Dr. William T. Puryear

Lead Veterinarian / Owner

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.


Dr. Ashley Curran

Dr. Ashley Curran grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts, and attended Connecticut College, receiving her degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2017. She graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 2021 and completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts VETS, an emergency and specialty hospital in Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, reading, and relaxing with her two bunnies, Monty and Mia.


Pamela Puryear

Retired February 2022

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.


Katie Vella CVT

Practice Manager

Hey, everyone! I have had the privilege of working at Faithful Friends Animal Hospital since 2016. I started out as an extern after going to school for my veterinary technician degree. Immediately, I fell in love with the clinic and what it stands for and have been here ever since! I now hold the position of Practice Lead and have the opportunity to work with the best veterinary team in Colorado Springs (maybe I am slightly biased).

My husband and I are originally from a small town in Southeastern Michigan. After several years of living in Washington state (love you, Seattle!), we moved here to Colorado which we now call our home. We live here with our three dogs (Mistake, Ireland and Henna) and two cats (Marilyn and Si) who always keep life interesting! My favorite things in life include: coffee, gardening, exploring the outdoors, having my nose stuck in a book and my early morning meditations.

I am very proud to work at a practice that ensures such a high standard of care. I am truly grateful to be able to work with our lovely patients, our wonderful clientele and our amazing staff. Here is a quote I try to live by from one of my favorite authors, Sylvia Plath: “Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.”


RECEPTIONISTS


Lynne Roedema

Hi, I’m Lynne. I live with my husband and dog Kona in the mts. near Florissant. I’ve always loved animals & was involved with Wolf education. I started working at our veterinary clinic & have been with Faithful Friends for 25+ years. In the beginning, I was involved with many hospital duties. As we grew, I settled in as a receptionist. It’s the best as I’m able to provide service to clients that are like family and their beloved pets. Knowing I help pets have a better quality of life is very rewarding.


Tiffany Ferriman

Hi, my name is Tiffany. I love my profession with a passion. I love being a part of a team that cares so much for their patients and clients. I got into this profession for my love for animals. I currently finished school for my Veterinary assistant certificate, my plan is to continue my education and go to be a Certified Veterinary Technician. When I’m not in the clinic I enjoy being outdoors but with Colorado weather, I do settle with a nice movie inside. I can’t wait to meet all of you!