At VRCC we are very lucky to have the expertise of two nationally board certified anesthesiologists. Dr. Kurt Grimm, and Dr. Etta Wertz, together cover Monday – Friday, 7 am – 5pm of anesthesia care. They will perform all pre-operative examinations, formulate an anesthetic plan, oversee the induction and administration of anesthesia, and act as the go-to for concerns with patients recovering from anesthesia. Their expertise is available to every practice in within VRCC at request, even on emergency basis.

Kurt Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVAA, Diplomate ACVCP

Kurt Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology is a former assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1995 and later his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. He is co-editor of several texts including Pain Management for the Small Animal Practitioner and Lumb and Jones’ Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, 4th edition.

Etta Wertz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA, CVA

Etta is a native Coloradoan and grew up in Denver. She graduated from Colorado State University and completed a small animal internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed a residency in anesthesiology and a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois. She is a Diplomate member in the College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. She was a faculty anesthesiologist at Cornell University and CSU. Etta has also completed IVAS training in acupuncture and became certified in 1999. She has been in private practice for the past 15 years.