Andrea Erickson

Clinical Sciences


(970) 491-5771

About Andrea

From the age of five, Dr. Erickson knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her parents didn’t initially put much stock in her declaration but as her passion for animals grew, so did her commitment to the career path of caring for them. She grew up in the beautiful seaside town of Kailua, Hawaii. They always had golden retrievers in the home. They were the best family dogs and beach companions and they taught her just how powerful the human-animal bond can be. With her sights set on a career in veterinary medicine, she came to Colorado State University for her undergraduate studies. She stayed in Fort Collins to attend CSU’s veterinary school. In her third and fourth years of vet school, she rotated through the Flint Animal Cancer Center. It was then that she knew oncology would be a part of her future career path. Following vet school, she completed a one-year rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, a one year surgical internship at the University of Florida, and then a three-year small animal surgical residency at The Ohio State University. She's now an oncology surgical fellow at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. She's ecstatic to be back in Fort Collins, doing what she loves. As a surgical fellow, the best part of her job is providing pet owners with options. Almost everyone has a cancer story. When owners come to the FACC, they find out that we have so much to offer. Decisions on type and treatment choices are different for everyone but having options and support of a multi-disciplinary compassionate cancer team makes all the difference. She loves being able to perform surgeries that give people more time with their animals. When she’s not working, she loves exploring Colorado with her husband, Zak. They love anything outdoors whether it's skiing, snowboarding, hiking 14ers, camping or spending time at breweries with friends. Odell’s is their favorite. They currently have one cat, a perfect calico princess named Mele. When she finishes this one-year training program, she hopes to stay in academia, to help provide cutting edge oncology care to patients, and take part in training future residents and veterinarians to give back to a profession that has given so much to her. She is currently getting her master's in biomedical education.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 2018Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, 2013


Erickson AK, McLoughlin MA, Carson BA, Selmic LE, Bednarski LS. Indicators of surgical stress and influence of clinical experience, simulation models, and cadaveric laboratory on the stress response of 3rd year students performing 1st elective surgery. AJVR. 2023. Eprint.Quimby JM, McLeland SM, Cianciolo RE, Lunn KF, Lulich JP, Erickson AK, Zajic L. Frequency of Histologic Lesions in the Kidney of Cats Without Kidney Disease. J Fel Med Surg. 2022; 24(12): 472-480Cheng E, Jennings RN, Chen CL, Biggo MR, Erickson AK, Dornbusch JA, Linn SC, Laplsey J, Alva BM, Lorbach JN, Premanandan C, Selmic LE. Optical coherence tomography for surgical margin evaluation of excised canine cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors. Vet Comp Oncol. 2022; 20:836-845.Erickson AK, Regier PJ, Watt MM, Ham KM, Marvel SJ, Wallace ML, Colopy SA, Scharf VF, Zheng J, Dugat DR, Sumner JP, Howard J, Skinner OT, Mickelson MA, Theiman- Mankin K, Colee JC. Canine Parathyroid Carcinoma: Incidence, Survival Time, and Surgical Treatment of 100 Cases (2010-2019). JAVMA. 2021; 259: 1309-1317. Quimby JM, Erickson AK, McLeland SM, Cianciolo RE, Maranon D, Lunn KF, Elliot J, Lawson JS, Hess AM, Paschall R, Bailey SM. Renal senescence, telomere shortening and nitrosative stress in feline chronic kidney disease. Vet Sci. 2021; 8:314.Quimby JM, Benson KK, Summers SC, Saffire A, Herndon AK, Bai S, Gustafson DL. Assessment of Compounded Mirtazapine as an Appetite Stimulant in Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease. J Fel Med Surg 2020; 2: 376-383.Erickson Herndon AK, West AB, Bruner MK, Hendrickson DA, MacPhail CM. Colorado State University’s Model for Teaching Junior Surgery. Education in the Health Professions 2019; 2: 72-80. Herndon A, Quimby JM, Seiberg LG, Davis L, Caress AL, Ligas S, Hansen RJ, Wittenburg LA, Gustafson DL. Preliminary pharmacokinetics of intravenous and subcutaneous dolasetron and pharmacodynamics of subcutaneous dolasetron in healthy cats. J Fel Med Surg 2017; 20: 721-727.Zaijc LB, Herndon A, Seiberg LG, Caress AL, Morgan PK, Hansen RJ, Wittenburg LA, Gustafson DL, Quimby JM. Assessment of absorption of transdermal ondansetron in normal research cats. J Fel Med Surg 2017; 10: 1245-1248.Quimby JM, Dowers K, Herndon A, Randal E. Renal pelvic and ureteral ultrasonographic characteristics of cats with chronic kidney disease in comparison with normal cats, and cats with pyelonephritis or ureteral obstruction. J Fel Med Surg 2016; 19: 784-790.Sichc BJ, Nelson CB, McKenna MJ, Battaglia CLR, Herndon A, Idate R, Liber HL, Bailey SM. Telomeres and Telomerase in the Radiation Response: Implications for Instability, Reprogramming, and Carcinogenesis. Frontiers in Oncology 2015; 5: Article 257.

Research Specialty

Surgical oncology Surgical education