COVID-19 Protocol

Our building is currently closed to the public.  Upon arrival for a medical, grooming or boarding appointment, please stay in your car and call us at 303-451-7387.   We ask that clients dropping off or picking up from daycare do not call, but rather, come to the door on the west side of the building during designated drop-off and pick-up times.  A staff member will meet you outside the door.  We ask that you help us keep everyone safe by wearing a mask.

Please note that our phone call volume is larger than normal and there may be a wait time.  Please utilize the links on our website to  request an appointment, submit a medication refill request, see hours of operation for each department, view your pet's records and more.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Welcome to Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital
Your Other Family Doctor 

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (303) 451-7387!

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Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital has been serving the veterinary care needs of family pets in the Thornton, CO and surrounding communities for over 15 years. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve by providing high standard of care to each and every family.

At Caring Hands, we proudly offer the latest and best in veterinary medicine, patient care, and customer service.  Our hospital is equipped with advanced diagnostics for the most comprehensive medical and surgical care, and we have board-certified diagnostic and surgical specialists available to help you with your pet's care.  We understand how challenging it can be to find a compassionate veterinarian who understands you and your pet  and this is why we go beyond first-rate pet care, by making our hospital comfortable and calm, so your pet can relax  before meeting their veterinarian.  

In addition to our full-service animal hospital, we also offer high quality standard of care with our boarding, daycare and grooming services.  You can rest assured your pet will be treated like family in our boarding suites and full service grooming salon and spa. 

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site.   If you have any questions, call (303) 451-7387 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Thornton pet owners.

At Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.


 Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital | (303) 451-7387

13741 Colorado Blvd
Thornton, CO 80602

  AAHA             cat friendly practice             Fear Free

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  • Kidney Issues

    The kidneys have two important roles in a cat’s body. First, they filter wastes and toxins from the blood, which then exit the body in the urine. The kidneys also help regulate the volume of fluids in the body and important hormones and other chemicals. Cats can develop several kinds of kidney issues, ...

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Brett Rhoades

    Education: Kansas State University

    Dr. Brett Rhoades is a second generation veterinarian.

    As a second generation veterinarian, Dr. Rhoades graduated in 1996 and went on to gain a wealth of knowledge and expertise at: Twin Forks Veterinary Clinic, Red Willow Animal Clinic, Northside Emergency Pet Clinic, Arrowhead Animal Hospital, The Animal Doctor, and Huron Animal Hospital, Dr. Rhoades opened Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital in 2003 with specific goals in mind:

    • Providing the highest level of compassionate Veterinary Medicine
    • Encouraging his staff to “Practice What’s Possible”
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  • Stephanie Blackstone

    Education: Iowa State University

    Dr. Blackstone grew up on a farm in rural Western Nebraska surrounded by livestock and pets.  At 12 years old, she decided she wanted to become a veterinarian.

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Contact Us

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Hospital Hours

Mon:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Tue:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Wed:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Thu:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Fri:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Sat:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sun:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Grooming

Mon:

by appointment only

Tue:

by appointment only

Wed:

by appointment only

Thu:

by appointment only

Fri:

by appointment only

Saturday:

by appointment only

Sunday:

by appointment only

Boarding & Daycare

Monday:

7:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-9:00 am

12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Sunday:

Boarding ONLY 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Great care and service! Truly caring staff that put your pets first."
    Miranda A.
  • "They genuinely care for your pet. From the front desk staff to vet techs to the docs themselves-they all want to help you the best you can."
    Joy B.
  • "Our little pack of three are so well cared for at Caring Hands! They have the most compassionate doctors, and our babies get so excited when they get to go to daycare. They also provide excellent care of them when we need boarding. When our kitty needed surgery they gave us several options and didn't pressure us for something we couldn't afford. When we had to say good-bye to our beautiful old lab, they treated us with so much care and love. The care and love they give, regardless of the services, is above and beyond and we love them."
    Rhonda P.
  • "Our primary vet, animal hospital and boarding center. Have only had great experiences here with our dogs, and been customers almost 15 years. I highly recommend it for your pets."
    Mark D.