Dr. Rod Hartshorn, DVM Director of Medical Services
I joined Avenues Pet Clinic the year founder Dr. Jean Cotton opened it in 1983, first working relief, then as an Associate DVM, and starting in 2005 as an owner of the clinic.
I still find myself energized by our terrific patients and their devoted owners. For 36 years, each day at the Avenues continues to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience. As Director of Medical Services and Head of APC Emergency Services, I am here to serve you and the needs of your pets.
I graduated from the University of California at Davis, and am board-certified by both the American College of Laboratory Medicine (ACLAM) and the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine (ACVPM). I am also a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
In addition to my love of the practice, I served 21 years in the Air Force Veterinary Corps. My wife Laura and I raise and competitively show Miniature Schnauzers, 41 of which have earned their AKC Championships.
Dr. April Zander, DVM Associate Veterinarian
I was born and raised in Cheyenne and am a graduate of East High School.
I received my B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University, then moved to Fort Collins to complete my DVM degree from Colorado State University.
I came to Avenues from a mixed animal practice in Laramie where I practiced for 4.5 years. My clinical interests are internal medicine, preventive medicine, and dentistry.
I adore travel, playing the piano, running, and family time. My current fur family is a Cat named Gus and an American Eskimo Dog Sadie.
Dr. Randy Smith, DVM Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, where he got his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He then continued at Colorado State University, where he received his DVM degree in 2004. Afterward, he completed a one year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, and spent one year in a surgical residency at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Smith loves performing surgeries of any type, whether orthopedic, oral, or soft tissue. Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing, biking, and hiking with his family, and watches his kids perform in sporting events and dance recitals at every possible opportunity.
Dr. Jones, DVM Associate Veterinarian
I was born and raised on California’s Central Coast and received my B.S. in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I attended veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and, afterward, practiced at a 24-hour emergency hospital in California before moving to Cheyenne to be closer to family.
My favorite aspects of veterinary medicine include emergency and critical care, ultrasonography, surgery and internal medicine. I truly enjoy being available in our client’s time of need and helping return their furry family members to health.
Outside of my work here at the clinic, I live on a working ranch and assist with all aspects of ranching. If it were possible, I’d spend the majority of my time outside of work on a horse! My four-legged family includes 3 horses, a Boston Terrier and a Boxer