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Our Doctors

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Dr. Liz O'Rourke  

Dr. Liz O'Rourke is the founder and owner of AUC. She earned a BS from Syracuse University and DVM from CSU in 1993. Emergency Medicine has been her passion since 1995. She is grateful to have founded a practice that keeps ER treatment as affordable as possible for the community's pets.

Dr. Liz lives in Arvada with her husband, Don. She is incredibly proud of her daughters, Erin and Kerry. She has 2 elderly labs, Clara and Sunshine, a mutt named DJ after Rockies 2nd baseman!), and Ricardo and Trudy Boy the kitties. These days, Dr. Liz is the operational manager of AUC. She was active in construction of the old and new buildings. Besides construction, hobbies include gardening, cooking, hiking, Rockies baseball, travel, concerts, TCM, and reading.


Dr. Jen Hall

Dr. Jen Hall graduated in 2000 from the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She worked in local general practices in the Denver/Boulder area for the first 7 years of her career and then transitioned to emergency medicine. She found her home at Animal Urgent Care in May of 2011 and enjoys the caring and supportive staff so much she never wants to leave. Dr. Hall has a special interest in internal medicine and enjoys the challenge of complicated metabolic cases. She has also pursued additional training in veterinary client communication thru the ARGUS Center at Colorado State University. In 2005 she married Steve, a Boulder architect, who specializes in designing custom homes. She has a pit bull mix named Shep who loves squeaky toys, car rides, and snow days. Dr. Hall’s hobbies include downhill and backcountry skiing, international cooking, Bikram yoga, and hiking.

Dr. Kate Smith

Kate Smith aka "Smitty" graduated from CSU, College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. In spring of 2017 she joined AUC as a veterinarian. However, she has worked at AUC since 2011 as a veterinary assistant and owes her success in veterinary school to the wonderful support of all the staff at AUC. Dr. Smith is a Colorado native and loves cheering for and watching the Buffs and Broncos. When she's not working she enjoys horseback riding, running, hiking, and hanging out with her crazy special needs cat, Todd.

Dr. Sarah Lovell

Dr. Sarah Lovell was born, raised and obtained her undergraduate degree in her hometown of Dillon, Montana. She was accepted into the veterinary program at CSU and graduated in 2014. From the age of 15 until graduating vet school, she worked as a small animal technician.

Upon graduation, Dr. Lovell moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked as a small animal emergency veterinarian at specialty practice. In 2016, Dr. Lovell felt the need to leave the desert to return to the mountains and cooler weather. She joined the staff of Animal Urgent Care in fall of 2016 and has felt at home ever since.  Her veterinary interests include emergency surgery and trauma stabilization. Her personal interests include any activity that gets her outdoors and spending time with her 2 yorkies and 2 cats.

Dr. Leticia German

Dr. Leticia German comes to AUC with a wide background of experience in veterinary medicine. She has worked in small animal general medical and surgical practice, mixed animal practice and holistic medical practice. She is a 2006 graduate of CSU. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Nutrition and is a certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. Outside of the clinic Dr. German spends her time with her husband and the four legged family of horses, dogs and cats. Dr. German also enjoys travel, cooking, fiber arts and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Colorado mountains.


Dr. James Haught

Dr. James Haught attended CSU to obtain his undergraduate and veterinary degree. He graduated veterinary school in 2012. Originally James is from Del Norte, Colorado, a rural small farming and ranching community in the San Luis Valley. Prior to joining Animal Urgent Care he worked in a busy general and emergency practice that saw a wide range of animals from horses to cats. His passion for helping animals and their owners at their most difficult time brought him to Arvada.  In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with 4-H/FFA organizations, judging livestock shows, skiing, and competing in herding with his Australian Shepherds, Molly & Pearl.

Support Staff

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Kate Rittler

Kate is the Hospital Manager of AUC. She grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Kate enjoys cooking, craft cocktails, camping, skiing, music, and extreme home remodeling. She is a proud auntie of 13 nieces and nephews and comes from a pretty amazing large family. 2018 is looking like it’s going to be an awesome year: she is marrying her best friend, Brandon, in September. The family atmosphere at AUC feels just like home for Kate, and she feels incredibly lucky to have found her forever career with such great people.

Brittany Brown

Brittany started out in the veterinary field in 2010 as a volunteer at a clinic in Arvada, Colorado. In 2012 she was offered a job as a veterinary assistant at the clinic where she volunteered. During her 5 years of employment at the clinic she worked her way up to a veterinary technician. In late 2016 she graduated from Community College of Denver with her Associates of Applied Science degree and obtained her Veterinary Technology Certification shortly after. She started as an assistant at AUC in October 2016 and was promoted to a technician as soon as she obtained her technician certification. Brittany was recently moved into a management role at AUC, and has been overseeing all equipment maintenance & technician assistants.

Brittany has 2 dogs, Scooby and Hazel, and a cat Lemieux, who were all rescued from different situations. In her free time, Brittany loves spending time in nature, hanging out with good friends, and is always on the lookout for new experiences.

Shelby DeBoer

Shelby DeBoer graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2012. Before starting at AUC in August of 2017, she spent her time caring for shelter animals through her work at Foothills Animal Shelter and then at Boulder Valley Humane Society. Her transition to emergency medicine has been something she long dreamed about and AUC made that dream a reality. She grew up in Arvada and is extremely happy that she now gets the chance to care for the animals in her hometown. Most days when she is not working she loves spending time with her boyfriend Paul and their two dogs Cassius and Kimber. She loves exploring the outdoors, cooking/baking, and crafting, but you can also find her curled up at home with a good book.


Andi Fujiki

Andi graduated from Colorado Mountain College in May 2009 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Andi has worked part time at Animal Urgent Care since 2011. She, her husband and daughter love camping, spending time with friends and family, and their cats. Andi is also a certified Zumba instructor.

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Casey Elliot

Casey moved to Colorado from Maine in 2009 and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2011.  After 3 years of working with small and exotic animals, she made the switch to an emergency and critical care technician.  Casey loves her job in emergency medicine so much she is currently submitting her application for specialty certification in emergency and critical care with hopes of approval in 2018.  Patient care is at the top of her list and she truly lives by the phrase "treating your pets as though they are your own."  When she is not at work she keeps a full schedule of theater, travel, outdoor adventuring and helping those in need by volunteering.  Casey recently rescued Walter, the 4 pound Chihuahua and he is her first tiny dog!

Krystal Gibbs

Krystal Gibbs has been a veterinary technician for 3 years. She is from Yucaipa, California and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2010. She went to Bel-Rea and graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2015. Krystal has had a passion for caring for, and raising animals all her life. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding and going to the races with her family. Krystal has 3 rescue dogs and would have more if she could. She has an amazing fiancé, a 3 year old and 6 month old son, all whom she loves and adores.

Ashley Nothdurft

Ashley is a native of Colorado.  She has a BS in Biology from CSU and graduated from Bel-Rea in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has worked in emergency and specialty medicine for most of her career as a CVT with a short stint in general practice.  Ashley enjoys the outdoors, hiking and snowshoeing. Her family consists of a husband (Sean), her son (Wesley), 3 dogs and 3 cats.

Bekah Pfeifer 

Rebekah has lived in Colorado her whole life and has been with AUC since 2015. She attended the Community College of Denver and graduated in 2016 with her veterinary technician certificate. She has a wonderful family that supports her in every way and a loving man her life. On her days off she likes to go to the gym or out for walks. During the summer, Bekah likes to go camping and riding her bike.

Stephen Rowe

Stephen was born and raised in Alabama. He started working for a small town vet in Wetumpka, AL in April 2004. In August 2008, he attended Jefferson State Community College, in Birmingham, AL, to get his Associates degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. He graduated from the veterinary technology program in May, 2010. While in school, he worked at an emergency hospital in Montgomery, AL as an emergency technician. In 2014, he moved to Colorado, where he found AUC. He immediately applied after experiencing the unique, fun and supportive work environment.  He currently has a 7 year old, spoiled rotten rescued 3 legged lab-mix and an 8 month old rescued Maltese mix.

Vicki Saxe

Vicki has been a registered/certified veterinary technician since 2000 and has worked in many different types of practices, including large and small animal general practice, an MRI facility for pets, the North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and several emergency hospitals.  Emergency remains her passion. Recently, Vicki was promoted into a management role, and now will oversee all of our wonderful CVT's as well as all of AUC's nursing protocols & procedures.

She and her husband love hiking with their Golden Retriever and Border Collie/Aussie as well as the challenge of gardening in Colorado. Vicki also makes pottery in her spare time.

Don Conley (a.k.a "The Dude")

Don Conley is the Facility Manager at AUC. He keeps AUC running with his amazing handy man skills.  However, behind the scenes, Don enjoys providing snuggles and love to the patient’s at AUC. Don is married with two daughters currently both attending university. He is not quite an empty-nester, as there are three dogs and two cats at home to keep things exciting. Don enjoys skiing and attending the Colorado Rockies. He was a major part of construction of both the Indiana location and our new location at 64th and Ward.

Elise Sosa

Elise Sosa was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. She joined the Animal Urgent Care staff as an assistant in the fall of 2013. During her time at AUC she has had hands-on learning experience pertaining to both veterinary medicine and business management. Because of her strong work ethic, compassion and commitment to all the core values of AUC, she was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2017. In her free time, Elise enjoys spending time with her Shetland Sheepdog mix and showing her American Paint Horse.

Rita Turner 

Rita Turner, CVT, came to the veterinary field as a third career, after a long period in association management and then several years teaching at local colleges. Even though it took a while to get here, she feels she has found her real passion at Animal Urgent Care, helping people while their beloved pets are going through a crisis. At AUC, Rita can be found manning the reception desk every weekend and a few weeknights. Rita is a Colorado native, and enjoys living with her husband Frank and cockapoo “Angus” in Golden, especially when she is visited by her children and grandchildren!

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Erin & Kerry Conley

Erin and Kerry Conley have been helping at Animal Urgent Care since it's inception. Currently, Erin attends grad school for physics at Duke University and manages the social media for AUC. Kerry is a senior at CO School of Mines and digitizes all paper records, as well as managing the clinic recycling.


Jan B.

Greenwood Village, CO


Karma, our 7-mo old Airedale, was bitten by a baby rattlesnake. The doctors and staff provided amazing care, and support. They were efficient, detailed, professional and treated Karma as we expected, with lots of love and attention. Karma made a remarkable recovery overnight. I highly recommend this urgent care facility!

Steve R.

Aurora, CO

Always have decent service each visit here. Daytime exam is around $69. Seems like a secret vet since no one is here during the day but I was able to get in and out within an hour including waiting for the vet.

Everyone here has been extremely professional and kind. Very clean. They always offer to fax over records of the visit to your current vet. A bit warm in the summer with only fans. Advise them if your pet has a communicable disease (i.e. Kennel Cough) so they can get you out of the front waiting area and into an exam room ASAP.

Overall an excellent resource to keep in your address book should you need an emergency after hours Vet.

Found via Yelp reviews and they didn't steer me wrong.

Tiffany D.

Aurora, CO

Everyone here is amazing. Our dog needed emergency surgery and Dr. Christman was so good with her. She explained everything and called with updates. Their prices were very reasonable as well. The surgery was half the cost of our regular vet. I know price is not the most important thing, but when these things come up, the costs can add up and add to the stress.

Kate D.

Denver, CO

My dog started acting funny with his back one Saturday and I tried seeing my vet, but was told they were booked for the day. After calling multiple places, I was referred here by my vet and was happy to discover this place.

They have reasonable prices for being an emergency vet and were super friendly.

The wait time on that Saturday was a little longer than most, but it turns out they were short staffed that day. Regardless, I was in and out in a decent amount of time and was happy with the care my dog received. I would definitely go back again should I ever need to. Thanks guys!

Laurel H.

Broomfield, CO

Took my dog here late one night for fast breathing. We were warmly greeted at the door, taken immediately to a room and he was examined within 5 minutes of arriving. The clinic was clean. The location is ideal. I can't say enough about the staff. They were friendly, took time to listen, made sure I understood the plan, and were very knowledgeable. Absolutely I will go back here when my fur babies need help and my primary vet isn't open. Love these folks!

Heidi K.

Westminster, CO

This facility is fantastic! My cats and dogs have been patients here for many years. Every person who works here is compassionate and extremely knowledgeable. The fees are given to you up front and any questions you might have seem to be easily answered. I refer this place to everyone I know. I will continue to be a loyal customer for many years to come! Thank you to everyone at AUC for all of your compassion and professionalism.