Elise N. Gingrich, DVM, is the Supervising Veterinarian for Larimer Humane Society. In this position, Elise oversees the Veterinary Services department, which is responsible for managing the health of all shelter animals. Elise and her team provide a full range of services, including surgeries, vaccinations, the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, genetic conditions, and illnesses. Elise also works closely with the Director of Operations and Shelter Manager to develop protocols for disease control and safety.
In addition to her daily duties, Elise also finds time to teach local veterinary students from Colorado State University as they learn about shelter medicine through formal rotations at the shelter. Serving as a mentor to veterinary students is especially close to Elise’s heart, given that her first experience with Larimer Humane Society was as a Shelter Medicine Resident. Elise holds a bachelor of science from Penn State University, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) from Iowa State University, a master of public health (MPH) from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from Colorado State University. In 2011 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Upon receiving her DVM, Elise spent time in a small animal/exotic practice in the Chicago area. In 2007 she returned to her true passion, shelter medicine, when she accepted a shelter medicine residency at Colorado State University. After completing the residency in 2010 Elise worked as the Medical Director for the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, serving as the facility’s first full-time veterinarian. In April 2011, Elise returned to Colorado and joined Larimer Humane Society’s staff as its Supervising Veterinarian.
Surrounded by animals as a child, Elise has always felt that veterinary medicine was her true calling. Elise finds purpose and fulfillment in helping animals who cannot speak for themselves, and through her work at Larimer Humane Society, she is gratified to see animals go to loving homes or be reunited with their owners.
In keeping with her passion for helping animals in need, Elise lives with several adopted pets. She shares her home with her veterinarian husband and their three dogs and three cats.
Photo by Heidi Muller Photography.