Education: Loyola University of Chicago, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Pets: Tommy, Kula, Opus, Columbo, Pearl, Moses, Virginia, Muffin, Zoey, Flower
Since graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1986, Dr. Robin has been blazing her own trail within veterinary medicine, providing state of the art and state of the heart medical care. She brought companion animal medicine into the homes of pet lovers in Wyoming from 1986-1991 through House calls Unlimited Mobile Veterinary Practice.
In 1991, she purchased Windsor Veterinary Clinic and turned it into a Practice of Excellence, an Idexx Model Clinic, and a 4-year accredited American Animal Hospital Association hospital. She passionately shares her vision for the bright future of veterinary medicine and the Family-Pet Bond through her daily work, her writing, and speaking nationally and internationally at veterinary meetings. She served as a Trustee for the Morris Animal Foundation for 15 years. She is an affiliate faculty member at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago is put to good use weekly in her column in the Thursday issue of The Denver Post, magazine articles, short stories, and her book, Pets Living with Cancer: A Pet Owner’s Resource.
In 2001, Dr. Robin was presented the prestigious Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
For fun, Dr. Robin enjoys fiddling, playing the guitar, singing, writing and reading.
Dr. Robin’s Accomplishments
2000 Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award presented by the American Animal Hospital Association in recognition of contributions to and advancements of animal welfare through extraordinary service to further humane principles, education, and understanding
1999 Working Women Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in Innovation presented by Working Woman magazine to celebrate the accomplishments of women business owners
1996 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year presented by the Association of Women Veterinarians for professional excellence and achievement in the field of veterinary medicine
1995 Up and Coming Veterinarian of the Year presented by Colorado Veterinary Medical Association for her contributions to veterinary medicine and for her community service and research
Articles and Publications
The Ethics of Veterinary Practice This interview of Dr. Downing, found in the September 2013 issue of Today’s Veterinary News, where she discusses her philosophies and goals as a pioneer in the areas of clinical bioethics and pain management in the field of veterinary medicine.
Vital Assesments for the Vitality of Our Dogs is a podcast produced by Canine Health Foundation in March 2013 where Dr. Downing discusses the importance of wellness exams for dogs, including the fourth and fifth vital assessments, which are pain and diet.
Doing the Right Thing for Animals is an interview of Dr. Downing found in the Profiles in Medicine section of April 2011 issue of Veterinary Practice News, where she talks about an inspitation case that led her on her current path.
Enhancing the Human-Pet Bond is an interview of Dr. Downing found in the the March 2011 issue of Northern Colorado Medical and Wellness (part of Style Magazine)
Pet Connection Blog is a collection of various articles written by Dr. Downing in 2011. Follow the link to see a list and to read any of these articles.
Pets Living with Cancer: A Pet Owner’s Resource will help you educate yourself about your pet’s cancer diagnosis, treatment options, and your role in therapy. Taking a sensitive and caring approach, this resource will help your face your pet’s diagnosis with a positive outlook. Dr. Downing shares her expertise and personal experience with her own dog, Murphy.