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. Megan Schmid is a 2009 graduate of Colorado State University Veterinary College. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a BA in Psychology and Molecular Biology. After graduated from CU, she worked for 2 years as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, where she realized her true passion was not research, but helping animals and their owners lead better, healthier lives. After graduation she lived and worked in the central valley of California for 5 years before returning home to Colorado and joining the wonderful team here at Overland animal hospital.
Dr. Schmid has been practicing acupuncture since graduating from veterinary school. She was trained in medical acupuncture through the International Academy of Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in association with the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association during her last year of veterinary school. Dr. Schmid became interested in acupuncture when her childhood dog Augi developed weakness and became unsteady in his hind limbs. Her parents were not interested in surgery, and pain medication didn’t seem to help. Acupuncture vastly improved his quality of life and increased his mobility in his last years. Dr. Schmid enjoys acupuncture because it gives her patients and their owners treatment options in addition to standard medications.
Acupuncture involves placing needles at specific anatomic points located all over the body. The needles stimulate the nervous system, and increase blood flow to the acupuncture points resulting in therapeutic effects locally and throughout the body. Acupuncture therapy can be used for many different conditions including arthritis, back pain, vertebral disc problems, diarrhea, facial nerve paralysis and much more. Generally acupuncture is not painful. Placement of needles may induce a tingling sensation and or contraction of local muscle that subsides after a minute or two. Treatment sessions usually last from 20 – 40 minutes, and the number of treatments depends on the condition. Some acute conditions may resolve with one session, but typically 3-10 sessions are needed to address chronic conditions.
In her free time Dr. Schmid enjoys road biking, hiking, watching The Office, and taking her dogs Jack (a bassett lab cross) and Henry (a yellow lab) for walks.
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.