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Welcome to Sky Canyon
Veterinary Hospital


If you’ve been searching your mobile device for great vets near us, you’ve landed in the right place at Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital. Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital that provides exceptional, compassionate care for dogs & cats at all life stages.

Locally owned, this premier veterinary hospital was founded by Dr. Thad Respet – an accomplished veterinarian with a passion for preventive care and advanced experience in orthopedic, soft tissue, and trauma surgeries.

Our philosophy is that preventive care is the best investment a pet owner can make.

Here are the top 3 reasons why we are such advocates of basic preventive care such as vaccinations, disease prevention, weight management, and oral health.

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Preventive veterinary care extends the lives of your pets by improving overall health.

Vets Near Me | Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital | Grand Junction Colorado

Preventive veterinary care catches health problems in the early stages to improve healing outcomes.

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Preventive veterinary care also helps pet parents by catching medical problems in the early stages when it costs less to treat.

Open 6 days a week, Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital make accessing high-quality veterinary care easy and convenient.

We look forward to taking care of your beloved pooches and felines like they were our own pets.

Preventive & Advanced Care for Your Pet’s Lifetime

Meet the Team

The staff at Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital are all avowed animal lovers who have a passion for providing expert veterinary care. Here’s a look at the Sky Canyon team:

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Dr. Thad Respet

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Respet has been a practicing veterinarian in the Grand Valley since 2010. He enjoys all aspects of small animal care but especially enjoys orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, arthroscopy, ultrasound, and minimally invasive medicine. While he is passionate about the science, one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a veterinarian for him is the relationship that he develops with his clients and patients. He prides himself on honest communication.

In his free time Dr. Respet enjoys spending time with his wife Shannon, kids Jack and Anna, and their dogs, cats, goats, and chickens. He stays busy biking, skiing, and tinkering around their property.

Dr. Melissa Molinaro


Dr. Molinaro graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She visited the Grand Valley, fell in love with the area and moved here in 2014. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, feline medicine and ultrasound. Dr. Molinaro loves the relationships she builds with her clients and patients, being challenged by difficult cases and being a part of a profession that is always changing, allowing for continual growth. In her free time, Dr. Molinaro is often camping or hiking with her family, Graham (her husband, also a veterinarian), Adeline (her daughter, 5 years old and spitting image of her dad), and Roscoe (their lovable mixed breed dog). She also has 2 cats (Ella and Willow Wiskers), who prefer to stay at home. Dr. Molinaro also enjoys photography, throwing clay and drawing.

Maura Lareau

C.V.T. and Practice Manager

Maura has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for over 20 years with a diverse background in many phases of veterinary medicine. From large to small animal, including wildlife, Maura found her calling in giving care in veterinary medicine. She is a Grand Valley native and enjoys spending time with her large family and collage of pets & farm animals. Maura loves gardening, horseback riding, biking and enjoying 4H with her four children.

Garret Curtis

Office Manager

Garret is a fourth generation Colorado Native, born in Denver and grew up outside of Boulder.  After high school he attended Mesa State College and quickly fell in love with everything the Grand Valley had to offer.  Garret has a long list of professional skills including- veterinary, business, management, marketing, adventure, off-road racing, skydiving and technological.  However his true love for animals and personality are what make him a true asset to Sky Canyon.  Prior to joining the Sky Canyon family, he worked for a busy 24-hour animal hospital (specialty and emergency) for many years.  He is a pet dad to his boxer (Daniel) and sphynx (Eleanor).

Cassie Key Sturgis


Cassie’s veterinary career began in 2002, working as a veterinary assistant while attending college. She graduated from Bel-rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2005 and moved to the western slope the same year. Cassie has worked in small animal practices, mixed animal, and emergency and critical care settings. She has a passion for education and strives to keep herself up to date on the most recent advances in dentistry, anesthesia techniques, surgical monitoring, and small animal breeding/neonatal care. Cassie enjoys crafting/sewing, spending time with her husband, three children, hairless (sphynx) cats and showing her mastiffs in AKC obedience and conformation events.

Desi Himes

Veterinary Technician

Desi moved to the Grand Valley in 2001 to attend Mesa State College and decided this was the place to be. She has been a Veterinary Technician for the past 13 years, working for many local clinics learning all sides and aspects of Veterinary medicine this valley has to offer. She has worked in emergency medicine since 2005. Desi loves being in surgery and learning more about major orthopedics and the ever-changing technology and studies leading to helping our furry friends with any and all orthopedic needs. Desi enjoys spending time with her family on their small farm, being outdoors, fishing, camping, and being on horse back.

Amy Los

Veterinary Technician

Amy is a Grand Junction Native. Her journey in veterinary medicine started when she was 13 years old when she began volunteering for a local hospital. She quickly grew in the field and now has 19 years experience. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2011. Her passions in the field are emergency medicine, anesthesia and orthopedics. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 year old daughter on their hobby farm. She enjoys gardening, horseback riding, hiking, boating and camping.

Emily King

Veterinary Technician

Emily is a Grand Junction Native, graduating from CMU in 2011 with a bachelors degree in biology.  She grew up with a passion for helping animals, knowing that veterinary medicine and animal welfare were where she needed to be.  She began working in veterinary medicine as an intern during college.  This confirmed her love for the industry and she quickly turned it into a career.  Spending the last 4 years at a local humane society, Emily accelerated in working with fearful animals and neo-natal kittens.  On her time off she can be found spending it with her two-dogs, three-cats , amazing parents and tribe of close friends.

Jeffrey Stroud

Customer Service Representative 

Jeff has been working in veterinary medicine since 2012 and has been living in the Grand Valley long before that (1988) with his wife Laura.   A graduate of Mesa State College, with a Fine and Performing Arts degree.  Jeff is thrilled to be working the front desk at Sky Canyon.  Jeff and Laura have 3 fur babies, Sydney – a red Heeler, Lili – a silver dapple dachshund and Hamilton – a Boston Terrier Mix.

Anna Respet

Technician Assistant

Anna is a current student in the IB program at Palisade High School.  She is an avid mountain biker as well as competitive rock climber.  She enjoys learning as much as she can about the veterinary field, as well as working with her Dad (Dr. Respet).  When she is not at school or working she enjoys spending time outdoors playing sports and camping with her friends.

“Tish” Patricia Hofland

Technician Assistant

Tish grew up in Eagle, Colorado.  As a child she often visited the Grand Valley, later choosing to move here in 1996.  It is here that her and her husband, Keith raised their four children.  Tish Graduated from IntelliTec College with her Associates degree in business and administrative technologies.  She loves to be outside as much as possible, working in her garden, hiking, biking or exploring with her husband and two dogs, (Spot and Bones).  Tish might be newer to Veterinary Medicine, however she is excited to learn and help our furry friends live their best life.

10 Reasons To Choose Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital

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Exceptional Veterinary Care – We offer exceptional medical care from experienced veterinarians, blended with the warmth of an old-fashioned, “bedside” manner.

Vets Near Me | Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital | Grand Junction Colorado

Full-Service Veterinary Hospital – We offer everything from general care (exams, vaccines, etc.) to dentistry & advanced surgeries, all on one location.


Advanced Surgical Skills – Dr. Respet is known as an accomplished veterinary surgeon who often receives referrals from other veterinarians.


Locally Owned – Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital is locally owned (vs. being owned by an out-of-state corporation).


Here for the Long Term – Dr. Respet and his family chose to live in this area, and he will be practicing veterinary medicine for decades to come.


Relationship-focused – We pride ourselves on the long-term, personal relationships we build with pet parents and their pets.


Convenient Location – Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital is centrally located on the edge of the Redlands neighborhood, near I-70 and the Mesa Mall.


Open 6 Days A Week – We’re open Mondays-Saturdays.


House Calls – When necessary, we do house calls for animals that can’t be moved, or are ready to pass over the rainbow bridge.


We Love Animals – The members of our staff are all animal lovers, with a special affinity for our four-legged friends.

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Seeking out “vets near me” for quality veterinary care for your cats and dogs? Contact Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital at 970.985.4911, or Email Us.

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