Dr. Jeff Bracht
January 20th, 2020 by Justin Vandeberghe
I was raised in Southern California, but I’ve also lived in Hawaii, Delaware, North Carolina, Maryland and Nicaragua. I’m happy to now call Colorado home.
My Pet Family:
When I lived in Nicaragua, I had a menagerie of pets because everybody brought every sick animal to the local veterinarian. Our family had two cats, two dogs, two parrots, two turtles (are you seeing a trend here? My son’s name is literally Noah – no joke!), one monkey, one iguana and countless geckos, cockroaches and ants, if you can call them pets.
Sadly, we had to leave the little zoo behind when we moved, and we look forward to collecting again.
Right now, we have a chinchilla, and we’re looking for a kitten.
When I’m Not at Cherished Companions, You’ll Find Me…
Exploring new places in Colorado with my family. I especially like to get out and go backpacking… “Pack it in. Pack it out.”
I received my Bachelor’s of Animal Science degree from the University of Delaware, and I studied veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University. Go Pack!
Why I Became a Vet:
Like most veterinarians, it was a childhood dream that never went away. I’ve continued to be attracted to the profession because I’ve grown to see how I can serve and care for people while I’m caring for their pets.
My Role at Cherished Companions:
I want to engage in a conversation with you. I want to hear all of your concerns regarding the health of your pet. And then, I want us to come up with a diagnostic and treatment plan that we all agree is the best and most reasonable approach. This process is unique to each pet.
Greatest Thing About Working With Animals:
The puppies and kittens… Enough said. I enjoy those times when we can achieve an accurate diagnosis and the cure is straightforward.
Favorite Compliment from a Customer:
I was 26 years old at the time. I had been a veterinarian for a full four days when an elderly woman brought her beloved poodle in for an examination. This lovely woman looked me up and down and then said, “Sweet dear, I have underwear older than you!” That was a long time ago, and it’s now rare that I’m confused with a 26-year-old pair of underwear.
I really enjoy soft tissue surgery, and on the days that I perform surgeries, I get to wear my pajamas (aka scrubs) to work. Bonus! I also have some additional training in ophthalmology and enjoy seeing those eyes.