Our Denver Colorado Veterinarians

Dr. John McManus, D.V.M.
Dr. John McManus, D.V.M.Owner/CEO
Dr. McManus was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. He moved to Denver in 1956 and graduated from East High School in 1960. He then joined the Navy from 1960 through 1963.
Dr. McManus was a bank officer before graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1975. He practiced one year in Nebraska and one year in southern Colorado before moving back to Denver in 1977. Since 1977, he has owned and operated two veterinary practices in Lakewood. He has owned Downtown Animal Care Center since 2003.

Dr. McManus and his wife, Zee enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Dr. McManus also has two grown children.

Dr. Bethel Watts, D.V.M
Dr. Bethel Watts, D.V.M
Beth was born and raised in Southern California, graduated from Palisades High School, BS from Metro State, MS from University of Wyoming and DVM from Colorado State University. She practiced for 2 years in Arizona and has been a small animal veterinarian in the Denver area since 1985.

Besides working for Downtown Animal Care Center, she travels all over Colorado with a mobile spay/neuter clinic for the Maxfund.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, jazzercise, hiking, swimming and traveling extensively in North America, South America and Europe. She has a daughter, son-in-law, 2 grandchildren, along with 2 dogs, 4 cats and 1 African gray parrot.

Dr. Edward Umlauf, D.V.M.
Dr. Edward Umlauf, D.V.M.Orthopedics
Upon graduating from CSU Veterinary Medicine in 1974, Dr. Umlauf returned to the Surgical Metabolic Laboratory in Fort Collins for a post-docturate surgical program. His NIH fellowship focused on spinal cord trauma, but he was well versed in adominal, thoracic and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Umlauf has owned two small animal practices but is currently performing orthopedic surgery almost exclusively.

Dr. Umlauf was instrumental in assisting in the formation of the Maxfund in the 1980’s and largely responsible for the statewide tax funded spay/neuter performed by Maxfund in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Umlauf’s plans are to remain active in helping rescue groups and clients in need of surgical care at Downtown Animal Care Center. Currently, he provides low cost veterinary orthopedic services, including TPLO procedures, in cooperation with Downtown Animal Care Center to pets throughout the Denver area.

Dr. Jason Cordeiro, V.M.D
Dr. Jason Cordeiro, V.M.DVeterinarian
Dr. Jason graduated from Ithaca College in 1999 and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery in San Diego, he moved to Colorado and worked as an emergency clinician for three years in Longmont.

In 2006, Dr. Cordeiro decided to follow his heart and switch to shelter medicine, working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, the Denver Dumb Friends League and serving as medical director for Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance (RMACA)’s spay/neuter clinic The Feline Fix for two years until RMACA merged with Divine Feline. As of January, 2012, Dr. Cordeiro has ‘fixed’ more than 15,000 dogs and cats.

In addition to his veterinary training and ongoing continuing education, Dr. Cordeiro is recently completed his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on grief counseling. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, hiking and meditation.

Rae Valentine
Rae ValentineVeterinarian
Rae Valentine was born in Rockford, IL. After high school she moved to Colorado, graduating from CU-Boulder with a BA degree in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology in 1983. Rae’s love of animals prompted her to follow her childhood dream to become a veterinarian. She graduated with a DVM degree from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1990 and has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in the Denver area since then. From 1999 – 2007 Rae owned and managed Hilltop Veterinary Clinic in Morrison, CO.

Rae is an advocate of the Human-Animal Bond and enjoys advising her clients regarding their pets’ healthcare. Her goal is to keep your pets healthy and happy. When not at work, Rae enjoys showing her APHA Paint mare (Prism) at Colorado Hunter/Jumper Association horse shows and her Bernese Mountain Dog (Darkstar) at AKC dog shows. In addition, Rae enjoys camping, fishing, skiing, and attending professional sports events. She resides in Morrison with her boyfriend (Cutter), and her two dogs (Darkstar and Caesar), as well as her cat (Peggy-O).

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