My name is...Kim Vanderholm

Franktown veterinarian devotes life to animals

Posted 8/15/17

About me

I’ve always been an animal lover and wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. I grew up showing horses in 4-H and participated in three-day eventing with the national organization Pony Club. I was born in Fort Collins, but ended …

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My name is...Kim Vanderholm

Franktown veterinarian devotes life to animals

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About me

I’ve always been an animal lover and wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. I grew up showing horses in 4-H and participated in three-day eventing with the national organization Pony Club. I was born in Fort Collins, but ended up going to high school and college in Nebraska. I went to veterinary school at Kansas State University and am now one of the owners of Franktown Animal Clinic. I’m also a board member for Friends of Douglas County K-9.

Working with animals

My first job after graduating from veterinary school in 1997 was at Franktown Animal Clinic, and I’ve been there since that time. It’s been a privilege to be able to treat all of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office working K-9s. They are amazing animals and willingly serve to safeguard the residents of our community. I’m happy to serve on the board of Friends of Douglas County K-9, a nonprofit that was started in 2011. We hold a fundraiser, the Howling Good Time gala, each year at the Cielo Events Center in Castle Pines. The event gives attendees a chance to meet the dogs and their handlers and we have live and silent auctions along with a fabulous dinner. This year the event will take place on Sept. 20. We raise money to care for the working K-9s of Douglas County after they retire and also to purchase new dogs, training and equipment to protect our county.

My hobbies


I’m a proud a soccer mom and a wife with a 13-year-old daughter. We spend a lot of time watching local soccer games, attending Colorado Rapids games and taking our daughter, Logan, to practices and tournaments. I ride a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and love to snowboard.

Why I live in Castle Rock

When I was in my senior year of veterinary school, I drove to a summer internship in Window Rock, Arizona (on the Navajo Nation). As I was driving out of Denver I came down I-25 into Castle Rock and thought the valley was beautiful. I decided at that moment that I wanted to live here, so I made it happen. I love living in a smaller town and getting to know the people in my community.

My advice


Treat everyone with kindness. You don’t know what difficulties they may be experiencing in their life.

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