Dr. William T. Puryear
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. Kacey R. Carr
Dr. Kacey R. Carr is a general practitioner and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2015.
Throughout his early life Kacey was a small, quiet, kid that rarely had friends of the human-kind. Naturally, he spent his time outside amongst the four-legged creatures of the earth. It was not uncommon for Kacey to bring home injured animals in order to rehabilitate them back to health. Fast forward twenty years… Kacey, his wife, and their two pre-teen daughters now have a hobby farm in Black Forest that has included dogs, cats, pigs, goats, yaks, rabbits, ducks, and chickens.
Following in Dr. Puryear’s footsteps Kacey has a strong passion for surgery and has undergone advanced training in orthopedics, ophthalmology, and other various soft tissue surgical procedures. Prior to joining the team at Faithful Friends Dr. Carr performed advanced surgical procedures for 19 other animal hospitals and served as a veterinary surgical instructor at Pima Medical Institute.
Outside of work you can find Kacey, and his family, caring for the 20+ animals on their hobby farm, hiking 14ers, mountain biking, camping, racing cars at PPIR, or other adrenaline related activities.
Hospital Director / Owner
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
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.”
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.
Hi! I am Kady. I have been working with Faithful Friends Animal Hospital since 2018. I started here part-time while I was going to school to earn my degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. After I graduated, I grew to love my job and the veterinary profession and decided to stay with Faithful Friends to work full time. I have lived in Colorado Springs my whole life and have no desire to live anywhere else. My family is close by and what other view can beat the beauty of our mountains?
I live here with my boyfriend (soon to be fiancé??) and our cat, Marie. Fittingly named after “Marie” from the Aristocats. She is incredibly spoiled, is quite accustomed to being an only-cat, and lives up to the title of “Princess”. When I am not at work, I’m spending time with friends and family, enjoying the Colorado summer weather, crocheting or reading, and rocking my crocs!
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!
Brittany Strader, CVT
Hello I’m Stacy. I have been a technician for just over 10 years and at Faithful Friends for 2 years! I love what we do and love being apart of this clinic!
When I’m not working I love spending time with my husband, 4 kids and heeler named Kimber. We love to go camping, fishing and just exploring the mountains.
Veterinary Assistant – Technician in training
Hi, I’m Cheyenne! I had the pleasure of starting my journey in the veterinary field with Faithful Friends in 2019. Helping animals has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Working at an amazing clinic with a staff that cares so deeply for both clients and patients has been such a wonderful experience.
At home I have 4 cats of my own, Amara, Drexel, Mazikeen, and Rupert. They are a handful, but they give the best snuggles! They have all brought their own special kind of love into my life and I couldn’t imagine a day without them.
When I’m not at work, or at home taking care of my own furry kiddos, I’m at school to get my CVT. I also spend time working on my cars and cruising around town either on my own or with my friends.
Veterinary Assistant – Technician in training
Hi there! I’m Victoria and I’ve been here at Faithful Friends for a little over a year and have loved every second of it!
When I’m not working, I enjoy watching the Office with my fiancé and reading all different genres of books. I am in school to earn my CVT. I can’t wait to see you and your furry babies!
Veterinary Assistant – Technician in training