Jess started work at Aspen Arbor Animal Hospital in the spring of 2001. She graduated from Bel-Rea Veterinary Technical School in March of 2001. Jess played a key role in our hospital’s accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. Jess and her husband, Chris, have a daughter, Brianna, a son, Christopher Michael, a Labrador retriever mix named Rainie, a Pomeranian named Koda Bear, and a cockatiel named Lucy. She and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing.
Kayla has been a member of our staff since August of 2002. She graduated from Bel-Rea Veterinary Technical School in 2001. She has two daughters, Alexis and Tatum, a son, Logan, two dogs named Popeye and Steve Buschemi, and one cat named Lucy. Her favorite things to do are hang out with friends, travel, play with the kids, and play Texas Hold ‘Em.
Jamie was hired on at Aspen Arbor in August 2012. She attended the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in 2008. She has always loved animals and aspired to work with them. She enjoys caring for dogs and cats as well as exotic animals. Her animal family consists of 3 cats, 2 chinchillas, 3 betta fish, and 3 tarantulas. Her favorite activities include going to concerts, traveling, working out, and spending time with her friends.
Jennifer, Certified Veterinary Technician
Jen was born in Wesbaden, Germany. She moved to the states when she was 3 years old and grew up outside of Washington, DC in Maryland. She decided to move to Colorado in 1991. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and was a teacher for several years. But in 2002, she decided to go back to school so she could do what she truely loves, working with animals. She graduated from Bel-Rea in 2004. She plans to continue her education so she can become a specialized Certified Veterinary Dental Technician. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, white water rafting and camping. She also enjoys hanging out with her Irish Wolfhound mix, Marley, and her 2 cats, Max and Tony.
Chrissy joined the Aspen Arbor team in May of 2013 and she has been working in the veterinary field for over six years. She loves animals and has two Jack Russell Terriers, Rocky and Gidgett. She also has a bird named Rusty Shackleford. In her free time, she enjoys going to hard rock music shows and hanging with her friends. She also enjoys working on cars and spending time with her husband.
Gilbert, Certified Veterinary Technician
Gilbert joined the Aspen Arbor team in December of 2013. He has been working in the veterinary field since graduating from The Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2011. Gilbert has been a key member of our hospital as Intern Coordinator, as well as a member of the event committee which takes care of annual Fetch Fairs and other events throughout the year. At home, he has 3 Chihuahuas (Kookie, Lexie, and Pancho), a Russian Turtle named Chloe, 5 finches and a Betta fish. In his spare time, he enjoys videogames and Special FX makeup. You can find him face painting at our annual events.
Mary, Veterinary Assistant
Mary joined the Aspen Arbor team in November 2013 as a Kennel Technician. She helps out in all areas of the hospital including the front desk but serves mainly as a Veterinary Assistant helping the Technicians and Doctors. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 with a degree in Zoology. She has a special passion for wildlife, and volunteers several times a month at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to help with preservation of birds and mammals for study. She lives in Denver with her husband, Tyler. They share their home with their three kitties Yoshi, Midna and Vixen, a lab mix named Ender, a bearded dragon named Chubbs, and two 29 gallon freshwater and saltwater aquariums. In her spare time, she enjoys bird-watching, hiking, cross-stitching, drawing/ painting and scrap-booking.
All of our veterinary nurses have received specialized training specific to the field of veterinary medicine. They are technically proficient in many areas. Not only do they work in the exam rooms, they are the “behind the scenes” people who run all of the blood-chemistry tests, take radiographs (X-Rays), administer medications to hospitalized patients, administer and manage anesthesia, assist in surgery, recover patients after surgery, and perform microscopic studies. Our certified veterinary nurses attended a rigorous two year program that leads to an associate of applied science degree. Following graduation, the student must pass a national board exam (VTNE). Only then do they receive the title of Certified Veterinary Technician, or CVT.
You can visit www.bel-rea.com for more information on veterinary technicians.