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Our dedicated staff are here to take care of your furry family member.


TopJanet Varhus, DVM

Dr. Janet Varhus, owner of Animal Care Center, graduated from Iowa State University with a Doctor’s of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. After graduating, she moved to Utah to begin practicing in Cedar City. After marrying her husband, Mark, they moved to Montana where she began to practice in Helena. In 1993, her and her family moved to Salida, CO where she has practiced for 18 years. In 1998, she joined Dr. Wendell Hutchinson, and in 2001 she moved the practice to Animal Care Center. In 2005, she became certified in medical acupuncture for veterinarians through Colorado State University and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. In 2007, she began practicing Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation and in 2009 she introduced the low-level laser to her practice. She offers veterinary care to small animals and equine, including: surgery, dentistry, and alternative medicine. She also has an interest in Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Varhus has three dogs, two cats, an Arabian/Quarter horse, a mule, and a Shetland pony. Her interests include spending time with her family and animals, horseback riding, and baking bread.


TopMark Vandenberg, DVM

Dr. Mark Vandenberg completed his under-graduate education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctor’s in Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He then worked for two years at a small animal clinic in Fort Collins. In 1978 he became the owner of San Miguel, a mixed practice, in Norwood, CO. Since 2008, Dr. Vandenberg has been doing relief work at various veterinary clinics throughout the state. He has been working at Animal Care Center since fall 2010. His interests include hiking, kayaking, and woodworking. He and his girlfriend have one dog.


TopJo Myers, DVM

Dr. Jo Myers completed her undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in biophysics before discovering her passion for veterinary medicine as a technician at the Animal Emergency Center of Milwaukee. After graduating from veterinary school at Iowa State University in 1994, she worked at a handful of small animal practices in eastern Iowa in a wide range of capacities, including 14 years as a co-owner at another AAHA-accredited small animal practice. She also learned she loves teaching when she spent four years as an instructor for her local community college’s veterinary technology program.

Dr. Jo enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, but is particularly passionate about challenging internal medicine cases, emergency medicine, and hospice care. As an added bonus, she brings considerable experience with avian medicine to our team here at Animal Care Center. She also enjoys learning and loves the way veterinary medicine allows her to see and do different things every day.



TopLinny Embry

Linny Embry is a veterinary assistant at Animal Care Center.









Reginald, aka Reggie, is Animal Care Center’s clinic cat. He came to us in 2004 with a broken hip. He is the clinic greeter and runs the place. Reggie enjoys the inside of women’s purses, getting into cars with large dogs, boxes, the bathroom sink, and only drinks fresh Deep Rock water.





Zoey has been coming to work with Dr. Varhus since she was a puppy in 2006. She is a Registered Therapy Dog and enjoys going to the elementary school so the kids can read to her.