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. 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. 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 12 years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard. His professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and internal medicine.
Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his new bride Christine stay busy at home with their two children, Brady and Abby, a pair of mom and son Chihuahuas (don't judge!) and a mischievous orange tabby cat.
University of Tennessee, DVM
Dr. Kate LeVasseur
Kate grew up in central Wisconsin riding horses and following around her father, a busy mixed animal veterinarian. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, followed by an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, and eventually found her way to Colorado in 2013. In addition to her father, her brother is also a veterinarian, making family gathering conversations quite entertaining!
Kate joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team in summer of 2020. Kate especially enjoys surgery and wound management, and outside of work enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, and fly fishing.
University of Wisconsin, DVM 2011
Wound Management, Surgery
Dr. Lonny Dredla
Dr. Lonny Dredla was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where he grew up enjoying spending time in the outdoors. At a young age he developed a curiosity that soon blossomed into a love for caring for animals, not only the cute, cuddly ones but also the scaly, shelled, and slithering variety. Dr. Dredla received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Kansas State University and a master's in environmental biology from University of Nebraska-Omaha before pursuing his passion to become a veterinarian. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. After graduating in 2016, Dr. Dredla and his wife relocated to wonderful Colorado. He enjoys spending his free time fishing, camping, and hiking with his wife and young daughter.
University of Iowa, DVM
Sees some exotics.
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
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!
Pictured with our clinic dog:)
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