Dr. Allison Dunlop is the
owner of Integrative Veterinary Service in Brookfield.
BROOKFIELD — Allison Dunlop opened Integrative
Veterinary Service in Brookfield in 2014, following in
the footsteps of a beloved family member.
grandfather was the only veterinarian for a small town
in Iowa called Geyser. He was the only vet for a very
long distance and he did both large and small animals,”
said Dunlop. “From a very young age, I always knew that
was what I wanted to do. It was something that he and I
shared, and that was really special to me.”
Dunlop grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and graduated
from veterinary school at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Her first job led her to Milwaukee
where she realized she wanted to open her own animal
developed the desire once I got into (veterinary)
practice and was just not finding exactly what I wanted
working for somebody else. So when I couldn’t find what
I was looking for, I just created what I was looking
for,” Dunlop said.
Integrative Veterinary Service staff of 10, all women,
includes two other veterinarians in addition to Dunlop.
“Where I am now (with my business), is where I thought I
would be in four years. It was one of those things where
you can imagine how much work it’s going to be, but then
it’s always way more than you you’d imagined and you
never thought you could’ve ever have worked this hard.
But somehow you just do it, because it’s something you
are passionate about — so you are able to,” Dunlop said.
Dunlop’s business is unique because it offers
traditional services such as vaccinations and heart worm
testing but also includes holistic care such as
acupuncture, reiki for pets and herbal medicine.
work a lot of hours and wear a lot of hats. I live and
breathe my business,” said Dunlop. “My advice for people
who want to open a business ... Just go for it. If you
are passionate about something and have something you
can contribute to the community ... people that resonate
with that will find you.”