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.
Since June of 1996, Pamela Puryear has been the Hospital Manager at Faithful Friends Animal Hospital. In addition to her years of experience, she attended the Veterinary Management School and is currently studying for certification in veterinary practice management.
“I really like working with my husband to help make our clients’ pets’ lives long, happy and healthy ones,” she says. “I also love the clients and their animals, especially when I get to play with the baby puppies and kittens.”
When she isn’t running our office, Pamela enjoys reading, going to the gym, going on motorcycle rides, sitting on the porch swing and listening to the sounds of life around her. At home, she has a mixed breed named Leroy Brown, Collie named Maria, English Bulldog named Lizzy, and a grey Tabby named Swat.
Lynne Roedema has been a receptionist with Faithful Friends Animal Hospital since 1989. She is a graduate of Miami Dade College and has previously lived at a wolf sanctuary, owned a wolf hybrid and participated in educational programs. Her duties with us include answering all types of pet health questions, setting up appointments, preparing files for incoming clients, and weighing pets.
“The employees and clients are great here, like extended family after 26 years of providing care,” she says of her work. “The pets love coming here and the smiles are the payoff.”
Lynne has two rescued dogs, a Border Collie named Shilo and a Lab named Chance. When asked about her interests, she says, “I live out in the mountains, it’s a three hour daily commute, but I enjoy the deer, bear, coyotes and foxes in my yard. I also like fishing, hiking and photography.”