SHAWN BOTT, DVM
Owner / Veterinarian
For those of you long-time customers, you probably remember Dr. Bott with this veterinary clinic even before the namesake of Countryside existed. Dr. Bott was a partner with Dr. Ron Maifeld when the practice resided at of 1st Avenue as Maifeld Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Bott and Dr. Shoemaker purchased the operating entity in 2000 thus starting Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Clinic. The new clinic was built in 2003. Dr. Bott came to the Greeley clinic upon graduation from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1996 and has been associated exclusively with this operation ever since.
Dr. Bott was born in Rocksprings, Wyoming and spent summers with his parents on the edge of the Wind River wilderness where his father was employed as a Range Technician with the US Forest Service. They moved to Montana when he was three and he grew up on a commercial cow/calf ranching operation. It was here that he developed his love of farm animals and an appreciation for what can be accomplished with hard work. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Montana State University and completed a degree in Animal Science. While at MSU, he worked summers for the US Forest Service and developed a fondness for packing and spending time in the backcountry on horseback. After graduation, it was on to Colorado State University where he graduated with his degree in
Shawn is married to wife, Kristi and has a son, Seth and a daughter, Hannah. He enjoys spending time with them hunting, fishing, camping, and tinkering in the shop.
WADE SHOEMAKER, DVM
Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Wade Shoemaker was raised on a commercial cattle and quarter horse ranch in Divide, Colorado. Growing up on a high altitude ranch and being raised in the 4-H program allowed Dr. Shoemaker to gain a deep understanding of not only the process of production and health of all large animals but also the importance of handling each of the species for successful ranching. This knowledge allowed Dr. Shoemaker to be quite successful in showing both English and Western performance horses and working his share with a rope in his hand. Livestock judging provided the scholarships for Dr. Shoemaker’s first two years of undergraduate work at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. After which he transferred to Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. In 1999, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Shoemaker’s professional interests encompass nearly anything that involves the performance horse or beef cow. Specifically, he spends most of his time working on performance horse lameness and correcting issues that cause a decrease in performance. In the spring, he also breeds a number of mares via artificial insemination and works to perfect the art of embryo transfer. Dr. Shoemaker paid for most his college and entry fees by shoeing horses. Wade also spent time during veterinary school working in the vet hospital on therapeutic cases for in-house surgeons. Today Dr. Shoemaker still enjoys the challenging foot issues that are such an important part of keeping the performance horses working. Many soft tissue surgeries are performed by Dr. Shoemaker. Being raised on a ranch and running a cow herd at home, Dr. Shoemaker does not deny that he enjoys working cattle. During the pregnancy checking and calving seasons he will spend a considerable amount of time working in that segment of the practice. Dr. Shoemaker’s involvement as a youth showing and judging steers, lambs, and hogs, has provided a self desire to work with youth in the 4-H and FFA programs.
Personally, Dr. Shoemaker tries to devote time to his wife, Dawn, and young family of daughter, Kassandra and son, Coy. Dawn is a farm raised girl that works at keeping the cow herd fed and healthy, as well as the crop and farm land wet. Dr. Shoemaker is an avid and accomplished horseman. He enjoys branding, ranch rodeos, and catching wild cattle. Dr Shoemaker is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and works all of the roping events. Dr. Shoemaker spends the remainder of his time working with young horses and helping Kassandra and Coy with their rodeo and showing interests. Due to the fact that the Shoemaker’s only ride what they have raised and trained, this an involved task.
JOSH ZACHARIAS, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Veterinarian / Surgeon
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Zacharias was raised in Persia, Iowa on a farm raising corn, soybeans, and beef cattle, with both a cow/calf and feedlot operation. Dr. Zacharias showed cattle in 4-H and was active in FFA. He participated in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping in high school and roped calves in college. Dr. Zacharias attended Iowa State University, completing two years of coursework towards a degree in Animal Science before being admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from Iowa State University. In 2004, he completed an internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma. Here he gained extensive experience and exposure to equine surgery and lameness, motivating him to pursue a large animal surgical residency. Dr. Zacharias then moved to Lafayette, Indiana to complete this residency at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. During this time, he obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine. He then went back to Iowa State University for a year as the Equine Emergency Surgeon. In 2009, he passed the board certification exam of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He spent two years in Katy, Texas at a private equine practice as a surgeon and clinician, prior to coming to Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services, PLLC. In 2013, Dr. Zacharias passed the board certification exam of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Equine.
Dr. Zacharias also attended Kentucky Horseshoeing school during the summer between his first and second year of vet school. He began to work with Dan White, CIF, who was the resident farrier at the veterinary school. This “apprenticeship” throughout the remaining three years of veterinary school gave him the experience in building corrective shoes and treating a vast array of cases that presented to the university teaching hospital. He also competed in a few horseshoeing and forging competitions. Dr. Zacharias enjoys therapeutic shoeing cases such as laminitic horses. His main interests are associated with lameness in the performance horse and all aspects of surgery.
Dr. Zacharias enjoys spending time with his wife, Shaya, and their son, Carson, and daughter, Callie. Although he has hobbies in woodworking, fishing, water-skiing, golf, and hunting, Dr. Zacharias enjoys roping the most!
MARY HOFFMANN, DVM
Mary grew up on a dairy and beef farm in northeastern Iowa. She received her first horse from her grandfather at the age of 2 and was hooked from then on. Growing up Dr. Hoffmann was active in 4-H and FFA showing dairy cattle, horses, and competed in many judging competitions. After high school Dr. Hoffmann attended Colorado State University and received a degree in Equine Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at CSU she was a member of and helped coach the CSU Horse Judging Team. In addition, Dr. Hoffmann completed a veterinary technician internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky during the foaling season. During this time she gained valuable experience caring for foals in the intensive care unit.
In 2010 Dr. Hoffmann moved back to Iowa after accepting a spot at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school she was active in the student chapters of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Society for Theriogenology. Her summers were spent judging horse shows and shadowing local veterinarians. During her fourth year, Dr. Hoffmann especially enjoyed her clinical rotations in equine surgery, equine dentistry, and bovine embryo transfer.
Dr. Hoffmann enjoys spending her spare time with her fiancé Derek horseback riding, camping, and spending time outside with their dogs Harper and Bear.
HAL SCHULTZ, DVM
Dr. Hal Schultz grew up in the Boulder area and became interested in horses and livestock when he started showing horses in 4H. He developed an further appreciation for agriculture and livestock production while spending his summers working on a local farm and cow-calf operation.
Dr. Schultz attended the University of Kansas majoring in Biochemistry prior to attending Colorado State University for veterinary school. His career interests include large animal emergency medicine, equine lameness, and equine and bovine reproduction.
In his spare time, Dr. Schultz enjoys anything outdoors including running, hiking, camping and hunting but he also enjoys visiting local breweries and spending time with his 2 cats.
BROOKE ECKHARDT, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
Brooke was born and raised near Spearfish, SD with her two siblings Tess and Cort. She grew up active in 4-H and music, as well as basketball, volleyball, softball and rodeo. She also enjoyed volunteering at a local exotics rescue where she was later hired as a supervisor. There she spent a total of 10 years specializing in exotic cat husbandry, her favorite being the lions.
Brooke has been a part of the Countryside team and working with Dr. Zacharias since 2015, after obtaining her veterinary technician certification through Eastern Wyoming College. She now lives near Platteville, CO with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Waylon and horse Cici. During her free time she enjoys scuba diving, sewing, horseback riding, shooting sports and skiing with her family. One thing that Brooke hopes to accomplish one day is to dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you would like to contact Brooke directly, you may e-mail her at email@example.com.
CHARLEY HASKIN, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
Charley Haskin, CVT grew up on the central coast of California in a small town called Carmel Valley (Car-Mel not Caramel). While in California, she competed in high school and college rodeos competing in goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, and barrels. After a year of college in northern CA, Charley moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue her love for veterinary medicine, after Graduating Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with her AAS in 2016 she had plans of moving back to her family in California, plans changed (as they often do) and she decided to stay in Colorado. Charley is now living in Ault with her husband Alex their black labs Cash and Tulsa, and their horses Poncho and Paint. When Charley is not working, she enjoys floating the Poudre river, going to breweries, riding the horses in the mountains, and flying out to CA to spend time with her family.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Haley was born and raised in the quiet mountain town of Gunnison, CO with her younger sister Lauren. At the age of 8 Haley started participating in 4-H, showing market hogs, market goats and a breeding heifer. Throughout those years Haley won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market swine. Haley also began playing hockey at the age of 8 for the Gunnison Blades and the Colorado Select Tier II team. She had the opportunity to travel to Canada playing the Colorado Select team playing against other top players. During her time playing for the Gunnison blades Haley and her team won numerous state championships. Haley attended Gunnison High School and participated in volleyball and pole vaulted in track where she qualified for the state finals twice. Haley grew up in an avid hunting and fishing family. Every weekend was spent deep in the Rocky Mountains fly fishing for high elevation trout and fall was spent hunting for elk and deer. On the days Haley was not exploring in the mountains she was out duck hunting with her father and her Chesapeake Bay Retriever Remington.
After High School Haley attended Bel-Rea institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO, where she earned her degree and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She completed a three-month internship with Countryside. After her internship Haley accepted a full-time position as a CVT. Haley is now one of Dr. Wade Shoemaker’s technicians.
Haley currently lives in Greeley with her horse Jager and her bottle calf Mini. She loves to spend her free time in the outdoors fly fishing and hunting with her father, as well as going camping with her friends and family.
KIMBERLY ESTES, VT
Kimberly grew up in the small town of Cohutta, Georgia with her parents and older sister. From a young age Kimberly had a love for horses and other animals. She also spent a lot of time on the softball field competing with her school team and traveling teams. She always had a need for speed and was an outdoorsy kinda gal racing four wheelers, trail riding and barrel racing. She started working at a very young age teaching her to be a very determined and hard worker. Kimberly has had the opportunity to work at many types of events, with many horse breeds and disciplines. She started out at a boarding barn doing the dirty work, she always says “you gotta start somewhere”. The trainer that was leasing out the boarding facility scooped her up bringing her with him to his own facility in Ooltewah, TN. She worked by his side breaking, training, showing, etc. With that experience she went on to become a very young farm manager in north Georgia where she was responsible for over 48 head of horses where she showed, cared for and marketed horses. She did it all during her 10 years there. When Kimberly wasn’t at school or working, she was at rodeo events. She qualified for Georgia’s High School Rodeo Finals on several occasions as well as bringing home many ribbons, buckles, saddles and trophies along the way.
Kimberly left Georgia fresh out of high school and moved herself, her horses and her dog all the way to Colorado where she attended Lamar Community College. She studied Horse Training Management & Equine Business Management. While attending school in Colorado, she rode for a cutting horse trainer full time and worked at a gymnastics facility part time. She then went back east transferring to University of Kentucky where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. She took a job working at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where she was a night shift technician and later a night shift supervisor. During her 6 years in the area and at the hospital she worked side jobs at thoroughbred horse sales, rode horses for many of the area farms, farm/pet sat, ponied as well as broke horses for the track. Her adventures finally took her back south to Alabama where she was an equine technician at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for 6 years. While there, she purchased a house and some acreage and built a barn to house her equine family. Alabama is where she met her beloved husband, Dusty, whom is a veteran and served 3 tours overseas.
Both Dusty and Kimberly loved Colorado, and not long after being married, they sold the Alabama farm, and returned to Colorado. Kimberly is enjoying being part of the Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services team. She hopes to be an asset to both the hospital and the community by not only sharing her knowledge and hard work but to learn from her colleagues. She is certified with the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, and the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications. Kimberly & Dusty currently reside in Eaton, CO along with their 8 horses and 3 dogs. They get outside to enjoy the beautiful outdoors every chance they get, whether it be for their love of helping others or enjoying it via foot, bike, hunting, car or horseback. Kimberly continues to compete in barrel racing every chance she gets and still enjoys teaching others.
Practice Manager / Accountant
Tonya grew up in Fort Collins and always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, at age 16 she discovered an aversion to blood and an attraction to numbers. So, as talents would have it, she became an accountant and has spent many years in the trenches of CPA firms, doing accounting for a variety of business types. Tonya joined the Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services, PLLC team as our Accountant in May, 2013. She came to us with Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance, from the University of Northern Colorado and brings 17+ years of accounting experience to the office team.
A lifetime resident of the state of Colorado, Tonya lives on her family’s ranch in Nunn, CO, where she raises quarter horses and paint horses. Tonya competes in amateur reining and is a horse enthusiast through and through. Outside of the arena, Tonya has spent many hours in the saddle traversing the rugged Rocky Mountains, starting colts and working on the ranch.
CLIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE
Sarah has been in love with animals her whole life, she joined the veterinary hospital scene at the age of 15 in Upstate New York. She volunteered at clinics, and farms until she was old enough to work a full-time job in a doggie daycare and boarding kennel. Over the years she has lived in different states and held different job titles, many things have changed, but the thing that has always stayed the same is always working with animals. She has always been a people person and began working as a client care representative in 2014. Sarah drives from Wiggins, CO every day. Some people think she is crazy, we just call her dedicated. In between commutes to work and the hospital hours, she spends time with her husband Isaac and her 3 ponies, 4 dogs, 4 cats and the field mice. In her free time, she enjoys renovating her 100-year-old house, camping, playing music, photography, and traveling. Some things she would like to experience during her life are, going to school to become a veterinarian, herd cattle, bathe an elephant, and be a rodeo photographer.
KAT RAINIER, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
Kat is a Colorado native. She was brought into the world of large animals by family trips to New Mexico to help on her great aunt and great uncle’s cattle ranch. She continued to ride as a youth between playing volleyball, soccer, and mountaineering. She graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BS in biology. She took a break after college to start a family and be a stay-at-home mom to her two kids. Once her kids started school, she decided to go back to school to get her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Bel Rea Animal Institute, from which she graduated in June of 2021. When she is not working, she enjoys hanging out with her family taking and her kids on adventures in the Colorado mountains. She is very excited to be joining the Countryside Staff at the front desk and as a technician. She cannot wait to relocate up north with her husband (Zach), two kids (Arya and Ryley) three dogs (Zoe, Rosie, and Thor), two hamsters (Lila and Vision) and turtle (Mykie).
Shelly Connelly was born in Arizona and at the age of 5 years old moved to Firestone, Colorado where she was raised. At 6 years old Shelly started riding horses and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up riding english and competed in local jumper shows. Shelly spent most of her free time at the barn, hanging out with her friends, helping trainers and staff with anything they needed, and always watching the Veterinarians and Farriers, asking a million questions (probably annoying them). In High School she was part of the Horse Judging FFA team for St. Vrain Valley, her team placing 4th at Nationals and Shelly receiving a Gold Medal.
Since High School Shelly has done Equestrian Vaulting and has started Barrel Racing, hoping to compete in the near future. Shelly fell in love with Equine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine after working with a Rehabilitation Veterinarian and is going to continue her education in those fields in the future.
Shelly currently lives in Loveland, CO and spends her free time riding with her friends, learning about working on trucks, helping train horses, going to the gun range, and anything to do with the Rocky Mountains