Although Julie Amick's veterinary career spans about three months, she has spent most of her life helping animals.
Amick, now an associate veterinarian at Bear Creek animal hospital, grew up on a ranch in Meeker. Ever since she and her father tended to their livestock each year, she knew she wanted to work with animals.
"I just always enjoyed helping animals," Amick said. "I guess my strongest memory was helping with calving, helping my dad with the calves who were sick."
When she took a work study class in high school with a local Meeker veterinarian, she knew working with animals was more than a childhood ambition.
"I really enjoyed it," Amick said. "I guess it confirmed what I wanted to do."
When high school was over, Amick moved from Meeker and enrolled in Colorado State University.
After graduating in May, however, she was eager to come home.
"I really love Northwest Colorado, and I wanted to be closer to my family," she said. "This is where I want to be."
Amick said she enjoys her job in the clinic and is happy to keep learning learning from Bear Creek owner Dr. Kelly Hepworth, who she said is teaching her the techniques necessary for more complicated surgeries.
She has other ambitions, too, though.
"Right now, I'm interested in livestock animals, but I like small animals, too," Amick said. "My interests are pretty broad right now. I want to learn more about acupuncture. It can help a lot with chronic pain, like arthritis."
Bear Creek is a walk-in veterinary clinic, Amick said, and with her there to help, she and Hepworth are able to see more animals than before. Residents also may make appointments by phone.
For more information about what services are offered or to make an appointment, call Bear Creek at 824-3693 or stop by its Craig office at 2430 E. Victory Way.
Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org