VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

Jessica Barrera, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVS
Departments: Surgery


Originally from western Montana, Dr. Barrera received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. She then returned to the west and obtained her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006. Enjoying living in new areas, Dr. Barrera then completed a rotating internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA, followed by a surgical internship at Oregon State University. She then returned to Colorado State University to complete a residency in small animal surgery, followed by a rigorous one-year fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center. Dr. Barrera has presented and published articles in the areas of endocrine and minimally-invasive surgery.
Jess complements our present staff by bringing a strong interest in soft�"tissue minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, surgical trauma, and endocrine surgery.

Jess is thrilled to remain in Colorado with her husband John and their swimming English bulldog, Carter. For fun, she enjoys travel, climbing 14ers, backpacking, cooking, mountain biking, and reading.
Jess’s sense of humor and enthusiasm makes her a wonderful new addition to the team of VSNC. She is happy to make herself available to you to discuss cases and review radiographs �" give her a call!

Dr. Barrera is available for consultations and surgery Wednesday through Saturday at VSNC. She partners with the other surgeons to provide emergency surgical services 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

We are available 24/7 for emergencies.

Please remain calm and call (970) 278-0668 to get advice on your pet's particular situation. We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to the hospital. Be aware that even a loving pet, when injured and scared, may try to bite. If in doubt, gently place a towel or blanket over the head making sure to provide good air circulation for breathing. This will help settle the animal.

What Is An Emergency?

Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following occur:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unstoppable bleeding
  • Inability to urinate/defecate
  • Heatstroke
  • Bloated/distended abdomen
  • Inability to deliver kittens or puppies
  • Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
  • Pain
  • Major trauma/Injury
  • Shock
  • Poisoning
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lameness
  • Eye injuries, sudden blindness, cloudiness or abnormal discharge.
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diabetic issues
  • Severe lethargy
  • Temperature greater than 104�F
  • Anything else that concerns you