Following her heart

Evergreen veterinarian moving to Kentucky to spend more time with horses

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/20/21

Evergreen veterinarian Lisa Warren is scratching something off her bucket list. She’s retiring from Mountain Vet to Pet after 19 years and moving to Lexington, Kentucky. There, she plans to ride …

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Following her heart

Evergreen veterinarian moving to Kentucky to spend more time with horses

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Evergreen veterinarian Lisa Warren is scratching something off her bucket list.

She’s retiring from Mountain Vet to Pet after 19 years and moving to Lexington, Kentucky. There, she plans to ride her horses — a lot — and is thinking about getting involved in hunter-jumper competitions, possibly in conjunction with her son Liam, 11. There may be more polo in her future, too.

“Even though I want dogs and cats in my life forever, I want more horses,” said Warren, 54. “I want to really focus on riding and maybe competing for the next 10 years or so. (Lexington) is where everything (horse related) is right at my doorstep.”

Her last day at her clinic on Stagecoach Boulevard will be July 29, and she will move her four dogs, two cats, a fish and two horses — plus her son and their belongings — to a farm she bought last year in Kentucky.

Veterinarian Kristin Camp, who has been working at Mountain Vet to Pet for four years, and veterinarian Olivia Baudrand will continue the clinic.

“I will cry like a baby when I leave,” Warren said. “I have enjoyed every day I have worked here.”

She explained that when she turned 50, she began thinking about her bucket list, and her favorite activities have to do with horses, so she decided to retire now.

“I will take the time off now while I have my health and the physical ability to do what I want to do,” she said.

Farewell party

On July 10, clients met at Lucky Penny Ranch in Evergreen for a farewell party to express gratitude for her compassionate care of their pets.

“My dog was sick, and I texted Lisa at 2 a.m.,” said client Judy O’Brien. “I got a response at 2:15 a.m. That’s how caring she is.”

Jackie Bell, a client who also is president of the Evergreen Animal Protective League, remembers when Warren would take Bell’s sick pets home with her to monitor them overnight. She added that Warren and many area veterinarians are incredibly generous in donating their time and services to the rescued pets EAPL helps.

Clients said she is tenacious, and she treats their pets like her own.

“She picked up on aspects of our pets’ personalities and issues,” said client Julie Brox. “She’s amazingly knowledgeable. We will miss her, but we are happy for her.”

Darlyne and Jay Handley said Warren was one of the first people they met when they moved to Evergreen 13 years ago.

“She’s done great things for our animals,” Jay said, “especially the geriatric care.”

Client Amy Born said she was on vacation in Mexico when one of her dogs needed to be euthanized.

“She tracked me down in Mexico to get our permission,” Born said. “She loved our dogs.”

Tanya and Duncan Doyle of Denver travel to Evergreen to have Warren take care of their pets. Tanya explained that she knew Warren through other avenues, and when they were unhappy with another veterinarian, they sought her out.

“I was sold,” Tanya said. “Lisa has given us around-the-clock care. She’s been a godsend.”

History, philosophy

Warren knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 5 years old. She came to the United States from England at 18 as a nanny and never left. After a variety of jobs, she attended the University of Georgia veterinary school, graduating in 2001, noting that it was “the best decision I ever made.”

She worked at Beaver Brook Pet Center before deciding to open a mobile clinic to provide at-home care near the end of a pet’s life. She offered that service after losing her own dog, Archie.

“That was my first big loss,” she said. “I was so grief stricken. It made me rethink what my clients went through to bring their pets to the clinic to be euthanized. If I went to them, they could say goodbye to their pets while at home.”

But then, once pets pass away, owners get kitties and puppies, so Warren opened a clinic.

Archie’s death made such an impression on Warren that the formal name of her company is BELLA Veterinary, which stands for her now 27-year-old son Brendan, another dog Emma, and Lisa Loves Archie.

“I’m still honored to be a part of that,” she said of euthanasia. “It’s a huge loss for people. It’s an impactful day. It is for me, too. I’ve known all of these dogs their entire lives. It’s a difficult thing for clients to go through, and I want to make that difficult transition as peaceful and respectful as possible.”

She says many of her clients have been with her since she opened 19 years ago.

“I have been with them for their first and next generation of pets or even third generation,” Warren said. “What draws us all together is we have a really strong bond with our pets. Our pets are our family. I think that’s why we connect because I feel that they are my extended family. We work as a team together rather than me dictating what they should do.”

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