Our Team

Dr. Leisa Carson

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Leisa 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.

Leisa is also an active volunteer in the community and school. 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 and several cats!

  • Years in Practice: Graduated Veterinary School in 1992
  • Education: Colorado State University
  • Interests: 4-H Club Leader, Horseback Riding, Spending Time with her Family

Ashley, Veterinary Technician

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 20 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 15 years and has 2 wonderful children, and 4 fur babies! During the warmer seasons you can find Ashley and her family enjoying the beautiful lakes of Colorado on their boat.

Sarah, Veterinary Technician

Sarah is a born and raised Coloradoan. She has been a technician for 3 years, and has been fortunate enough to do all on the job training. She has done fear free training with other staff members at the hospital and is passionate about keeping patients visits comfortable. Her favorite thing about being a technician is being able to treat animals and seeing their happy tail wags every time they walk in the door. In her free time she loves to work her paint horse Whiskey. He is 3 years old and she has done most of the training by herself. She is looking forward to doing working cow horse, ranch riding, and trail riding with him. Sarah has three dogs: two American Bulldogs named Cooper and Odin, and a Australian Shepherd named Winchester. She is also recently married to the love of her life, and has a young son that plays competitive baseball in Loveland. She loves to spend time at the baseball field and spending time with her family.

Maggie, Reception/Tech Assistant

Maggie was born and raised in Louisiana, but after falling in love with Colorado she decided to further her education at Colorado State University. She is currently a junior majoring in Biology with an interest in Veterinary Medicine. Maggie’s passion for animals began at a young age, and after volunteering for an animal rescue organization in Louisiana she knew she wanted to work alongside animals. Her favorite part about working at The Vets Animal Hospital as a Technician Assistant and Receptionist is making our patients feel comfortable and loved at our hospital during their stay. In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Flynn, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling.

Kaitlyn, Receptionist

Kaitlyn is a Colorado native and has loved living here and partaking in all of the adventures Colorado has to offer. Kaitlyn works at The Vets Animal Hospital as a Receptionist. Kaitlyn loves hiking with her dog Elli and watching Netflix with her cat Angel. She also enjoys other outdoor activities such as camping, backpacking, and snowboarding. Kaitlyn attends Colorado State University as a dance and business major with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation. She hopes to open her own dance studio one day and pursue her passion of working with kids and sharing her love of dance.

Stefanie Laughlin

Stefanie has worked in the veterinary industry for nearly 12 years and has always had a special love for animals. She is currently working towards applying to vet school. She met her husband back in 2001 in 6th grade when they were 11 years old. They got married in 2015, moved to Fort Collins from Chicago in 2017, and had their son in 2018. They love to go hiking and hope to someday open their own sanctuary to rescue abused/neglected animals and farm animals from slaughter.

Vanessa Farrell

Vanessa was born and raised in Texas. She recently moved to Colorado after her husband retired from the Military. She is  a mother of a German Shepard, Merlin and two bobtail cats, Arthur and Guinevere and a soon to be baby girl. She has loved working with animals since she was a little girl. Vanessa  has been working in the veterinary field for about 4 years now. She is currently working to get her degree in Zoology and wildlife conservation. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes and finding new restaurants to eat at.