Dr. Yurek and his father started showing cutting horses in 1990 when he was 9 years old. Like many cutters, they were soon "addicted" to the thrill of training and showing these amazing athletes, spending as much time as possible at the barn or on the road going to shows. As a teenager, Jamie showed from Florida to California and from Montana to Texas.
Jamie attended Colby College (ME), playing soccer and pursuing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. After graduation in 2003 he attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical year at Colorado State University, where he focused on equine lameness and medicine. Following graduation in January 2009, Jamie worked for Boulder Valley Vet for two years. During that time, he worked long hours to perfect his skills as a general practitioner. He also spent time with renowned equine lameness experts Chris Ray and Ryan Carpenter to further his skills in sports medicine. He founded VetweRx Equine in 2011 and has overseen its growth to now service horses from Black Forest to Fort Collins.
Jamie is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He has completed AAEP 360 advanced education focusing on the equine neck and back. He has lectured at Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine about business and practice startup. He enjoys nearly all aspects of equine medicine but is particularly interested in advanced lameness and imaging.
Jamie, his wife Bethany, and daughter Norah live in Frederick, CO with their dogs Otis, Gunther, and Ella. When he's not plotting world veterinary domination, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and snow skiing.
Dr. Finley grew up working with horses and cattle on his family's ranch in southern Missouri. When he was fourteen, he showed his first cutting horse and was immediately hooked. Grant attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a BS in Animal Science in 1993. After graduation, he returned to his home and assumed management of the family's 900 head cow/calf operation. He continued to show cutting horses throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas and managed a small band of quarter horse broodmares.
After ten years, Grant decided to pursue a new career involving his interests in performance horses. He was accepted into the combined MBA/DVM program at Colorado State University. Grant graduated with honors, earning his MBA in 2007 and DVM in 2010. As a senior, faculty selected him to receive the Equine Medicine Service Award. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas, during which he received invaluable mentor-ship in all aspects of equine practice. He worked for four years as a general practitioner with Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Missouri before returning to Colorado to join Dr. Yurek and VetweRx.
Dr. Finley is a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He has completed ISELP education modules focusing on the stifle, hock, proximal suspensory, fetlock, pastern, neck, and back. As a student, he completed the first and second level courses in equine dentistry and equilibration at The Academy of Equine Dentistry in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He also completed the course in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture at CSU. He enjoys nearly all aspects of equine medicine particularly regenerative therapies.
Grant, his wife Michelle, and daughters Isabella and Juliette live in Longmont with their dog Hattie. When he's not working, Grant enjoys boating and water sports, snowboarding, hiking, and travelling to the beach.
Dr. Carlson grew up with her family on the Front Range and has been competing in hunters/jumpers since she was 8 years old.
She excelled nationally as a junior in the hunters, jumpers and equitation which founded her love for sports medicine.
She completed a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Denver in 2014 and earned her DVM at Colorado State University in 2018. She also became certified in acupuncture at this time.
She completed a comprehensive internship at Austin Equine Hospital in Driftwood, TX. She then moved east to complete a Sport Horse Fellowship at Miller & Associates in Brewster, NY and Wellington, FL.
During her free time, besides riding and developing her young horses, she enjoys cooking, sailing, and spending time outside with her dog, Lexie.
Dr. Kaitlyn Shaheen grew up in Spicewood, Texas and was raised on 4-H, high school rodeo and competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover with her mustang, Sebastian. As and undergraduate, Kaitlyn studied Animal Sciences and Psychology and spent time working at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as a nurse technician. Dr. Shaheen then earned her DVM from Texas A&M University (Gig 'Em!). After initially working as a mixed animal veterinarian, Dr. Shaheen pursued an intensive equine internship at Tryon Equine Hospital in North Carolina, with special emphasis on internal medicine, reproduction, lameness, diagnostic imaging and wound management. She also spent time studying and and enjoyed practicing small ruminant and camelid medicine while at Tryon! During her internship, Dr. Shaheen became a Permitted Treating Veterinarian for the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, and was an on course veterinarian at the 2022 Landrover Three Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Shaheen is member of the American Association of Equine Practicioners (AAEP), Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP).
When not at the hospital, Dr. Shaheen spends her time with her husband Dalton, riding her mustang, working out, or hiking the local trails with her two dogs, Fergis and Daphne!
Dr. Kieran Smith is originally from Newark, Delaware. Growing up on the east coast, he fell in love with the west at an early age while visiting his grandfather in Durango, CO. One of his favorite memories from these Durango vacations was grandpa taking him to the "cowboy store".
Kieran worked throughout high school on a friend's beef cattle farm. His duties included caring for various farm animals. These experiences led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2015 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. During college he worked on a dairy farm with the herd-health team and spent summers in Durango helping a large animal veterinarian.
Kieran was accepted into the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis. He went on to complete his clinical year at Colorado State University, graduating in January of 2019 with highest honors. While completing an externship with VetweRx Equine, he decided that he wanted to specialize in equine practice and stay within northern Colorado.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Veterinary Medical Association. His special interests reside in reproduction, neonatal care, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine.
Kieran currently lives in Ft. Lupton. When not working, he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and travelling.
Dr. Meredith Frey grew up on both sides of the country, New Jersey and California. Both had its advantages and gave her a "bicoastal" perspective in the equine world. She started riding horses at the age of 5 and oddly, never had a horse to call her own. Instead, she gained experience working with multiple different horses and mounts. Dr. Frey decided to become a veterinarian to give back to the species she so cherished as a child.
Dr. Frey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Penn State, WE ARE! She earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 2020 where she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. headed back east to complete an intensive rotating surgery and medicine internship at Piedmont Equine in The Plains, VA. Her interests include preventive and alternative medicine, including routine care, dentistry, and acupuncture. She also enjoys teaching different aspects of veterinary medicine to veterinary students and is a frequent guest lecturer at her alma mater, CSU. She is an active member of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), currently co-chairing the New Practitioners Task Force setting up continuing education events for new graduates. She is also a member of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and in 2022, she became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Frey is excited to be back in CO, so close to the mountains where she also enjoys spending most of her free time with her husband, Andrew.