Dr. Anita Dennison joins the Blue Heron Consulting team as a Medical Team Coach. A third-generation veterinarian, she completed her undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University and Colorado State University in the areas of Microbiology, Biology, Anatomy and Neurobiology before graduating from the Colorado State University Veterinary School program in 2000. She went on to continue her studies at through an internship in large animal medicine as well as a Master of Science degree through the CSU’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Through a partial residency in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery, her work at CSU became the basis for a vaccine now used in the U.S. cattle industry.
Throughout her career, Dr. Dennison has owned and operated an equine and livestock medical and surgical center, a private mixed-animal practice, an online veterinary supply company, and a large-animal ambulatory practice. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Western University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dennison practiced for 5 years as a small-animal animal emergency veterinarian and as a relief veterinarian throughout the western United States. She has been the on-site veterinarian for the Colorado State Fair and the Mesa County Fair. In addition, Dr. Dennison has served as a consultant and attending veterinarian for multiple human trauma medicine training companies, ranging from paramedics and law enforcement to the U.S. Military and its allies. She has recently facilitated development and AVMA accreditation of the Western Colorado Community College Veterinary Technology Program.
Dr. Dennison is excited to be in a position where she can use her diverse veterinary experience to positively impact the profession for future generations of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, ranchers, animal owners and their furry companions.
In her free time, Dr. Dennison raises beef cattle and maintains the family homestead ranch, preserving ranching traditions in the West. She has 2 daughters, who she spends her time with enjoying 4H, FFA, cattle, horses, sports, travel, and the outdoors. They just might be the fourth generation of veterinarians in her family.