Dr. Jacqueline (Kottenstette) Reardon grew up with a turtle, fish, and her dear Cocker Spaniel, Ebony. Her love of animals deepened as she rode horses and helped on her friend’s ranch, eventually leading her to study biology.
Dr. Reardon earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University in 2000, with a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. Her interest in veterinary medicine grew during her studies in the anatomy program’s animal focus option. Interested in helping bring new life into the world, performing surgery, studying medicine, and helping people with their pets, she decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.
After finishing her B.S., Dr. Reardon assisted at a veterinary emergency clinic in her hometown of Pueblo, CO. During that time, she also volunteered at Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Center in Hawaii. Her interest in the care and training of dolphins, their intelligence, and their unique sonar capabilities furthered her desire to be a veterinarian.
Dr. Reardon attended the veterinary school at the University of Illinois. During the summer of her first year, she volunteered with the Remote Area Medical program, vaccinating pets and performing surgeries on a North Dakota reservation. With Sandy, her yellow lab, Dr. Reardon also visited nursing homes and taught elementary students about the possibilities of veterinary careers.
After graduating, fond memories of her Uncle’s home in Albuquerque brought Dr. Reardon to New Mexico where she practiced for about 12 years. She loves surgery, interesting medical cases, and of course happy puppies and kittens with no worries or cares in the world! Jacque has volunteered with the ‘Helping Paws Across Borders’ in the Bahamas, spaying and neutering dogs and helping to set up their new humane society and surgery suite.
Dr. Reardon and her family have an energetic Lab named Jangle. Carefully watching over everyone is their cat, Rascal. She and her family dearly miss their yellow Lab Sandy, who kept them company for 13 plus years. He tolerated a lot of palpation during her anatomy course in veterinary school and was a close family member and hiking companion.
In addition to rock-climbing and running trails, triathlons, and marathons with her husband Brian, Dr. Reardon enjoys singing, reading science fiction and nonfiction, dancing, and outdoor adventures with her family, which has grown to include a rambunctious, fun loving daughter and son.