Longtime Glenwood Springs veterinarian Dr. Rocky Mease hangs up his stethoscope
Last Wednesday, after performing a minor surgery on a four-legged friend, Dr. Rocky Mease sat down in his office soaking in the atmosphere and reflecting on his career as he logged his final few hours at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Mease has been helping lower Roaring Fork Valley residents and their pets.
A Western Colorado native, Mease was born and raised in Grand Junction.
For Mease, the choice of a career path came later in life.
He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic welder for 15 years, before deciding to go to vet school.
“I just knew I didn’t want to be a mechanic the rest of my life,” Mease said.
After researching different career options, he found his calling and enrolled in vet school. Mease graduated from Colorado State University in 2001.
After spending a year and a half in Southern California and deciding it wasn’t for him, he came back to the Western Slope taking a job at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic in Glenwood Springs.
“I wanted to live in a small community and help people with their animals,” Mease added.
From November 2002 until last Wednesday, Mease followed his passion for helping sick and injured animals.
“It’s been great working here. The people and clients are great,” he said.
While in Glenwood, Dr. Mease specialized in small animal medicine and surgery; mostly dogs and cats.
A typical day for Mease would include a morning of anywhere from two to five surgeries and dental cleaning, and an afternoon of appointments and check-ups.
“The best part is being able to help people with their animals,” Mease said. “The nicest part is you get to know your clients and their families.”
Mease said that, over the years, he was able to work with multiple generations of families, watching families, their children and pets grow.
“It’s fun to watch him work with clients, his interaction was wonderful to see,” Veterinarian Assistant Lisa Dahmer said.
With his career coming to a close, Dr. Mease hopes to enjoy more of his hobbies. He likes to be outdoors for hunting, four-wheeling and rock crawling.
“I hope I can relax and not have to work,” Mease said. “I have lots of hobbies.”
“We wish him the very best, and hope he comes back every now and then,” Dahmer added.
As Dr. Mease looks back fondly on his career full of great memories, people and friendships, he recounts the time he performed surgery on a mountain lion.
“You never know what’s going to come through the door. You have to be on your toes all the time,” Mease said with a smile. “It was never boring.”