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VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

201 W 67th Ct | Loveland , CO 80538

Call 970-776-8712
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Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
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We provide 24 hour emergency services and specialty services such as acupuncture, internal medicine, physical therapy and surgery.

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Ronald Bright

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Ohio State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
MS, Colorado State University
Departments: Surgery

Dr. Bright is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a Master's degree at Colorado State University. His residency training in small animal surgery, completed at the University of Missouri, was followed by an appointment as Assistant Professor in small animal surgery at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After five years at Purdue, he accepted an appointment at the University of Florida as an Associate Professor and Head of Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He was appointed a Distinguished Professor his final five years at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bright joined Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in December of 1999.

Dr. Bright received twelve teaching awards during his faculty appointments with various universities. Two of these were the prestigious Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1993, he was honored by his alma mater, the Ohio State University, with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. That same year, he received a Fulbright Scholarship that supported a year-long sabbatical at the veterinary school at Cambridge University in England.

Dr. Bright became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1980. He subsequently became a member of the Board of Regents of the College and, in 2002, completed a 3-year appointment as President and chair of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Bright helped with the establishment of the credentialing and testing protocol for our sister organization in Europe, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Veterinary Conference.

Dr. Bright has published over 150 articles in the veterinary literature and over 27 chapters in 10 veterinary textbooks. He is the editor of one book and as associate editor of the 4th edition of Morgan's Handbook of Small Animal Practice that was published in 2002.

Dr. Bright has given over 150 invited lectures both nationally and internationally to include Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, South America and his native United States of America. He was also a visiting professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dr. Bright's clinical and research interests have focused primarily on gastroenterology, reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, and respiratory disorders. He has also worked extensively with congenital liver disorders in dogs and cats that are amenable to surgical correction.

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Wendy Fleischman

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

Originally from New York, Dr. Fleischman received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. After a year of traveling abroad, she pursued her life-long goal of becoming a veterinarian and received her DVM degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. From New York, she moved to California where she completed a one-year Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.

Upon completion of her Internship, Dr. Fleischman realized a second long-time dream by moving to the great state of Colorado, where she practiced Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the Animal ER in Littleton. She left Colorado after two years and returned to New York where she completed a rigorous two-year Residency Program in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Now finished with her Residency, Dr. Fleischman has enthusiastically moved back to Colorado and is thrilled to have joined the staff of VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado.

Within the field of Internal Medicine, Dr. Fleischman's particular interests include endocrinology, hematology, immunology, and gastroenterology. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fleischman is an avid mountain biker, skier, backpacker, and generally enjoys spending time in the woods. She loves to travel and has been to Europe, Africa, Central America, Asia, and most recently, India and Nepal. She has spent one summer working with farmers in West Africa to improve animal husbandry practices, and another in Costa Rica as a wildlife rehabilitator. She also enjoys cooking, dancing, gardening, The Allman Brothers, and spending time with her two main men, Josh and "Sweet Pea" the cat.

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Ruth J. Rose

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Tufts University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Departments: Surgery

Dr. Rose (previously Lambert) received her DVM degree in 2003 from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She remained in Massachusetts to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center- Western New England. After her internship, she moved to Southern California and completed an internship and residency in small animal surgery at Animal Specialty Group, Inc., a large referral veterinary hospital in Los Angeles. During her internship and residency, her research involved radiographic evaluation of angular limb deformities in the tibia. She presented her research at the national meeting of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society in March of 2007. Although her research was orthopedic in nature, Dr. Rose has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, specifically, oncologic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Rose joined VCA Veterinary Specialists in September of 2009 and became board certified in small animal surgery in March of 2010.

Outside of her career-life, Dr. Rose enjoys running, hiking, skiing, yoga, cardio kickboxing, and camping. She and her husband live in Fort Collins with their three Labrador retrievers (Ripley, Ramsey, and Lewis) and their two cats (Ellie and Jordan).

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Crystal Connor

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Colorado State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Crystal Connor received her DVM from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, MA in 2008. After her internship she became an associate emergency veterinarian at a referral/emergency hospital in Portsmouth, NH. After two additional years on the east coast Dr. Connor returned to her home state of Colorado. She joined VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in August 2010.

Dr. Connor enjoys emergency medicine and has a special interest in treatment of trauma patients, shock resuscitation, pain management, and client education. Dr. Connor is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

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Michael Green

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Colorado State University
Departments: Surgery

Dr. Green received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2006. Following veterinary school, he completed a general internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he completed a small animal surgical internship and residency at Sage Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Centers. He joins VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado with a strong interest in orthopedics.

Dr. Green and his family are very excited to be returning to Colorado and enjoying all that this beautiful state has to offer.

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Jean Rifkin

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

Dr. Rifkin received her DVM degree in 2004 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with her clinical year at the University of Georgia. She completed a small animal internship at Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists in Long Island, New York. She remained in New York to complete her residency training in internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2008. During her residency she also worked at North Shore Animal League, a no kill animal shelter. Dr. Rifkin most recently comes from Dallas, Texas where she was practicing at the VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic. She has a particular interest in immune-mediated, infectious, gastrointestinal diseases and anemia.

Dr. Rifkin anticipates becoming board certified in internal medicine during the summer of 2012.

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Nicole Van Gurp

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Cornell University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Nicole Van Gurp grew up in a small town in upstate New York. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2006. Having always wanted to attend veterinary school, she accepted the offer to stay on at Cornell for another four years, graduating in 2010 with her degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Van Gurp ventured out to Colorado in 2010 to complete a small animal rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital just outside of Denver. During her internship year she fell in love with emergency medicine and critical care. She comes to Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado as a veterinarian with practice limited to emergency medicine.

Dr. Van Gurp currently lives in Longmont with her husband and Maine Coon cat, Orion. She loves Colorado and in her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, distance running, and cooking.

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Susan Wight

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Colorado State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Wight has been with VCA Veterinary Specialists (emergency service) since 1996, almost since its inception. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1985 with a BS (high distinction) in microbiology, biomedical concentration. She went on to earn a DVM degree from CSU in 1989. From 1989 to 1997 she worked in a mixed practice in Estes Park, CO. She gained extensive experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine, and saw a large variety of animal species, including llamas, horses, cattle, pocket pets, ferrets, rabbits, birds, dogs and cats (of course) and the odd turtle, frog, and snake. The practice handled its own emergencies, so Dr. Wight became quite familiar with her passion of emergency medicine.

Dr. Wight has many interests outside the hospital, including cycling, hiking and camping, photography, canoeing the Boundary Waters, and she is an avid birder. The other members of her household include Chris, husband of many years, and Flounder, a cat adopted from the Larimer County Humane Society. And too many guppies to count, which are available for adoption to loving families….

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