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Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing you and your pet with exceptional care. 

Benjamin Mackin, DVM
Head Veterinarian 

Dr. Ben Mackin grew up in a small fishing village just south of Boston, MA, but thanks to his mother, a speech pathologist, he has always been able to pronounce his r's. After graduating with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003, Dr. Ben spent many wonderful years working at various animal hospitals in San Diego, Boulder, and Denver. He moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to be near good friends and enjoy the mountain life in 2004. As an associate veterinarian at Aspen Animal Hospital, Carbondale Animal Hospital, and Valley Emergency Pet Care with friend and mentor Scott Dolginow, his practice style and desire for ownership became clear.


In early 2007, Ben purchased Carbondale Animal Hospital and began living out his dream of building a small town veterinary practice that catered to the vision he faithfully follows: A compassionate, caring, and practical vision of animal care that offers modern medical and surgical services in an intimate, welcoming hospital setting. Sixteen years later, Dr. Ben is back at Carbondale Animal Hospital as your full-time Head Veterinarian. 

Jaspen Mackin
Practice Manager

You may recognize Jaspen from her many years working at Carbondale's beloved dining establishment and former First Friday dancing venue, Phat Thai, or you may recognize her voice if you are a long-time client of Aspen Tree Service as she would have assisted you with all your tree care questions and scheduling needs as the company's Office Manager. More recently, Jazz has been chasing the littlest Mackin around the valley and the globe experiencing the greatest gifts of Conrad's childhood.

From behind the scenes, Jaspen has been supporting, conceptualizing, growing, and investing in Carbondale Animal Hospital at Ben's side since 2007. The opportunity to officially join the team presented itself in 2023, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. With an intimate understanding of the company culture, philosophy, and evolution, Jaspen is infusing robust communication skills, expanding community outreach, creating space for deeper client relationships, and leading the practice in intentional growth.

Melanie Arnold
Certified Veterinary Tech
Lead Technician

Originally from Michigan, Melanie left the Great Lakes of Michigan behind for more mountainous scenery here in Colorado to earn her Certificate in Veterinary Technology at Colorado Mountain College. Freelancing at various animal hospitals throughout the valley allowed Mel to find the right fit here at Carbondale Animal Hospital in 2022 where she now serves as Lead Technician. ​


Melanie loves all aspects of patient care, but has a special interest in anesthesia and chemotherapy. In her free time, Melanie likes to travel and spend time outdoors.

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Brittany Decker
Technical Receptionist

Coming Soon!

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Chris Vogt
Technician Assistant

Coming Soon!

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