Dr. Pasek is a practitioner, educator, writer and consultant. She grew up in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University, before moving to California. The relationship between pets and their people is what initially drew her to veterinary medicine, and this is what fuels her excitement about practice today. Incorporating this focus, she has been an active practitioner in the community while volunteering her time on numerous committees and boards. In 2009, she continued her pursuit of celebrating the “Relationship” by receiving a Credential in Veterinary Family Practice from the University of California at Davis.
She has been an active educator since 1999 when she joined the Los Angeles Pierce College RVT School as adjunct faculty. She has held 3 additional teaching positions in California at Moorpark College, Professional Veterinary Assistant School, and the University of Davis Community Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. She is an international speaker, speaking about Hospice and Palliative Care, the Human Animal Bond, and Compassion Fatigue. In her free time, you may find her teaching around the world with K9 Medic, an education company which provides K9 handlers, medics, tactical medics, and other support members with the medical skills needed to prevent and treat injuries and illnesses in working dogs.
Dr. Pasek has authored many articles as well as a Pet Loss Support Book entitled Honoring the Journey: A Guided Path Through Pet Loss © 2008. This 150-page gift book captures the reader with powerful illustrations and raw emotion to assist the healing process one must face when a pet has died. The book is unique in its symbolism and style offering affirmations to replace the pain that one feels while still honoring the path of grief and healing. You can visit her book here.
The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliate Care Certification (https://www.iaahpc.org/) involves 18 months of additional training in topics that support the comfort of your pet during times of need including:
- Aging and Geriatric pets
- Shifting the medical paradigm from seeking Cure to seeking Comfort and Quality of Life
- Determining your pets Quality of Life and level of pain
- Multi-modal approaches to pain control.
- Pain Control of osteoarthritis, Cancer pain and neuropathic pain.
- Medical alternatives of care when you’ve decided that curative care like chemotherapy or surgery is not the option you want for your pet
- Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Care
- Interdisciplinary approaches of care for you and your pet
- Creation of a Personalized Care Plan individualized for you and your pets needs
- Communication during crisis and emotion
- Assisting to help you with tough decision making
- Pet Loss and profound Grief
Dr. Pasek earned her Veterinary Family Practice credential from the University of California at Davis in 2010. This credential includes specialized training in human psychology as it relates to animal companion relationships, attachment, and grief as well as additional social studies including the pet’s role in family relations, family dynamics, and family conflict and resolution. Studies included modules on human needs, values, and cultures as they relate to the family pet as well as communication techniques. Such communication techniques were studied, practiced and tested.
Dr. Pasek has a broad set of knowledge not only about your pet but also about the unique relationship you and your family share with your pet.
Dr. Pasek will be happy to consult with you about your pet’s medical condition, quality of life issues, or possibly your own struggles with euthanasia, the euthanasia process, or grief. Dr. Pasek has committed herself to helping you by discussing your concerns and objectives in a caring, compassionate manner.
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At Transitions Veterinary Care, we bring compassion into your pet’s journey. Everything we do is intentional and is always grounded in our CARETM Philosophy.
for you and your pet
to small details and the big picture
for your wishes, needs, and your pet’s preferences
a focus on senior/ geriatric, palliative, and end of life stages
Comfort: It all begins with bringing comfort to you and your pet. Sometimes comfort comes in the form of relief in knowing that you now have a guide to support you on this journey. Sometimes comfort is the confidence of knowing that you are truly making the best choices for your entire (people and pet) family. And sometimes, comfort is about ensuring your pet is physically comfortable, addressing any pain and quality of life concerns that your beloved pet may have. Whatever discomfort you and yours are experiencing, we are here to help.
Attention: Senior/ geriatric, palliative, and end of life care have many facets and can become quite complex, even for veterinary professionals. Transitions is exceptional at considering the big picture while at the same time attending to the small details. While mainstream medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating, and attempting to cure primary diseases and conditions, at Transitions we consider the bigger picture. We help you identify your objectives and needs, to truly recognize and understand all the factors before choosing the best educated path for you and your pet family. Together, we will initiate a CARETM Plan with individualized detail. In addition to primary treatments, we can recommend supplemental care, diet changes, home modifications, and other support options. Sometimes the smallest details can make the biggest difference.
Respect: Respect is an essential core value that is the foundation of everything we do at Transitions. It is not our role to impose our preferences on you. You, your human family members, and your pet family members are all beautiful, unique individuals that we choose to honor and serve. What are you and your human family’s needs? Wishes? Constraints? What are your pet’s individual preferences? These are the foundations upon which we build a Transitions CARETM Plan that will truly reflect the goals of your entire pet and people family.
Expertise: Transitions is deeply rooted in an excellent base of clinical experience, knowledge, and evidence-based medicine focusing on senior/ geriatric, palliative, and end of life CARETM. KaLee Pasek is not only an experienced Veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience, she is also credentialed in Veterinary Family Practice and is a Certified Hospice Palliative Care Veterinarian. The Transitions CARETM Team includes an extensive network of multi-disciplinary providers credentialed in his/her own areas of expertise.
This is the first in the series of “Healing Journey” works.
Through unique style, illustration, and word each page of this gift book facilitates the emotions and affirmations of healing.
This book is the first in the series of “The Healing Journey” works. Capturing the reader with powerful illustrations and raw emotions, this guidebook assists with the healing process one must face when a pet has died. The book is unique in its symbolism and style offering affirmations to replace the pain that one feels while still honoring the path of grief and healing. This gift-book style handbook is written by a veterinarian who has dedicated her practice to helping pets and their people through this difficult transition. A must read for anyone experiencing the loss of a beloved pet.