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 26 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. In 2018 Dr. Janet earned her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Chi Institute. The addition of the Master’s degree has provided ACC with the opportunity offer many integrative services for our community. Dr. Varhus has four dogs, one cat, 3 horses, and a mule. Her interests include spending time with her family and animals, horseback riding, and baking bread.
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.
Linny Embry is a veterinary assistant general manager at Animal Care Center. Linny has kept things on track at the clinic since 2013. Expect to see her greeting you, helping with animal care and other duties around the clinic! When not at work Linny can be found horseback riding, hunting, hiking, and loving on some grand-kids.
KC McMorrow is a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) originally from Peoria, IL. The allure of the West eventually brought him to Colorado, most recently from Iowa, in 2018. He plays guitar and drums, and enjoys traditional archery during free times. KC’s passion lies with emergency and critical care where he has spent nearly the last 10 years. He also has special interest in diagnostic imaging such as xrays and ultrasound. KC has 3 cats: Lillith, William, and Steven.
Erin Myers is from St. Simons Island Georgia, and has been living in Colorado for 20 years. She loves working the front desk at Animal Care Center because she is able to help the furry and feathered friends who come into the clinic. She has tons of compassion for animals and truly enjoys being able to help owners get support and treatment for their animals. When not at work she can be found exploring and hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains with her husband and dogs, Jasper and Stella.
Barb Margos was born in Prescott, Arizonia. She has lived in Chaffee County for 40 years and raised 3 children. She is married to Nick who is a Salida native. She came to ACC in August of 2016 after retiring from the dental field. Currently she has 2 dogs Mr. Ribs and Daisy, 2 cats Fat Cat and Miss Kitten, and 3 mules Sophie, Bandit, and Cricket. She enjoys trail riding, camping, and hiking. Her favorite part of being here is just being around all the animals and their owners.
Chelsilyn Ball a Salida native started at ACC in January 2019 as a veterinary assistant, handy woman, and website maintainer. When not at work she enjoys volunteering with a girls outdoor education program, and coaching the high school track team. Other hobbies include hiking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, and reading epic fantasy novels. Her pets include a dog named Athos, and two cats; Mama Kitty (Aspen) and Baby Kitty (Ashe).
Nurse 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. She also provides comfort to some animals and is an easy friend to socialize with.
Secretary Tucker joins the center in the afternoon. He is sometimes keeping guard of Dr. Varhus’s car, working at the front desk or keeping the back office secure.
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.
Some glamour shots of other pets that keep our staff at work.