Owner, Veterinarian
One day when she was 12 years old, Dr. Andrea Carlson and her father heard loud cries coming from the next door neighbor’s garage. When they investigated, they discovered a small kitten stuck under the door. The instant that Dr. Carlson pulled the kitten free, she felt an overwhelming sensation—right away, she knew that she was destined to become a veterinarian!

Dr. Carlson grew up in Miller Beach, Indiana, where her father instilled a love and respect for animals early on in life. She was only a junior in high school when she started working here at Southlake Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, and continued serving pets at the clinic throughout her undergraduate and veterinary studies at Purdue University. After graduating in 2002 with her DVM degree, Dr. Carlson began her career as an Associate Veterinarian at Southlake Animal Hospital. In March of 2015, Dr. Carlson became the owner of the clinic.

Dr. Carlson’s professional interests include reproduction, training, rehabilitation, and integrative medicine. She breeds Bernese Mountain dogs under the kennel name Singing Sands, and loves helping other breeders with their programs. She’s trained all her own dogs in conformation, agility, and rally, and is even a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club.

Dr. Carlson believes in integrative medicine which combines traditional veterinary medicine with holistic veterinary care that allows her to focus on the whole patient and preventing illness. Nutritional counseling and natural allergy treatments are the primary ways she incorporates holistic medicine into our traditional veterinary practice. She is certified thru the CHI institute in Chinese veterinary food therapy, as a veterinary food therapist she uses the energetic properties of food to provide dietary therapy to patients. Her recommendations include store bought pet foods and home cooked recipes depending on what works best for you and your family. Additionally, Dr. Carlson is certified in Chinese herbal medicine, which can be used to treat chronic medical conditions and is often used to relieve pain, improve and restore proper organ function, and strength the immune system. Additionally, Dr. Carlson has become certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and she is going to school to to become certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulation (chiropractic treatment for animals), she is expecting to be certified in Spring 2020.

One day, Dr. Carlson hopes to build a training and rehabilitation center on the property behind Southlake Animal Hospital. The facility would include underwater treadmills, allowing pets to recover from surgical procedures with targeted and efficient physical therapy.

Currently, Dr. Carlson and her husband live in Valparaiso with her five Bernese Mountain Dogs- Spirit, Ayla, Cassidy, Lilac and Rio; as well as, five cats, three orange males named Patchy, Tanqueray, Irish and two black cats Burrito and Toops. All of their cats were rescued. Dr. Carlson has had multiple cockatiels, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards, fish, and even a rooster!

In her spare time, Dr. Carlson enjoys breeding and showing her Bernese Mountain Dogs, reading historical fiction, traveling, dining out, and practicing photography. She and her husband keep several photo galleries in their home from their trips to state parks in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. With their new RV Dr. Carlson and her husband hope to find the time to camp and enjoy the state parks. Dr. Carlson hopes to eventually embark on an extended vacation through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to photograph all the waterfalls that she can find and a special trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to see the majestic mountains.
Dr. Lauren Beaird DVM
Dr. Beaird shares Dr. Carlson’s view of holistic and integrative medicine. We are proud to welcome her to Southlake Animal Clinic.