Dr. Jennifer Coates



Medical and surgical care as well as end-of-life care for small animals.


DVM, Veterinary Medicine
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1995-1998
Bachelor of Science in Biology
(Major in ecology, evolution, and behavior and a minor in environmental sciences) McGill University, 1988-1992

About Dr. Jennifer Coates

Dr. Jennifer Coates was valedictorian of her graduating class at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is also the author of numerous articles and books including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian.

Current Work

– Writer and Editor specializing in content related to veterinary medicine, pets, and the human-animal bond
– Consultant for businesses in the pet care industry
– Can practice as a veterinarian in Colorado and Wyoming

Previous Work

– Veterinarian for 10+ years at various animal hospitals, specializing in medical and surgical care as well as end-of-life care
– Chief of Staff for 1 year at a small animal hospital
– Publications Coordinator at the Animal Welfare Institute

Notable Past and Current Clients

Colorado State University
PennFoster College
My Dog’s Symptoms
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
ManyPets Pet insurance
DVM 360
Wild Earth Dog Food

  • Valedictorian – DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. J.E. Salsburg Scholarship in Recognition of Academic Achievement and Leadership 1998-1999
  • Herman F. Dennis Memorial Scholarship for Achievement in Veterinary Medicine 1997-1998
  • John T. Stanley Scholarship for Achievement in Veterinary Medicine 1996-1997
  • Washington Animal Rescue League Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in Veterinary Medicine 1995-1996

– American Veterinary Medical Association

Articles by Dr. Jennifer Coates

Cat eating wet cat food from a dish
Dog laying on elevated dog bed in the grass
Cleaning Dog's Ears
Husky on Harness

The Best Husky Harness

Home remedies for a cat throwing up food
Home remedies for a cat throwing up bile
What to do when your cat is vomiting blood
Things to do when your cat is throwing up white foam
OTC medicine for cat diarrhea
Home remedies for cat diarrhea
Two Great Danes laying side by side outdoors in the sun
Adult Golden Retriever with a Golden Retriever puppy
Two Chihuahuas sitting in a box

Chihuahua Growth Chart

Black, yellow, and chocolate labrador retrievers standing side by side

Labrador Growth Chart

Dog lying in a crate on blankets and a dog bed

Dog Crate Size Chart

Dog holding a collar in his mouth
Dog food in bowl on wooden background
big list of human foods that dogs can and cant eat
Husky puppy on scale being weighed
Adult Goldendoodle with a Goldendoodle puppy

Goldendoodle Growth Chart

Cat coming inside through a cat door

The Best Cat Door

Cat Asleep in Bed

The Best Cat Beds

Small dog eating out of yellow dog bowl
Closeup of a happy and healthy dog with his tongue out
Cat suffering from an upset stomach resting in bed
Closeup of overweight cat's face

7 Ways to Put Your Cat on a Diet

Sick cat with an upset stomach hunched over
Sick dog with an upset stomach resting on their owner's bed