Dr. Carlson was born in Ohio but grew up on a hobby farm in North Dakota. She got her first veterinary job at age 16 after years of pet sitting and taking care of her own animals. She acheived her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology at NDSU – Go Bison! She was then accepted at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Iowa State University. Dr. Carlson has a special interest in dentistry and exotics. When she’s not busy taking care of patients, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her home zoo, which includes horses, dogs, cats, birds, and fish.