Meet our Longmont Veterinarian & Staff
We are a family pet animal hospital in beautiful Colorado
Family Pet Hospital makes pets happy by keeping them healthy with state-of-the-art care and exceptional service. We provide compassionate preventive, therapeutic, and dental care to achieve optimal health and quality of life for dogs and cats from pediatric to end-of-life stages.
Molly Abernathy, DVM, Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Molly Abernathy is the Owner and Veterinarian of Family Pet Hospital in Longmont. She opened Family Pet Hospital in 2015 to fulfill her dream of offering tailored care for dogs and cats in an environment that reduces both the pet’s and the owner’s stress levels. She graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and has completed advanced training in emergency medicine, small animal dental care, and veterinary acupuncture. She is particularly passionate about dentistry, dermatology and pain management. When not working with the pets and clients of Family Pet Hospital, Dr. Abernathy spends her time with her three beautiful daughters, her husband, her blind special needs kitty Fern, and, of course, Walter.
Rebecca Cross, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Cross, our Associate veterinarian, joins us here at Family Pet Hospital from the same neck of the woods as Dr Abernathy. Dr. Cross grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated in 1997 from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a general practitioner in Texas for five years before moving to Colorado in 2002 where she practiced emergency medicine for over ten years. In 2012 Dr. Cross earned certification from Colorado State University’s Veterinary Medical Acupuncture program (MAV). Dr. Cross has been married for 21 happy years and has 2 children. Her family is completed with Tipsy, the family’s Pomeranian and Velcro a formerly feral cat that chose to adopt the Cross’ more than the other way around.
Rani Reuter, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Rani Reuter, our newest Associate Veterinary, joins us as an experienced and passionate doctor. Dr. Reuter attended the University of California- Davis, where she graduated in 1996 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her internship in Denver where she was part of the first season of the Animal Planet show Emergency Vets. Dr. Reuter and her husband have three children, three goats, numerous chickens, two dogs, and four cats. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, backpacking, and loves to travel. In practice, Dr. Reuter truly loves being a general practitioner and family doctor. She enjoys the challenge of surgery and the puzzle of internal medicine cases, but especially loves interacting with and educating clients, helping each owner develop the desired relationship they seek with their fur kids.
Sasha Richardson, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sasha Richardson is the third Texas vet to join Family Pet Hospital. She grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She spent the first twelve years of her career working as a general practitioner at a small animal clinic in Loveland. As her family grew she transitioned to relief work at hospitals throughout Northern Colorado, which led her to Family Pet Hospital. She fell in love with the practice and is excited to set down roots surrounded by such a caring and talented team of professionals. She loves the diversity of work she is able to do as a general practitioner and enjoys establishing lasting relationships with the clients and pets she tends to. When not at work Dr. Richardson enjoys gardening, being active outdoors and spending time with her husband of twenty-two years, her four amazing children, and her dog Marley and two cats, Phil and Anthony.
Sarah, Office Manager
Sarah is a proud Colorado native and graduate of University of Northern Colorado. Before bringing her passion for animals to Family Pet Hospital, she ran her own pet sitting business, tending to the fur babies of Longmont, Johnstown, Frederick and Firestone. When not working, Sarah can be found enjoying a football game with her husband and young son or cooking up something yummy at home while her Boxer and Great Dane wait for the fallout!
Christina, Inventory Manager and Lead Client Care Professional
Christina was born and raised in southern Florida but has called Colorado home for the past seventeen years. She has been actively working in veterinary medicine for more than eighteen years. She loves having the opportunity to get to know clients and share her passion for vet medicine. When not working Christina enjoys spending time with her husband, her son and her fur babies including a labrador retriever and two guinea pigs.
Talyn, Lead Veterinary Nurse
Talyn joined Family Pet Hospital after closing the book on two years of corporate veterinary care to pursue a more personal and individualized hospital environment. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2018, but her passion and love for animals started in her adolescent years. Most of her summer days were spent volunteering at animal shelters, pet sitting for family and friends, and spending time with her childhood dog, Benny, who she happily loved for 15+ years. Talyn currently shares her home in Loveland with her boyfriend and one-eyed Labrador Retriever named Zoey and rescue kitty Parmesan . Her life away from the hospital is often spent gardening, reading, and hiking.
Fern, Veterinary Nurse
Meet Fern! A Texas native, like both Dr. Abernathy and Dr. Cross, Fern’s love for animals developed at a young age. Having volunteered at the Houston Zoo for three years as a teenager, Fern pursued a career in the field of veterinary medicine at an early age as a kennel technician and has been employed professionally in the field for almost a decade now. Through her experience in emergency veterinary medicine and small animal hospitals, Fern fostered a passion for fear free vet techniques that help ensure any patient she encounters has the best experience possible while visiting their veterinarian. At home, Fern and her husband Kody are surrounded by their beloved rescue animals including their two kitties Ivan and Ahsoka, their German shepherd mix, Rem and Winter, her happy-go-lucky lab that keeps everyone grounded.
Breanna, Veterinary Nurse
Breanna joins Family Pet Hospital after having spent eleven years in the veterinary field. She graduated from Front Range Community College with her Veterinary Technician degree in 2015. Throughout her career, Breanna has developed a specific passion for all things anesthesia and can be found frequenting both the surgical and dental suites at Family Pet Hospital. When not busy at work, Breanna and her husband are busy at home, wrangling their three young children and three dogs which include a Pitbull Terrier, a German Shepherd, and a Terrier mix. Her pack is constantly outside hiking, riding bikes or just simply hanging out in their backyard.
Tessa, Veterinary Nurse
Tessa was born and raised to work in the Veterinary field seeing as her mom is a Veterinarian herself. Growing up in a small town in Kansas, Tessa spent time at her mother’s clinics as a kennel technician and eventually a veterinary assistant. Tessa joined Family Pet Hospital after her and her boyfriend decided to take a risk and move to Colorado this past Spring. When she is not at work, you can find Tessa paddleboarding, hiking, and swimming and spending time with her two dogs and cat.
Chanel, Veterinary Nurse
Chanel is a Colorado native and like many of her coworkers, her love for animals developed at a young age. After spending years in corporate customer service, Chanel decided in 2021 she would pursue her desire for a career in animal welfare and wellbeing leading her to Family Pet Hospital. She enjoys her role as Nurse Assistant in which she can apply her knowledge and enthusiasm to help create the caring, safe and loving environment Family Pet Hospital has become known for. When not at work Chanel can be found hiking with her husband Korey and their two dogs Mila and Lilith or at home cuddling with her cats and a good book.
Andrea, Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Andrea has been around animals her entire life. After graduating from Metropolitan State College in Denver with a biology degree, she fell in love with working in the animal medicine field. Andrea competes in dog shows and performance events during her spare time. She has two boys, a retired show cocker spaniel named Mickey, a pet dachshund named Jake and her current show dog, a Belgian Tervuren named Teller.
Skylur, Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Skylur joined Family Pet Hospital in the summer of 2022 and brings with her four years experience in animal handling, training and behavior. She is a proud Colorado Native and when not working, Skylur loves to travel with the company of her three Dobermans, her boyfriend and their families.
Carolina, Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Carolina, a Texas native, was raised by an avid animal lover, seeding deeply her love of all things furry! In her youth she was heavily involved in 4H and rodeo but later found her passion in wildlife rehabilitation. Having spent years in corporate veterinary medicine, Carolina brings her skills and passions to Family Pet Hospital as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant and Client Care Professional. When not at work, Carolina enjoys spending time with her two Pit Bull Terrier mixes and her bunny.
Kimberly, Client Care Professional
Originally from the midwest, Kimberly has made Colorado her home for the past eighteen years. With degrees in both Computer Science and Psychology, Kimberly made the switch from the corporate world and recently found a home in the veterinary field where she is able to feed her passion for helping animals while also interacting with clients and helping to improve the lives of both pet and owner. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, their puggle Chloe and cat Albus.
Walter, Chief Feline Officer
Walter came into Dr. Abernathy’s life in Lubbock, Texas when he was about 9 weeks old. She took one look at him and fell in love. He was “raised” by her black lab, Isaac, and her chocolate lab, Anna. While he interacted with the other cats in her home, he always felt he was closer to the canine species. After years of “ruling the roost,” he decided to bring his love of dogs and people to Family Pet Hospital. Now he is in charge of warming office chairs, greeting clients, helping dogs understand how cats are in charge, and being an Instagram star.