Dr. Jenny Oglesby, DVM
Dr. Jenny Oglesby has a passion for internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventive care, and exotic pet care. Born in California, she came to Colorado as a youth with her military family after living and traveling to numerous other places. Dr. Oglesby said that she first fell in love with veterinary medicine when, as a teenager living in Panama, her horse became injured and she had to treat him with IV antibiotics and wound poultices. Her passion was solidified after working at an animal hospital as a receptionist and kennel attendant in Colorado Springs while in high school.
Dr. Oglesby completed undergraduate coursework in Biology with a minor in Anatomy/Neurobiology and achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. After this, she participated in a 1-year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in West Los Angeles. Prior to joining West Ridge Animal Hospital, Dr. Oglesby worked at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver for five years and then at a general practice in Fort Collins for three years.
When not interacting with her Clients and Patients, Dr. Oglesby enjoys reading, running, volunteer work (making sustainable hygiene products for girls and women in underdeveloped countries), and hiking with her husband and daughter. Her house-pets were all adopted from her previous hospitals: a “tripod” cat (Hemi), two dogs with neuro issues (Farley and Elzee), a three-toed box turtle (Baxter), and one rabbit (Mungo). She describes her favorite part of veterinary medicine as the way the Veterinarian helps keep pets healthy and helps sick ones feel better, thus preserving the human-animal bond between them and their person.
Dr. Kara Levenduski, DVM
I am a proud Colorado native who was born and raised here in Northern Colorado. I earned my B.S in Biology from Colorado State University in 2012, and graduated with my DVM from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. I was lucky enough to start my training in veterinary medicine as an assistant at West Ridge Animal Hospital before veterinary school and learned so many valuable lessons by being here. After two years of working with our wonderful team, I took a break while attending vet school. I missed my West Ridge family when I was away, and knew I had to come right back after graduation!
I have my own zoo of critters with two rambunctious boxers, a ball python, and a bearded dragon. In my downtime, I am a HUGE bookworm. I especially love fantasy books, but I am working on building my own personal library from every genre. I also love staying active with one Tough Mudder obstacle course race under my belt, and I plan to do many more of these events in the future.
Dr. Jheanine Castañeda
Dr. Jheanine Castañeda is a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She was born in Cali, Colombia and Spanish is her first language. She also speaks English fluently, as well as some Italian and ASL. She lived in Cali until the age of 4 and then moved to Miami, FL. Dr. Castañeda knew she wanted to become a veterinarian as a child and has always planned her life with that goal in mind.
During her Highschool years Dr. Castañeda began working for Safari Edventure, a small non-for-profit zoo. She educated children and their parents on zoology, biology, husbandry and care of over 120 different exotic species and continued to work there until she began Veterinary School. Some of these species include bearded dragons, turtles, rabbits, ferrets, sloths and kangaroos. She has raised many wolves, birds, foxes, and a few anteaters. She has a passion for exotics and is starting to gain experience in the field of exotic medicine and critical care. She also has a special interest in dentistry, fear-free visits, rehab, nutrition and holistic medicine.
Dr. Castañeda recently moved to Colorado and lives in Firestone with her boyfriend who is also a veterinarian. She has two dogs that she loves too much: Scarlatti a 10-year-old Rat terrier cross, and Lexington a 10-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She enjoys hiking, baking, playing instruments, and visiting Colombia.
Dr. Alex Buys
Dr. Buys is a Ross University and Texas A&M graduate (gig ‘em!) he received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2019. He completed his clinical year is University College Dublin and clinical rotations in Ireland, Colombia, and America. He loves to travel and dreams of living in Ireland. He has two corgis and a large cat.
Dr. Kelly Walker
I have always loved caring for people and animals, and developed a love for “unusual pets” early in life. I was born in Maine, and grew up with a variety of small mammals, cats, dogs, birds, and reptiles. I decided to become a veterinarian at the age of 4, and began working in veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation when I was 16. I earned my Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2013, then moved to Colorado to attend CSU. I earned my bachelor’s degree at CSUin Biological Sciences with a focus on Anatomy and Physiology. I began working at West Ridge Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician shortly after graduating. I learned so much from my WRAH family, and began veterinary school at CSU in 2017. I completed the Colorado State University / University of Alaska Fairbanks Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in May 2021 after studying in Fairbanks, AK for two years and Fort Collins, CO for two years. I continued growing my interests in exotic medicine, wildlife medicine, and small animal general practice throughout veterinary school, and found new passions for veterinary communication, Fear Free medicine, and aquatic medicine. I am so excited to return to WRAH and give back tothis wonderful community!
In my spare time, I enjoy running with my dog, hiking, caring for my aquarium and houseplants, and reading everything I can find. After over 20 years in Maine, my parents moved back to Loveland, CO in 2014 with my younger sister and brother. My husband and I have a cattle dog mix named Cassie, an Alaskan dumpster cat named Loki, a kitten named Soup, a myriad of fish, a one-eyed turtle named Tim and a bearded dragon named Zeniba.
Dr. Victoria Tanguay, DVM, cVMA, CCRP Candidate
Dr. Victoria (Tory) Tanguay has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, she received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Hood College in Frederick, MD and then began work as an equine veterinary technician. Deciding she had had enough of Maryland, she moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for several years as a veterinary technician in small animal medicine. She then moved cross-country yet again to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University. She worked as a general practitioner in Loveland, CO for two years followed by three years in rehabilitation and acupuncture in Broomfield, CO. She completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2016 and her Fear Free Practitioner Certification in 2018. Dr. Tanguay’s areas of interest includechronic pain management, geriatric medicine, and client education. She currently lives in Johnstown, CO with her husband, their two cats, and one dog. When not at WRAH, she is a self-proclaimed “nerd of all trades” who loves reading, antiquing, Comic Cons, video games, museums, history
Dr. Kirsten Asher
Dr. Kirsten Asher was born in Colorado Springs and moved all over the world as a child in a military family. She's always felt a strong connection with animals, and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. In Jr. High and High School, she began shadowing in veterinary clinics which fueled her love for the field. Throughout her undergraduate career at Colorado State University, she worked as a veterinary technician in a general practice hospital, and volunteered with the Pets Forever program in Fort Collins. This experience sparked her love for helping people by caring for their fur babies. Dr. Asher went to veterinary school at Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona. During that time she found her passion for small animal emergency medicine while working at a local emergency and referral hospital. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking with her two pit bulls, Denver and Nora. Her cat, Russell, is the master of the house and keeps the dogs in line. Dr. Asher moved back to Colorado in June 2022 to join the West Ridge Animal Hospital team. She is so excited to serve the members of the Greeley community and continue to build her skills in emergency medicine.
Dr. Ashley Lauck
Dr. Ashley Lauck was born and raised on a farm in Fort Morgan, CO where she developed a love for animals at a very young age. For as long as she can remember she has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian to help both people and their pets and now she gets to live that dream every day. She received her bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University in 2018 and then continued on to earn her DVM from CSU in 2022. While in school her love for animals only grew and she discovered a passion for surgery, preventative care and building close relationships with clients and their pets. After graduation, she volunteered for a weeklong clinic in Fort Peck, MT- offering free surgeries, vaccines and care to the pets on the reservation. This was such a rewarding experience all around that she hopes to have the opportunity to return there and others like it in the future.
Upon completing her degrees she was pulled back to her roots in Fort Morgan where she lives with her Saint Bernard, Decker, and is currently the high school JV volleyball coach. In her free time she enjoys running, playing volleyball, anything outdoors, cheering on her favorite sports teams, DIY projects and spending time with family, friends and of course her giant fur baby. She’s also a HUGE Harry Potter fan and LOVES tacos, nerds gummy clusters and cheesecake.
Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is that no day is ever the same and she is constantly learning new things. She is so excited to join the West Ridge Animal Hospital team to serve the Greeley and surrounding communities while continuing to build her skills and knowledge as a veterinarian!