Fillmore Veterinary Hospital

Fillmore Veterinary Hospital We offer quality care for dogs, cats, and reptiles. Cor VanderWel, DVM
Alex Rahm, DVM
Karen Ricketts As of July 2019, we are no longer accepting new patients.
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If you live in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area in CO, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Cor VanderWel DVM, Alex Rahm DVM, Dr. Karen Ricketts DVM, and Jesse Webb, DVM are licensed veterinarians, treating all types of pets and animals. Your pet's health and well-being is very important to us and we will take every step available to give your pet the best possible

care. Fillmore Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Cor VanderWel DVM, Alex Rahm DVM, Dr. Karen Ricketts and Jesse Webb, DVM are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and provide a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Colorado Springs veterinarian. We apologize for the inconvenience.

06/09/2023

Greeting Family, Friends and Clients,

I hope this finds you well and that your summer is off to a good start. I always have aspirations to do more in our beautiful state; we'll see how that all goes...
We have a couple of important announcements here at Fillmore Vet. Dr. Amanda Hensen is joining us July 31st. She has worked relief for us over the past few years, and we're eagerly anticipating her arrival. Her coming should take some pressure off of the schedule, and help us catch up.
With her arrival, I will be reducing my work week from 4 days a week to 3, plus the usual one or two Saturdays a month. It's time for me to cut back a bit; I hate to admit my age is catching up to me, but it is, and I need to pay more attention to my physical and mental health.
And as always, thanks for your patronage and confidence in what we do here. Without you we wouldn't exist.
Have a good summer - Dr. Cor

Please help us find this sweet missing dog!
05/31/2023

Please help us find this sweet missing dog!

Older husky dog, wearing green harness with tags

05/22/2023
03/14/2023

Please bear with us, our internet is down and our phones are not working. If you try to call, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you!

Dear friends and clients of Fillmore Vet, Happy New Year!!! May 2023 be a blessed year for you and better than 2022. I w...
01/11/2023

Dear friends and clients of Fillmore Vet,

Happy New Year!!! May 2023 be a blessed year for you and better than 2022.

I want to thank all of you that inundated us with goodies, bought us lunch and sent/dropped off Christmas cards!! We were a bit overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and gratitude, and I know I'll be happily carrying my holiday weight around for a while. 😁

And we're VERY happy to announce the addition of Dr. Connie Lee to our doctor team. She and her husband moved here from Detroit last fall, and the plan is that she will be with us 2 days a week. We're very excited to have her; she brings 10 years worth of small animal - including exotic - experience with her.

As for me personally, it's been a busy stretch the last 6 months of 2022, and as soon as Dr. Lee gets comfortable, I hope to take a little time off to rest. My goal is to get back to that 3 to 3 and 1/2 days a week schedule pre-Dr. Alex's departure.
Thank you all for your patience during this transition time; I'm excited to see what 2023 brings!

God bless -
Dr. Cor

We're going to miss this smiling face! Dr. Alex's official last day is TOMORROW... how did that happen so quickly??? It ...
09/30/2022

We're going to miss this smiling face! Dr. Alex's official last day is TOMORROW... how did that happen so quickly??? It sure is going to be different here without him! We'll all miss you, Dr. Alex!

Dear clients, friends, and family, As many of you have already heard by now, Dr. Alex is officially leaving us for Calif...
08/30/2022

Dear clients, friends, and family,
As many of you have already heard by now, Dr. Alex is officially leaving us for California the first week of October. He has been an excellent colleague for the past 11 years, a wonderful doctor who loves to get on the floor with your pets, and we will all miss him greatly. And for me, he has been a friend as well as a peer. He is leaving us for personal reasons, and on good terms, so he has my blessing as he goes into the next phase of his life.

To that end, I have had a Dr-Help-Wanted ad out for over a month. We've had over 500 hits, and zero responses. Apparently other practice-owner colleagues in town and across the country are experiencing similar doctor shortage situations. Quite frankly, I'm a little flabbergasted by this current state of affairs, and when I really think about it, I get a little depressed. I believe the corporatization of my profession is changing it for the worse, but we can have that conversation in private...
And so, moving forward, the 3 of us remaining doctors have tweaked our schedules to work more, but that won't fully replace losing a full-time doctor. The schedule and availability will tighten up. We will do our best to accommodate all of you the best we can over the coming months until we (hopefully) find another doctor. I ask for your patience and understanding. Thank you.
We will keep you informed of our status from time to time. And if you have a family or friend veterinarian looking to live in Colorado Springs, and wanting to work in a pleasant and healthy work environment, PLEASE refer them to me. That would be much appreciated! We will get through this!
Thanks again -
Dr. Cor

Killian getting some cuddles before his dental cleaning
08/16/2022

Killian getting some cuddles before his dental cleaning

Sweet, little Honey came in for some dental work today. She had 2 fractured teeth that were painful and needed to be ext...
08/11/2022

Sweet, little Honey came in for some dental work today. She had 2 fractured teeth that were painful and needed to be extracted. Check out these before and after pictures!

The first photo is of Honey dressed up, mostly for our enjoyment.
The second photo is of her teeth before her cleaning.
The third photo is of her teeth after we scaled the tartar off. Can you see that impressive fracture?
The fourth photo is after that tooth was extracted and her teeth were polished.
The last/fifth photo is of her recovering, we added a cute bee bandage sticker to match her cute collar and bandana

Have a great 4th everyone!
06/28/2022

Have a great 4th everyone!

Who doesn't enjoy seeing kittens?! Did you know that it's important for puppies and kittens to go to the vet for a serie...
06/25/2022

Who doesn't enjoy seeing kittens?!

Did you know that it's important for puppies and kittens to go to the vet for a series of vaccinations to help protect them from infectious and life-threatening diseases?

Keep your pets up-to-date on their vaccinations to help keep them safe!

Fireworks can be scary for pets. If your pet is especially anxious around loud noises, a sedative may be right for them....
06/21/2022

Fireworks can be scary for pets. If your pet is especially anxious around loud noises, a sedative may be right for them. Don't wait to call, NOW is the time to get prepared. (A current exam at our hospital is necessary)

Other tips include:
Keeping doors and windows shut (including blinds)
Play calming music
Make sure your pets are wearing their collars with IDs as fearful pets may try to escape
Provide a safe place for them
Busy toys may be a good distraction

Re*****on the lion
06/21/2022

Re*****on the lion

Happy Easter from all of us at Fillmore!
04/17/2022

Happy Easter from all of us at Fillmore!

03/18/2022

Hello, all! We have received a few phone calls lately inquiring if we are moving to a new location. We would like you all to know that we are not moving and have no plans on moving any time in the future. We heard there might be a posting on a neighborhood app saying differently, but straight from the horse's mouth (and Dr. Cor's!) we're not going anywhere. :)

Hello everybody, we have a lost dog on the loose in the 80907 area and would appreciate everybody keeping an eye out for...
01/15/2022

Hello everybody, we have a lost dog on the loose in the 80907 area and would appreciate everybody keeping an eye out for him.

This is Toby. He is a grey and black Pomeranian. He got out last night (1/14). He is 14 years old and has a dislocated knee. He is very friendly and will go to anyone for affection. He doesn’t have any teeth and doesn’t hear very well.

Toby is an intact male, blue merle Pomeranian, and lives around the Mount View/Meadow area in 80907. He does have a limp due to his dislocated knee.

If you have any info please call Janet at 719-352-5307 or 719-598-9732. His momma misses him very much!

We will be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend so that we can spend time with friends and family, and dress up our p...
12/22/2021

We will be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend so that we can spend time with friends and family, and dress up our pets instead of yours. We will be closing at 12:00 pm on Friday, December 24th and will be back in the office on Monday, December 27th at 8:00 am. In case of emergency, Animal ER Care and Powers Pet ER will be open.

We hope you all have a happy and very healthy holiday!

Please continue to have patience with us. We are still working to get our phones up and running. We have a temporary sol...
12/17/2021

Please continue to have patience with us. We are still working to get our phones up and running. We have a temporary solution but our voicemail does keeps filling up fast. In case of an emergency, please try Animal ER Care on North Nevada.

We have lost power in addition to the phones. We will be closing the office today. We will call everybody who had an app...
12/15/2021

We have lost power in addition to the phones. We will be closing the office today. We will call everybody who had an appointment today when we regain power. Thank you all for your understanding, please be careful out there!

12/15/2021

Due to the high winds we are having, our phones and internet are currently down. We have set up a temporary voicemail that we will be able to check, but we may not be able to respond.

Please be careful if you come in for a visit today. There was an unfortunate incident with flying debris and the back windshield of someone's van. We cleaned it up as well as we could, but the continuing winds have prevented a full cleanup. There is still some residual glass around the south east side of the building, please be careful when you come in.

Thank you!

Who needs a new furry friend in their life??? This is Todd. Todd is FIV+ but that doesn't stop him from being the friend...
12/02/2021

Who needs a new furry friend in their life??? This is Todd. Todd is FIV+ but that doesn't stop him from being the friendliest, most purrtastic kitty around. He is currently being fostered by a wonderful person who took him in, got him tested and vaccinated, and is keeping him in his own room out of the cold. Todd was previously a stray, but he loves attention so much he decided that wasn't the life for him. He should be an only cat, and he's reportedly not fond of dogs either. If anybody would like to give Todd a new permanent home, please message us and we will pass your information on to the foster mom.

Happy Birthday to our very own Dr. Cor!!! We're all wishing you the best day ever. Thanks for being the best boss ever! ...
11/30/2021

Happy Birthday to our very own Dr. Cor!!! We're all wishing you the best day ever. Thanks for being the best boss ever! :)

Thank you to sweet witchy Abbie for bringing us treats today! Abbie got treats too!
10/25/2021

Thank you to sweet witchy Abbie for bringing us treats today! Abbie got treats too!

It's National Reptile Awareness Day! We love all of our reptile buddies we get to see! Here are a few from today (and so...
10/22/2021

It's National Reptile Awareness Day! We love all of our reptile buddies we get to see! Here are a few from today (and some from previous days as well.) Post your pictures of your cold-blooded friends too!

Happy Vet Tech Appreciation Week to all of our techs (not all pictured) here at Fillmore! Thanks for doing all that you ...
10/18/2021

Happy Vet Tech Appreciation Week to all of our techs (not all pictured) here at Fillmore! Thanks for doing all that you do!

We will be closed Saturday, September 4th - Monday, September 6th for Labor Day weekend. We will resume normal business ...
09/03/2021

We will be closed Saturday, September 4th - Monday, September 6th for Labor Day weekend. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 7th. In case of emergencies, Animal ER Care (5520 N Nevada Ave #150, 719-260-7141) and Powers Pet ER (5886 Tutt Blvd, 719-473-0482) are both open 24/7.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. We hope you and your furry family stays safe!

Please bear with us, our internet and also our phones are having some issues today. If you can't reach us when you call,...
08/30/2021

Please bear with us, our internet and also our phones are having some issues today. If you can't reach us when you call, please try again in a little bit. If there is an emergency, Animal ER Care and Powers Pet ER are open 24/7.

Adventures in ferret picture taking...
07/31/2021

Adventures in ferret picture taking...

07/30/2021

Don't forget to send us pictures of your furry family! We need more pictures for our board and website!

Dr. Webb is our ultrasound specialist here at Fillmore, and the other day he had the opportunity to ultrasound a 6+ foot...
07/02/2021

Dr. Webb is our ultrasound specialist here at Fillmore, and the other day he had the opportunity to ultrasound a 6+ foot boa constrictor to check for babies!

We will be closed Saturday, July 3rd - Monday, July 5th in order to spend time with our families this holiday. We will o...
07/02/2021

We will be closed Saturday, July 3rd - Monday, July 5th in order to spend time with our families this holiday. We will open on Tuesday, July 6th at our regular time of 8am.

In case of emergency, Animal ER Care (5520 N Nevada Ave #150) and Powers Pet Emergency (5886 Tutt Blvd) are open 24/7.

Please be careful with your furry friends over the weekend. Keep them safe from the fireworks and festivities. Thank you all, and have a very wonderful holiday!

Happy Father's Day!!!
06/21/2021

Happy Father's Day!!!

We're a little behind on posting pictures of our awesome patients lately, but here are some of an ADORABLE little hedgeh...
06/18/2021

We're a little behind on posting pictures of our awesome patients lately, but here are some of an ADORABLE little hedgehog that came in last week!

Snake lovers, stay tuned for pictures from a boa 6' boa constrictor getting an ultrasound to check for babies!

Sasquatch sighting at Fillmore today!It's been a hectic week already, but this surprise visit with cookies made our day ...
06/09/2021

Sasquatch sighting at Fillmore today!
It's been a hectic week already, but this surprise visit with cookies made our day today! Thanks so much to our wonderful clients, we appreciate you all so much!

Calling all animal lovers! We need your pictures! We've got a few projects up our sleeve right now, and we need pictures...
05/21/2021

Calling all animal lovers! We need your pictures!

We've got a few projects up our sleeve right now, and we need pictures of the lovely animals of Fillmore Vet Hospital! If you would like your animal's picture on our wall, or website, or page, please send them to us. You can add pics here in the comments, private message them to us, or email them to us at [email protected]. If your pet has passed on, please let us know and we'll add them to our memorial wall. Don't forget to let us know who the pictures are of when you send them to us.

Thank you all! We're looking forward to seeing your furry/ feathered/ scaly family!

05/17/2021

Dear Clients, Friends, and Neighbors,

Many of you have by now heard about the squirrels diagnosed with Bubonic Plague recently in Colorado Springs' Old North End. This is the part of town north of Colorado College to Fillmore, and from Patty Jewett Golf Course to I-25.

I was involved in this case, and after relaying my suspicions to the Public Health Department, they have moved forward. I'm happy to report that thus far the dog, the family, and I and my staff who were in contact with the exposed dog, are all doing well. This neighborhood had another positive squirrel case in October 2020, and from clients who live in that area, we've been told there was a significant squirrel die-off last fall and over the winter.

Historically, the Pleasant Valley neighborhood has had squirrel plague, so now that it's on the east side of I-25 is troubling. PLEASE be vigilant and careful. Watch for erratic behavior in squirrels, and unexplained deaths. Contact the El Paso County Health Department. Protect your pets - dogs and outdoor cats should have flea protection. Even though we have a lot of wildlife interaction in our urban environment, feeding them is not a good idea. And certainly, hand contact is a real bad idea.

Recall too that we've had a significant amount of rabies in skunks the past few summers. They also have died off and I'm not seeing nearly as many as I used to, but beware with them too. Skunks are nocturnal, and a skunk out during the day is bad news - probably rabid. Again, call the Health Department. The same can be said for bats - if encountered during the day, probably rabid. Keep your distance - and call someone.

In closing, while all this sounds scary, it's not as dangerous as you might think if you practice avoidance and exercise common sense.

Have a good post-COVID summer! Be safe!

-Dr. Cor

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1010 E Fillmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO
80907

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

Telephone

(719) 633-3808

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About Fillmore Vet

If you live in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area in CO, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Cor VanderWel DVM, Alex Rahm DVM, Karen Ricketts DVM and Jesse Webb DVM are licensed veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step available to give your pet the best possible care.

Fillmore Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Cor VanderWel DVM, Alex Rahm DVM, Karen Ricketts DVM and Jesse Webb DVM are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and provide a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Colorado Springs veterinarian.

If you want to ask a question call 719-633-3808 or email us at [email protected] and we'll respond as promptly as possible.

At Fillmore Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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Betty and I wanted to thank Dr. Cor and staff for making her first experience at the vet's office so wonderful. She soaked up all of the loves from everyone. ❤
Sheldon is better and wants to thank everyone at Fillmore Veterinary Hospital for getting him healthy! He still thinks he is a lap dog!
Thanks Cor VanderWel, DVM at Fillmore Veterinary Hospital for your continued support of our organization over the years! We appreciate your generosity - check them out - https://fillmorevet.com/
I would love to thank Dr. ALEX for taking care of Twoface when we were at our knowledge limits. I am so very happy to call Fillmore Veterinary Hospital out permenat vet!!! Thank you so much for your amazing care!!
Rascal here.🐾🐱 I just wanted to thank Fillmore Veterinary Hospital for taking care of me. I haven't been eating for the past couple of days and then my foster mom noticed that my chin was swollen.

Dr. Karen and Dr. Alex at Fillmore were able to see me today. They extracted an abscessed tooth. I'm feeling so much better and will be back to my lovable, attention seeking self soon.💕
Random question, does your office do/take canine blood donations?
Today is Blaze’s Birthday. He is 11 years old. Thank you Dr Cor and Dr Karen for being the best vets in town 🎂🐾
We'd like to acknowledge Dr. Cor VanderWel and the folks at Fillmore Veterinary Hospital for sponsoring SKSF's 8th Annual Night of Comedy event once again this year!! Awesome folks who offer a wonderful vet service in the CO Springs area - http://www.fillmorevet.com/. Thanks again for continually supporting Special Kids Special Families and the individuals we serve!
Truffles is NOT a morning dog! Lol
Merry Christmas to the best Vet and Staff ever !
Love,
Remy, Cubby and Baby Diamond xoxo
We brought our new puppy Oliver in today, and the staff was so wonderful. He didn't even cry when he had his shot. 😊
Great visiting you today! Our Colorado veterinary compounding specialists know that some aspects of vet med are grueling. We appreciate all you do and wish the best for your team.