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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. 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


Debbie and pups


Debbie has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, including general practices in Denver and Wilmington, Delaware for 12 years.  Most recently, she served as the practice manager of a veterinary cardiology practice in Englewood for 9 ½ years before joining Dr. Jenkins at Highlands Animal clinic.  She has worked in almost every department, starting as a client service representative to cleaning kennels and patient care before moving into management.


Born and raised in Colorado, Debbie is an avid Denver sports fan and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Most of her free time is spent with her wonderful daughter, Amanda, and two dogs, Chauncy and Mia and two cats, Nunya and Sweets.


Debbie is thrilled to be the first and last person to greet our clients and patients.  She looks forward to seeing you soon!

Office Manager

Pictured with Mia and Chauncy


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!


Pictured with Lady


Born and raised in Colorado, Dallas attended Community College of Denver and completed his Associate Degree in Science. Now he is in his final year at Metropolitan State University to complete his Bachelor Degree in Biological Science with a minor in Chemistry. After Metropolitan State University, Dallas is completing his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dallas has been working in the veterinary field for 5 years and counting. When he is not working, he enjoys snowboarding, studying eastern medicine and playing with his full-grown ?puppy? Captain Aeriz.

Veterinary Technician

Pictured with Captain Aeriz


Bio coming soon

Client Care/Veterinary Assistant

Pictured with Diamante


Hi!  I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado.  I've always had a passion for animals and dreamed of working with them from a young age.  To persue this passion I attended Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Zoology in May 2016.  The plan is to continue on to pursue exotic animal medicine.  When I am not working I spend my time at the Downtown Aquarium of Denver, volunteering at the Denver Zoo whenever I can and keeping track of one wild kitty!

Veterinary Assistant

Pictured with Winston

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:)