JD grew up in Tanzania and Uganda, Africa where his family worked with dairy cows for Heifer Project International. His love of animals began there and continued when his family moved to Arizona. Working as a wrangler on a ranch near the Mogollon Rim and for a local veterinarian during high school, helped direct him toward Colorado State for an Equine Science degree in 2006 and DVM in 2010.  JD started Leclair Equine in 2013 and loves serving the horses and people of the Berthoud area. He has a passion for teaching and greatly enjoys educating clients about equine wellness, as well as mentoring up and coming veterinarians. He and his wife Lori live in Berthoud with their 4 kids and are enjoying learning how to raise cattle and grow hay on their little farm.

Katelyn – Veterinary Assistant

Katelyn was born and raised in Bakersfield, California where she grew up taking riding lessons, and eventually showing in exchange for helping out on the ranch. In 2018 she moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in Equine Science at Colorado State University. Over her Winter and Summer breaks during her freshman year at CSU, she went back home and volunteered at Bakersfield Large Animal Hospital, where she realized she really enjoyed veterinary medicine.  She will be graduating from CSU with her degree in Equine Science in May of 2022 and hopes to go to vet school. In her spare time Katelyn enjoys reading, and riding.

Francesca – Veterinary Assistant

Francesca is from Moorpark, California and grew up with a passion for horses and livestock. Early on she started working on a Quarter Horse ranch in return for lessons and enjoyed reigning and cutting; and later in high school enjoyed barrel racing. She worked as a volunteer technician at an Equine Hospital in Southern California before moving to Colorado in 2016. Francesca graduated from Colorado State with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Biomedical Science. She is now in veterinary school at CSU and plans to be a Large Animal Veterinarian. When not at work or school, she enjoys hiking and camping with her two dogs, mountain biking, and being outdoors. After graduation she is looking forward to owning horse again and exploring the Colorado mountains!

Lily – Barn Assistant

Many of our clients have known Lily since she was baby riding along in the vet truck. She has become such a huge help and works hard at stocking vet trucks, assisting in the field and baking fresh treats for our staff meetings! Lily enjoys riding her own horse Keeper and loves being a big sister to Jack, Henry and Eleanor.

Jack and Henry – Maintenance Crew

Jack and Henry love doing anything outside, especially when it involves trucks or tractors. They jump in and help whenever they have a chance!

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