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Dr. Allison Jenkins

If you talk to anyone who has known Dr. Jenkins since she was a little girl, they'll all tell you the same thing- "Allison always told me that she was going to be a vet, live in Colorado, and have a Husky dog."  And so she did...


Dr. Allison Jenkins graduated with Honors from Texas A & M University in 1999, then moved to Colorado to start fulfilling her dreams.  She lived and worked as a veterinary technician in Crested Butte, establishing her residency and solidifying her love of the mountains.   During veterinary school, Allison was chosen to participate in a wildlife research program in South Africa, under the direction of world-renowned wildlife vet, Dr. Cobus Raath.  Over a two-year period, she also conducted equine toxicology research on Easter Island.  Dr. Jenkins received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2004.  She then spent the first two years as an equine vet in Oregon and Texas before finding her calling in small animal medicine.  "The bond between dogs, cats, and humans is profound and real.  No other being loves you quite like your pet- the one with whom you share your life and home."


Dr. Jenkins worked several years at Brykerwood Vet Clinic, voted "Best Vet in Austin."  Dr. Allison Jenkins, her Husky dog, Slater, and her horse, Casey, moved back to Colorado in 2010.  Allison married Ashton Jenkins in August 2012, 1 week after closing on the property which is now Highlands Animal Clinic.  Ashton and Allison spent their newlywed year restoring and constructing a clinic that their clients and patients can call home.


Dr. Allison's best friend of 12 and 1/2 years, Slater, passed away in December 2012, after accompanying her on all the journeys that led to where she is and who she is now.  The Jenkins' share their home and their hearts with Cash, an ageless Chocolate Lab with boundless energy and love and Greta, their newly adopted old lady Black Lab.  They keep their horse, Casey, in a beautiful pasture in Evergreen.


Dr. Allison Jenkins is a resident and cheerleader for the Highlands neighborhood.   She feels lucky to have found her place in this community and looks forward to serving you and your pets.

Veterinarian and Proud Owner

Colo. State University, DVM 

Certified Vet Acupuncturist

Wildlife Conservation Medicine, South Africa

Vet Relief Int'l., Easter Island

Texas A & M, B. S. Cum Laude


Dr. Erik Anderson

Erik was born and raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Pennsylvania.  Erik received his veterinary education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduation, he completed a rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and was featured on the Animal Planet TV series, E-vet Interns. You may still be able to catch him on a late night rerun!


Erik knew he wanted to be a vet from a very young age.  He began working with animals at the age of 12 while volunteering at the local Humane Society and later as a veterinary assistant at several small animal hospitals during high school and college.  He has lived in the Highlands neighborhood for the last seven years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard.  His professional interests include oncology, dermatology, and internal medicine.


Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his wife Leigh stay busy chasing after their five year-old son Brady, one year-old daughter Abby, and blind pug Winston.


University of Tennessee, DVM

Dr. Jessica Hess

Ever since moving to Denver with her family in 2009, Dr. Jessica Hess has loved every minute of living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains while following her passion for taking care of animals.
Jessica grew up in a small town in northeast Missouri, part of a big family of animal lovers. In third grade, she set her sights on becoming a veterinarian. She spent several years during high school volunteering at a local veterinary clinic, learning everything she could before heading off to Columbia, Missouri in 2000 to earn degrees in Biology and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Hess joined the Highlands Animal Clinic family in 2016. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include hiking with her family, reading, spending time in the mountains, traveling, sampling beers at all the local breweries, and exploring new places.


University of Missouri, DVM

Dr. Page Mader

Connecticut is where I was born and raised, but I have lived all over the country before arriving in Colorado for a second and final time.


My path to veterinary medicine may have evolved from an unorthodox route, but I feel is more impassioned, compelling and earnest than most!  Disillusioned with corporate daily life, I embarked on my current journey.  While my previous career in online marketing was stimulating, it left a void of self purpose.  Soul searching beyond a traditional career track led me to embrace what has always provided immense satisfaction...a love of animals and concern for their wellfare.


I feel priviledged and honored to be a member of this wonderful profession.  General practice is my true passion; I love building relationships with clients and their four-legged family members.  Outside of the clinic you'll likely find me on a hiking trail, at a sporting event or dining at one of the many amazing local restaurants here in the Highlands.



Colorado State University, DVM

Dr. Ellen Camp

Dr. Ellen Camp is originally from Louisville, KY where she first discovered her love for animals watching the beautiful horses at Churchill Downs. It wasn't until she was an undergrad in Nashville, TN, that she fell in love with veterinary medicine. During that time, she worked as a technician at a local animal hospital while studying veterinary business and preparing for veterinary school. 


Dr. Camp received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee were she was awarded for her excellence in small animal surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesia, and pain management. Before joining the Highlands Animal Clinic family, she practiced small animal medicine in Johnson City, TN. Dr. Camp is most passionate about surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, and building relationships with her patients and their families. 


In her free time, Dr. Camp enjoys hiking, golfing, supporting her husband's soccer team, trying new restaurants and going to see live music. She and her husband, Brad, love exploring Colorado with their Miniature Schnauzer, Ellie Mae, and English Springer Spaniel, Lily.


University of Tennesse, DVM 

Dr. Stubbs

Dr. Preston Stubbs

Dr. W. Preston Stubbs is a native of western New York and grew up in northern Virginia.  He is a 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received his internship training at Cornell University.  He completed a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida in 1994.  Dr. Stubbs is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He has held positions in academic and large private referral practice settings. 


Dr. Stubbs started Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a mobile surgical service, in late 2012.  He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and has authored several book chapters.  Dr. Stubbs has presented many scientific lectures and continuing education presentations both nationally and abroad.  He was also featured in the Animal Planet network's Emergency Vets and ER Vets: Interns television programs. 


He and his wife Laura have 5 children and enjoy life in Denver, Colorado.

Mobile Specialist Surgeon

Board Certified Surgeon

Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

Cornell University, Internship

University of Florida, Residency



Susan moved to Colorado from the big city of Los Angeles. Her two passions in life are writing and animals. Susan graduated with a Master's Degree in English from California State University, Long Beach. She has twenty years of experience in the veterinary field and truly values the bond between owners and their pets. 


She spends her free time exploring Denver with her husband Eric and their Orange Tabby, Dexter. She loves yoga, volleyball, hiking, and is in the process of writing a memoir. 

Practice Manager

California State University, Long Beach - Master's in English 


Rachel is natural leader and a true advocate for animals. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2002 as an assistant, technician, and spent several years working for Ortho Pets fabricating and managing animal prosthetic/orthotic cases.


She has a huge heart and loves spending time with her dogs JoJo, Sloan, Jackie Chin and cats Romeo and Theodore. Rachel enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors and loves hiking and camping. She married the love of her life, Mike, at the top of Mt. Elbert. 


Head Technician

Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice - Metropolitan State College, Denver

Certified Veterinary Technician - Community College of Denver


Hello family and friends of HILAC!  My name is Ashley Messing and I am the one of the veterinary technicians at the best animal clinic in town!


I am originally from Colorado Springs, I moved here in the summer of 2005. I have been a CVT for a few years now. I graduated from Bel-Rea in December 2007 and got hired at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in February 2008. May of that same year I was married to my love, Lou. I worked at WRAH just shy of 3 years. I had a son, Booth, in January of 2010. I was lucky that I was able to stay at home with him for about two and a half years. However, I did miss working. In the late summer of 2012, I was hired at Rising Sun Animal Care in Lowry and worked there for around 15 months. I longed to be able to work closer to home.


I found a posting for HILAC and that instant I sent a resume. When I lucked out and got an interview, I knew that HILAC was the place I needed to be! I got a phone call from Dr. Jenkins asking if I would like the position of CVT. I cried at my good fortune. When I started here, I felt as if I was welcomed into a new family. The kindness and caring they show to each other and to all of their clients is unlike I have ever seen.   I look forward to caring for you and your furry family members!

Senior Technician

Pictured with Lady


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Veterinary Technician

Cheryl's cat Pixie


My background with animals began when growing up on a 15-acre farm, which included a dozen Boxer show dogs, goats, sheep, and hundreds of chickens and waterfowl.  Until recently, I shared my life with Bella, a sweet Border Collie mix rescue who lived to the amazing age of 18.


In my spare time, I have volunteered for the Denver Dumb Friend's League since 2007 with their Behavior and Photography departments, and foster dogs for them when I can.  For over 25 years, I have also pet-sat for friends and neighbors, and am now offering this service for others in the northwest Denver area.


I have always had a strong interest in animal care, so after a long career in marketing and event management, I changed paths to explore the veterinary field and became a certified veterinary assistant.  I really enjoy working in the Highlands neighborhood and with the HILAC family!

Veterinary Assistant

Pictured with Bella


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Veterinary Assistant

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Client Care

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clinic kitty

Jemmy, AKA Thumbs

Jemmy (pronounced Jimmy) is our adorable clinic kitty.  Her full name is Jempol, Indonesian for thumbs.  Jemmy is a polydactyl Balinese kitty, hence the name.  She is wonderfully kind and patient and we are so excited she has joined our family!

Clinic Kitty

Pictured with our clinic dog:)