Meet Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Joan Primeau
Dr. Joan Primeau is the proud owner of A Pet’s Place Animal Hospital. She grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. A friend suggested she work a ski season in Vail, and she’s been in Colorado since! She obtained her veterinary technician degree from Colorado Mountain College and worked as a certified veterinary technician for eight years before pursuing vet school. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2000. Joan purchased the practice in 2008 and then relocated to a new facility in 2013. She enjoys the relationships that she establishes with her patients and their people. Her goal is to provide excellent veterinary care while offering workable treatment solutions. She loves acupuncture and alternative care, geriatric medicine, and surgery. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons – doing hot yoga, skiing, mountain biking, and watching soccer. She has two awesome dogs, Chip and Stewart, a feisty cat Mitzi, fish, and a frog.
Dr. Jenelle Vail
A Colorado native, Jenelle has grown up around animals of all kinds. She spent much of her childhood competing in hunter/jumper shows around the state on her crazy thoroughbred mare, Dolly. Her family also raised chickens and the occasional cow and pig. Most exciting were the different wild creatures her father brought home through his job with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. She helped care for injured birds of prey, raised deer, antelope, elk fawns, and even a passel of possums!
Jenelle graduated from veterinary school in 2003 from Colorado State University and spent the first half of her career working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She then spent several years doing relief, where she had a regular schedule at A Pet’s Place Animal Hospital before settling into full-time practice. She is excited to be back with Dr. Joan and the team! Jenelle enjoys working with new puppy and kitten owners, formulating individualized anesthetic protocols, and working up tough cases. Her newest passion is providing a good quality of life to senior patients through a multimodal approach. She loves learning new techniques and therapies to help her patients. She finds the relationships she builds with her four-legged patients and their two-legged friends to be the most rewarding part of her job. When she’s not at work, she loves reading a good book, traveling, cooking, and cuddling with her two daughters, Sydney and Lylah, her dogs, Lucy and Valiant, and when allowed, the cat, Scamper.
Leslie moved to the Boulder area from Nebraska in 2016. Her first job in Colorado was as a Customer Service Representative at a veterinary hospital. She quickly moved up to Technician Assistant and then to Practice Manager. Leslie fell in love with the variety of personalities that pets have and knew that being in the veterinary field was the right for her. Leslie lives in Lyons and has two cats, Little Girl and Carli, and a bunny, Olive-bun.
In her free time, Leslie enjoys sunbathing by the St. Vrain River, camping, rock climbing, road-tripping, baking, and cooking. place
Certified Veterinary Technician
Suzanne graduated from Front Range Community College in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology and is a member of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians. She is also a massage therapist with over 15 years of experience in the field. She grew up in Canada but moved out to Colorado 20 years ago to check out a Buddhist retreat center. She lives in Lyons with her sweet McNab Collie mix, Tashi. She recently became a certified open-water diver and has had underwater adventures in Hawaii and Mexico. She enjoys hiking with Tashi and doing hot yoga.
Kerry graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She has worked at A Pet’s Place Animal Hospital since 2005. She brings a vast amount of expertise and compassion for the animals she cares for. In addition to working with animals, she also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and playing bluegrass music.
Destani is a Colorado native, growing up in/around Loveland her entire life. Ever since she was a kid, she has had a huge passion and love for all animals and being able to care for them medically. Before working as a Veterinary Assistant, she worked at a boarding and daycare facility where she spent her time caring for many different dogs and cats.
She is currently going to Penn Foster College. She is working on getting an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, specifically, so she can work with exotic and marine life in the future. She owns a nutty but sweet cat named Bellatrix, who loves to play all the time. Her hobbies include reading and journaling, traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, and many other outdoor activities.
Client Care Representative
Amanda was born and raised in Colorado. Between her Significant Other and herself, they have 3 children and 4 dogs, Leelou, Styx, Noreo & Jasmine. She also has a bearded dragon named Unsub. They often go hiking and camping together as a family and enjoy staying at home and playing board games together. In her downtime, Amanda enjoys reading books and watching movies that are based on a true story.
Client Care Specialist
Katie grew up in Arkansas and Oklahoma and has always loved volunteering and spending time with animals. She moved to Colorado in August with her partner and their dogs, Chip and Sasquatch. Aside from spending time outdoors with her pups and horseback riding, Katie has also been playing the violin for ten years. She enjoys performing with string quartets at weddings, musicals, and other events.
Client Care Representative
Practice Name: A Pets Place
How long have you been in the industry?: 3 years
Where did you go to school: Columbia College, Columbia MO
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients? Ensuring that the patient and owner have a stress and fear-free experience
What do you like to do in your free time? love on my Cocker Spaniel Blue(berry) and Siamese cat Sushi, cook, explore local restaurants and play in the mountains
After moving from NYC to Colorado 7 years ago, I began my career in animal care grooming and working at a doggie daycare/boarding facility. I quickly moved into veterinary care, focusing on client and patient support
Practice Name: A Pet’s Place Animal Hospital
How long have you been in the industry?: 5 months
Where did you go to school: University of Colorado Boulder
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients? I pride myself on always being interested to learn new skills, and using those skills to promote patient care and fear-free experiences for all our animals.
What do you like to do in your free time? Rafting, hiking, reading, sudoku, and cuddling on the couch with my animals.