VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

Veterinary Support

  • Technician

    Morgan Longshore

    Morgan joined VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado’s technical team in December of 2011. She is originally from South Georgia where she has been a veterinary technician since 2004. She recently married & moved to Colorado with her husband & two Labrador retrievers, Sadie and Precious. They love the outdoors so Colorado is the place for her!

  • Technician

    Jess Nunez

    Jess is a veterinary technician that loves to have a good time in and out of work.  While at work Jess enjoys seeing patients and spending time with her co-workers.  She shares her home with a feisty 9 year old Shar Pei mix and a sweeter than candy 1.5 year old Border Collie.  On her time off she loves hiking, camping, riding her bike, and dock jumping with her dogs; it is safe to say that anything Colorado has to offer she will happily do!  Jess is originally from Florida but grew up on the western part of North Carolina on the outskirts of Asheville.  Her dreams are to pursue medical school and to travel the world.

  • Technician

    Allison Oberc
    School: University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS-Wildlife Biology

    Allison attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Wildlife Biology. After she graduated, she spent time working with endangered species for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and then migratory birds for the Department of Natural Resource for the state of Wisconsin. She started working in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician shortly after leaving the Department of Natural Resources, working with small animals at a general practice hospital. After moving to Colorado in 2009, she started working as an emergency veterinary technician at Alpenglow in Boulder and then Community Pet Hospital in Thornton. She stayed in the field of emergency medicine until one year ago when she started working at Advanced Animal Care of Colorado in Fort Collins. In her spare time, Allison participates in triathlons, marathons and century bike rides. She has completed a Ironman and Ride the Rockies, as well as other intrastate bike rides. She resides in Thornton, CO with her boyfriend (Stuart), 3 dogs (Pavlov, Clouseau and Kodiak) and cat (Purr Purr). On her days off when the weather is nice, you can expect to find her hiking, biking, or trying out some new outdoor activity. On bad weather days, she is curled up on the couch with her pets watching movies or cooking up something tasty in the kitchen.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Nikki Sahagun

    Nikki is from Boulder and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University for her Bachelor's in Biology. She then took a couple years to travel across the country to work at different zoos including Sea World, The Indianapolis Zoo, and more. During this time, Nikki realized her passion wasn't only with animals but with veterinary medicine as well as she spent most of her time in the zoos' hospitals.

    Nikki is very excited to be starting the Professional Veterinary Medicine program at CSU this fall to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Nikki joined VCA because she loves working with people and animals and wanted to gain more experience in the small-animal world.

     Nikki currently has one very special bird, Heisman, who is a White Dove that Nikki saved from being euthanized when she became permanently disabled. In her free time, Nikki enjoys helping out at an alpaca farm, hiking, swimming, and traveling as much as she can.


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