Dr. Leisa Carson
Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Carson received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1992. Her first job was in Washington at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in equine medicine. After working there a year the partners transferred her to the satellite clinic where small animal medicine was added to her duties as well as managing the hospital! In 1995 she moved to Canyon City, Colorado to be closer to her family, and 1 year later finally home to Ft. Collins. She continued her career at Harmony Hospital for Pets. During her 10 years there, she found her true passion was small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. In 2007 she joined Dr. Margaret Baxter, the founding partner at The Vets Animal Hospital. In 2011, Dr. Carson’s lifelong dream of owning a practice came true; she purchased The Vets Animal Hospital. Dr. Carson continues to run the hospital on Dr. Baxter’s philosophy; high quality medicine at a reasonable price.
Additionally, Dr. Carson runs Bits-N-Pieces 4-H club and continues to be the organizational leader. Many kids in the club are in the Lease A Dairy project in which The Vets Animal Hospital purchases the cattle and all necessary supplies so the kids can gain experience in caring for the animals and learn about the agriculture industry.
Dr. Carson is an active volunteer in the community and schools. In 2010 she was given the “Above and Beyond” leadership award from Larimer County 4-H program and in March of 2013 was chosen to receive the 9 Who Cares Award for her volunteer work in the 4-H programs.
In her spare time Dr. Carson loves spending time with her husband, Ken and their 3 children. On her days off you will find her and the kids out in the arena enjoying the horses. Her family is rounded out by a herd of Springer Spaniels, a Labrador retriever and several cats!
Years in Practice: 22
Education: Colorado State University
Interests: 4H Club Leader
Ashley is originally from Dallas, Texas but moved to Salida, Colorado 12 years ago. While living in Salida she started working as a veterinary assistant. That is when she truly realized her passion for veterinary medicine and decided to further her education. Ashley graduated from Front range community College.with a degree in Veterinary Technology and became a certified veterinary technician in 2006. She has worked in the field for 16 years.
Ashley joined The Vets family in November of 2014. Along with nursing and surgical assisting she is responsible for keeping the hospitals inventory in order and making sure we have plenty of supplies! She is passionate about client education and has a special interest in dentistry.
When not working she enjoys spending time with her family. Ashley has been happily married for 11 years and has 2 wonderful children, and 4 fur babies! During the warmer times you can find Ashley and her family enjoying the beautiful lakes of Colorado on their boat.
Julia was born in Longmont, but grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She returned to Colorado in 2012 to attend Colorado State University, and graduated in 2016 from CSU’s Honors program with double majors in Zoology and Spanish.
Julia joined our team in September of 2016. She enjoys the hands-on experience she receives working here, the uniqueness of learning more every day and with every animal, and the wonderful clients and pets who visit the clinic.
Julia’s interest is animal behavior, especially clicker training and positive reinforcement. Along with working at The Vets, she is a current volunteer with CLICK, a program that clicker trains cats. She also volunteers with the Larimer Humane Society in the Behavior and Enrichment department and is involved with the Pets Forever program at CSU.
She enjoys biking, cooking, learning, adventuring, enjoying quality time with friends, and spending time with her housemates – which include one dog, two cats, three chickens, and a few humans, too!