Dr.Colleen Koch with
Panda, Scooter and Ben
Dr. Colleen was raised on the east coast- a city girl with a country heart. She loved animals- all animals. In kindergarten she visited a dairy farm- she thought taking care of all those animals would be the life!
Her parents weren't really the animal types, and it took a lot of commitment and convincing that the family needed a dog. Dr.Colleen was always bringing home strays- geese, raccoons, and once even a lost pony!
Dr.Colleen graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition and then came to the mid-west in 1986 to attend veterinary school.
In 1990, she graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced primarily small animal medicine while starting her own equine practice.
In 2000, Dr. Colleen went back to the University of Illinois and completed the Executive Veterinary Program. In addition she joined the team at Lincoln Land Animal Clinic and the equine practice was merged with Lincoln Land. The merge allowed her to continue working with both small animals and horses.
Dr.Colleen is a very strong proponent of education of both people and pets. She frequently gives talks and demonstrations to many different organizations all over the country, veterinary clinics, as well as children from pre-school to college age and beyond. She is confident that educating people is the key to humane and responsible pet ownership. Education results in pets living longer and healthier lives, as well as reducing the numbers of animals that are euthanized every year.
She graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy.
In 2013, Dr. Colleen pursued a residency in Veterinary Behavior. She completed her residency in private practice training for the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2016. Dr. Colleen has always had a passion for training and working with animals that are described as difficult, stubborn, aggressive, fearful, and a host of other names. She enjoys working with animals to restore the human animal bond and improve inter-species communication. Dr. Colleen is also a behavior consultant for the Mizzou Animal Behavior Clinic at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, located at the Mizzou Animal Veterinary Health Center in Wentzville, MO.
In 2017, Dr. Colleen took and passed her board exam and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Only 85 veterinarians in North America have this distinction which requires: publishing scientific research in a peer reviewed journal, writing 3 peer reviewed case reports, over 400 cases, experience in large (food) animals, exotics (both pets and zoo), horses, small and lab animals, followed by a comprehensive 2 day test.
Dr.Colleen met Dr Joe at the University of IL and they married in 1988. They have two beautiful and intelligent daughters.
The Doctors share their house with Runamuck's Kennari Tyri.