Renee L Drabek, DVM
Known as Dr. Renee, she is co-owner of Jefferson Animal Clinic. She was born and raised in Colorado. She has always wanted to be a veterinarian, ever since she can remember. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School she attended Colorado State University. There she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Equine Sciences in 1994 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1998. Dr. Renee enjoys both the medical and surgical aspects of her career and feels very honored to be apart of the human animal bond.
Outside of her career she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family, which consists of her daughters Sydney and Lyndsey, husband Russell, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. Her favorite saying is “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Her life goal is to live life honestly and fairly.
Russell R Drabek, DVM
Known as Dr. Russ, he is co-owner of Jefferson Animal Clinic. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from The University of Denver. He enjoys working with dogs and cats as well as exotic species (ferrets, rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters, and birds). He also enjoys performing orthopedic and dental/oral surgeries. His spare time is spent building fences, plowing snow, surfing the Internet and enjoying Colorado with his wife and daughters Sydney and Lyndsey. Life goal: get back to Africa.
Dr. Charles Dickens, DVM
We are very excited to welcome Dr. Charles Dickens to the Jefferson Animal Clinic team! Dr. Charles Duckens grew up in Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world. He attended the University of Florida first for his bachelor degree in Animal Science, specializing in Animal Biology in 2009 and again for his D.V.M. graduating in 2014. Dr Dickens has special interests in dermatology as well as orthopedic and laparoscopy surgery of dogs and cats. When not practicing medicine Dr Dickens enjoys keeping a tropical reef fish tank, University of Flordia athletics and backpacking with is lab mix “Nash Boy”. Dr. Dickens is moving here from North Carolina and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his life here in Colorado.
Dr. Andrea Carey
Andrea Carey is a Denver native who taught 4th-8th grade in Littleton before becoming a veterinarian. She received her BA in history from Colorado College, her MA in Education from the University of Denver and her DVM from Colorado State University. She completed an internship at the Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Highlands Ranch, CO. Her professional interests include veterinary medical acupuncture, pain management, cardiology, and oncology. She also enjoys volunteering for the Children’s Hospital Prescription Pet Program. In her free time Dr. Carey likes to play tennis, golf, catch a movie, cheer on local teams and read. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her pets.
Director of Administration
Kelli began working for Jefferson Animal Clinic in 2001 as a receptionist and over time has become the Director of Administration, doing everything administrative to keep the clinic organized and well staffed. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Western State College of Colorado in 1999. Kelli is also known as Momma, to her three wonderful children (Korri, JJ and Tristan). She enjoys spending as much time with her kids as possible and running marathons.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Krystal Torri, CVT
Krystal is a 2001 graduate of the Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She began her veterinary career working with a board certified veterinary dentist at VCA All Pets Animal Hospital in Boulder. While at All Pets, she earned her veterinary technology certification in small animal dentistry. She then joined a general practice in Arvada for eight years before her husband’s work took them to Rifle, Colorado, for a year. Returning to the Front Range, Krystal joined the Jefferson Animal Clinic health care team in the fall of 2009.
When not working, Krystal and her husband David enjoy family time with son Owen and daughter Peyton. Animals in the Torri household include two dogs (Tess and Marlo), and two cats (Blue and Carmal). The humans and dogs all enjoy camping and outdoor adventures with family and friends.
Shaun Richter, CVT
Shaun was born and raised here in Colorado. He graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in March of 2011. He then joined the team at Jefferson Animal Clinic in August of 2011. He lives in Lakewood with his wife, two kids, three dogs, a goldfish, and a rescued pigeon. His hobbies are skiing in the winter, and Camping/Fishing in the summer.
Jamie Vendegna, CVT
Jamie joined Jefferson Animal Clinic in early 2012. Jamie graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in June of 2009, receiving her associate’s degree of applied science for Veterinary medicine. She is a native to Colorado having grown up in Durango. She enjoys spending time with her daughter’s, Paige and Scarlett, and her husband, Dave. Jamie has 1 Dachshund (Lizzy) and 1 cat (Jack). In her free time Jamie enjoys movies and spending time in the mountains.
Angela Bianconi, CVT
Angela joined Jefferson Animal Clinic in the summer of 2015 after moving here from Columbus, OH. Angela studied Biology for a year and a half at the University of Dayton, then she decided to pursue her love of animals and attend Bradford School in Columbus. After receiving her license she started her veterinary technician career at Oak Creek Veterinary Hospital. Angela was born in Westerville, OH and is the youngest of four children. She has a cat, Linus. She loves to travel and go hiking in her spare time.
Heather joined Jefferson Animal Clinic in the summer of 2013 after completing her externship. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute earning her Veterinary Assistant Certification in 2013. She was born in Apple Valley California and moved to Colorado in 1988.
Heather lives in Arvada with her two children, Tyler and Annamarie, and her two dogs, Tucker and Max. She enjoys camping and reading at least one book a week.
Suzanne is our seasonal assistant who joined Jefferson Animal Clinic in the summer of 2010. Suzanne teaches first grade during the school year and helps out at Jefferson Animal Clinic in the summers. She loves kids and animals and has enjoyed helping out where needed throughout the years.
She is happily married to Carl, with two children, Zach and Taylor. They also share their home with their chocolate lab, Ranger, and cocker spaniel, Lucy.
Ashley was born and raised in Georgia and recently moved to Colorado in July of 2016. She has a huge passion for the outdoors and the mountains and Colorado seemed like the perfect place to enjoy those things. She joined the Jefferson Animal Clinic in September 2017. On July 4th of this year she had her first little one, Braxton. After becoming a mom she has decided to go back to school to pursue something she really enjoys. Her plan is to attend Metro State University in January of this coming year to eventually earn her Biology degree. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her little boy and visiting Estes Park with her family.