Susan Krebsbach, DVM

Dr. Susan Krebsbach
Susan Krebsbach, DVM

Dr. Susan Krebsbach, affectionately known as Dr. Susan, has always had a passion for animals. But, her initial career path did not lead her to veterinary medicine. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, she started out as a Systems Engineer for the IBM Corporation. As her career blossomed in the world of computers, she was promoted to the level of Advisory Marketing Representative. After receiving many awards for her marketing achievements, she was recognized as one of the top 5 percent marketing representatives in the country. Although IBM was a wonderful company to work for and she enjoyed professional success there, she heard another calling: veterinary medicine.

Dr. Susan decided to turn in her briefcase for books and started veterinary school at The Ohio State University in 1991. She felt that this would provide a perfect opportunity to capture her passion for animals and encompass her business background. After graduation in 1995, Dr. Susan worked as a small animal general practitioner for many years. During this time, her interest in and experience with animal behavior intensified—increasing her knowledge and experience through performing behavior consultations, continuing education, and participation in the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Because Dr. Susan feels that there is such a tremendous need to address the issue of animal behavior problems and how to prevent them, she opened a veterinary animal behavior consulting service, Creature Counseling, in October of 2000.

Dr. Susan has been a champion for all animals, especially in the area of the ethical use of animals in education. She has been a veterinary advisor for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association since its inception in 2008, a professional veterinary organization dedicated to providing progressive animal welfare leadership for all animals and direct care opportunities for animals in need. Dr. Susan has given invited presentations for veterinary schools and schools of veterinary technology on animal welfare and behavior, was the editor of the Alternatives in Veterinary Medical Education newsletter for over eight years, a publication dedicated to highlighting alternative educational tools to the harmful use of animals, and was a veterinary consultant for the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights. Previously, she was the science director for the AVAR and as a veterinary student, co-founded an AVAR student chapter at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition to her private practice and advisory role with the HSVMA, Dr. Susan is a veterinary consultant for Maddie’s Fund, a featured speaker at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and other professional and animal rescue organizations, has written an animal behavior series, and authored several articles on animal behavior. She is a past president and vice-president of the Dane County Veterinary Medical Association. Also, she is the founder and past president of the Dane County Friends of Ferals and has volunteered her services to several animal rescue organizations. For these efforts, Dr. Susan has been recognized, including: “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Best Friends Animal Society, “The Heart of Veterinary Medicine” award from the Alliance for Animals, recognition of appreciation from the Dane County Friends of Ferals, “Circle of Compassion” award from the Doris Day Animal League, “The Laurie Award” from the Watertown Humane Society, Alley Cat Allies’ “Veterinarian of the Year Award for Excellence,” “Medical Services Volunteer of the Year” award from the Dane County Humane Society, and Capitol Area Humane Society’s “Outstanding Service Award.”

Dr. Susan is truly dedicated to the enhancement of the special relationship that exists between pets and their people and advocating for the well-being of all animals.