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Debbie Van Pelt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVECC,
VRCC Medical Director

Dr. Van Pelt completed her veterinary medical training at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University, followed by a one-year surgical residence at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Van Pelt then completed a three-year residency training program in veterinary emergency and critical care at Colorado State University, and in 1991 became one of the first veterinarians to become board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care. She was on faculty in the Critical Care Unit at CSU for several years before entering private practice. Dr. Van Pelt joined the Daytime Emergency team in January of 2007.

Dr. Van Pelt enjoys running, scrap-booking and going on adventures with her two inquisitive children. Zoey, a 3 year old Siamese mix, is the Van Pelt family’s feline friend who is also known by a few different names such as “Her Royal Highness” or “The Zoester”.

Julie Aiello, DVM

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Victoria Fields, DVM

Dr. Victoria Fields grew up in San Diego. Her undergraduate studies took her to the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and biology. She then served in the Peace Corps in Panama, working mainly in environmental conservation. She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Fields completed a one year rotating internship at Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Highlands Ranch before joining the Emergency Service at VRCC Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital.  Her interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and public health.

Evan Lehman, DVM

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Simone Meyer, DVM

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Lindsey Mortlock, DVM

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Kerri Nelson, DVM

Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Denver, where she grew up riding horses on the hunter/jumper circuit both locally and nationally. She knew from a young age that she wanted a career with animals. She attended Boston University for two years prior transferring to the University of Denver for the last two years. Dr. Nelson graduated from DU with honors with a B.S. in integrated science, and minors in chemistry and psychology. Immediately after graduating, she began her veterinary studies at Kansas State University and earned her doctorate in 2016. During veterinary school, she had leadership roles in many different clubs, including SCAVMA and SCAAEP. Initially she planned on pursuing a career in equine medicine, but during 4th year fell in love with the wide variety of cases on the small animal side of the hospital. After graduating, Dr. Nelson completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado. She then worked at an emergency and specialty hospital in New York City prior to joining the team at VRCC. Her clinical interests include hematology, respiratory disorders, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and post-arrest care, and metabolic/acid-base derangements.

Luke Rump, DVM

Dr. Luke Rump graduated from Iowa State University in 1993. Dr. Rump completed an internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1994. Dr. Rump practiced emergency and critical care in St. Louis, Missouri and Boulder, Colorado before joining VRCC in 1997.

Luke has a dog named Panda, an Australian Shephard, and two cats – Toefu and Sir Reginald Benerton. Dr. Rump enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.

Luanne Strom, MS, DVM

Dr.  Luanne Strom is a Colorado native, originally from Ft. Collins. She went to undergraduate school at Penn State, where she also played Division 1 soccer (Penn State currently holds the National title!), and then went on to earn her Masters degree at Colorado State University. Dr. Strom completed Veterinary school at Ontario Veterinary College (the oldest veterinary school in North America), followed by a rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital . In her free time, Dr. Strom enjoys hiking, mountain biking, running, and any outdoor activities in the mountains. She shares her home with her cat, Tyson, an epileptic Frenchie named Boo, and her running partner, Scout, a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.

Petya Trifonova, DVM

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Taylor White, DVM

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Andrea Zikovitz, MSc, DVM

Dr. Andrea Zikovitz grew up in Toronto, Canada. She completed an undergraduate degree in biology at York University and a Masters degree from the University of Toronto. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, followed by a rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Massachusetts. Her interests include feline medicine, pain management, critical care medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and conservation medicine/genetics.