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Debbie Van Pelt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVECC
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 VRCC 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”.
Christine Fox, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVECC
Bio Coming Soon!
Julie Aiello, DVM
Dr. Julie Aiello has been practicing emergency veterinary medicine for 27 years. She graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry before attending Colorado State University for veterinary school. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she spent her first 10 years as a DVM in equine and small animal practices before she transitioned to emergency medicine. When not at VRCC, Dr. Aiello enjoys swimming, traveling, learning different languages, and running.
Pete DeTolve, DVM
Dr. Pete DeTolve has been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 13 years, and brings an eclectic mix of experience to the VRCC Emergency Team. Dr. Pete graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Green!) in 2007, and successfully completed a grueling, year-long internship at a large referral hospital in Sacramento, California. He moved to Colorado shortly after, and has immersed himself in all aspects of veterinary medicine in the years that followed. Dr. Pete has served on the board of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) as North Area Director, and completed a year-long leadership academy called Power of Ten (sponsored by CVMA). Most recently, he led a great and dedicated team as the Medical Director at a very successful general practice in Thornton, Colorado. While all of these endeavors have certainly kept him busy, Dr. Pete has recently rediscovered his true passion for emergency medicine, and is excited to serve you and your pets.
When not working in the emergency room, Dr. Pete enjoys spending time with his wife and their many critters at home including many small dogs and a flock of chickens. He has passion for anything and everything outdoors including fly fishing, whitewater rafting, camping, snowboarding, hiking, and gardening.
Eurie Han, DVM
Dr. Eurie Han graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and moved back to her home state of New Jersey to complete a rigorous small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. She moved to Colorado after completion of her internship and was practicing at a smaller emergency hospital outside of Denver before joining VRCC in 2019. Dr. Han resides in Denver with her husband Steve and their four-legged kids: three dogs (an Antiguan mutt named Kia, and Irish Terrier mix named Styles, and a Pomeranian named Rerun), and their rabbit Newton. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with the dogs, traveling, trying new foods (and eating in general), wine tasting, running, and working out.
Elizabeth Howerton, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Howerton joined the VRCC Emergency team from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, and moved back to her home state of Kentucky to complete an emergency exclusive internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services. She then stayed on as a member of the Emergency team for a year before moving to Colorado. Dr. Howerton has one dog- a tricolored Australian Shepherd Border Collie mix named Weller. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with Weller and exploring her new state.
Lindsey Mortlock, DVM
Bio coming soon!
Colette Nix, DVM
Dr. Colette Nix was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She did a general rotating internship after vet school at a referral clinic called Animal Emergency and Referral Center, and worked there practicing ER for two years. Dr. Nix moved to Colorado in early 2020, and has been loving the outdoors! In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and exploring the mountains as much as possible.
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.
Petya Trifonova, DVM
Bio coming soon!
Angela Wickman, DVM
Dr. Angela Wickman graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ in 2014. Dr. Wickman practiced emergency and critical care in Chicago, IL prior to joining VRCC in 2020.
Dr. Wickman enjoys spending her free time enjoying all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.