Karmen Couret
Dr. Karmen Couret was born in New York City in 1966. She grew up in midtown Manhattan and graduated from Hunter College High School in 1984. She stayed in New York to do her undergraduate work at Columbia College of Columbia University, majoring in biology and German literature, graduating in 1988. She earned her Veterinary degree in 1992 from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Couret’s interest in alternative medicine began in 1999 after a battle against cancer with her own dog. She took the IVAS acupuncture course and was certified in 2002. She took the Healing Oasis chiropractic course and was certified in 2002 as well. She is a member of IVAS, AAVA and the AVCA. In addition she has completed over 500 hours of training in Chinese herbal medicine. Her interests include many different complementary medical modalities including Homeopathy and Physical Therapy. Dr. Couret currently resides in Litchfield Connecticut with her husband Michael and son Pierce. Her furry family includes their English Pointers Cole and Tristan and orange tiger cat Harry. She enjoys Aikido, horse back riding and scuba diving.

Services for small animals



Recommended link for info on this treatment:

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association www.ahvma.org

Common Indications:

  • Arthritis (joint, spinal)
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains)
  • Spinal cord disorders including disc disease
  • Chronic digestive disorders
  • Seizures
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer



Recommended link for info on this treatment:

The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association ivca.de

Common Indications:

  • Arthritis
  • Pain (neck, back, leg)
  • Disc disease
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved conformation

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Recommended link for info on this treatment:

College of Integrated Veterinary Therapies www.civtedu.org

Common Indications:

  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Allergic skin disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cancer


  • Dr. Couret has been adjusting our show dogs for the past 10 years. Being in a breed where soundness and balance are of utmost importance, I can’t imagine doing a dog show entry without visiting Dr. Couret first. Her work has been imperative in our success. She’s worked extensively on three consecutive American Rottweiler Club National Sieger Show Siegrin and best in show winners, along with countless specialty and all breed winners.

    Sarah Janner
  • On September 28, 2013 my beautiful Pembroke Welsh Corgi Abby, began to have difficulty walking and controlling her hind end. I immediately brought her to her regular vet. She was prescribed a steroid medication and placed on crate rest. Within 4 days her hind end was paralyzed. She could not stand or walk. Abby was immediately referred and taken to a veterinary neurosurgeon. I was told she needed immediate surgery at a cost of $6000. I was told she had a good chance to walk again, but there was no guarantee. I am a super dog lover, but…. When I asked about other options, I was told “surgery today or euthanize her today.” I insisted on bringing her home. I called my vet for options and he told me about Dr. Couret. That was 3 and ½ years ago. That day saved Abby’s life and ability to walk. Dr. Couret began acupuncture and chiropractic care (weekly at first, then twice a month, then monthly…) Within a month, Abby could stand on her own. On Thanksgiving Day, she took her first steps. By the New Year she was running. This was miraculous.

    Dr. Couret is calm, smart and truly talented. Her acupuncture and chiropractic abilities are amazing, but her support and advice during Abby’s early days of treatment were also helpful. Her belief in treatment and support to Abby and me was so helpful during this scary and emotional difficult time. Now, Abby walks, runs, scratches her ears…She does everything she did before her spinal cord injury, except jumping on and off furniture or jumping in and out of the car. Abby is a gift to me every day. Thank you Dr. Couret!

    Janet Samela-Sorrell
  • In January of 2015, my then 11 1/2 year old Wirehaired Dachshund, Zaki, developed a disc problem which left him at stage 3 or the “drunken sailor walk”. Having gone the spinal surgery route with another Dachsie who never progressed beyond stage 3, I sought alternatives for Zaki. Instead of spinal surgery, I chose to try accupuncture and brought him to Dr. Couret. After only a few treatments, his walk started improving, his back no longer hunched, and his rear legs no longer crossed when standing. That was two years ago. Zaki is now pushing 14. He sees Dr. Couret every six to eight weeks for a ‘tune up’ and is doing well. He can go on short walks, play with my other Dachsies, and sun himself on the front lawn. Dr. Couret gave me two years (and counting) with Zaki, two years that we would not have had. I think that she is wonderful.

    Carol D. Olsen
  • I met Dr. Couret in June 2013 after spending hours in an emergency hospital, and consulting our previous veterinarian with no answers as to why my Mastiff suddenly refused to eat, drink, and couldn’t stop trembling. Suggestions after clean x-rays, perfect blood work, and observation were that she had acquired a sudden severe anxiety issue and medication was the only recommended treatment. Unsatisfied, terrified, frustrated something was legitimately wrong, and running out of options, I chose to look into a chiropractic consultation. I had never been to a chiropractor with my, then, 5-year-old. Bella, while a genuine sweetheart, came to my husband and I two years prior, without any history. She suffered from a general lack of trust in the vet’s office. At our first appointment, Dr. Couret listened to Bella’s history in length and acknowledged that I felt strongly there was a sincere issue. Upon exam, that she did very slowly so as not to stress Bella, she determined that Bella had suffered an atlanto-axial subluxation (injury to her neck). The injury is remarkably painful often resulting in headaches and nausea (as seen in people). Dr. Couret was then able to adjust Bella’s spine back into its correct alignment. Almost instantly her symptoms disappeared and the fear that I might lose my dog vanished.

    Since then, Bella has been adjusted every eight weeks, religiously. At each visit, Dr. Couret is able to do something new with her, pushing the boundaries of her trust. My dog is not a ball of worry in the office, and has allowed Dr. Couret to do things that she’s only allowed me to do. Bella adores Karmen.

    I cannot say enough about the care that is provided. I always feel like Bella is a priority during her appointments, and I always feel like Dr. Couret truly listens to my concerns and does her best to address them. I respect that Dr. Couret trusts owners to know their pets the best and always presents options in testing and treatment rather than pushing me into a decision. I have owned animals my entire life and while I have always ensured they receive top-notch vet care, there hasn’t been anyone quite like Karmen.

    Elyse Manyak
  • I am delighted to write a testimonial for Dr. Karmen Couret. She is a remarkable veterinarian and wonderful person. I don’t know where to begin to describe how grateful I am to Dr. Couret.

    Last spring my Tess was experiencing lameness in her right leg. She was treated with acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments for several sessions by Dr. Couret and was doing very well. Then in late July she needed a cruciate ligament repair on her left leg. All this time Tess was having issues with eating. We tried everything – cooking food for her, feeding her critical care food off of a tongue depressor, even force feeding her. She was continuing to lose weight. She was skin and bones. Dr. Couret felt her abdomen and said she thought there was something there. We consulted with her regular vet. The next day she had an ultrasound which indicated an enlarged spleen. She had a splenectomy the very next day. Five months later she is doing remarkably well. She has gained weight and is a happy dog again. I truly believe that Dr. Couret saved Tess’ life.

    We still see Dr. Couret for adjustments on her right leg and Tess has limitations, but is doing so much better compared to last year.

    Karen Napolitano
  • When the  foremost  Orthopedic  surgeon in N.H. (he had done my Pittbull) told me my  12 year old, 51/2 lb Chihuahua had also torn her A.C.L. and would need surgery I was desperate! As a last alternative Dr Couret  was recommended to me. Within 8 treatments my Doll was walking as if nothing had been TORN! THIS WAS NOT A LUCKY ONE SHOT! Since then, after a near death illness which once again left her exhausted and unable to walk, Dr Couret discovered  that Doll had a Disc problem in her neck. After 2 treatments she is running instead of walking…and…the BEST is the” DIVA DOLL” gladly lets Dr Couret give her needles and adjust her!

    Judi and Doll Nielsen



Dr. Couret is available at four different locations in Connecticut. To schedule an appointment please call the desired location and they can book one for you.

Mon. 9am – 3pm
Maple Ridge Animal Clinic
730B Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488


Wed. & Thurs. 9am – 3pm
Stone Veterinary Hospital
51 Depot St
Watertown, CT 06795


1 Sat. per month. 12pm – 6pm
Canine Sports Center
416 Old Middle St
Goshen, CT 06756


Every other Friday. 1pm – 6pm
Litchfield Pet Supply
583 Bantam Rd
Bantam, CT 06750



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