Our Staff

Dr. Ruth Altman, Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Altman is originally from Miami, Florida and fell in love with Fort Collins when beginning college at Colorado State University. She returned to Florida for Veterinary School and graduated in 1999.

After graduation she worked in Gresham, Oregon for three years before returning to Fort Collins to purchase Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic in 2004. Dr. Altman has a special interest in pain management, preventative medicine, and weight management.

Dr. Altman has three dogs and one cat. While away from the clinic, she enjoys hikes with the dogs, photography, and reading mystery novels.

Brandie, Head Technician

Brandie is originally from a small town in Utah and grew up with a house full of animals. She knew at the age of six that she wanted to devote her life to helping animals. In high school, she worked as a groomer and took a course that introduced her to animal science. In 2001, she moved to Denver to obtain her degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea. After graduation, she worked at an emergency Veterinary hospital in Denver. In 2006, she moved to Fort Collins to study Microbiology and work at Colorado State University. In 2011, Brandie was given the opportunity to work for Dr. Altman and was excited to be part of the Animal Haven team.

Brandie shares her home with her 2 children and her American Eskimo. In her spare time, Brandie enjoys reading or spending time outdoors.

Allison, Veterinary Technician

Allison has been a Veterinary Technician for 18 years and loves it! Allison graduated from Western Career College in Sacramento, California with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Allison has worked in veterinary clinics in multiple states including California, Arizona, Kansas, and now Colorado. Allison currently doesn't have pets but does have two beautiful daughters aged 11 and 9. In Allison's free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Raesha, Veterinary Technician

Raesha graduated from Front Range Community College in 2009 with her degree in veterinary science. She joined the Animal Haven team in 2014. She is an avid dog-park attendee and loves taking her three men (2 canine, 1 husband) everywhere with her, especially camping and hiking in the mountains.

Elizabeth, Receptionist, Veterinary Assistant

Elizabeth was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. She attended the University of California at San Diego, where she achieved her B.S. in Physics in 2014. She then moved to Colorado in the beginning of 2015 in hopes of attending CSU for Veterinary school in 2016. She joined the Animal Haven team in February of 2015.

Elizabeth hopes to start volunteering with other rescues and organizations to broaden her experiences with various animals. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys reading fantasy novels, exploring the local nature areas, and fencing. She can easily be spotted by the blue/green streaks in her hair.