VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

Wendy Fleischman, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: DACVIM


Dr. Fleischman is very much a cool Coloradan on the outside wrapped around a to-the-point New York filling.  Originally from New York, Dr. Fleischman received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. After a year of traveling abroad, she pursued her life-long goal of becoming a veterinarian and received her DVM training and degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. From New York, she moved to California where she completed a one-year Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.  Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Fleischman realized a second long-time dream by moving to the great state of Colorado, where she practiced emergency medicine at an emergency  veterinary hospital near Denver.  After two years, she returned to New York where she completed a rigorous two-year residency program in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. 

Once finished with her residency, Dr. Fleischman could not wait to return to Colorado.  She joined the team at VCA VSNC in 2007.  Dr. Fleischman completed the requirements set forth by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which include, in addition to completion of an approved residency program, passage of two sets of extremely difficult board exams, and publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript.  She achieved her board-certified diplomate status (Dipl. ACVIM) in 2009.  Dr. Fleischman served as Director of the Internship Program from 2008 �" 2012, overseeing the rigorous training of bright new veterinarians, in the same way she was once rigorously trained.  

As an internist, Dr. Fleischman is often charged with diagnosing complex or mysterious conditions or managing patients with multiple concurrent problems.  Areas of particular interest include hematologic (blood cell) diseases, immunology (immune system diseases), endocrinology (hormonal diseases), oncology (cancer), and imaging studies (x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan).  She is also very interested in the art and science of communication and utilizes a variety of measures to ensure her patients’ families feel informed, educated, and empowered regarding their pet’s care. 

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fleischman is an avid mountain and road biker, skier, and scuba diver.  She loves to cook and likes to garden, though success at the gardening arts varies wildly from year to year.  She loves to travel with more recent trips taking her to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Argentina, and Chile.  She is a rabid Allman Brothers fan and could have been a roadie had she just been born a decade or two earlier.  Dr. Fleischman shares her Colorado home with her husband Josh and their three naughty cats, Sweet Pea, Rattie, and Nosey Kitten. 


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