Veterinarians in Highlands Ranch, CO

Allen F. Tancher, DVM

highlands ranch veterinariansDr. Allen F. Tancher was born and raised in Littleton, CO – about four miles from where he opened Rocky Mountain Small Animal Hospital in 1992. He's a hometown son, having graduated from Heritage High School. Dr. Tancher is a general veterinary practitioner and on Feb. 17, 2012, he celebrated his 20th year in business.

"My parents took me with them when our animals needed to visit the veterinarian. I loved the office, the smells and the sounds were unique to a veterinary clinic," said Dr. Tancher on what got him inspired to become an animal doctor. "From the first time I went and all the times after that, I could remember I wanted to help the sick and injured pets."

Dr. Tancher attended Colorado State University and majored in Microbiology and Chemistry. He was awarded his DVM Degree from the Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, where he graduated with High Honors and was Valedictorian of his class. Dr. Tancher is certified in the use of surgical laser technology and some of his professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and bone plating. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Denver Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"What I like most about being a veterinarian is working with the animals, but what really is gratifying is the ability to treat the sick and injured animals without restriction and being able to return them to their loving owners cured, healed or at least much better off than when they came in," Dr. Tancher said about what continues to motivate him after 20 years. "Having owners that allow us to treat their animals to the best of our ability, as professionals, is truly rewarding."

He said that some of the most rewarding cases he sees are the "dogs and cats with severely broken legs that I have put bone plates on who then heal so quickly and with so little discomfort. It's good to see them walking normally again."

Dr. Tancher has been married for 18 years and he and his wife have three children. His family also shares their home with three dogs, Hoku Lele, a Siberian Husky; Harley Quinn, an English Bloodhound; Kai, a Golden Retriever; and Yoshi and Louie, two rescue domestic shorthair felines. In his spare time, Dr. Tancher enjoys skiing, fishing, hiking, weight lifting, and Kenpo Karate, in which he has a Black Belt.

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Robert N. Bean, DVM

veterinarian in highlands ranch coGeneral Practitioner Dr. Robert N. Bean has been with Rocky Mountain since May of 1995. He grew up in Canton, MA where he hiked the woods and caught bullfrogs and snakes every summer. "When I was a kid I collected many local reptiles and amphibians that I kept in cages in my garage and basement. My parents were not overly fond of such critters and on several occasions an escape caused quite a bit of excitement in the house," Dr. Bean said of his early interactions with animals. "But I appreciate my parents for being very supportive of my biology interests from a very young age."

Dr. Bean also credits his science and biology teachers for getting him interested in medicine. In high school he also worked in a pet store and during college he volunteered at a local veterinary hospital.

Dr. Bean attended Franklin & Marshall College where he received his B.S. in Biology in 1988 and a Master's degree in Biology from Colorado State University. He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1995. Dr. Bean is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"Early in my career a man called because his two Siberian tigers (that he was using in a furniture commercial) were experiencing diarrhea. He brought the large felines in to see me after hours. I had never been that close to such large cats before, so my examination technique was not well practiced. The cats, sensing my anxiety, provided a large sample on the exam room floor! I diagnosed coccidia, prescribed some antibiotics and sent them on their way. I have never treated a tiger again but I won't forget that day."

Dr. Bean and his wife Michele have two children, two Australian Shepherd mixes and many tropical fish and snakes. During his time off, Dr. Bean enjoys baseball, fishing, science fiction/fantasy novels and movies, yoga, diving and snorkeling trips and swimming.

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Arin M. Clark, DVM

highlands ranch co veterinariansAssociate Veterinarian Arin M. Clark has been working at Rocky Mountain since September of 2008. She is originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Dr. Clark earned her B.A. in Zoology from Connecticut College in 2000, where she graduated Cum Laude with honors. While at school she was on the equestrian and crew teams.

After college, Dr. Clark worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in the suburbs of Boston for a year and half. After that, she began work in a human orthopedic research laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital while completing her prerequisite courses for veterinary school.

Dr. Clark attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated with her DVM in 2007. She was the recipient of the Small Animal Clinical Proficiency Award and was a member of the Phi Zeta Honors Society that designates she was in the top 10 of her graduating class. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Clark completed a one-year rotating internship at the Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to futher her skill and development as a veterinarian. Today, Dr. Clark focuses on emergency medicine, internal medicine, ultrasound and minimally invasive surgery techniques.

"Without question it is my patients and their dedicated owners who stand out as the most memorable aspects of my career," Dr. Clark said about what drives her to excel in her profession. "While the medicine and surgery are challenging and rewarding, it is the ability to improve the human/animal bond that is most memorable and special for me."

Dr. Clark is married and has a daughter and they share their home with a Chocolate Lab named Liam. Dr. Clark also enjoys hiking, running, snowshoeing, skiing and horseback riding.

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Betsy LaCroix, DVM

vets in highlands ranch coGeneral Practitiner Dr. Betsy LaCroix has been with us since June of 2010. An incident with her pet cat while growing up motivated her to become a veterinarian. "My cat was hit by a car and I found him on the side of the road where he had passed away," she said. "From then on, I wanted to heal sick and injured animals." Dr. LaCroix put that experience to early use by working at a veterinary clinic as a volunteer from the age of 14 until she graduated from high school.

Dr. LaCroix graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Zoology (and a minor in Spanish) in 2005. She earned High Honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Each summer during college she worked in veterinary hospitals. She then attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM Degree in 2009. She was a member of the Phi Zeta Honors Society and earned a place on the Dean's List every semester throughout her four years. Today, Dr. LaCroix focuses on surgery and internal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Medical Association.

"I love helping pets feel better and improving their quality of life," Dr. LaCroix said. "I also love developing long-term relationships with clients."

Dr. LaCroix has two animal companions: Emmy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she found wandering the streets of Salt Lake City after the dog had been abandoned; and Cow, a domestic longhair cat who was rescued from a farm in Washington State. Dr. LaCroix enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, photography, traveling, scuba diving and snowshoeing.

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