management, and end of life evaluations and care.

Outside of work I am a student working towards a degree in Family Studies, I spend time volunteering for Seattle Homeless Outreach, garden, workout, and love on my Border Collie and two cats.

About Vickie Kurtz, LVT, Aftercare Specialist

Working with Compassion4Paws is a perfect fit for me as it builds on my passion to provide client education and end of life care. My fellow employees are so caring, and I am grateful that people allow us to assist their pets with their final journey.

I began my career in veterinary medicine at 17.  I fell in love with the work and spent more than 40 years with the same practice, obtaining my Veterinary Technician License along the way.  That the veterinary hospital was in my hometown added to an amazing bond with the pets and their people. I loved all aspects of care, from surgery and critical care to helping families navigate the joys and trials new puppies and kittens.

Eventually I moved into client care and education for the hospital. It is extremely important to me that clients feel valued and their pets  feel calm and loved.  Client education involved new puppy advice, behavior training, nutrition, disease management, and end of life evaluations and care.

Outside of work I am a student working towards a degree in Family Studies, I spend time volunteering for Seattle Homeless Outreach, garden, workout, and love on my Border Collie and two cats.

About Dennis Hopkins, Logistics

I’m grateful to say I was able to create a thriving remodeling business from the ground up, one that focused on integrity, efficiency and environmental stewardship – all of which are very important to me.

When Sara began to consider leaving general veterinary practice to start Compassion 4 Paws, I realized the potential for helping people and their beloved pets in this type of in-home care.  At that time I decided to retire my remodeling business and began focusing more on Compassion 4 Paws.  As I watched the practice grow, I began to recognize some of the business insufficiencies that were time consuming and cumbersome for the doctors as well as the care coordinators.  I applied my project management skills and rallied a team of consultants and software developers to create a software application for mobile hospice veterinarians to make the business side of their practice more efficient . And that was the start of REX Veterinary Software. I also assist with the day-to-day operations at Compassion 4 Paws making sure the team is equipped to help the people and the pets they love.

 

About Dennis Hopkins, Logistics

I’m grateful to say I was able to create a thriving remodeling business from the ground up, one that focused on integrity, efficiency and environmental stewardship – all of which are very important to me.

When Sara began to consider leaving general veterinary practice to start Compassion 4 Paws, I realized the potential for helping people and their beloved pets in this type of in-home care.  At that time I decided to retire my remodeling business and began focusing more on Compassion 4 Paws.  As I watched the practice grow, I began to recognize some of the business insufficiencies that were time consuming and cumbersome for the doctors as well as the care coordinators.  I applied my project management skills and rallied a team of consultants and software developers to create a software application for mobile hospice veterinarians to make the business side of their practice more efficient . And that was the start of REX Veterinary Software. I also assist with the day-to-day operations at Compassion 4 Paws making sure the team is equipped to help the people and the pets they love.

 

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