Douglas Santen, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist
Departments: Internal Medicine
Dr. Santen is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a B.S. in Biochemistry. He also attended graduate school for two years before enrolling in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Santen obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State in 1987. After practicing for one year in Boulder, Colorado, he completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Santen is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. After completing the residency he joined Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in 1991. Besides his position as an Internist at Alameda East he has also served as a Regional Medical Director for VCA (2010) and as the Alameda East Medical Director (2011-2013).
Dr. Santen is well trained and experienced in all areas of feline and canine internal medicine. However, he has a particular interest and expertise in feline medicine (endocrinology, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, and kidney disease). Dr. Santen is actively involved in the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine. He has substantial skill in endoscopic techniques including gastroduodenoscopy, esophagoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, and tracheobronchoscopy. Over the last two decades, Dr. Santen has also been involved in numerous FDA clinical drug trials with various pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Santen is a member of local, state and national veterinary medicine organizations. He is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. In his off time Dr. Santen enjoys road cycling, hiking, skiing, reading and traveling. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for over thirty years. Their daughter, a fourth grade teacher in the Cherry Creek School District, lives in Denver with her husband. The Santen household has been home to numerous wonderful kitties over the years.