Eva DeTolve, Director of Veterinary Services

Eva DeTolve knew as a child that she wanted to spend her life working to improve animals’ lives. She adopted her first shelter dog, a Rottweiler named Max, while in college, and through this exceptional dog, Eva was drawn to being a voice for animals that did not have a family or owner to speak for them.

As director of veterinary services for the Dumb Friends League, Eva’s goal is to advocate for every shelter pet’s quality of life. She oversees a staff of three managers, eight veterinarians and 23 veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, spay/neuter coordinators and foster care coordinators at both of our shelters. The veterinary team provides life-changing—and often lifesaving—care to thousands of cats, dogs and small mammals each year.

Eva earned her associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Bel-Rea and her bachelor’s degree in biology/zoology from Metro State University in Denver. Over the past 15 years, she has managed several veterinary hospitals, including two specialty and emergency practices, in addition to serving as executive director of Adams County Animal Shelter for four years.

Eva and her husband share their home with a pack of rescue dogs, led by Small Man, the three-legged Chihuahua.