Dr. John Summar has years of experience treating many kinds of animals in many types of practices. He was raised on a cattle ranch and worked for mixed animal practices in Oklahoma and Texas both before and after graduating from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.
In 1988 he bought a mixed animal veterinary practice in Conifer, Colorado where he treated dogs, cats, horses, cattle, llamas, and goats, among other species. During this time he also worked overnight shifts as an emergency veterinarian in Denver’s Central Veterinary Emergency Hospital.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Denver’s College of Law, Dr. Summar is a member of the Colorado Bar but he prefers practicing veterinary medicine over being an attorney! He temporarily left Colorado to become a veterinarian for the Honolulu Zoo and enjoyed the challenge of treating a variety of animals; from birds and frogs to elephants and rhinos. He gave up the job as the zoo’s head clinical veterinarian to return to a very busy small animal and exotic animal private practice in Centennial where he practiced for over 14 years…until now, when he has once again chosen to start a practice where he can compassionately treat not only dogs and cats; but also birds and other exotic animals including reptiles, turtles, ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, rats, and more!
Dr. Summar lives in Conifer with his wife who is also a veterinarian. They have three grown children, several horses and a dog. John is happiest when he is kayaking or canoeing on rivers in Oklahoma or when he is hiking in places where he can watch wildlife.