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Mark

Mark

Hospital Manager/Owner

Mark embarked on his satisfying veterinary technician career after interacting with a friend’s animals, rather than Mark’s own pets. Mark was allergic to dogs and cats, so his family refrained from keeping these furry household pets. Once he connected with his friend’s pets, he made the decision to develop a career working with animals, and found his first veterinary technician job while attending college. Fortunately, Mark’s allergy problem was resolved after several months, making his veterinary technician work much easier!

Mark’s first veterinary hospital job began with kennel cleaning duty, although he always jumped at the chance to assist a veterinarian or technician. Over time, Mark developed his veterinary technician skills while he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Colorado University at Boulder. 

After receiving his sheepskin in 2007, he moved to Fort Collins and applied to work at Moore Animal Hospital. Mark was immediately taken with the staff’s easy camaraderie, even though they clearly took their jobs very seriously.

Mark really enjoys his “hands on” work with his canine and feline patients, and especially likes the variety of tasks he performs on a given day. He gains satisfaction from watching a beloved pet recover from an illness, and also appreciates the chance to develop long-term relationships with the animals’ pet parents.

Despite Mark’s Colorado residence, he spent his early childhood in Nebraska, growing up with his parents and younger sister. Mark is an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan, and still returns to his home state for yearly football games. He also enjoys golfing, a sport that led him to participation on his high school golf team. After a hiatus of several years, Mark is back on the course and is constantly working to better his scores. He’s also renewing his SCUBA certification, and looks forward to exploring the fascinating world beneath the water’s surface.

Finally, now that Mark has experienced the joys that dogs and cats can bring to his life, he’s looking forward to adding a furry family member to his home in the near future.


Mandy

Mandy

Operations Manager

When Mandy was growing up, she always wanted to be a lion tamer so she could make the circus more fun. Mandy’s life ultimately took a different turn, as she found herself managing veterinary practices rather than taming a cageful of roaring lions. However, during a seminar Mandy learned that she had developed the leadership skills to take on and master difficult challenges. Mandy also realized that part of her childhood dream had been fulfilled, as she gets to surround herself with a roomful of animals every day!

Mandy came to Moore Animal Hospital via a roundabout path. Growing up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with her parents and brother, she was involved in music and 4-H activities, and also spent time working with children. While Mandy was in college, she found a veterinary receptionist position at a three-doctor practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. Working at this practice unlocked Mandy’s love for animals and passion for people. After working at two other practices, and gradually moving up to an Assistant Office Manager position, Mandy began to realize she loved the veterinary medicine field.

Moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, Mandy worked part-time at several veterinary practices, and was eventually introduced to Dr. Moore, who had established Moore Animal Hospital. When Dr. Moore mentioned that the practice was hiring, Mandy jumped at the opportunity to join the Moore Animal Hospital team. Mandy’s receptionist, kennel, and management experience have made her a welcome asset to the staff.

While Mandy enjoys interacting with the dogs and cats who visit the practice each day, she really loves meeting the patients’ pet parents. As Mandy gets better acquainted with each pet owner, she can more easily understand their relationship with their beloved pet. Mandy also enjoys educating clients on the importance of pet nutrition and dental care, as regular attention to these areas helps to provide the pet with a longer, healthier life.

When Mandy’s not visiting with hospital pets and their owners, she’s relaxing at home with her six dogs and a cat that seems to want to be a dog. Since each animal has a buddy, each pet has a partner in crime. Mandy and her family are also bona fide movie buffs, attending many PG-13 films as soon as they appear in local theaters. Finally, Mandy and her daughter often visit nursing homes, providing companionship to the residents while receiving a sense of satisfaction in return.


Caitlyn

Caitlyn

Culture Coordinator Coach

Caitlyn’s connection with Moore Animal Hospital goes all the way back to her childhood. Since Caitlyn’s mother, Dr. Backstrom, owns the hospital, Caitlyn has always been a frequent visitor to the clinic’s exam rooms and pet resort. As a result of her time spent at the hospital, Caitlyn developed a love for its many pet patients and an appreciation for the dedicated staff who care for them. Now an adult, Caitlyn has been working at the hospital for years while keeping on top of her studies. While Caitlyn works as the culture coordinator for Moore Animal Hospital, this means that she works to help promote and maintain a positive culture for the staff, pet parents and furry patients!

Of course, Caitlyn always takes time to engage in some playtime with the hospital’s canine and feline patients. Whether the pet is a young kitten or a geriatric dog, Caitlyn loves them all, and makes them feel special while they’re at the hospital.

Caitlyn’s animal-friendly family has prepared her for success at Moore Animal Hospital. Her mother, Dr. Backstrom, functions as the hospital’s resident veterinarian and business owner. Caitlyn’s father and stepmother both work as farriers, giving Caitlyn some exposure to the equine world as well. Caitlyn also has two younger brothers and an older brother, making her the middle child in a very active family.

When Caitlyn leaves her furry patients for the day, she goes home to her beloved kiddo, Koa, whom Caitlyn describes as her “sassy baby girl.” Caitlyn also has two little sugar gliders who she loves to spend time with and sometimes even go on adventures with her during the day!

In Caitlyn’s spare time, she’s a voracious reader, and enjoys spending all the time she can outside. Caitlyn is also an artist, writer and enjoys crafting origami. Finally, Caitlyn wants to travel as much as possible and works toward that by going a new place every year!


Victoria

Victoria

CVA – Veterinary Technician Team Lead

When a guest speaker came to Victoria’s fourth-grade classroom with a lion cub in tow, Victoria instantly became obsessed with large cats. It didn’t take her long to decide that she wanted to help animals in a hands-on way. Victoria’s journey has now come full circle: she’s able to care for pets on a daily basis as a Veterinary Assistant!

Victoria grew up outside of Houston, Texas, and moved to Colorado after high school to study at Colorado State University; she fell in love with the state and decided to stay! She even had the opportunity during her schooling to spend three months living in Africa, where she worked hands-on with the cheetah population there—it’s an experience Victoria will truly never forget.

Victoria has since graduated from Colorado State University with her Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, and she joined the Moore Animal Hospital care team in April of 2018. Next, she plans on attending Front Range Community College to earn her certification in veterinary technology and further expand her knowledge and skillset in the world of animal care. Here at the hospital, Victoria particularly likes working with new breeds and species, and her favorite part of the job is meeting pet owners just like herself on a regular basis.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or getting lost in a good book, Victoria loves to spend time with her own animal companions at home. She has two goofy dogs—Katniss, who isn’t nearly as brave as The Hunger Games character she is named after, and a rambunctious Labrador/Pit Bull mix named Godiva—as well as a grumpy bearded dragon who goes by Ethel.


Hailee

Hailee

Veterinary Technician

Hailee has been a nurturing soul ever since her earliest days. For her, getting to better the lives of not only pets, but the people who care for them, is a dream come true. That’s why she’s a Veterinary Technician! 

A Colorado native, Hailee majored in communications and journalism at the University of North Carolina before deciding to follow her true passion and pursue animal medicine. She attended Front Range Community College’s veterinary technology program, graduating in 2017 as a Veterinary Technician. Hailee has been helping pets in that capacity ever since! She joined the Moore Animal Hospital family in June of 2021 and looks forward to continuing her veterinary journey here.

Medically, Hailee is fond of surgical work and dental cleanings, as well as rehabilitation and cytology. She also loves to chat one-on-one with pet owners and pass on actionable information that helps pets live happier, healthier lives. 

In her time away from work, Hailee likes playing sand and beach volleyball, paddle boarding with friends on the lake, camping, and staying active at the gym. She has one pet at home: an adorable Jack Russell mix named Elton that Hailee rescued about two years ago.


Madison

Madison

Veterinary Technician/Assistant

Madi Roberts has always adored animals. As a teenager, Madi stumbled upon a litter of two-week-old stray kittens on her grandparents’ property. After confirming that the kittens were, indeed, abandoned, Madi jumped into action, taking them in and single-handedly providing round-the-clock care. As a result of her efforts, all six kittens survived. More importantly, a passion for animal care was officially born.

Upon graduating high school, Madi immediately enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Front Range Community College, where she is currently working to become a CVT. Professionally, she enjoys performing diagnostics because it gives her the opportunity to continue to hone and advance her skills. She also enjoys practicing fear free techniques – especially with large dogs.

Outside of work, Madi lives with her fiancé and best friend, Michal. Together, they have three dogs – Missy, Abby and Charlie, and two cats – Tazz and Mr. Bean. When she’s not busy caring for her fur babies, or spending time with friends and family, Madi can usually be found quilting – a hobby she just recently picked up in honor of her Grandmother. 


Aubriana

Aubriana

Veterinary Assistant

Witnessing the impact that veterinary professionals have on pets and their owners – and experiencing it for herself with her own dogs – has inspired Aubriana to follow that same path. A passion for animals and an interest in medicine made this a natural career choice. What better job is there than one in which you get to practice medicine and love on furry critters all day?

Aubriana’s journey began at a canine rehabilitation center in Colorado Springs where her Mom has worked for many years. Having that “in” allowed her to follow patients and observe what goes on behind the scenes. From there, she decided to relocate to Fort Collins so she could attend CSU. Professionally, Aubriana has a special interest in orthopedics. She also finds radiology particularly fascinating.

At home, Aubriana is “mom” to two fur babies of her own: Koda and Nylah. Koda is a charcoal lab with a serious ball addiction. He’d probably play for 24 hours straight if she’d let him. Nylah is a sweet Doberman-Pitt Bull mix whose hobbies include giving kisses and discovering new adventures.

When she’s not at work or tending to her pups, Aubriana can usually be found on the basketball court. She’s been playing since the 8th grade and has won several conference championships. Her other hobbies include crafting, hiking, and pretty much anything that involves being outside and around water.


Sydney

Sydney

Veterinary Assistant

For as long as she can remember, Sydney has loved animals. In fact, as a baby, her first word was ‘dog.’ It came as no surprise to her friends and family that she would end up pursuing a career in the animal care industry. As a Veterinary Assistant here at Moore Animal Hospital, Sydney has the opportunity to do what she loves most – help pets stay healthy and live their best lives!

Sydney’s professional journey began at the young age of 15, when she landed a job at an animal shelter in New York. From there, she took a job as a Veterinary Assistant at an animal hospital. In 2021, Sydney and her family relocated to Colorado. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Moore Animal Hospital team. 

Outside of work, Sydney is ‘mom’ to a cat named Biscuit and a veiled chameleon named Keith, who loves plants just as much as she does. Sydney is passionate about wildlife – so much so that she hopes to one day be able to study in Madagascar and work in wildlife rehabilitation.


Justice

Veterinary Assistant, CVA

Growing up in Southwest Texas, Justice remembers always being an avid animal lover. She even started her own dog walking and pet sitting business, which she maintained throughout her adolescent years. While her ultimate dream is to one day open a wildlife sanctuary, she is content for the time being caring for and loving on the patients here at Moore Animal Hospital.

Justice moved to the Fort Collins area to pursue her degree in Zoology from Colorado State University. She plans to continue toward her doctorates following her undergraduate years, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. As a Veterinary Assistant, Justice enjoys learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others. She has a particular affinity for cats and large breed dogs. Justice’s professional passions include conservation, animal behavior, rehabilitation, and overall animal health and wellness. 

At home, Justice has two fur babies of her own: an American Staffordshire Terrier mix named Big Baby, and an itty, bitty Terrier-Shih Tzu mix named Cocoa. In her spare time, Justice enjoys being in nature, whether that be hiking, picnicking or trail riding. If she’s not nose-deep in a good book, you can often find her working out, eating, binge watching TV or doing volunteer work.


Katie Jo

Katie Jo

Veterinary Assistant

Katie Jo always tagged along to the vet’s office with her parents when one of her childhood pets had an appointment. She was fascinated by the way the veterinarians were able to diagnose problems in a patient who couldn’t tell them what was hurting—she knew that she wanted to be a part of a team that did just that. Katie Jo gets to satisfy her interests in anatomy and physiology and spend time around animal-lovers and adorable pets every day as a member of Moore Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team!

Katie Jo is from Montevideo, Minnesota, and moved to Fort Collins with her family in the winter of 2003. She’s been here ever since! In December of 2019, she began interning at an animal clinic in Wellington, where she learned the ropes of the profession. When Katie Jo heard about an opening here at Moore Animal Hospital from a former roommate and current coworker—the clinic’s very own Hannah!—she knew that it was too good of a chance to pass up. She became a member of the hospital family in July of 2020 and now helps pets and their loving owners as a Veterinary Assistant.

Katie Jo’s interests outside of animal care include fashion, reading, and crocheting. She also loves to dote on her own pets. She shares her life with Lady, a dog who is obsessed with cheese; a dog named Jameson who is completely in love with Lady; and three loveable cats who go by Ella, Renee, and Asia.


Robert

Robert

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since he can remember, Robert has been interested in the natural world and how science keeps everything turning. When the opportunity arose for him to try his hand in the world of animal medicine, he knew that it was too good to pass up. What better way to satisfy his fascination with biology and anatomy while bettering the lives of others at the same time? Robert is proud to volunteer with the Moore Animal Hospital team! 

Robert is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and spent several years managing restaurants and grocery stores in his home state and in Maryland. Next, he embarked on a career in law enforcement. When he moved to Colorado, Robert decided to pursue something he had always been passionate about: animal medicine. The vast network of current and former veterinary professionals around Fort Collins quickly connected him with several clinics and individuals—that journey brought him here to Moore Animal Hospital, and the rest is history.

Robert joined the hospital team in August of 2020 and has been making a difference for the pet owners of Fort Collins ever since. He loves learning new things on a daily basis from his fellow team members and the area’s pet parents, and he especially enjoys watching a pet’s health and happiness improve over time. 

Away from the office, Robert likes hiking, reading, watching movies, and traveling every chance he gets. He and his partner live with two rescued dogs: Toby enjoys telling the squirrels who is boss and rolling around with his favorite tennis ball, and Max is the troublemaker of the family and never stops looking for ways to make Toby bark. 


Sarah C.

Sarah C.

Veterinary Assistant

At the age of 12, Sarah Calta started volunteering at a Connecticut animal hospital in order to spend more time with her aunt, whom she would visit every summer. Little did she know that working with pets would ultimately become her lifelong career. It wasn’t until after her beloved aunt and mentor pulled her aside, and said “you have a way with animals, I think you should pursue this field,” that Sarah finally recognized within herself a passion for animal health care.

Sarah relocated to Colorado after she was accepted into graduate school at CSU. Her previous years of experience as a Vet Assistant made her a perfect addition to the Moore Animal Hospital team. Professionally, Sarah has a particular interest in parasitology, which she says makes her feel like a detective looking for a criminal that is causing a patient’s symptoms. She’s also always enjoyed reproductive medicine – so much so that she’s decided to pursue a Masters in it at CSU.

Sarah’s best friend and most loyal companion is her dog Balue, a blue merle Australian Shepherd who thinks he’s the funniest guy in the room. Outside of the clinic, Sarah’s hobbies include hiking, camping, and painting. One of her favorite spots to go hiking is in the Adirondacks where you can hike to the first homestead foundation that was built there. She hopes to one day visit all of the national parks and explore the Appalachian Trail.


Avery

Avery

Veterinary Assistant

While Avery has always been intrigued by veterinary medicine, her interest blossomed into a full-blown passion when she began working at an exotic wildlife rescue center. Witnessing the remarkable transformation of these animals, and knowing she played a role in their recovery, Avery knew without a shadow of a doubt that she wanted to dedicate her life to caring for animals. As one of our rock star veterinary assistants, Avery gets to do what she loves each and every day!

Avery launched her professional journey in high school, where she took a class in veterinary medicine and earned her veterinary assistant certification. After three years of volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary, she accepted an internship and was eventually hired as a full time keeper. In February of 2022, Avery joined the Moore Animal Hospital team. She loves the fast-paced environment and enjoys getting to know our clients and their beloved pets.

Outside of the clinic, Avery lives with her cat, Pepper, who was formerly feral. Determined to win her over, Avery practiced incredible patience, even sleeping with her under the bed for several months. After nearly a year of hard work and determination, Pepper is now confident and super affectionate – maybe even too much so, since she is constantly trying to steal Avery’s food or type on her laptop.

In her free time, Avery really enjoys hiking. In 2020, she completed her first fourteener and has since climbed the highest mountain in Colorado, Mr. Elbert. She also loves to ski and recently landed her first jumps and boxes. An avid reader who doesn’t have much time to sit down with a good book, Avery often listens to audiobooks while running errands.


Erica

Erica

Veterinary Assistant

Helping animals isn’t just a job for Erica Choo. It’s a part of who she is. In fact, she once single-handedly rescued her parents’ dog from choking, ultimately saving her life!

Erica’s journey into the veterinary field began in high school, when she volunteered at a local animal shelter. There, she developed a deep passion for working with animals and decided it was something she wanted to do as a career. Upon acceptance into Colorado State University, Erica relocated from California to pursue her dream. She hopes to eventually become a veterinarian.

Erica recently adopted a handsome dog from a rescue shelter, whom she named Tofu. He is a sweet and gentle dog and enjoys breaking toys with squeakers. When he’s not cuddling or receiving his much-loved belly rubs, Tofu likes to spend the rest of his free time snoozing.

Outside of work, Erica enjoys feeding her wild side by riding on roller coasters. She also enjoys trying new foods and attempting to “successfully” cook them. She admits that sometimes the things she makes end up in the trash, however, most of the time her meals come out delicious.


Megan R.

Megan R.

Client Advocate – Team Lead

Megan owns pets herself, so she knows exactly how valuable our beloved animal companions are. For her, getting to help strengthen and nurture those bonds for others is a dream come true. Megan couldn’t be happier to launch her journey in veterinary care right here at Moore Animal Hospital!

Megan is a Fort Collins native and joined the Moore Animal Hospital family in September of 2019. She was referred by her friend and roommate, the clinic’s very own Cecily. Megan serves as a Client Advocate and loves to meet and greet pet owners and their adorable companions at the front desk. 

She especially likes to learn all she can about the products the hospital carries in order to make the best recommendations to the area’s pet parents.

At home, Megan has two mischievous cats who always keep her on her toes: Tucker and Amarillo.


Ariela

Ariela

Concierge 

With a mother who’s worked in the veterinary industry for decades, Ariela wanted to follow in her footsteps. Determined to be around animals, Ariela was able to secure a concierge position at Moore Animal Hospital!

Ariela loves her job for two main reasons. First, it gives her the chance to meet and talk to a variety of pet owners. She loves being able to tell them exactly what is going on, and breaking down the doctor’s complex medical jargon in a simplistic way that’s easy for them to understand. Second, Ariela is glad that she gets to meet animals of all personality types to keep her on her toes.

Born and raised in Fort Collins, CO, Ariela had a childhood dog who she cherished. When her dog fell ill, the animal doctors were able to explain to her what was wrong, and what could be done to solve the problem. This inspired Ariela to dig deeper into the veterinary world and find out more about animals.

Ariela currently has five animals that she’s proud to own. She has a puppy named Monster, a dog named Viper, and a Russian tortoise named Mikey. She also has a box turtle named Donnie and a fish creatively named Leonardo Dafishy!

In her free time, you can catch Ariela painting her face. After she’s finished, she loves nothing more than to call her friends over and scare them!


Kayla

Kayla

Client Advocate

Imagine beginning a career in one field, and then abruptly stopping it to begin a career in another field. This scenario applies to Kayla, who was working as a baker before a change in careers led to her becoming a client advocate at Moore Animal Hospital. Now she gets to spend her days around animals that she loves!

Of course, Kayla’s love of animals is one key factor that eventually led her to Moore Animal Hospital, but it was much more than that. Animals mean absolutely everything to her, to the point to where she admits to being more comfortable with animals than she is with people.

Having grown up on the Koering Organic Dairy Farm in Minnesota, Kayla found herself embracing independence and life experiences. After finishing high school, she bounced around from job to job, working at Kohl’s, then working as a delivery driver, followed by a gig as a baker. She kept getting signs to move to Colorado, and she finally listened to her instinct.

Kayla’s first experience with an animal came courtesy of her godmother’s chox mix named Bear, who would snarl and growl at just about anyone she met. But the dog felt comfortable around Kayla to the point where she allowed Kayla to lay her head on her stomach while she slept. This trust-building taught her a very valuable lesson: the strength and confidence you exude to the world can lead to animals and people putting their complete trust in you.

Kayla doesn’t currently own any pets, but she fondly reminisces of her most recent pet experiences with her two adventurous ferrets. She still has a strong passion for baking in her free time, along with reading.


Juliana

Juliana

Client Advocate

Sometimes the most unlikely things can influence our life’s journey. In Juliana’s case, it was the opportunity to learn how to properly care for her pet hermit crabs that ultimately sparked her passion to learn about animals and how their bodies work. She now gets to pursue that passion every day as a member of the Moore Animal Hospital team!

Juliana started with us in late 2021, having already been a client for several years. In her role as Client Advocate, she enjoys doing concierge work and interacting with our clients and their pets. As this is the beginning of her journey, she’s embracing every opportunity she has to learn and grow.

Outside of work, Juliana has a few fur kids of her own, including a cat named Macy, whom she’s had since she was a child, and a dog, Chanta, whom she shares with her boyfriend, Taylor. A hamster named Pablo and 15 hermit crabs complete their animal family. 

In her free time, Juliana enjoys knitting. She once spent three straight days knitting a blanket big enough to cover her bed. Although the work was challenging, the sense of accomplishment she felt once the blanket was complete made it all worthwhile.


Lindsay

Lindsay

Client Advocate

When Lindsay was searching for the perfect career, she landed on the position of Client Advocate. She finds it fulfilling to be able to make real connections with people and play a role in helping animals enjoy long, happy and healthy lives.

Lindsay’s life began in Scotland, where she spent her first few years before moving to Colorado with her parents and sister. An artist at heart, Lindsay spent some time in Glenwood Springs, where she attended school for photography, before moving back to Fort Collins. She joined the Moore Animal Hospital team in May of 2022.

Outside of work, Lindsay resides with her sister, soon-to-be brother-in-law, and their four children. The sometimes chaotic household is also home to two dogs: Cas and Jensen. Jensen is very much the big brother, teaching Cas to talk like a husky, which makes for some pretty strange noises since Cas isn’t one. Cas is pretty slow to pick up on games, but Jensen was recently able to teach him tug of war.

Lindsay’s favorite pastime is artwork. She likes to draw or paint whenever she can and finds completing a piece to be quite satisfying – especially using new techniques she’s never tried before.


Bella

Bella

Client Advocate

Anyone who asked Bella what she wanted to be when she grew up always received the same confident answer: a veterinarian. For as long as she can remember, she has always had a deep-seeded love of animals and a burning desire to make sure they receive the care and attention they deserve. As a Client Advocate here at Moore Animal Hospital, Bella gets to experience the front-office side of the industry she loves. More importantly, she gets to see and interact with fur babies on a daily basis!

Bella’s career journey began at the age of 16, when she was hired to work as a Kennel Technician. Because that clinic was short-staffed, Bella found herself elbows deep in a variety of other tasks that the team needed assistance with. This fast-paced, high-pressure environment really helped Bella to learn and grow. After working there for a year, Bella moved on to a different clinic before relocating to Colorado to pursue her degree in Animal Science at CSU.

In May of 2022, Bella officially joined the Moore Animal Hospital team. In her role as CA, she juggles many tasks, including scheduling, billing and helping clients with other non-medical related needs. Professionally, Bella enjoys making people feel comfortable and at ease, especially in stressful situations.

While Bella’s entire human family lives in Texas, she’s come to realize that she’s more of a Colorado girl at heart. She currently has one fur baby of her own – a cat named Ollie, who loves the outdoors and frequently goes on adventures with Bella in his cat backpack.

When she’s not busy working, studying, or spending time with Ollie, Bella can usually be found in the kitchen, whipping up a delicious vegan meal or dessert.


“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

 – Pam Brown