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Friendship Hospital for Animals

Friendship Hospital for Animals

1103 Oak Park Drive Suite 101 | Fort Collins, CO 80525

Call 970-507-7945
Monday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • General Practice
  • Dog and cat dentistry
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Friendship Hospital for Animals provides high-quality, compassionate veterinary care to the cats and dogs of the Larimer and Denver county areas. We are proud to be an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited practice. With four doctors, we are open 6 days a week and perform surgical and dental procedures 5 days a week.

Whether your companion is a puppy or a kitten, an adult or a senior, our dedicated veterinarians and team members will provide you with a wellness care program custom-tailored to your animal’s needs. We also offer state-of-the-art referral services—including cardiology, oncology, internal medicine, and surgery—all under a single clinic roof. Our fur and people clients alike are our family therefore you can expect the best service and care as we work together to better their health and well-being.

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Doctors and Hospital Manager Doctors and Hospital Manager
Doctors and Hospital Manager Doctors and Hospital Manager
Doctors and Hospital Manager Doctors and Hospital Manager
Dr. Cortney & a Hedgie Dr. Cortney & a Hedgie
Pooch Plunge event Pooch Plunge event
Frenchie care 'n love Frenchie care 'n love
Dr. Smith with a puppy patient Dr. Smith with a puppy patient
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Cat Cross, DVM
Cat Cross, DVM

Dr. Cat Cross received her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 1986. She completed a post-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois with areas of concentration in internal medicine and oncology. Before moving to Fort Collins, Dr. Cross practiced for six years at a large multi-doctor practice in Washington, DC. In 1996, Dr. Cross became Board Certified in Canine and Feline practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. At that time, she was one of only 330 veterinarians in the country with that distinction. In addition to leading the veterinary team at Friendship, Dr. Cross has served as one of twelve selected members of the General Practitioner Advisory Board for Eli Lilly as well as a Key Opinion Leader for Novartis. Dr. Cross is a past board member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the Larimer Humane Society. She is currently participating in Women Build which is a woman funded Habitat for Humanity project and loves to hammer, saw and paint to help those less fortunate. Dr. Cross knew at an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. In fact, says the doctor, "I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to become a veterinarian!� Dr. Cross' specialties include internal medicine and dentistry. Her most memorable veterinary experiences all involve families and children enthusiastically welcoming a "four-footed angel" into their lives. Dr. Cross' pets are Patrick, Nora and Fiona. There may be others hiding around the house. Fiona was found at six weeks of age in a tree in Greeley begging our lead Client Care Provider to take her in and introduce her to the Cross "zoo". Patrick (The �P�) is a handsome, sweet and ebullient Llewellin Setter and when not running with Dr. Cross, he can be found curled up under Dr. Julie Smith's desk hoping that she will adopt him. Nora, our newest family member, is a three-year old 10-pound "American Moop." We rescued her from the Larimer Humane Society and she reminds us every day of how wonderful she is...even Patrick agrees! Each of these special creatures traveled a different route to �Cross Heaven� and she and her husband Jeff are so happy to have them in our lives. Dr. Cross enjoys spending time with her husband and her friends. She is a fan of all types of exercise, and likes to get out in the great outdoors. Dr. Cross believes strongly in Philanthropy and the �give back� to the community which has embraced her vision of a hospital that focuses on the best in patient care and bond we all celebrate with our pets..

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Julie Smith, DVM
Julie Smith, DVM

Born and raised in Denver, Dr. Smith is happily settled in Fort Collins where she shares her home with her family: two bonded-for-life house bunnies, an ever affable and affectionate senior cat, and a new stray addition: Stella Luna the 3 pound silver Chihuahua fresh off the streets of Fort Collins. In addition, Patrick, the Cross� serene and handsome Llewellyn Setter, joins Dr. Smith under her desk every day to impart his spirit of calm and life balance.

During her life, Gracie Marie (a rescued orange belton English Setter) was a cherished companion to Dr.Smith and a constant presence at Friendship Hospital. The Gracie Fund was established in memory of our Gracie Marie to contribute to the medical care of Friendship patients in cases of extensive illness and financial hardship. Gracie lives on through our beautiful memories of her and the generosity of those who continue to donate in her loving memory.

In 2008, Dr. Smith was nominated as the "Best Veterinarian in America". Her nomination was submitted to the Morris Animal Foundation as part of the "Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet" essay contest to honor America's best veterinarians. We are so proud of her!

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Smith put her Bachelor�s and Master�s degrees to good use for 10 years, practicing as a registered dietitian for the dairy industry in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Dr. Smith has special expertise in pet rabbit health and medical care. She is a founding member of the Colorado chapter of the House Rabbit Society and volunteers regularly to provide the veterinary care for their local sanctuary. She spends her free time with friends and family. She relishes her work and enduring relationship with the Crosses and Friendship Hospital for Animals and plans to continue (for at least another 10 years!) to make it her long term professional home.

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Christine Cortney, DVM
Christine Cortney, DVM

Dr. Christine Cortney is honored to have been an associate at Friendship Hospital for Animals since December 2012. A Colorado native, Dr. Cortney attended Colorado State University where she received her Masters of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2003 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Cortney feels blessed to have had a number of amazing mentors in her professional life. For this reason, she often comments that she will, �treat anything that has fur or scales!� Her specific veterinary interests include preventative healthcare of family pets, soft tissue surgery, pain management, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Dr. Cortney recognizes that best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is a Great Dane or a tiny Dwarf Hamster, Dr. Cortney strives to treat each of her patients as though they were her own.

Dr. Cortney�s furry family includes her four cats, Shiloh, Sampson, Chester, and Oliver, her dog, Gunther, and her horse, Guy Smiley. When not at Friendship, you may spot Christine on one of the city ambulances volunteering as an E.M.T Reserve with Poudre Valley Hospital. Dr. Cortney is also on a competitive dragon boat team and enjoys competing in the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and other regattas around the country. Dr. Cortney enjoys wood carving, canoeing, the company of good friends and family, and any excuse to get outdoors.

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Dr. Luci Dimick
Dr. Luci Dimick

The most recent addition to our Friendship family is Dr. Luci Dimick, a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, and lived and practiced in Olympia, Washington and Columbus, Ohio, before settling here in beautiful Fort Collins. Her veterinary experience is extensive and includes rural mixed-animal practice, urban companion practice, house calls, shelters and relief work. For three years, Dr. Dimick was an Assistant Professor at her alma mater, where she was honored to teach general practice, dentistry and shelter surgery to veterinary students. Dr. Dimick enjoys all aspects of practicing veterinary medicine, especially internal medicine and feline medicine. She has a special interest in dog and cat geriatrics, and believes that maintaining a good quality of life and health for aging pets helps preserve the bond with their owners. Outside of work you can find Dr. Dimick rowing on Horsetooth Reservoir, biking around town, tending her vegetable garden or walking Emmett and Rally, her mixed-breed rescue dogs. She and her husband often go hiking in the foothills to exercise and take in the beautiful Northern Colorado scenery. Dr. Dimick enjoys reading many different types of literature, from the classics to modern detective stories. She feels fortunate to be a part of Friendship Hospital for Animals in Fort Collins.

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