No other being loves you quite like your pet — the one with whom you share your life and home.”

—  Dr. Allison Jenkins

Are you looking for experienced veterinarians who genuinely care about and connect with your animal? Veterinarians who bring professional curiosity and unbridled enthusiasm to work every day?
You’ll find them here at Highlands Animal Clinic!

Where we're located

We’ve restored and renovated a vintage Victorian and Bungalow in Highlands Square and we’re building on our community’s rich history. Serving the pets of Highlands is our calling — and that includes inviting them to events such as Blessing of the Animals and “yappy hours” in our fenced yard.  Just look for the 2 large bone signs and you’ll find our main building and surgery/dental center.

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Meet the Team

We are a friendly, compassionate and community-based group of veterinarians and support staff who want to be there for the life of your pet. Dr. Allison Jenkins partners with like-minded professionals who go all out to diagnose, treat, and protect your pets — while effectively communicating with you, their pet parents. You are their voice and their advocates and we listen.

Dr. Allison Jenkins

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. Allison Jenkins wasn’t born in Colorado, but she got here as fast as she could. She graduated with Honors from Texas A & M University in 1999, then immediately moved west to the mountains. Allison worked as a veterinary technician in Crested Butte before starting veterinary school at Colorado State University. During vet 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 CSU in 2004. She then spent the first two years as an equine vet in Oregon and Texas before finding her true calling in small animal veterinary medicine.

Dr. Allison Jenkins moved back to Colorado in 2010, where and when she met her husband, Ashton. They spent their newlywed year restoring the 1890 Victorian at 3727 W. 32nd Ave. to create a space where pets could feel safe and cared for. In 2013, Highlands Animal Clinic was born. Dr. Allison and Ashton (and their 2 dogs, Cash and Greta) lived upstairs for 2 years after the clinic opened and loved becoming a part of the neighborhood.

Allison and Ashton are the grateful parents of two amazing human children, River and Beau. They are also the guardians of a rescue Pyrenees mix, Stevie; the clinic kitty, Jemmy; Allison’s horse, Casey and an English Lab, Jerry.

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.

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 12 years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard. His professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his new bride Christine stay busy at home with their two children, Brady and Abby, a pair of mom and son Chihuahuas (don’t judge!) and a mischievous orange tabby cat.

Dr. Erik Anderson

Veterinarian

Dr. Erik Anderson

Veterinarian

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 12 years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard. His professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his new bride Christine stay busy at home with their two children, Brady and Abby, a pair of mom and son Chihuahuas (don’t judge!) and a mischievous orange tabby cat.

Dr. Jessica Hess

Veterinarian

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.

Kate grew up in central Wisconsin riding horses and following around her father, a busy mixed animal veterinarian. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, followed by an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, and eventually found her way to Colorado in 2013. In addition to her father, her brother is also a veterinarian, making family gathering conversations quite entertaining!

Kate joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team in summer of 2020. Kate especially enjoys surgery and wound management, and outside of work enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, and fly fishing.

Dr. Kate LeVasseur

Veterinarian

Dr. Kate LeVasseur

Veterinarian

Kate grew up in central Wisconsin riding horses and following around her father, a busy mixed animal veterinarian. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, followed by an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, and eventually found her way to Colorado in 2013. In addition to her father, her brother is also a veterinarian, making family gathering conversations quite entertaining!

Kate joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team in summer of 2020. Kate especially enjoys surgery and wound management, and outside of work enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, and fly fishing.

Dr. Lonny Dredla

Veterinarian

Dr. Lonny Dredla was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where he grew up enjoying spending time in the outdoors. At a young age he developed a curiosity that soon blossomed into a love for caring for animals, not only the cute, cuddly ones but also the scaly, shelled, and slithering variety. Dr. Dredla received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Kansas State University and a master’s in environmental biology from University of Nebraska-Omaha before pursuing his passion to become a veterinarian. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. After graduating in 2016, Dr. Dredla and his wife relocated to wonderful Colorado. He enjoys spending his free time fishing, camping, and hiking with his wife and young daughter.

Our Management

Lisa

Practice Manager

Lisa is from Denver. She is pictured here with Charly, who is 9 years old. She has another dog and cat at home, both over 15 years old. Lisa loves to hike and camp with her dogs, and skiing is her passion. She has been in the veterinary industry for over 20 years.

Shawna

Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

Katie

Operations Manager

Bio coming soon!

Technicians

Courtney

Lead Treatment Technician

Courtney, CVT, has been a working in the veterinary field for 16 years. She has a passion for anesthesia and emergency medicine. She’s pictured here with our clinic cat, Jemmy.

Teresa (Teri)

Veterinary Technician

This is Teri. She is a native of Colorado and has been a Technician for 20 plus years. When not working she loves to ride her bike among the many miles of trails around the area. She also keeps busy with 3 cats,2 dogs and 7(yes7) grandchildren. She loves meeting everyone’s fur babies.

Krystin

Veterinary Technician

Hey! I’m Krystin and this is my handsome fella, Oso. I graduated from Bel-Rea in 2019 and have been a CVT for 2 years now. I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska and as you can probably imagine, I’m an outdoorsy type o’ gal! Fly fishing and camping are my jam. I can’t wait to meet your furry friends!

Breana

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Breana is from South Florida and moved to Colorado 6 years ago to enjoy all the camping, hiking and outdoor activities it provides. She has a lab mix named Burger and a ball python named Udon, who are her life outside of work. Her hair color changes every month and she loves to get inspiration from the colors of the galaxy and sunsets. She has been in the vet field for 7 years and can’t wait to spend more years caring for animals.

Ashley

Veterinary Technician

Ashley grew up in Colorado Springs, and moved to Denver to pursue becoming a technician in 2005. She worked at two other clinics before being hired here at HAC shortly after the opening in 2013. She is married to Lou and they have one son, Booth. She is pictured with Hector her dog and Kevin her cat.

Danny

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Daniel is a veterinary technician assistant that has been working in vet med for over 7 years! His knowledge of animal care and handling has been crafted through his work at animal shelters and veterinary practices. At home Daniel has three dogs that he loves to take on hikes and snuggle up with for a relaxing movie night. After recently moving from Texas to Colorado, Daniel is eager to explore more of the Rockies and natural wonders Colorado has to offer.

Leslie

Veterinary Technician

Daniel

Veterinary Technician

Cami

Veterinary Technician

Hi! My name is Leslie and I have been a tech for 26 years now .I have 3 fur babies and 2 onery cats. I love all outdoor activities, but my two favorites are horseback riding and hiking.

Krystal

Veterinary Technician

Jay

Veterinary Technician

Alyx

Veterinary Technician

Receptionists

Brittany

Lead Receptionist

Brittany is from Connecticut. Her and her pup, Kenya, can be found hiking, camping and kayaking in the mountains when not here at Highlands! She also has a cat named Zodiac, a bunny named P’Nut, and the sweetest rescue rat found on a snowy day in the Highlands named Theo. Caring for animals has been her passion since she was a little girl and she’s been in the veterinary industry for 8 years.

Kyra

Receptionist

Kyra moved to Colorado in August of 2020 from Birmingham, Alabama. Kyra has been working with animals since she was 16 years old. Someday, she hopes to work with endangered species preservation and rehabilitation to further her impact on our furry friends! When Kyra is not at work, you can find her on a hike, at the skate park roller skating or skateboarding, or on a spontaneous road trip. Kyra has love for all animals, but her 5 year old cat, Dexter, and her 5 year old dog, Lexie, take up at least half of her heart! Kyra is always looking forward to serving every community she is a part of, and has a strong drive to continue benefiting the Denver community for many years to come.

Eden

Receptionist

Hi! My name is Eden, and this is my handsome man Zeffur. I am a receptionist here at HAC. I come from New Mexico but have lived in Colorado for over 20 years. I met my husband and had both of my children, Lily and Deklin here. I have another dog named Furiosa and a cat named Mavis. I love to spend time with my kids, camp, garden, and DIY just about everything. Nice to meet you!

Annie

Receptionist

A mountain girl at heart, Annie fled from the concrete jungle of Houston, Texas to pursue a simple life amongst the outdoors. A natural born dog mother to two wild children,
Remus and Finn. Annie is one of our full-time receptionists here at the clinic. When not at Highlands, you can find her silversmithing in her home studio or out and about
free roaming the open roads of beautiful Colorado.

Specialists

Carrie Ginieczki, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Veterinary Cardiologist

Dr. Carrie Ginieczki received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She then pursued a rotating small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, Carrie completed a combined cardiology residency and masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Immediately following her residency, she achieved board certification in the discipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

During her time at Purdue, Dr. Ginieczki was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options for correcting congenital heart disease. She also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology. Topics she’s covered include therapy for atrial fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients.

Dr. Ginieczki is the founder and sole owner of Colorado Veterinary Cardiology, which operates out of Highlands Animal Clinic. She has a passion for assisting clients and their family veterinarians in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with heart disease. She has a particular interest in treating subclinical heart disease (heart disease in patients without clinical signs), congestive heart failure and feline heart disease.

Dr. Ginieczki lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband, son, daughter, dog and the many wild animals that visit their home daily. She is an active mountain biker, rock climber, cross-country skier and yogi.

 

W. Preston Stubbs, DVM, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Preston Stubbs is a native of western New York and grew up in northern Virginia. He graduated in 1990 from 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 and has held positions in academic and large private referral practice settings. He started Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a mobile surgical service, in late 2012. Dr. Stubbs has published numerous articles in refereed journals and has authored several book chapters. He has also presented many scientific lectures and continuing education presentations both nationally and abroad. Dr. Stubbs was featured in the Animal Planet network’s Emergency Vets and ER Vets: Interns television programs. Preston and his wife, Laura, have 5 children and enjoy life in Denver, Colorado.

Alex Valdés, DVM, DACVR

Select Veterinary Radiology

Dr. Alex Valdés is a class of 2000 veterinary graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in México. Several years of general practice, both in private referral hospitals and academia preceded a 3 year specialty training in veterinary radiology at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2008. Subsequently, he became a member of the faculty at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Imaging. After 5 years in academia, Alex joined the team at Select Veterinary Radiology where he became a partner in 2017. Besides veterinary medicine, Alex enjoys nature, many outdoor activities and photography.

Our Facilities

Why do our clients say coming in for veterinary services at Highlands Animal Hospital feels like visiting an old friend? Come see for yourself.

Drive right into our client parking in the back, then let your pet get acclimated on our front porch or in our fenced yard around our cozy Victorian, restored to feel as much like home as possible. We occupy adjacent buildings to serve your pets- our 2 story main clinic and the one story bungalow next door that serves as our surgery and dental center.

Feel free to stop by and say hi and grab a treat for your pet. We want you both to feel at home at our clinic.

Testimonials

What the PET PARENTS are saying

"Good clinic- they are always helpful. My dog actually likes going to the vet, and I am glad we are customers here. I recommend their services to anyone in the area. The very professional and informative staff are always willing to answer any questions you have. Also, it's a nice location in the middle of a quaint town across from a coffee shop. I know it's a good place because my dog entered alone (due to covid-19) and came out tail wagging and smiling!!”

- Janelle W.

"We love Highlands Animal Clinic. Dr. Anderson has taken incredible care of our dog Lucy for the past two years and his care has been the best. Lucy is our baby and means the world to us, and they are the only veterinary office we trust with her. Dr. Anderson is so gentle with Lucy, and really listens to my husband or myself when we have questions or concerns. I truly get the feeling that everyone cares so much for her when we are there. Thank you so much for the incredible care you provide our girl.”

- Samantha A.

"I absolutely LOVE everyone who works here. They have taken amazing care of both our huskies every time, always taking as much time as needed with their appointments (and it’s always affordable). Dr. Jenkins saved our little foster puppy’s life by diagnosing early stages of parvo while she was doing our dogs’ annual wellness exam - our foster pup didn’t even have an appointment, and we wouldn’t have known anything was wrong until it was too late if she hadn’t been so on top of it and cared so much. It’s a huge relief to have such an amazing veterinary team nearby."

- Maddie M

"This team of veterinarians is amazing. Our kitty was just diagnosed with diabetes, and they’ve been so helpful and patient in getting her back to health. Our doggo loves them, too! I think we’ve seen all the doctors and each one of them has gone above and beyond to provide us with information during COVID and answer any and all questions we may have.”

- Kate W.

"I have been going to Highlands Animal Clinic since they opened. I have to give my praises to Dr. Jenkins. When I first met her (Dr. Jenkins), I had an 8-year-old Bull-mastiff/Lab mix that had mobility issues. My dog could not get up on the couch or climb in bed and going for a walk was painful. Allison did 6 acupuncture treatments on my old dog. This old dog is now almost 16. She can still get on the couch and climb in bed. Nowadays we go in for routine laser therapy and I see a quality of life in my dog who has surpassed her years and is still thriving. I am not sure who is more determined - My 16-year-old big dog or the Veterinarian?! I think it is a team effort! I love it and appreciate the folks at Highlands Animal Clinic. As an owner of 4 senior pets - I highly recommend this clinic.”

- Kate W.

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Hours

Monday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed

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