"I wanted to be a veterinarian my whole life. I got here by way of the U.S. Naval Academy and six years of Naval Service, but I got here. I love what I do now and am proud to call myself a Vet twice-over."
After graduating from Annapolis, Dr. Paul served on an aircraft carrier for two years in support of Operation Southern Watch and at NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center for three years, including as the on-duty Air Battle Management Officer on 9/11/2001. He received the Joint Service Achievement Medal from The Secretary of the Navy for his actions and conduct on that day.
Dr. Paul graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where he managed the Wildlife Medical Clinic and pursued a concentration in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine. He received additional training with EnviroVet in South Africa during vet school, and his interest in wildlife and conservation medicine remains today.
Dr. Paul is a Licensed DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) and is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as a CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist).
Dr. Paul completed several clinical rotations and a Medical/Surgical Internship before becoming an emergency veterinarian, practicing ER and critical care medicine at several clinics in the Denver area over the last ten years. He also has experience in surgery and as a general practitioner. He regularly provides relief staffing to GP clinics and Emergency hospitals throughout the Denver area.
Dr. Paul's interest in holistic and non-invasive treatment options led to his study of veterinary acupuncture.
Derek is married to JoAnn, an experienced Certified Veterinary Technician, and they have two school-aged children. They also have two rescue dog fur babies, Gidget and Pancho. The Paul family recently had to say goodbye to their not-furry baby, Spike the rescue hedgehog. [Coming soon: chickens!] They live near Red Rocks and love to hike, have dance parties in the living room, grow their own food, and eat local while supporting Colorado's craft brew industry.