CSU veterinary students provide services for pets of veterans at the inaugural Ainsley Price Day of Service for Veterans in May, 2016.

(Courtesy Aubrey Lavizzo)

Denver veterinarian Aubrey Lavizzo noticed something that made his heart break: that veterans who fell on hard times often sacrificed their own well-being so they could take care of their pets. A dog or cat can help a veteran heal emotional wounds from serving, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

That's why on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Volunteers of America Bill Daniels Veteran Service Center in Denver, Lavizzo will offer free services for current and former service members.

Denver veterinarian Aubrey Lavizzo with his dog Zia and a pre-K class from Greenlee Elementary School.

(Courtesy Aubrey Lavizzo)

This is the second year for the Ainsley Price Day of Service for Veterans. Lavizzo has also partnered with Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the event. Under the supervision of veterinarians, CSU veterinary students will provide services such as basic exams and vaccinations for veterans' pets. 

Lavizzo, who owns The Center for Animal Wellness in Denver, spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. 

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