Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Northwest Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, to the fun-loving kennel and day-care staff, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference.

Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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April Van Valin
Medical Director

Dr. Van Valin is no stranger to helping enrich the lives of Northwest Animal Hospital's clients and their pets. Prior to joining Northwest Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian in November 2017, she spent 15 years of her life working with pets and animals in our community. In fact, the first job she ever held was with Northwest Animal Hospital working as a kennel assistant, then moving into the veterinary technician role. She worked part time with Northwest while attending college for her undergraduate degree and throughout veterinary school.

After completing her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University, she went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She then attended Iowa State University where she obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2012. After practicing in the Pikes Peak Region for five years, she took some time off from work to welcome son, Brendan, to her family. She is excited to be able to come home to Northwest Animal Hospital and continue giving back to this wonderful community. In June of 2019, she welcomed her second son, Isacc, to her family.

As a general practitioner and Medical Director of VCA Northwest Animal Hospital, Dr. Van Valin provides primary care for pets of all ages, and her special interests include internal medicine, with an emphasis on endocrinology, feline medicine, and dentistry. Preventative care is also one of her areas of focus. In addition to her dedication in providing superior quality of medicine and service to our patients, Dr. Van Valin's other favorite part of working for Northwest Animal Hospital is the relationships that are formed with clients and patients. "Building long-term relationships with our patients and their families, and becoming part of their extended family brings me great joy and satisfaction."

Outside of her work life, Dr. Van Valin enjoys singing in an A Capella barbershop show chorus (she hopes to win a national contest with her chorus one day), running (she'd love to eventually run a half-marathon), curling (where she holds the position of Skip on her curling team), reading, horseback riding, and painting. She also loves spending time with her husband (Brett), son (Brendan), their two dogs (Remington and Ronin), and their cats (Wilber and Henry).

Something that most people do not know about Dr. Van Valin is that it is one of her life goals to star in a Broadway music


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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