Colorado State Alumna Has Unique Talent of Treating Sick Fish
The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a huge asset to the Northern Colorado community. At this renowned facility, thousands of domestic and exotic animals from across the state are specially treated, diagnosed, and cared for, on an annual basis. Besides providing medical services to a wide range of species, the animal hospital has propelled the local teaching hospital into becoming a leader in national and international veterinary science.
Many alumnae who have earned degrees from CSU's prestigious Veterinary Teaching Hospital have gone on to have successful careers in health and medicine. Furthermore, since graduating, many former students have also opened their own veterinary clinics within Colorado.
One example is a respected veterinarian who gained national fame for starring on Animal Planet's popular TV series, "Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet." Dr. Jeff Young, DVM graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and opened his reputable clinic in the Highlands neighborhood in 1990.
Another well-known grad from CSU's Vet school is Dr. Jena Questen DVM, CertAqV, who is affectionally referred to as Dr. Q by her patients and co-workers. The owner of Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital also has a unique qualification that many other animal doctors around the country do not have.
According to Fox31 Denver News, Dr. Q is one of the only certified aquatic veterinarians in this region of the country and just the 21st certified fish vet in the United States. In 2020, she was the President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.
For the last 17 years, people have been bringing fish of all kinds to Dr. Q's clinic for diagnosis and treatment. Whether it's a tiny goldfish or an award-winning koi fish, she provides the same caring compassion as would be given to any other animal or pet.
Dr. Questen's training with underwater creatures began while working with dolphins. Now, she's considered a professional fish expert who sees patients from all over the state several times a week. There's even a room full of tanks inside the Conifer, Colorado veterinary facility - a designated place for fish needing significant treatment or hospitalization.
But what kind of things do people bring their fish to the vet for? Recently, Dr. Q removed a cancerous mass of eggs from one fish. In addition to performing life-saving surgeries, the veterinarian frequently comes to the aid of fish suffering from other forms of sickness or pain. Yes, fish do in fact feel pain.
Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital provides tips for aquatic pets on its website and Dr. Questen often shares her own knowledge about fish on social media. She continues to serve animals of all kinds and Colorado is lucky to have her.