24-Hour Emergency

Karen Beckwith, DVM

Karen Beckwith, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Morgan

Education

Colorado State University, DVM

Advanced Clinical Training

Internship – Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge CO
Residency – 2 years oncology, Colorado State University

Clinical Interests

Oncology
Immunology and immune mediated disease

Personal Interests

Camping, triathlons and obstacle races, anything having to do with water, and spending time with my son and dogs.

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I grew up in a family of human doctors and nurses, and fell in love with medicine at an early age. Thing is, I also fell in love with animals – dogs, cats, hamsters, horses. Becoming a veterinarian seemed the perfect way to combine two things I’m passionate about.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

I’m a dog lover for sure, though elephants hold a special place in my heart. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them a bit and they are amazing creatures.


 

Jill Besemer, DVM

Jill Besemer, DVM, with her dog Emergency Service at VETMED

Jill Besemer, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Mas

Education

DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
BS, Arizona State University

Clinical Interests

Helping animals recover from toxicities and the science behind it. Diagnosing and treating toxicities and the pathophysiology behind them. 

Personal Interests

In my spare time I hang out with my 3 boys. We love to go to baseball games, the movies and Target!

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I love the human and animal bond. My job is exciting and extremely rewarding on a daily basis.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

I love my 3 rescue dogs. They make our family complete…and a little extra crazy!


 

Carly Blom, DVM

Dr. Carly Blom

Carly Blom, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Dutch

Education

DVM, Colorado State University
BS, Arizona State University; Barrett, the Honors College

Advanced Clinical Training

Rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York, NY

Clinical Interests

Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
Toxicology
Infectious disease
Poisonous plants, envenomations

Personal Interests

Tennis, graphic design, painting

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I became a Veterinarian to make a difference in the lives of animals and the humans that love them.  I cherish the human-animal bond.  I chose Emergency Medicine because it is thrilling, challenging, and it affords me the opportunity to diagnose and treat complicated illnesses during the most critical times.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

The Lion

 


 

Staci Brigham, DVM

Dr. Staci Brigham, Emergency Service at VETMED

Staci Brigham, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Lionel

Education

DVM, Oregon State University
BS, Indiana University

Advanced Clinical Training

Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego

Clinical Interests

Critical Care with special interest in Sepsis, SIRS, Ventilation and Polytrauma

Personal Interests

Long distance running (marathons, half marathons), any activity outside, spending time with my family

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I became a veterinarian to fulfill my love of medicine and to help people care for their pets. Pets can offer unconditional love to a person and I want to help protect and perpetuate that relationship.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

A beagle


 

Joanna Dombeck, DVM

Dr. Joanna Dombeck, Emergency Service at VETMED

Joanna Dombeck, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Claire

Education

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

Advanced Clinical Training

Rotating Internship, Veterinary Specialists of South Florida
Internal Medicine Internship, Memphis Veterinary Specialists

Clinical Interests

Cardiac Disease
Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease
Immune Mediated Diseases
Liver and Gall Bladder Disease
Hormone Disorders
Infectious Diseases

Personal Interests

Hiking, back country camping, snowboarding, travel, swimming, surfing and anything at the beach

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

After spending an afternoon volunteering in a veterinary clinic, I was hooked. Working in emergency medicine brings so much variety and interesting challenges every day.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

I have two favorites: clownfish and hawksbill sea turtles


 

Michelle Erney, VMD

Dr. Michelle Erney, Emergency Service at VETMED

Michelle Erney, VMD, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Rigley

Education

VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Advanced Clinical Training

Small Animal Rotating Internship, Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

Clinical Interests

Toxicities, Urethral Obstruction

Personal Interests

Marathon Training, CrossFit

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I became a veterinarian to understand the science behind disease processes in animals.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

My Chocolate Labrador, Rigley


 

Christina Grant, DVM

Dr. Christina Grant, Emergency Service at VETMED

Christina Grant, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and T.I.P.

Education

DVM, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
BS, Alabama A&M

Advanced Clinical Training

Rotating Specialty Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
Surgical Internship, Sonora Veterinary Specialists

Clinical Interests

Acute Trauma
Toxicities
Soft Tissue Surgery
Wound Management

Personal Interests

Hiking, playing with my dogs, attending sporting and live music events

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I became a veterinarian because it encompassed a lot of my interests in one field: animals, science and medicine.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Wild big cats: lions, African white tigers, panthers, pumas, etc.


 

Carmen Perez, DVM

Carmen Perez, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED

Carmen Perez, DVM, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Pablo

Education

Louisiana State University, DVM

Clinical Interests

Polytrauma, Coagulopathies, Client Education

Personal Interests

I love to bake, sew, craft. Anything I can create from scratch is always satisfying. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and traveling.

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

As a teenager I had a young pet get sick. I was very involved in her care and found it fascinating. After going through that situation I felt a pull to veterinary medicine not only to care for animals, but also their owners. I enjoy connecting with people through caring for their pets.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Being an LSU graduate, I’d have to say my favorite animal is Mike the Tiger.


Erin Wessel, DVM

Dr Wessel

Erin Wessel, Emergency Veterinarian at VETMED; and Louie

Education

BVM&S Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh

Clinical Interests

Emergency Medicine, Abdominal Ultrasound

Personal Interests

Travel, hiking, camping, food, and enjoying life with the people I care about.

Why Did You Become a Veterinarian?

I grew up on a hobby farm surrounded by animals and have an inherent love of physiology. Veterinary medicine merges both of those. I love how as veterinarians we are able to integrate all aspects of medicine together from triage, to diagnostics, to treatment, as well as preventative medicine in the first opinion field.

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Individually–Louie, the brindle beasty who keeps my toes warm at night. That said, I think duck billed platypuses and beluga whales are fascinating creatures.