Sheila RiceWatkins grew up in Pennsylvania always dreaming of becoming a veterinarian. She began her career helping animals as a veterinary assistant in 1991, and worked as a veterinary technician while attending undergraduate school at York College of Pennsylvania. She attended Veterinary school at Kansas State University, graduating with her DVM in 2001.
Dr. Zale is a Colorado native and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1977. In the 80s he attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He received a bachelor's degree in Microbiology in 1984 and DVM in 1988. Dr. Zale worked at Mission Viejo Animal Hospital after graduation. He started Pet Clinic, in Fort Collins, in 1990 and built a three-doctor practice from scratch. The clinic worked closely with the Larimer County Humane Society, starting an early spay program that reduced the stray animal population to 7,590 in the Fort Collins / Loveland area. The clinic was sold in 2001 and Dr. Zale moved back to Evergreen.