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Meet our staff of experienced veterinarians and technicians.

 

Our veterinary clinic is fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association based on a quality review of our veterinary practice methods, pet health care management, facility and equipment in addition to a stringent evaluation of more than 900 standards in patient care, client service and medical protocols. Only 12 percent of small animal hospitals in the U.S. have achieved this accreditation.

Our Veterinarians and Staff

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      Holly Cogswell

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Practice Owner

      Dr. Cogswell has owned and led Aurora Animal Hospital since 2003. A graduate of Colorado State University, one of the world’s leading veterinary schools, she also completed an externship at the prestigious Angel Memorial Animal Hospital in Tokyo and received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from CSU. Caring and experienced, Dr. Cogswell is a veterinarian whose life-long love for animals pushes her to care for your pets as passionately as she does for her own. A Colorado native, Dr. Cogswell looks after a critter family including kitties Ling, Bodhi, and Scout, Poe the bunny, Harry the chameleon and backyard chickens Mabel, Audrey and Alice.

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      Stefanie Tande

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

      Dr. Tande earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Tufts University in Boston after earning a degree in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She completed an internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital before joining our team. Caring and enthusiastic, Dr. Tande is gifted in her knowledge of current veterinary practices and has special interests in preventative care, dentistry, geriatric care, and internal medicine. A native of North Dakota, Dr. Tande lives with kitties Lao-Tzu and Siddhartha.

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      Aziz Chughtai

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

      Dr. Chughtai is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and he also holds a Masters of Public Health degree. Innovative and thoughtful, Dr. Chughtai brings great care for the well-being of his patients and their owners in all that he does. A native of Iowa, Dr. Chughtai shares his home with kitties Lao-Tzu and Siddhartha.

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      Dayna Willems

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

      Dr. Willems earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the prestigious Texas A&M University after completing her Biomedical Science degree. Dedicated and compassionate, Dr. Willems has special interests in preventative care, emergency medicine, surgery, and exotic animal medicine. A Texas native, Dr. Willems has a BIG animal family including dogs Moki and Bogart; cats Izzy and Pangur Ban; chameleons Oscar, Loretta, Buster and Kal; tortoises Keeva and Pancakes; turtles Calvin, Hobbes, Layla, Spot & Dot; axolotls Ariel and Ponyo; and, Franklynn the iguana.

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      W. Preston Stubbs

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Specialist

      A trusted member of our extended team, Dr. Stubbs is a Board Certified surgeon by the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS). As owner of Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, he brings deep experience and specialized skill to our surgery services. Dr. Stubbs received his DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, received his internship training at Cornell University and completed his residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida. A published author of articles for medical journals, speaker and consultant to numerous zoos and animal rescue organizations, Dr. Stubbs is brings a wealth of experience to our hospital.

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      Linda Konde

      Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Radiology Specialist

      A trusted member of our extended team, Dr. Konde is a Board Certified radiologist. A member of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists and owner of Diagnostic Imaging (a business she established in 1991), she brings tremendous experience in radiology including ultrasound. Dr. Konde received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1976, interned in private practice for one year and then completed a 3-year residency in radiology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Konde taught at Colorado State University as an assistant professor from 1980-1987. During that time, Dr. Konde was one of the pioneers in veterinary ultrasound; she published several articles, lectured at veterinary meetings, and authored several book chapters on veterinary ultrasound and radiology. She also taught at North Carolina State University for two years before establishing Diagnostic Imaging in 1991.

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      Ashley Larson

      Practice Manager

      A devote animal lover, Ashley keeps our practice running efficiently so your experience with us is consistently smooth and reliable. She’s committed to your satisfaction, and to making sure your pets always receive the best possible care. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver and has completed AAHA’s Veterinary Management School program. Though she's a Denver native, Ashley has worked in veterinary hospitals in Portland, Oregon & Santa Barbara, California, including a 24hour emergency hospital. Ashley lives with her brood that includes dogs Tiger and Diver and cats Olive Oyl and Mowgley.

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      Kelley Holmes

      Assistant Manager & Customer Care

      Kelley’s compassion for animals and passion for customer service will welcome you when you walk through our doors. As our Team Manager and head receptionist, she’s responsible for making sure your visit is smooth and always a great experience. A Colorado native with a degree in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado, Kelley also cares at home for Cyrus the dog, Ru the bunny, and leopard geckos Puka and Zulu.

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      Kate Byrne

      Customer Care & Veterinary Assistant

      Kate loves animals and making sure our customers receive the best service and care possible. She’ll do her best to make your visit with us a great experience for all. Her future plans are to attend school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kate and her bunny Missy Elliott and guinea pig Stevie Wonder moved to our community from Colorado Springs.

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      Erica Lemacks

      Customer Care & Certified Veterinary Technician

      A Certified Veterinary Technician from Bel-Rea Institue, Erica really enjoys working with our clients in Customer Care. Her CVT training is invaluable in helping our clients through their visit with us. A native of North Carolina, Erica's passion for animals shows at work and at home, she's a foster mom for the Denver Dumb Friends League and has fostered over 100 animals since 2009. In addition to her furry foster family she has a dog, Ishmael, cats Toby, Mister, Neko, and Tiny, a rat named Curious, and fish.

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      Brittney Landry

      Customer Care

      Friendly and eager to help, Brittney works to ensure our customers receive the best service possible. She’ll do her best to make your visit with us a great experience for all. A native of Las Vegas and avid horseback rider, Brittney lives with Roxy the rottweiler.

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      Christina McGruder

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      Earning a degree in Equine Sciences from Colorado State University, Christina started with us as an intern and became a Certified Veterinary Technician after earning her second degree from Bel-Rea Institute. Her warm smile and caring touch will put even the most anxious pet at ease. A Colorado native, Christina lives with her dog Bella.

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      Susan Holtz

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      Holding a degree in Earth Sciences from California Polytechnic State University as well as being graduate of leading Bel-Rea Institute, Susan is committed to treating your animal companions with compassion and care in her role as one of our experienced Certified Veterinary Technicians. A California native, Susan loves on Sadie the dog.

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      Mistie Pruitt

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      A graduate of prestigious Bel-Rea Institute with an applied science degree in Veterinary Technology, Mistie brings over 8 years of experience to our hospital. Mistie moved here from Alabama and shares her home with two dogs, Leighlou and Brody, and a cat named Rikku.

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      Shawn Bowers

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      A graduate of leading Bel-Rea Institute, Shawn brings nearly 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She brings her experience and skill to the exceptional care she provides our patients. A native of California, Shawn has a big family including dogs, Annabelle, Eddie Mac and Lucy; kitties Theodore, Stanley and Simon; and fish!

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      Cailin Jones

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      Dedicated and caring, Cailin studied Zoology at CSU and became a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Community College of Denver. A Pennsylvania native, Cailin lives with dogs Mist, Pono and Smokey.

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      TIffany Pinkerton

      Certified Veterinary Technician

      A graduate of innovative Bel-Rea Institute, Tiffany brings experience and compassion to her role as Certified Veterinary Technician. A Colorado native, Tiffany shares her home with chihuahuas Chico and Lotus, and Spade the cat.

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      Lindsay Hancock

      Veterinary Assistant

      Lindsay’s making her love for animals her profession as she studies to become a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Bel-Rea Institute. Lindsay is passionate and committed to helping your visit with us be a great experience. A graduate of Northeastern University and a native of Connecticut, Lindsay lives with her dog, Mango.

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      Meg Fry

      Veterinary Assistant

      Currently studying for her Certified Veterinary Technician degree at Bel-Rea Institute, Meg brings her enthusiasm and great care for animals to working with our team and patients. A native of Ohio, Meg loves on her kitty Foofers.

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      Kat Suhova

      Veterinary Assistant

      Driven by her love of animals, Kat started as a volunteer and is now employed as one of our valued Veterinary Assistants. After high school she plans to attend college with a pre-veterinary emphasis. Originally from St. Petersburg Russia, Kat moved to the U.S. in 2001 and at home cares for Alice the cat and Sammy the dog.

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      Kenny Angelo

      Veterinary Assistant

      Passionate about animals, Kenny loves providing the best care possible for your pets as a valued Veterinary Assistant, and one day aspires to attend veterinary school. A Colorado native and graduate of Cornell University, Kenny's furry family includes Daisy the dog and Ginger the cat.

The Scratching Post

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Marijuana and pets

It used to be we would see canine marijuana ingestion cases – (cats are too smart!) once or twice a year. Owners were shy to admit the reason for the emergency visit, but usually came around. But in today’s community, post medical marijuana legalization, we are seeing a four-fold increase in pets not only getting […]

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Vegetarian Cats?

Vegetarian Cats? People choose not to eat meat for various ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Some omnivores, like humans and dogs, can live longer, happier lives this way with a little thought put into their diets. For people, it’s not hard to be a healthy vegan if you don’t live on fries and cola and […]

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