Dr. Yurek and his father started showing cutting horses in 1990 when he was 9 years old. Like many cutters, they were soon "addicted" to the thrill of training and showing these amazing athletes, spending as much time as possible at the barn or on the road going to shows. As a teenager, Jamie showed from Florida to California and from Montana to Texas.
Jamie attended Colby College (ME), playing soccer and pursuing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. After graduation in 2003 he attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical year at Colorado State University, where he focused on equine lameness and medicine. Following graduation in January 2009, Jamie worked for Boulder Valley Vet for two years. During that time, he worked long hours to perfect his skills as a general practitioner. He also spent time with renowned equine lameness experts Chris Ray and Ryan Carpenter to further his skills in sports medicine. He founded VetweRx Equine in 2011 and has overseen its growth to now service horses from Black Forest to Fort Collins.
Jamie is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He has completed AAEP 360 advanced education focusing on the equine neck and back. He has lectured at Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine about business and practice startup. He enjoys nearly all aspects of equine medicine but is particularly interested in advanced lameness and imaging.
Jamie, his wife Bethany, and daughter Norah live in Frederick, CO with their dogs Otis, Gunther, and Ella. When he's not plotting world veterinary domination, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and snow skiing.
Dr. Finley grew up working with horses and cattle on his family's ranch in southern Missouri. When he was fourteen, he showed his first cutting horse and was immediately hooked. Grant attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a BS in Animal Science in 1993. After graduation, he returned to his home and assumed management of the family's 900 head cow/calf operation. He continued to show cutting horses throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas and managed a small band of quarter horse broodmares.
After ten years, Grant decided to pursue a new career involving his interests in performance horses. He was accepted into the combined MBA/DVM program at Colorado State University. Grant graduated with honors, earning his MBA in 2007 and DVM in 2010. As a senior, faculty selected him to receive the Equine Medicine Service Award. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas, during which he received invaluable mentor-ship in all aspects of equine practice. He worked for four years as a general practitioner with Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Missouri before returning to Colorado to join Dr. Yurek and VetweRx.
Dr. Finley is a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He has completed ISELP education modules focusing on the stifle, hock, proximal suspensory, fetlock, pastern, neck, and back. As a student, he completed the first and second level courses in equine dentistry and equilibration at The Academy of Equine Dentistry in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He also completed the course in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture at CSU. He enjoys nearly all aspects of equine medicine particularly regenerative therapies.
Grant, his wife Michelle, and daughters Isabella and Juliette live in Longmont with their dog Hattie. When he's not working, Grant enjoys boating and water sports, snowboarding, hiking, and travelling to the beach.
Dr. Hardison is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. Having loved horses since she was a little girl, Aden began working for an equine veterinarian in high school. She knew that was what she wanted to do for a living. She earned a BS in Animal Science and Technology with a minor in Business Administration at Louisiana State University in 2005. After graduating college, Dr. Hardison attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She completed her final year of clinical coursework at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma in January of 2010. Before moving to Colorado, she practiced in central Texas for five years.
Dr. Hardison is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She is certified in equine chiropractic and acupuncture. She has also received training in equine kinesiotaping. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine whether its dentistry, reproduction, lameness, internal medicine, or complimentary therapies.
Aden lives in Castle Rock, CO with her two rescue dogs Lexi and Finn. When not working, she likes watching LSU Tigers football, playing tennis, and traveling.
Dr. Trina Brickner is a Wisconsin native, born and raised in Merrill. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of 9 when she started mucking stalls at a local barn in exchange for riding lessons. Her babysitting and birthday money was scrimped and saved until she could buy her first horse at the age of 10; a deal which she proudly brokered herself. Throughout school, Dr. Brickner was involved with gymkhanas, barrel races, and the local PRCA-sponsored Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo. She also volunteered and worked at local veterinary clinics. Her love of horses and biological sciences led her down the path of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Brickner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences, with honors in research, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she was fortunate to work in the embryo transfer department and assist with research at the CSU Equine Reproduction Lab. After graduation, Dr. Brickner completed a rigorous one-year rotating internship at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital prior to returning to Colorado.
Dr. Brickner enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, but is especially interested in advanced reproduction of the mare. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is communicating and building relationships with clients to help provide the best care possible for her patients.
Outside of work, Trina enjoys cooking, baking, and reading, as well as being active outdoors with her dogs Poppy and Vienna, Quarter Horse Riley, and significant other Kia.
Dr. Kieran Smith is originally from Newark, Delaware. Growing up on the east coast, he fell in love with the west at an early age while visiting his grandfather in Durango, CO. One of his favorite memories from these Durango vacations was grandpa taking him to the "cowboy store".
Kieran worked throughout high school on a friend's beef cattle farm. His duties included caring for various farm animals. These experiences led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2015 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. During college he worked on a dairy farm with the herd-health team and spent summers in Durango helping a large animal veterinarian.
Kieran was accepted into the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis. He went on to complete his clinical year at Colorado State University, graduating in January of 2019 with highest honors. While completing an externship with VetweRx Equine, he decided that he wanted to specialize in equine practice and stay within northern Colorado.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Veterinary Medical Association. His special interests reside in reproduction, neonatal care, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine.
Kieran currently lives in Ft. Lupton. When not working, he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and travelling.