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Dr. William T. Puryear is a General Practitioner and the owner of Faithful Friends Animal Hospital since 1996.
A native of Model, Colorado, Dr. Puryear says there were two significant influences that helped him decide to become a veterinarian. “Growing up as an only child on a ranch in Southern Colorado, the animals were pretty important to me, especially an old English sheep dog named BJ,” he says. “That dog protected me, encouraged me, played with me and so on, and this loyalty stimulated a desire to help animals. Additionally, one of my science teachers, Mr. Maglia, instilled a love of science in me. I suppose you could say that B.J. helped me want to help animals and Mr. Maglia encouraged the science aspect of doing that. They are the reasons I am a veterinarian today.”
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a jet mechanic, Dr. Puryear attended Colorado State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then entered Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.
His area of particular professional interest is surgery for which Dr. Puryear has taken a number of continuing education courses in order to expand his knowledge of orthopedic procedures. He has also completed continuing education coursework in ultrasound and otoscopic procedures.
Dr. Puryear and his wife Pamela, our Office Manager, have two children. Amanda is in her mid-twenties and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in biology and teaches third grade. Danny is in his late teens and graduated from Colorado Springs Christian School in 2011 and plans to attend college and major in accounting.
At home, Dr. Puryear has a Rough Coated Collie named Maria, an English Bulldog named Lizzie and a cat named Swat. He also volunteers with the El Passo County Sheriff’s Office and the Fountain Police Department to provide care for their police K9s. His interests include Vee Amis Jitsu (he is a fourth degree black belt), motorcycle riding, skiing, scuba diving, working out at the gym, reading, and studying Roman Catholic history and traditions. However, he says spending time with his family makes him the happiest.