Valley Emergency Pet Care

180 Fiou Lane, Ste. 101
Basalt, CO 81621


Scott Dolginow

Scott Dolginow, DVM

Owner, Valley Emergency Pet Care

Scott was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas.  He went to upstate New York for his undergraduate study at Colgate University.  He then returned to the midwest and attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1985. 

Upon graduation, Scott traveled to Washington, DC for a rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals.  After completing his internship, Scott remained at Friendship Hospital for two years-one year as Director of Emergency Medicine and the following year concentrating on general surgery.

Scott moved to Aspen in 1988 and joined Aspen Animal Hospital as a staff Veterinarian.  Within three years, Scott purchased Aspen Animal Hospital and has overseen the hospital's growth to include four veterinarians and several certified veterinary technicians and receptionists.

In an effort to enhance the quality of care for animals in the Roaring Fork Valley after hours and on weekends, Scott founded Valley Emergency Pet Care (VEPC) in 2005.  In VEPC's early days, Scott had a vision of bringing specialists to the Roaring Fork Valley, in particular in the fields of Ophthalmology and Orthopedics.  In opening up VEPC, Scott provided a venue to encompass specialized veterinary care.  His commitment to the people and animals of the Roaring Fork Valley continues with quality medicine combined with care and compassion.

In addition to running two hospitals, Scott and his wife, Patsy, enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, telemarking and spending time in the desert.  He also serves on the board of the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter and is active in spay and neuter programs in the Navajo Nation and Southern Baja, Mexico.

Scott and Patsy provide a loving home for several rescue dogs from Mexico and Texas. 






Bonnie Abercrombie

Bonnie Abercrombie, DVM

Emergency and Critical Care Staff Doctor

Bonnie Abercrombie was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.  From a very young age, she dreamed of a career spent helping animals.  Bonnie attended Michigan State University where she received a degree in chemistry.  After spending a year traveling in Europe, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts.  Bonnie completed her clinical rotation at Colorado State University where she fell in love with the beauty of Colorado. 

While completing a small animal internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, she developed a passion for emergency medicine.  Bonnie returned to Colorado and began working at Valley Emergency Pet Care in 2008.  When not working, Bonnie enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her fiancé and four dogs, Wrigley, Carib, Bristol and Finn. 



Julie Cox

Julie Cox, DVM

Emergency and Critical Care Staff Doctor

A Rochester, Michigan native, Julie graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 1998.  A one-year internship was subsequently completed in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.  Over the next seven years, Dr. Cox worked passionately within the field of emergency and critical care at Boulder and Northside Emergency Pet Clinics in metro Denver.

In November 2007, Julie moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where she was hired as one of the staff emergency doctors at Valley Emergency Pet Care.  Dr. Cox is an excellent and extremely competent emergency and critical care veterinarian, and we are proud that she has joined our team.  

She is enjoying her life as a mom to her five year-old son, Jordan and two year-old son, Jackson.  When not being a doctor or a mom, Julie spends as much time as possible riding her dirt bike, skiing and playing hockey.



Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Emergency and Critical Care Staff Doctor

Ellen grew up in Illinois and from the age of 13 was focused on being a veterinarian.  After getting an undergraduate degree in zoology at Colorado State University, she was accepted into veterinary school at the University of Illinois.  As the breadth of knowledge required to be a veterinarian was daunting, she decided to do an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. That year solidified her desire to be an internal medicine specialist.  Ellen stayed on at the University of Minnesota for an additional three years, completing a residency in internal medicine. 

Following her residency, Ellen accepted a faculty position at Colorado State University and taught in the veterinary curriculum for ten years.  While at CSU, she taught veterinary students in both lecture and clinical settings.  She also directed the blood donor program and helped work toward utilizing alternatives to the use of live animals in teaching veterinary students. 

For the past 16 years, Ellen has been in private veterinary practice, providing patients and their families with compassionate specialty care.  Her areas of expertise include immune mediated, gastro-intestinal and urinary tract diseases.

On a personal note, Ellen recently moved to Glenwood Springs to be closer to her daughter and grandson.  She tries to keep fit by playing kickball, baseball, soccer and jumping on the trampoline with her grandson.  She loves to hike and bike and plans to try out kayaking.  And there are always a few dogs and cats in the house which have found their way to her door through various means.

Ellen also volunteers at local animal shelters to help stray pets find their forever homes.