Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Melanie Marsden

Dr. Melanie Marsden is originally from Western South Dakota, and has lived in Colorado Springs for the last twelve years, with her husband and two children. She attended the University of California-Davis where she received a BS in Zoology and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the veterinarian working with big cats at Serenity Springs Wildlife Sanctuary for the last twelve years. She shares her home with two dogs, three cats, chickens, duck, duck, goose, an iguana, a frog, and various strays and orphans (animals that is!)

She has served on committees as an expert veterinarian for The Colorado Division of Wildlife and The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Marsden works with Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine helping to orient first-year vet students to the profession and sharing stories from the trenches as well as advice on how to find “balance” between personal and professional responsibilities. Dr. Marsden has been a Veterinary News Network Reporter for several years. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation. She is Past- President of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and now serves as a Colorado representative in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates.

Dr. Holly Colella

Dr. Holly Colella is originally from Colorado Springs. She attended Colorado State University where she received a BS in Microbiology in 1997 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has been an equine veterinarian in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas for the last 10 years and recently owns her own practice. She specializes in equine dentistry, acupuncture, and general/emergency medicine. She also provides at-home veterinary care for small animals.

She lives in the Black Forest with her husband, two children, and two bonus-children. She was initially called to Serenity Springs Wildlife Sanctuary for acupuncture on “Snow” and has since been the back-up veterinarian for Dr. Mel Marsden, the primary veterinarian (who is increasingly busy with her own small animal practice), for about 3 years.