Dr Maura Backstrom

Practice Owner/Veterinarian

Congratulations to Maura on her recent marriage! Dr. Buckner is now Dr. Backstrom!

Maura planted her veterinary career seeds during her dog-filled childhood. Maura’s mother regularly bred and showed dogs; and seven-year-old Maura took an active role in feeding, grooming, and training these high-value canines. She also actively participated in classes and practice shows. Maura soon discovered that dogs were masters at showing unconditional love and acceptance. By the time Maura turned nine, the dogs’ love and affection had made a profound impact on her. She developed a burning desire to embark on a veterinary career, as she wanted to give back to the wonderful animals who had enriched her young life!


Born in Missouri, Maura and her family soon moved to southern California; she then lived in Missouri and Virginia before moving back to California. While Maura married and was raising her children, she kept her veterinarian career dream alive, and returned to school at age 29 to begin her studies. When Maura and her family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, she finally felt that she had come home. At Colorado State University, Maura graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Animal Science; and she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in May 2005.

In 1999, Maura began her tenure at Moore Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician. After working throughout her junior and senior undergraduate years, and through all four years of veterinary school, Maura became an associate veterinarian upon her May 2005 graduation. She bought the Moore Animal Hospital practice in 2012. Maura values the sense of family that exists among the Moore Animal Hospital staff and clients; and she continues to build on those relationships as the practice grows. When Maura’s away from the hospital, she enjoys a home occupied by her new husband Mark, two children, four dogs, one cat, and numerous fish. She recently married her long time best friend Mark in Turkes and Caicos. Her son Colton has graduated from college and plans to attend seminary; while her daughter Caitlyn attends Colorado State University and also works at the practice. Maura’s youngest son, Christian, loves school, legos, baseball and Rollerskating. Maura is very active within her church, volunteering as the Youth Missions Outreach Coordinator. She loves watching professional football, especially when her beloved Denver Broncos are playing. She’s an avid swimmer and snorkeler, and is currently SCUBA certification.

Over time, Maura has gradually downsized her dogs; as she moved from Belgian sheepdogs to border collies and finally to papillons. Her four small female pooches pack a ton of personality into their little bodies. Maia would play fetch all day if Maura let her; while Penelope is definitely the alpha dog who bosses everyone else around. Francisco has honed the term “spoiled rotten” to a fine art. Bunny is the papillon with the most personality, constantly making sure mom has not left the vacinity. Finally, Vincent the cat has assumed a dog’s personality. Vincent and the dogs often chase each other, providing Maura and her family wit h endless amusement.

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Dr. Kayla Porcelli

Associate Veterinarian

Although her family comes from a medical background and she had always had an adoration for animals while growing up, it wasn’t until Dr. Kayla Porcelli volunteered at a local shelter during high school that she realized veterinary medicine was her path. Ever since, she’s wanted to provide relief and loving care to the earth’s creatures in whatever way she could! Dr. Porcelli is proud to serve the pets and animal owners of Fort Collins as an Associate Veterinarian with the Moore Animal Hospital team.

A native of Portland, Maine, Dr. Porcelli started working at a local small-animal hospital after her early days of volunteering; it was there that she paved the path for a career in veterinary medicine. She then attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in animal science and a minor in ethics and philosophy. Next, Dr. Porcelli moved to Fort Collins to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University, graduating in May of 2016. After searching for an AAHA-accredited hospital that valued clients first and foremost, as well as a staff that took their responsibilities seriously while having a good bit of fun, she found just what she was looking for—Moore Animal Hospital was the perfect fit!

Medically, Dr. Porcelli has special interests in dermatology and ophthalmology, and also enjoys the hands-on nature of surgical work. Most of all, she likes building trust-centered, long-lasting relationships with clients and their beloved animal companions.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Dr. Porcelli enjoys hiking and backpacking, spending time on the beach when she returns home to Maine, and crafting. She and her fiancé, Jake, live with two spunky pets of their own: Bud is an English springer spaniel who loves eating food and chasing squirrels through the Colorado flatlands; Lela the diabetic cat is a rescue that Dr. Porcelli is fostering through a local cat rescue organization.

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