Animal Emergency & Specialty Care

Lee Breshears, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Lee BreshearsAs a Colorado native, Dr. Lee Breshears was around dogs, cats, horses and farm animals from an early age. He was born and raised in Denver and attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate studies. He remained in Fort Collins while attending veterinary school and became involved in several research projects involving infectious disease and Mountain Goats on Mt. Evans. During veterinary school he became interested in small animal surgery after working as a circulating OR technician and became involved in orthopedic research. After receiving his DVM from Colorado State University in 2001, he completed a general rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota. He then moved to Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada and joined Veterinary Specialists of Nevada for a one year surgical internship. Dr. Breshears was then selected for a small animal surgical residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following residency, he completed a one-year clinical instructorship during which time he became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. During his time in Missouri, Dr. Breshears worked in the Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focused on the characterization and treatment of osteoarthritis and cranial cruciate ligament injury. During a final fellowship year he practiced in St. Louis and he received his PhD in Comparative Orthopedics through the Area Pathobiology Program. Dr. Breshears is also board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Prior to returning to Colorado and joining Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, Dr. Breshears taught at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, he enjoyed the diversity of cases including the unique orthopedic injuries sustained in New Zealand’s working dogs. He lectures locally and nationally to a variety veterinary associations and orthopedic organizations and has received numerous teaching and research awards. He enjoys all aspects of surgery including soft-tissue surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery with a special interest in minimally-invasive surgery. His current research interests focus on portosystemic shunts, arthroscopic treatment of joint disease, angular limb deformities and cranial cruciate ligament injuries as well as basic ligament metabolism and pathophysiology. Outside of hospital responsibilities, Dr. Breshears enjoys spending time with his retired blood donor cat named Farnsworth and two energetic family Labrador retrievers. He enjoys scuba diving and has a special interest in underwater photography. He devotes any spare time to hiking, climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding in the Colorado mountains where he grew up.