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Welcome to COUNTRYSIDE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY SERVICES!

Your Equine VeterinarianS in GREELEY, CO 
And THE SURROUNDING AREA
Call us at 970-351-7045

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OUR VISION 

“To grow the Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Service’s brand to create the highest client awareness and loyalty over the next decade”

Here at COUNTRYSIDE VET we pride ourselves on providing gold standard care and services for all of your horse and livestock needs. Our state of the art facilities, and exceptional staff are here for you and your animal(s) 24-hours per day, every day of the year.

Welcome to the premier horse veterinary practice of Greeley, CO and the surrounding area. Our licensed veterinarians specialize in the treatment of horses and livestock. We recognize that your livestock and horse's health and well-being are of the utmost importance to you. With this in mind, the veterinarians and staff provide excellent veterinary medical care.

COUNTRYSIDE VET is a full-service large animal hospital that offers routine medical, dental and surgical care as well as emergency treatments. With years of experience providing general wellness care and treating serious conditions, our first-rate livestock and equine veterinary care goes above and beyond. Our veterinarians can also provide you with nutritional and wellness tips that enable you to better care for your horse and livestock and ensure their optimal health. 

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your horse. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for your horse is ongoing nutrition and herd health and wellness, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative care is essential to the ongoing success of your livestock and horse's health. If you have any questions, call 970-351-7045 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you.

Large animal 24 hour emergency and referral surgery available call 970-351-7045.

At Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services, we treat your horse and livestock like the valued animals they are.

Greeley Equine and Livestock Veterinarians | COUNTRYSIDE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY SERVICES, PLLC

3765 West O Street
Greeley, CO  80631
970-351-7045


Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Shawn Bott
    Owner / Veterinarian

    For those of you long-time customers, you probably remember Dr. Bott with this veterinary clinic even before the namesake of Countryside existed. Dr. Bott was a partner with Dr. Ron Maifeld when the practice resided at of 1st Avenue as Maifeld Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Bott and Dr. Shoemaker purchased the operating entity in 2000 thus starting Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Clinic. The new clinic was built in 2003. Dr. Bott came to the Greeley clinic upon graduation from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1996 and has been associated exclusively with this operation ever since.

  • Dr.
    Wade Shoemaker
    Owner/ Veterinarian

    Dr. Wade Shoemaker was raised on a commercial cattle and quarter horse ranch in Divide, Colorado. Growing up on a high altitude ranch and being raised in the 4-H program allowed Dr. Shoemaker to gain a deep understanding of not only the process of production and health of all large animals but also the importance of handling each of the species for successful ranching. This knowledge allowed Dr. Shoemaker to be quite successful in showing both English and Western performance horses and working his share with a rope in his hand.

  • Dr.
    Josh Zacharias
    Veterinarian / Surgeon

    Dr. Zacharias was raised in Persia, Iowa on a farm raising corn, soybeans, and beef cattle, with both a cow/calf and feedlot operation. Dr. Zacharias showed cattle in 4-H and was active in FFA. He participated in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping in high school and roped calves in college. Dr. Zacharias attended Iowa State University, completing two years of coursework towards a degree in Animal Science before being admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from Iowa State University. In 2004, he completed an internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma.

  • Dr.
    Mary Hoffmann
    Veterinarian

    Mary grew up on a dairy and beef farm in northeastern Iowa. She received her first horse from her grandfather at the age of 2 and was hooked from then on. Growing up Dr. Hoffmann was active in 4-H and FFA showing dairy cattle, horses, and competed in many judging competitions. After high school Dr. Hoffmann attended Colorado State University and received a degree in Equine Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at CSU she was a member of and helped coach the CSU Horse Judging Team.

  • Dr.
    Hal Schultz
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Hal Schultz grew up in the Boulder area and became interested in horses and livestock when he started showing horses in 4H. He developed an further appreciation for agriculture and livestock production while spending his summers working on a local farm and cow-calf operation.

     Dr. Schultz attended the University of Kansas majoring in Biochemistry prior to attending Colorado State University for veterinary school. His career interests include large animal emergency medicine, equine lameness, and equine and bovine reproduction.
     
    In his spare time, Dr. Schultz enjoys anything outdoors including running, hiking, camping and hunting but he also enjoys visiting local breweries and spending time with his 2 cats.

  • Brooke Eckhardt
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Brooke has been a part of the Countryside team and working with Dr. Zacharias since 2015, after obtaining her veterinary technician certification through Eastern Wyoming College. She now lives in Platteville, CO with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Waylon, draft horse Cici and 2 cats. During her free time she enjoys scuba diving, sewing, horseback riding, shooting sports and skiing with her family. One thing that Brooke hopes to accomplish one day is to dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you would like to contact Brooke directly, you may e-mail her at [email protected]

  • Kimberly Estes
    Veterinary Technician

    Both Dusty and Kimberly loved Colorado, and not long after being married, they sold the Alabama farm, and returned to Colorado. Kimberly is enjoying being part of the Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services team. She hopes to be an asset to both the hospital and the community by not only sharing her knowledge and hard work but to learn even more from her colleagues. Kimberly & Dusty currently reside in Eaton, CO along with their 8 horses and 3 dogs.

  • Kelcey McNamee
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kelcey has been a part of the Countryside Vet team since March of 2013. She started as one of the smiles of the front office staff and in 2017 became Dr. Shoemaker’s technician. Kelcey’s favorite part of her job is getting to make a difference for her patients and clients. Her passion is helping equine athletes feel their best and recover from injury to get back to competing. Kelcey competes as a professional barrel racer in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, Colorado Pro Rodeo Association, and the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Association 2nd qualified for her first RFD-TV’s The American semi-finals in 2019.

  • Tonya Barnhart
    Practice Manager / Accountant

    Tonya grew up in Fort Collins and always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, at age 16 she discovered an aversion to blood and an attraction to numbers. So, as talents would have it, she became an accountant and has spent many years in the trenches of CPA firms, doing accounting for a variety of business types. Tonya joined the CLAVS team as our Accountant in May, 2013.

  • Charley Haskin
    CVT/ Customer Care Representative

    Charley Armstrong, C.V.T. grew up on the central coast of California in a small town called Carmel Valley. Charley has always owned horses and grew up competing in high school and college rodeos. After attending Feather River College, Charley moved to Colorado in 2014 to pursue her love for veterinary medicine. After attending Bel-Rea for two years she graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology.

  • Sarah Hall
    Client Care Representative

    Sarah Hall is from Upstate New York. She went to SUNY Morrisville and SUNY Cobleskill for her Bachelor’s Degree in Equine science then moved to Colorado in 2012 to attend her internship at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center. Once officially graduated from college Sarah decided to stay in Colorado. She started working at a small animal vet clinic in Boulder where she worked for 5 years.

  • HALEY SHRIEVES
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Haley was born and raised in the quiet mountain town of Gunnison, CO with her younger sister Lauren. At the age of 8 Haley started participating in 4-H, showing market hogs, market goats and a breeding heifer. Throughout those years Haley won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market swine. Haley also began playing hockey at the age of 8 for the Gunnison Blades and the Colorado Select Tier II team.

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Preventing the Chance of Equine Choke

    Is your horse a speedy eater? These tips will help reduce the risk of equine choke. ...

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  • Caring for Your Horse

    Horse owners form a special bond with their horses, but this close connection comes with the responsibility of caring for your equine companion throughout its life. This means taking care of your horse every day throughout the year, come rain or shine. If you do this well, your horse can live up to 35 ...

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  • Cushing's Disease (PPID)

    Cushing’s disease (also known as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID) is the most common disease affecting the endocrine system of horses. This group of glands produces hormones that help keep the body in balance. With Cushing’s disease, an imbalance of these hormones causes several symptoms, ...

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  • Cryptochidism

    Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. This is the most common problem affecting the sexual development of male horses. If both of the testicles remain in the abdomen, the horse will be sterile. Horses with an undescended testicle are sometimes ...

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  • Congential Defects and Disorders

    Horses with congenital disorders are born with physical or physiological abnormalities. These may be readily apparent, or may be diagnosed as the foal matures. Unfortunately, the list of possible congenital deformities is long. These anomalies may affect the heart, ears, eyes or skin. The autoimmune, ...

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  • Cancer in Horses

    While cancer is not as prevalent in horses as it is in humans, horses do get several types of this disease. Here are a few of the common types of cancer that a horse might develop. Melanoma Gray horses over the age of 15 are the likeliest candidates to get melanoma. Melanoma tumors originate from cells ...

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  • Bucked Shins

    Bucked shins is the common name for very small fractures on the front part (periosteum) of a horse’s cannon bones. These bones are on the lower part of the leg, and run between the knee and the fetlock joint below. Symptoms of Bucked Shins Bucked shins are more common in 2- to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds ...

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  • Barns to Pastureland

    If you are to get the best from your horse, it is vital that you provide him with a happy, comfortable and safe home environment. This applies whether he is kept in a horse barn or in a field. As a general rule, a particularly fine-coated horse, or one that is in hard work, needs to be stabled during ...

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  • Bacterial Infections

    There are many types of bacterial infections that can affect your horse. If you notice symptoms of any of the following common types of bacterial infections, contact us, so we can examine your horse and provide appropriate treatment options. Anthrax is a bacterium that forms spores, which allows it to ...

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  • Aural (Ear) Conditions

    If you’ve ever marveled at the responsiveness of your horse’s ears — the way they prick up for tiny sounds or flatten when it feels in danger — you realize how important these structures are for processing information and communication. Without good hearing, your horse will miss your vocal cues. Horse ...

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