About Dr. Painter
Kris Painter, DVM
I am a well-traveled soul who has ventured from one coast to another in order to find the perfect job I have always dreamed of doing: being an emergency Veterinarian. I am a Florida native. I grew up in Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, where I divided most of my time between boat and beach. This afforded me the opportunity to cultivate an interest in a great-many aquatic species, from bull sharks to snowy egrets. While I loved discovering new species of every kind, my first unofficial patient, “Sam,” a haggard, neglected dog in my neighborhood, stole my heart and directed my path toward small animal Veterinary Medicine.
A family move allowed me to spend the better part of my adolescence exploring the mountains of western North Carolina. The terrain changed a bit, but I still found rivers with fish in them, enjoyed hiking along the Appalachian Trail and spent many weekends canoeing across scenic mountain lakes. I started working fulltime in Veterinary Clinics and with animal rescue organizations in my early teens.
I left North Carolina looking for “home” and landed in Denver, CO. While there, I began preparing for my life’s-work in Veterinary Medicine by obtaining a degree in Psychology in order to learn how to best support clients through the stressful, uncertain times associated with seeking emergency care for their beloved pet. I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver in order to gain admittance into the Veterinary Medicine program at Western University of Health Sciences here in Pomona, CA, where I graduated, with honors.
My professional interests include emergency and critical care, ophthalmology and feline medicine. One of my most ardent areas of focus in practice, is making sure all of our patients, including the often misunderstood kitties of the world, experience as little stress as possible while present in our clinic. Pets should feel safe and loved at all times, especially when going through a crisis!
It is my pleasure to be of assistance to you and your pet should an emergency arise.
Kris Painter, DVM