I began my animal care career at age 8 in Atlanta, GA when the Atlanta Humane Society became my after school home. I rode the city bus there most days to volunteer. In time I became a fixture and it was there I acquired my first horse - a rescued cruelty case being held as evidence against the abuser. With the help of my mom, I founded the Atlanta Humane Society Junior Auxiliary at age 13 and proceeded to organize the Junior Auxiliary's first major fundraiser - a sponsored horse show. By this time, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had already seen thousands of unwanted animals perish and had determined that I would become an animal advocate. It was clear to me we had made domestic animals dependent upon us and therefore, owed them a debt of stewardship and compassion. I spent weekends and summers working for large animal vets and small animal vets as a volunteer. With the help of loans and grants, I attended University of Georgia as an undergraduate, majoring in Zoology. To my surprise I was accepted to UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, even before achieving my undergraduate degree and began my veterinary education in earnest in 1980.
By the time of graduation in June 1984, I had my first position working for both a small animal hospital and a large animal practitioner in Newnan, Georgia. While my work was exhausting, challenging and rewarding, it became clear that I needed to focus on a narrower spectrum. I had grown to fully understand that the most important job of Veterinarians was as educators. I put my attention on the world of companion animals and sought to become as proficient as possible. In time, I realized I wanted as much challenge as our profession could offer and began practicing exclusively in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. I spent 3 years being a “vampire” – getting up at 5 pm to work a 14 hour shift and sometimes making extra money at day clinics as well. In 1994 I was invited to open and manage multiple hospitals in the Northern California Bay Area. It was another eye opening experience for me as a manager and mentor to younger doctors. The day of my relocation to California, I met the man that would be my husband. As our lives evolved together and we decided to raise a family, I left corporate medicine to return to my roots in general medicine working in the beautiful setting of Marin County. Fortunately, Marc’s career brought us to the Denver area and I have been given this opportunity to work with Overland Animal Hospital.
I jumped at the chance to be part of this hospital because the outstanding facility, location and size offered an opportunity to realize a dream. Furthermore, the team already had strong values of compassion and unparalleled care for our patients. We understand that a pet is a family member and sometimes the only family we have in our home. Their well-being and your peace of mind is everything to us. Compassion is our guiding principle – for our patients, their families, each other. We hope to be an integral part of this community by serving pet owning families. This environment will become a premier provider of veterinary care and ancillary services. In the hospital we have set uncompromising standards of care for every patient. And more, we are working to make all services available on site to allow us to serve your pets every need. We provide preventative care, “sick” patient care, digital radiography, general and advanced surgery, laparoscopic surgery, full service dentistry, on site ultrasound diagnostics and more. Moving forward, we hope to provide physical therapy and remain open for after-hours care. Our choice to add training and day care means that we can help strengthen the bond between pet and owner, prevent or manage unwanted behaviors and provide a safe environment for physical and mental well-being our patients. We hope that you are as excited as we are over these enhancements and more to come!
We are so proud of our staff and facility – please come by to meet us and take a tour anytime!
Dr. Mary Sare acquired her doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2004. Besides working in general small animal practice, she has worked as an emergency veterinarian keeping busy overnight shifts, and as a veterinarian in the countryside driving to visit an injured horse or helping to birth a calf. Dr. Sare greatly enjoys veterinary medicine and its opportunities to make a difference not only in the lives of pets, but by extension, in the lives of the people who love them. It is her goal to serve Overland Animal Hospital's community with compassion and commitment, and to provide the best of care for all of our four-legged friends. She has particular interests in oncology, internal medicine and in the special needs of our senior patients.
Mary grew up primarily in the metro Denver area. She attended Bear Creek High School and, later, the University of Denver. Besides metro Denver, she has lived in Durango, northern Idaho, Jackson Hole, WY, southern California and the San Juan islands of Washington State. When not working, she devotes her time to her two beautiful daughters, Maisie and Lily, and to spending as much time outside as possible. They share their days and lives with their golden retriever(Gus), their shihtzu-poodle(Jack), their two cats (Grey Kitty and White Kitty) and their two quarter horses(Colonel and Harmony).
Dr. Palgrave attended vet school at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she obtained her veterinary degree in 2007. She is originally from Texas and grew up riding horses and competing in eventing. Before moving to the United Kingdom, she graduated from Texas A&M University and is proud to be a Texas Aggie!
Dr. Palgrave started her veterinary career as an equine vet before moving to Pennsylvania to work in mixed practice, caring for all animals from dogs, cats and horses to guinea pigs, goats and parrots. She was then given the opportunity to return to Scotland and work in the small animal practice in the vet school in Edinburgh, where she enjoyed seeing patients, teaching the veterinary students and working alongside world-class veterinary specialists.
She has always had a professional interest in Diagnostic Imaging, particularly radiography and ultrasonography, and holds a certificate in Diagnostic Imaging from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. Her love of teaching and sharing knowledge with veterinary colleagues led her to join a company in Scotland where she was responsible for providing clinical education to veterinarians, veterinary students and technicians to help them get the most out of using imaging technology when caring for their patients. She has authored several articles and numerous online videos and learning tools covering these topics.
Dr. Palgrave has always dreamed of living in Colorado and is thrilled to be based in the Denver area and part of the team at Overland Animal Hospital! She is passionate about providing outstanding veterinary care to her patients and working in partnership with owners and veterinary colleagues to ensure that care is always delivered with compassion and excellent communication.
She enjoys spending time with her dog, Megan, and riding her horse.
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Preston Stubbs of Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists to Overland Animal Hospital.
Dr. W. Preston Stubbs is a Veterinary Surgeon, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a partner of Overland Animal Hospital. A graduate of Gorge Mason University (B.S. in Biological Sciences) and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Dr. Stubbs has been practicing Veterinary Medicine for over 20 years and in the Denver-Metro area since 2000.
Dr. Stubbs will be available at Overland every other Friday or by appointment for consultations and surgery. Thanks to Dr. Stubbs, all orthopedic procedures including TPLO’s, TTA’a, and arthroscopies will be available to all our patients.Learn more about Dr. W. Preston Stubbs and the veterinary surgical services he provided for patients of Overland Animal Hospital.