VCA Thornton Animal Hospital

Pete DeTolve, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Michigan State University


Dr. Pete DeTolve graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Upon graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Pete was accepted into an internship program at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center where he practiced for an intense year under the guidance and supervision of board certified specialists. After completion of his internship, he moved to Colorado where he practiced as a daytime emergency veterinarian at VCA Douglas County Animal Hospital. Dr. Pete takes special interest in emergency medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

He was recently awarded for excellence in medical directing by VCA.  He serves on the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS) Board as the North Area Director.  He was also accepted into the class of 2015 for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Power of Ten Leadership Academy. He also volunteers his time at Adams County Animal Shelter, and regularly performs dental procedures on animals awaiting adoption.

He and is wife are the proud owners of five dogs (Whiskey Business Jones, Small Man, Ana Petunia, Georgina Sue, and Hans), two cats (Zoomina and Smat), and three chickens (Lulu Belle, Maude, Esmerelda). They also are frequent "foster parents" for many animals of Adams County Animal Shelter - they oftentimes have multiple dogs or cats staying at their house while needing medical care or are awaiting adoption. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife, is an avid snowboarder, and enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors.  They share care of an impressive garden in the backyard.  Most recently he has taken up fly fishing and tying.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital at 303-366-2639 located at 9770 East Alameda Avenue in Denver, CO; or Northside Emergency Pet Clinic at 303-416-7132 located at 945 W. 124th Avenue in Westminster, CO.