Doctor Brooke Yules James was born and raised in central Massachusetts in a small town with dairy farms and horses. She loved playing with the animals as much as riding them or caring for them. (She refuses to answer any questions about the “Cow-tipping” incident at the Smith farm in 1988.) The neighbors all knew who to call when pet-sitting was needed, and thankfully a good family friend and veterinarian was around to mentor her budding animal interests.
She attended Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. She then advanced to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. During veterinary school, Brooke was able to explore multiple fields as an active member of many student chapters of national organizations. She participated in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Government Relations Division of the AVMA, Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline, and Tufts Vet School’s youth outreach programs. She became enamored with Colorado while doing externships at the Littleton Large Animal Clinic and Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine during her last year of veterinary school. Dr. Brooke moved out west after graduation and began her career in Aurora at a mixed animal practice before shifting her focus tthe south side of Denver and founding her own clinic with Dr. Shawn Wayment in Castle Rock.
Caring for animals that can’t easily communicate for themselves is deeply rewarding for Dr. Brooke. Her passions include high quality preventative care, pain management and dentistry. Clients who tend to enjoy Dr. Brooke most appreciate her candid and direct style. She lives by the motto that she isn’t here to spend you money and works hard to educate owners about their choices and for their pets. Clients feel integrated in every medical decision.
She still enjoys seeing the occasional goat, sheep, cow, and pig for the clients who raise livestock and participates in 4-H. She especially takes pleasure in volunteering and giving back to the community. Dr. Brooke lives in Franktown on a small “farm” with her very supportive husband. Her eldest child Rebecca was the 2003 Denver New Year’s baby and continues to grow with flair. Her son Stephen is a soccer star and keeps her running when she is not at work! Sarah, her third child, has inherited her love for animals and may take on the family business.
She personally is claimed by Chancey, her 15 year old German Shepard and a couple of great kitty-cats and 12 chickens. Dr. Brooke feels blessed to be a part of such a great profession.