VTH Community Practice

The People Serving You

Nicole Luke

Veterinary Technician

Contact Information

Email: nicole.luke@colostate.edu

Biography

Nicole is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, with a long career as a veterinary technician. Initially she worked in a progressive, upscale veterinary clinic, where she learned the ins and outs of veterinary medicine. In 2004, she moved to Northern Colorado to work in a veterinary specialty hospital refining her skills in orthopedic surgery. While Nicole has ventured into other fields, she always finds herself drawn back to the field where she belongs. It’s rewarding to help patients and a challenge to stay progressive in an ever-advancing profession. Nicole takes pride in educating and sharing her expertise with all those around her. The patients inspire her to learn every day. Nicole loves spending time with her furry kids, Kahlua and Marilynn. They enjoy hanging out with friends taking full advantage of the beautiful Colorado outdoors. You can often expect her to be out hiking, camping, or just enjoying a good ole drive thru the mountains. Nicole also enjoys kicking the ball around on the soccer field or bowling.

Alison Meindl

Assistant Professor, Community Practice

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-5000

Email: alison.meindl@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Alison Meindl graduated from the University of Arizona (bear down!) in 2001 with a B.S. in veterinary science and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2005. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She then practiced in the Phoenix, Arizona area for about 10 years before entering academia at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where she spent six years teaching veterinary students and caring for the patients of the Community Practice Clinic. While at UGA, Alison completed her board certification in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and participated in various research projects on canine proteinuria as well as veterinary student instruction. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, swimming, biking, eating good food, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, son, daughter, and mixed breed dog, Addie (named for her husband's Adidas obsession).

Rebecca Ruch-Gallie

Associate Professor, Community Practice

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4002

Office 2: 970-297-5000

Email: rgallie@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie has served as service chief for Community Practice since its inception in 2000. She earned her animal science degree at the University of Illinois (1985) and her DVM (1999) and MS (2002) at CSU. Her focuses are on preventive medicine, animal shelter medicine and underserved population care. Her goal is to help animals and their owners stay healthy, with a good quality of life, for as long as possible. She most enjoys her current position of helping students become the best doctors they can be. The current rescued population in the Ruch-Gallie household includes two cats, Racer X and Schach, and two dogs, a Super mix called Titleist and a border collie/staffordshire terrier mix, Macready. For relaxation, R-G loves to cook, hike and read.

Meghan Schmidt

Veterinary Technician

Contact Information

Email: meghan.schmidt@colostate.edu

Biography

Meghan Schmidt has been a certified veterinary technician since 2003. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in veterinary technology and animal range science. After graduation Meghan accepted a position where she did her internship as a small animal technician in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2006 she decided to move to Fort Collins, Colorado to help expand her career in emergency medicine and small animal dentistry. Meghan joined the community practice team at the veterinary teaching hospital in 2014 and has loved helping teach and work with the veterinary students. In her time off Meghan enjoys spending time going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and their sweet Welsh springer spaniel pup named Buck, or as their daughter calls him, Buck-O.

Janelle Scott

Instructor, Community Practice

Contact Information

Email: janelle.scott@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Janelle Scott’s interest in veterinary medicine was instilled at a young age; she spent as much time as she could at her father’s mixed-animal veterinary practice in southwest Kansas. Her desire to play college soccer and study microbiology took her to Arlington, VA for her undergraduate studies (Marymount University 2008). She returned to Kansas State University and completed her DVM in 2012. After a few years of mixed-animal practice in rural Nebraska, Janelle joined CSU’s community practice service in 2015. She completed a master's degree in clinical sciences at CSU in 2019. Janelle enjoys working with students and helping them become excellent veterinarians. Some of her clinical interests include parasites and public health. Her cat crew consists of Salem and Sabrina. In her time off clinics, Janelle relishes outdoor activities, especially soccer, backpacking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

Heather Weir

Assistant Professor, Community Practice

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-1228

Email: heather.weir@colostate.edu

Biography

Clinical Interests: elective surgery.