Pets in the Garden

With many pets spending their days outside it is important to know what is safe for them in the garden. From man-made hazards to natural nasties, there are many things to be aware of in your garden to ensure that your pet is protected when you are not around.

From poisonous plants through to common ailments, veterinarian and author Karen Viggers will provide advice and information on the plants or pesticides that might cause problems for our furry family members. 

Karen grew up in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley near Melbourne, riding horses, hanging out with cows and running around the paddocks with dogs. Her love of animals led her to studying Veterinary Science at Melbourne University.

After graduating in 1987, Karen worked in mixed practice near Melbourne for five years. During this time she also worked at the Healesville Sanctuary where she developed an interest in Australian native wildlife. Since then she has worked with a wide range of domestic pets and native animals, including kangaroos in Canberra, quolls in the Snowy Mountains, and seals in Antarctica.

Karen moved to Canberra in 1992 to complete a PhD in Wildlife Health at the ANU while continuing to work part-time in small animal practice. She has been at Brudine since 2005. Karen consults one day a week (usually Fridays) and loves people, animals, children and stories. 

She is also the internationally best-selling author of four novels: The Lightkeeper’s WifeThe Grass CastleThe Stranding and The Orchardist’s Daughter. Karen loves bushwalking, skiing and camping with her family, and also walking with her little dog, Toffee.