VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

Ronald Bright, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Ohio State University
Certifications: DACVS
MS, Colorado State University
Departments: Surgery


Dr. Bright is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a Master's degree at Colorado State University. His residency training in small animal surgery, completed at the University of Missouri, was followed by an appointment as Assistant Professor in small animal surgery at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After five years at Purdue, he accepted an appointment at the University of Florida as an Associate Professor and Head of Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He was appointed a Distinguished Professor his final five years at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bright joined Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in December of 1999.

Dr. Bright received twelve teaching awards during his faculty appointments with various universities. Two of these were the prestigious Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1993, he was honored by his alma mater, the Ohio State University, with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. That same year, he received a Fulbright Scholarship that supported a year-long sabbatical at the veterinary school at Cambridge University in England.

Dr. Bright became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1980. He subsequently became a member of the Board of Regents of the College and, in 2002, completed a 3-year appointment as President and chair of the ACVS. Dr. Bright helped with the establishment of the credentialing and testing protocol for our sister organization in Europe, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Veterinary Conference.

Dr. Bright has published over 150 articles in the veterinary literature and over 27 chapters in 10 veterinary textbooks. He is the editor of one book and as associate editor of the 4th edition of Morgan's Handbook of Small Animal Practice that was published in 2002.

Dr. Bright has given over 150 invited lectures both nationally and internationally to include Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, South America and his native USA. He was also a visiting professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dr. Bright's clinical and research interests have focused primarily on gastroenterology, reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, and respiratory disorders. He has also worked extensively with congenital liver disorders in dogs and cats that are amenable to surgical correction.


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