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Our very own Dr. Michael Green was recently presented with a team photo from the Loveland PD K9 Unit in honor of his work with the unit.
 
VCA VSNC is so proud to be able to assist such an amazing and vital part of our community and looks forward to supporting the Loveland PD K9 Unit for many years to come.

 Way to go Dr. Green!
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VCA VSNC team members rise to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We nominate Todd Tams, Bob Antin and Art Antin to carry on the challenge!
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VSNC Welcomes Wyatt to our new CSR Team!

“Hello Everyone! So glad to be part of the team! My name is Wyatt and I was born and raised here in beautiful Colorado. I am currently going to school for Medical Specialties which is going great! I also devote most of my time out of work and school with my two kiddos. I have two afghan hounds named Indie (Chichic's Inidgo Night Myst) and Kahn (Sunlit's Mystic King of Summerwind). They both are the loves of my life and they are working hard on becoming champions through AKC. Once again I am so glad to be part of the team, and can't wait to get to know everyone!”

Welcome to the team Wyatt!
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Ah, Chewy……so much grass to run through, so little time, so much hair on your face! Chewy came to see us one evening with a painful and very red eye. As it turns out, after a little topical anesthetic and some eye stain, there was an ulcer on his cornea. The culprit causing the ulcer was a grass seed (AKA foxtail, grass awn, cheat grass, and many other names) lodged into the conjunctiva of his lower eyelid. OUCH. We were able to pull that little bugger out of there and Chewy was much happier for it. And it allowed Dr. Wight to wear the stylish and much sought after OptiVisor!!

 Grass seeds/foxtails are simply seeds from some of the wild grasses in our area. They act like a little arrow and can get stuck in some very interesting places, sometimes causing very serious problems. They have been known to migrate into body cavities (from the outside of the body, working their way in), into lungs (if inhaled) and deep into soft tissues (like paws) causing infection and pain and sometimes very serious abscesses. Consider brushing your furry pet after they have been romping in such areas to remove those annoying pieces of plant material
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With the sad news of yesterday's death of a dog in Boulder after being left in a hot car, VSNC reaches out again to remind everyone of the dangers of leaving your pets in the car unattended.

 Below are some tips on how you can help:

• If you know who the owner is, a friendly "hey, your pet is hot" or some other means of striking up conversation will alert the owner to the dangers of leaving their pet in the car. Keeping some "Don't Leave Me in Here — It's Hot!" flyers in your car are also a great way of spreading the word.

• Usually though, the car is in a parking lot and the dog is alone. In this case, speak with a store manager. I have found store managers to be very helpful in locating the owner or calling animal control. They do not want a tragedy happening in their parking lot.

• Call your local animal control or the police for assistance.. Minutes count, so don’t hesitate

• Keep your local animal control phone number in your cell phone. Many areas provide parking lot assistance or patrols for animals in cars.

 Pets are part of the family. We frequently take our dogs with us on outings. And, no matter how prepared, it seems we always have to run a quick errand or two on the way to wherever we are going. We solve this problem by parking in the shade, leashing or kenneling the dogs, and family members staying with the car and the dogs, keeping doors and windows open.

 If you are alone, the above scenario isn't possible and more creativity is needed. Here are some ideas:

• Use the drive-up if possible. This works for some restaurants, banks, and pharmacies.

• Shop in pet-welcome stores. Pet stores typically allow pets, and they do carry "human" items like candy and snacks if you are in a hurry.

• Utilize a travel kennel outside the car, in the shade, if possible. NOTE: Please use this tip judiciously and with caution; not for use in parking lots, not in an area where your pet could be pestered by bystanders, etc., etc. In general, travel kennels are a great way to keep your pet safe while in fresh air, with cool water, and so on.

 Public bystanders are the "eyes and ears" to aid in preventing animal abuse and neglect. Getting involved does make a difference, especially for those who may not have a voice. If you are uncomfortable reporting a problem, please find assistance through a store manager, animal control, friend or family member to assist those in need.

 (ref. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM/vetmedicine.about.com)
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VSNC Welcomes Katie to our new CSR Team!

Katie was born and raised in Fort Collins, Co. After graduating she joined the military and still proudly serves as a chef in the Air National Guard. While serving she has gotten to travel to many places and learn a lot about different cultures and their culinary skills, she is also the first female in her Air National Guard Wing to attend the Joint Forces Culinary School and graduate with honors.
Katie decided that she wanted a career change in her civilian life and follow her dreams of working with animals and also working at the VCA.

Katie is excited to be starting the Radiology Technician program in the fall and the Vet Tech Program in the spring. She couldn’t chose between the two so she chose to get a degree in both. She hopes to also achieve her bachelors in Radiation Therapy to help both animals and humans.

In her free time Katie can be found teaching and dancing country swing, baking cupcakes, and being a mother to two four –legged creatures. Roscoe a Cairn terrier, and Jayla a little tabby. She also can be found rooting for the Broncos during football season and the Colorado Eagles during hockey season.

Welcome to the team Katie!!!!
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We're so proud!
 
Our very own Dr. Jess Barrera was recently interviewed for an article in Northern Colorado Health and Wellness Magazine titled "Veterinary Surgeons: Masters of Many Specialties"! We're so lucky to have such a skilled specialist with us and an all around amazing person! Way to go Dr. Barrera!
http://issuu.com/lydiasstyle/docs/2014-03_medical-web/68
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With surgery and chemotherapy, Rosie is now two years out from a diagnosis of malignant bone cancer and going strong! We love you Rosie!
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Everybody meet Allison! Allison is the newest member of the ER Team here at VSNC.
 
Allison attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Wildlife Biology. After she graduated, she spent time working with endangered species for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and then migratory birds for the Department of Natural Resource for the state of Wisconsin.
 
She started working in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician shortly after leaving the Department of Natural Resources, working with small animals at a general practice hospital. After moving to Colorado in 2009, she started working
 as an emergency veterinary technician at Alpenglow in Boulder and then Community Pet Hospital in Thornton. She stayed in the field of emergency medicine until one year ago when she started working at Advanced Animal Care of Colorado in Fort Collins.
 
In her spare time, Allison participates in triathlons, marathons and century bike rides. She has completed an Ironman and Ride the Rockies, as well as other intrastate bike rides. She resides in Thornton, CO with her boyfriend (Stuart), 3 dogs (Pavlov, Clouseau and Kodiak) and cat (Purr Purr). On her days off when the weather is nice, you can expect to find her hiking, biking, or trying out some new outdoor activity. On bad weather days, she is curled up on the couch with her pets watching movies or cooking up something tasty in the kitchen.
We are so excited to have Allison with us. Welcome to the team Allison!
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Delivery Day at VSNC! It's finally here and we couldn't be prouder parents of our new onsite MRI. Now to the finishing touches and soon you'll all be invited to our grand opening!  #MRI     #animalmri    
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