Meet the Happy at Home Team
For me, becoming a veterinarian was less a career choice and more a path that I felt destined to follow. Some of my earliest memories include toddling up to whatever animals I happened to come across, watching them and wondering what they were feeling and thinking.
Growing up in Milwaukee, I filled my life with animals of all kinds, horseback riding, pet-sitting, working at a local vet clinic and finally getting my first dog, a wonderful beagle named Daisy.
While attending college at UW Madison, I became interested in animal behavior and took numerous classes on the subject through
Me and my best friend, Sheba
the animal science and psychology departments, including studies with the famed Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. I fell in love with Scotland after spending my junior year of college abroad at the University of St. Andrews, and after graduating from UW Madison with a BA in psychology, I moved back to Scotland and began veterinary school. I graduated from the School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh and returned to Milwaukee to begin my career as a small animal practitioner.
From 2009-2015, I worked at a local veterinary clinic, continuing to recognize the huge importance of veterinary behavior in helping my patients and learning as much about it as I could. Over the years, I have had the privilege of studying with and learning from some of the world's foremost practitioners in the field of animal behavior, including doctors Temple Grandin, Karen Overall, Ian Dunbar and Sophia Yin.
During my years in general practice, I became frustrated that the conventional appointment structure often resulted in hurried exams and heightened stress and anxiety levels for my patients. I began to envision another way, where extra time could be taken with patients and owners in a calmer setting, with an emphasis on low-stress handling. Over time, the idea for Happy At Home Veterinary Care was born.
I currently reside in the Milwaukee area with my incredibly spoiled rescued pets, Zorro the cat, Rayne the dog and Ladybug the horse (who doesn’t actually live with me, but I wish she did!). I'm a committed animal welfare and rescue advocate and have a huge soft spot for older and special needs pets. In my spare time, I enjoy ballroom dancing, yoga, barre classes, taking classes in and competing in nosework with my gifted nosey dog Rayne and of course spending lots of quality time with all of my furry children.
The human-animal bond continues to captivate and inspire me every day, and I feel very fortunate to be able to help others who feel the same way.
Me and Ladybug
Animal friends at an early age
Me and Rayne
Photo credit: Artemis Photography
Practice Philosophy/Mission Statement
Happy at Home Veterinary Care is committed to providing individualized, high quality medical care for your pets. We strive to treat both our patients and clients with the utmost compassion and respect, to give each patient our undivided attention and care and to ensure that all patient and client needs are thoroughly addressed. Our priority is creating a positive, low-stress experience for your pets at every visit and we are dedicated to continuing our professional education in all aspects of veterinary care and behavior to provide the highest standard of care for your pets.
University of Wisconsin-Madison - BA psychology, 2004
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies - BVM&S (equivalent to DVM), 2009
Memberships & Associations
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
Bonnie Epstein, RVT
Bonnie graduated from veterinary technician school and was certified in Cleveland Ohio in 2013 where she interned at a rescue facility as well as a diagnostic lab while working in a small animal clinic. She then continued working as a vet tech then made the move to Milwaukee in 2018.
Bonnie joined the Happy at Home Team in August 2020, happily lending some help to Dr. Rebecca and Happy at Home clients. She runs Dr. Rebecca’s schedule, invoices, emails, and answers any inquiries from clients and prospective clients.
Bonnie considers herself lucky to be a part of the Happy at Home team and looks forward to all future endeavors!
Nina Pinter, CVT
Nina became a certified veterinary technician in 2009 and joined the Happy at Home team in 2022. She has had the privilege of studying conventional and holistic medicine with talented doctors in southeast Wisconsin and Chicago, including her work with Dr. Rebecca in 2020.
Nina's areas of interest include nutrition, herbal medicine, preventative medicine, and client education. She hopes to continue studying eastern modalities such as Ayurvedic medicine, and how to incorporate this into her and her pet's health.
Nina's personal interests include cooking and juicing, wild foraging and hiking, reading utopian/dystopian novels, and family time with her partner and pets. She currently enjoys living in the lush green state of Washington while continuing remote work with Happy at Home.