About Us

More in home euthanasia experience than any other veterinarian in the Madison area.
Portrait of veterinarian Dr. Katie

Dr. Katie Hilst, founder

veterinarian with more in-home euthanasia experience than any other vet in the Madison area.

Dr. Katie Hilst graduated from the UW Veterinary School in 2002, and from the UW Business School in 1986. She practiced veterinary medicine in West Allis and Monona, WI prior to starting her own housecall business in 2007.

She established Journeys Home to focus her efforts on helping pets and their families at the end of their lives (“It’s My Calling”). She authored the JOURNEYS quality of life scale for pets in 2013, and is certified in Pet Loss and Grief Companioning. She has been providing in-home euthanasia exclusively longer than any other veterinarian in Madison.

When she is not helping families she can be found chasing terriers, teenagers, and cows on the hilly terrain of SW Wisconsin.

Proud member of:
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Dr. Hilst is featured on the cover of Natures Pathways November 2014

“Dr. Hilst offers a peaceful path for your pet’s journey”

Interview: A profile interview of Dr. Katie Hilst’s experience and philosophy was featured in Nature’s Pathway November issue.

(608) 347-1897

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Portrait of veterinarian Laura Purdy

Dr. Laura Purdy

veterinarian

Dr. Laura Purdy is a graduate of the UW Veterinary School in Madison, WI. She has spent many years involved with veterinary clinics in the Madison and Waunakee areas. She has worked for the UW Veterinary Oncology Department assisting in cancer research projects, and she is an elite dog trainer. Dr. Laura was given the 2015 American Association of Feline Practitioners Award by UW School of Veterinary Medicine

When she’s not working as a veterinarian, she can be found helping her fiancé at their organic vegetable farm in Waunakee. She also enjoys knitting, making jams and pickles, and raising small livestock on their property. Dr. Laura currently has two 4-year-old kitties at home named Shelby and Lilah. She hopes to add a farm dog and a handful of goats to their family in the near future.

Dr. Laura is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, Dane County Veterinary Medical Association, the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

(608) 347-1897

journeyspet*gmail.com

Catie Hawkins, veterinarian

Dr. Catie Hawkins

veterinarian

Dr. Catie Hawkins is a UW-Madison graduate where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health. Prior to pursuing veterinary medicine, she was a middle school science teacher in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Catie hails from New England, but is now proud to call Sun Prairie  her home, where she lives with her family and her fiercely friendly dog, Nilly. When not working, Dr. Catie loves spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling and the outdoors.

Dr. Catie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, Dane County Veterinary Medical Association, the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

Isthmus portrait of Dr. Catie Hawkins

“… rewarding work”

Interview: Isthmus Publishing included a great article about Catie Hawkins and our work at Journeys Home Pet. See full text: www.isthmus.com

(608) 347-1897

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our-staff

Jack and Tip Hilst

Staff Members

My staff does not answer the phone, help with filing, accounting, ordering supplies, or record keeping. They are not permitted to help on housecalls. They are very good at reminding me why I wanted to be a vet when it’s been a tough day!

mamma-cat

Mama Kitty

Manager of Paperwork from 11/30/2012- 12/8/2013
We miss her every day, but were lucky to share the 19th year of her life with her (more …)

Mama Kitty was hired by Dr. Hilst to manage paperwork and encourage people to set up a plan for their pets in their wills! She lost her owner at 18 years of age, and was headed for a humane society when she heard about the job opening with Dr. Hilst, applied for the Manager of Paperwork position, and after passing her interviews with Mr. Hilst, and the rest of the Hilst family (except Tip and Jack) was hired. She enjoys sleeping by the fire, laying on blankets, and purring.  For Pet Trusts she recommends Gustafson Gervasi Law Office, LLC . Contact  608-274-7192  melinda@gustafsonlegal.com for more information on how to plan for your pets welfare and care in the event they survive you.