Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Jennifer Coates, DVM

Specialties: Domestic animals, animal welfare, veterinary consulting

Dr. Jennifer Coates is an accomplished veterinarian, writer, editor, and consultant with years of experience in the fields of veterinary medicine, science, animal welfare, conservation, and communications. Dr. Coates is part of The Spruce Pets' veterinary review board.


  • 25+ years of experience in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare
  • Currently active in veterinary medicine as a writer, editor and consultant
  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association


As a young adult, Dr. Coates was employed by several veterinary clinics and other pet-related businesses. After graduating from college, she focused on the broader ideals of conservation and animal welfare through her work with the Animal Welfare Institute, Society for Animal Protective Legislation, and Wildlife Habitat Council before returning to her first love, veterinary medicine. After veterinary school, Jennifer served as an associate veterinarian and chief of staff in several veterinary practices in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado.


Dr. Coates received her Bachelor of Science (Biology — Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. 


Expertise: Domestic animals, Animal welfare, Veterinary consulting
Education: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Journalist

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