Our Care Team

Sam Bunn

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Sam grew up in Central Virginia on a small farm with a variety of birds, cats, dogs, horses and cattle. She began riding under the instruction of her father when she was very young, competing in a variety of disciplines ranging from hunter jumpers to barrel racing. After working as a trail guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, Sam fell in love with the state of Colorado and moved to Carbondale upon completion of her Bachelors in Animal Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2017. When not around horses, Sam enjoys backpacking and exploring the great Colorado outdoors. 

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Nikki Norton


Nikki currently works at GVC as a receptionist.  She was born and raised on a Morgan horse farm in southern Wisconsin.  Recently, her mother (Doris Norton) was inducted into the Morgan Horse Hall of Fame.  Her love of horses, dogs and cats has inspired her to be Reiki certified.  She currently lives in Rifle with her two cats, Lucy and Smudge.

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Lisa Dahmer

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Lisa grew up in Southeast Missouri. She knew by the age of six that she wanted to take care of critters. Lisa earned her B.S. in animal sciences with an equine emphasis from Murray State University in Murray, KY and competed on the equestrian team there. After graduation, she worked at a mixed animal practice in Missouri for 4 years before moving to Colorado in 2000.

She has currently enjoyed almost 17 years at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, mostly as an ambulatory technician. Since getting married, Lisa enjoys working part time. She and her husband, Steve, live in Rifle, CO where they get to take care of their own 2 horses.  She’s still trying for chickens!!!

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Kristin Klahn


Kristin is a certified veterinary technician working as an equine ambulatory and surgical technician. She completed the veterinary technician program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Colorado in 2010. She grew up on a hobby farm, caring for a variety of animals. She began training horses during high school, and adopted her first mustang in 2003. Kristin received her Bachelor’s in Biology in 2007 and completed an internship at Henry Vilas Zoo. She lives in Carbondale with her 2 rescue dogs, Bunsen and Mazie, and adopted mustang, Reno. She spends her spare time trail riding, hiking, and exploring the mountains. She would like to continue training mustangs, and helping care for animals.

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Allison Cawley


Allison was born and raised in central Minnesota. She spent much of her childhood helping out on her grandmother’s farm and uncountable hours working and volunteering at animal shelters and horse stables. There has also been a myriad of animals her family has had around their own place. Starting at a very young age she knew she was meant to have a career with animals. Allison got her first degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, but when she found that it wasn’t quite the right fit she went back to school and got her Vet Tech degree from the Mn School of Business. Throughout the years, Allison had tried working in a few places but it was while being a head wrangler at a ranch in Colorado that she decided that Colorado is where she needed to be, and in April of 2015, she moved back out to CO to work at GVC. Her goal in this career is to take what she can learn and pass it on to pet owners so they can ensure great and happy lives for their pets. Almost all of Allison’s free time goes towards caring for and spending time with her ‘zoo’ of animals which ranges from turtles to horses.

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